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KZN growth capital for hijacks

2012-05-28 12:24

DURBAN - The number of hijackings has increased up to 35 percent in the past two years in kwaZulu-Natal, the Mercury newspaper has reported.

Vehicle tracking and insurance companies said current hijacking hotspots were Umlazi, Chatsworth, Bluff, Phoenix, Berea, Umbilo, Greenwood Park, Amanzimtoti, Pinetown, Empangeni and kwaDukuza.

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Craig Taylor, managing director of BidTrack vehicle tracking and recovery, said the company's statistics showed a 21% increase in hijacking in kwaZulu-Natal so far in 2012.

"In most of the incidents the hijackers followed a victim home or patrolled residential areas looking for 'ordered' vehicles," Taylor was quoted as saying.

Tracker spokesman Gareth Crocker said 60 to 70% of all hijackings of cars occurred in business or domestic driveways.

There had also been an increase in truck hijacking. Thieves went after the cargo they carried  but Hyundai H100 delivery bakkies are top of the illegal shopping list.

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