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INCREASE IN CARJACKINGS : South African motorists have been targeted more in 2016 by criminals than in 2015. Image: iStock

South African Police Service

Pretoria - More than 1400 vehicles are hijacked each month in South Africa, according to South African Police Service's (SAPS) crime statistics.

Trio-crimes

SAPS crime statistics for April - December 2016 report an increase in so-called “trio crimes”; car-hijacking, house robberies and robberies at non-residential areas.

Norman Sekhukhune, SAPS Head of Crime Research and Statistics, said that in nine months under review, carjackings had increased by 14.9%. From April and December, 12 743 vehicles were hijacked, compared to 11 086 during the same period in 2015.

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This amounts to 1415 vehicles hijacked each month.

More than 40 000 cars and motorcycles were stolen with the majority of thefts occurring in Gauteng with 20 913, a 4% increase from the year before.

Below are crime stats for SA: Slides by SAPS (scroll to the right)


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