Over the past year, the rate of hijackings seems to have sky-rocketed.
Things are getting so bad that South Africans have started fighting back. Last year, a man chose to wreck his car rather than hand it over.
These are just a few of the overwhelming number of stories that you’ll find in the news on an almost weekly basis.
In an attempt to curb hijackings in Joburg, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has started using highway cameras to track perpetrators.
A recent report released by Tracker containing its vehicle crime statistics for the year July 2018 to June 2019 shows why new approaches to crime prevention, like this, have become necessary.
BusinessTech reports that the stats are collected via Tracker’s installed vehicle base.
The statistics – from Tracker’s 1.1 million installed vehicle base – cover vehicle theft and hijacking, and provide insight into the time of day and day of the week when vehicle crime is most likely to occur in South Africa.
Tracker’s data showed that hijackers were particularly active on Friday mornings between 11AM and 1PM and then 8PM to 11PM.
Over the past 13 years, three cities – Johannesburg, eThekwini and Ekurhuleni – were the top three cities for carjacking, while three cities – Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane – show a similar pattern: after some years of decline, carjackings began increasing from 2011/12, but have slightly decreased since 2016/17.
If you’re living in Cape Town, Durban, Joburg or Pretoria, BusinessTech also looked into the National Hijacking Prevention Academy’s (NHPA) recent information about which streets are the most dangerous in these cities.
Their data, represented by the graph below, covers 2017-2018, and also confirms that Fridays are the most dangerous days to be on the road:
What follows is a list of the hijacking hotspots in Cape Town, Joburg, Pretoria and Durban.
Sadly, the list for Johannesburg goes on forever. You can read it in full here.
This is another depressingly long list, albeit not as long as the list for Jozi. Read the full list here.
Finally, coming in with the shortest list of hijacking hotspots:
Wherever you are in SA, stay safe out there.
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