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Crime stats SA: 11 000+ cars hijacked

2014-09-19 12:42

SHOCK STATS FOR SA: Despite police efforts, South Africa continues to have a high rate of vehicle hijacking and theft with 11 221 incidents of carjacking reported in 2013 - 2014. Image: SAPA/ ISS Africa

CAPE TOWN, Western Cape - The South African Police Service (SAPS) has released its crime statistics for the period April 2013 - March 2014. The results for SA road users are shocking.

In terms of aggravated robbery, SAPS reports 11 221 carjackings (12.3% up on 2013's 9990). The report shows 991 truckjackings (up 5.1%).

There were 56 870 cases of motor vehicle and motorcycle theft, down 2.6% from the 58 370 casesin 2013. In terms of theft "out of or from a motor vehicle", 143 812 cases were reported, up three percent.

OVERALL CRIME FIGURES LOWER

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega reported overall crime figures as lower than those reported during 2012/13.

Police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said that figures the department released were "raw figures" that had been audited by the Auditor-General of SA: "The statistics are based on raw figures, cases reported and cases dealt with and which led to arrests and convictions."

Nhleko said the crime statistics focused on community-reported crimes and police-detected serious crimes.

SA vehicle crime stats:
Breakdown by province (April 2013 - March 2014)

Eastern Cape
Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle - 3 401
Theft out of or from motor vehicle -    11 841
Carjacking - 775
Truck hijacking - 31

Free State
Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle - 2037
Theft out of or from motor vehicle -   5686
Carjacking - 259
Truck hijacking - 71

Gauteng
Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle - 27 470
Theft out of or from motor vehicle -   42 722
Carjacking - 6064
Truck hijacking -   547

KwaZulu-Natal
Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle - 8723
Theft out of or from motor vehicle - 18 655
Carjacking - 2274
Truck hijacking - 46

Limpopo
Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle - 988
Theft out of or from motor vehicle - 5486
Carjacking - 252
Truck hijacking - 13

Mpumalanga
Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle - 2360
Theft out of or from motor vehicle - 7785
Carjacking - 365
Truck hijacking - 197

North West
Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle -  2054
Theft out of or from motor vehicle- 6023
Carjacking - 242
Truck hijacking - 46

Northern Cape
Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle - 326
Theft out of or from motor vehicle - 2976
Carjacking - 29
Truck hijacking - 0

Western Cape
Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle - 9511
Theft out of or from motor vehicle - 42 638
Carjacking - 961
Truck hijacking -  40

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