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MAP: Hijacking hotspots - Joburg and Tshwane's worst crime areas

2017-11-17 12:24

Johannesburg - According to the latest crime stats by the SAPS, 8 610 incidents of carjackings were reported from April 2016 to March 2017 in Gauteng.  

A total of 16 717 hijackings and 53 307 cars stolen between April 2016 and March 2017 up from 14 602 reported in the previous 12 months, reports police Minister Fikile Mbalula as part of the annual national crime statistics.

The reports shows a 14.5% increase in hijacking, with a 16.9% increase in Gauteng alone.

Vehicle tracking specialist Pro-Active South Africa believes in creating safer roads and has highlighted the four biggest cities' hotspots to create awareness with motorists.

Pro-Active SA's Ryno Schutte says: "When planning your route during the Festive Season and driving through these areas indicated, remaining vigilant can potentially hinder you or your family from becoming a victim."

READ: Crime stats in SA - 14.5% increase in carjackings since 2016

A study was conducted and here are a few points to consider:

1. Since 2007 – 2017 has there been 141 554 hijacking incidents reported to the SAPS. (Estimated loss R18.4 Billion)
2. Since 2007 – 2017 has there been 712 943 Theft Of Motor Vehicle incidents reported to the SAPS. (Estimated loss R92.6 Billion)
3. Total vehicles reported to SAPS as hijacked or stolen between 2007 and 2017 – 854 497 (Estimated loss R111.08 Billion)
4. The above loss exclude any further loss incurred if a vehicle has been used in another form of crime and the base value per vehicle has been calculated at R130 000 per vehicle.

Arrive Alive's Johan Jonck says: "It is always informative to find these 'hotspots' and it is our hope that the police and enforcement agencies will intensify their focus in these areas to remove these threats.

"However, it's even more important for road users to remain vigilant and alert everywhere and focus on road and traffic conditions at all times. Driving in areas other than these 'hotspots' should not lead to complacency."

In this article we're focusing on Gauteng and will highlight the hotspots for Cape Town and Durban next week.

Have you been hijacked or been a victim of vehicle crime in any of these areas? Email us

Worst Precincts indicated on the Map in Blue are as follows:

Gauteng (Johannesburg and Tshwane)

Booysens – 250 Incidents
Jeppe – 238 Incidents
Soshanguve – 192 Incidents
Ivory Park – 163 Incidents
Rietgat – 156 Incidents
Dobsonville- 155 Incidents
Moffatview – 155 Incidents
Johannesburg Central – 151 Incidents
Honeydew – 149 Incidents
Akasia – 148 Incidents




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