?Hijacking in SA: 76.5% of motorists 'solve' incidents themselves

2017-03-23 06:02
Be alert and if anything looks suspicious rather be safe and drive around the block and contact the SAPS or your security service provider requesting an escort to your premises. Photo: sourced

Be alert and if anything looks suspicious rather be safe and drive around the block and contact the SAPS or your security service provider requesting an escort to your premises. Photo: sourced

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MORE than 1400 vehicles are hijacked each month in South Africa, according to the latest crime statistics by the South African Police Service's (SAPS).

The 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.

14.9% increase in carjackings

Norman Sekhukhune, SAPS Head of Crime Research and Statistics, said that in nine months 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.

Vehicle tracking specialists, Pro-Active South Africa, has assessed the report and measured the impact of the crime survey.

Pro-Active Ryno Schutte says: "There are over 12 009 553 live vehicles in South Africa registered ending January 2017. With a mere 35% of vehicles being insured and 65% of vehicles on SA roads are uninsured.

The previous uninsured vehicles are mostly due to being too costly to insure or the vehicles are not worth insuring as they are between seven to 20-years-old."

The theft of motor vehicles is a profession like any other and the criminals are engaging in the activities for monetary benefit says Pro-Active; 36.4% of vehicles are disposed of within South Africa and 57.6% are exported to bordering countries.

Schutte adds: "Vehicle owners are prone to relax the closer they get home as your home is supposedly your safe haven and no harm is expected. Unfortunately the criminal element takes advantage of this and strikes when you most vulnerable and unexpectedly."

Most feared crimes

Theft of motor vehicles and hijacking is a daily occurrence, while theft of motor vehicle is ranked 9th and hijacking 10th as the "most feared crimes in SA".

SAPS reports that in 2015/2016, 90.9% of vehicle thefts were reported to the police, while only 86.9% of hijackings were reported to the police.

There has been a decline in theft of motor vehicle reported to the police from 2012–2015/2016 with 93.8% of incidents being reported in 2012 and only 89.5% of incidents being reported in 2015/2016.

Hijacked vehicles reported to the police from 2012 - 2015/2016 has seen an increase from 80.6% in 2012 to 86.9% in 2015/2016. Though 2013 indicated a 100% of hijacked vehicles being reported to the police.

The reasoning by households for not reporting motor vehicle theft incidents to the police in 2015/2016 depict that 22.4% solved the incident themselves, 54.1% solved the incident through their family, with a staggering 23.5% believed that the police won’t do anything about the incident.

Theft of motor vehicle occurrences can be concluded that in 2015/2016 47.7% of incidents took place at home, 17% in a parking lot, 15.4% on the street in a residential area, 13.1% on the street in town, 5.3% outside the office/shops/at work and 1.4% was classified under other. 52.2% of incidents occurred away from home which confirms past surveys and statistics released.

The percentage of vehicle theft incidents occurring was indicated as 45.8% at night, 33.1% in the afternoon, 18.1% in the morning hours and 3.1% as unknown.
Five things to know about vehicle crime in SA

Schutte says: "Pro-Active South Africa simplified the Victims of Crime Survey and it was adapted to only portray Victims of Vehicle Crime.

"The reason for the previous mentioned is due to the high report rate of vehicle crimes with only Murder ranking higher. By simplifying and understanding the impact of vehicle crime can provide corporate institutions a glimpse at the impact on other forms of crime if vehicle crime is dealt with effectively."

Key points can be taken from the survey conducted:

• Effective Intelligence gathering and sharing is key to combat vehicle crime.

• By implementing effective intelligence gathering and sharing will have an impact on other forms of crime.

• More than half of the households took physical protection measures for their homes and slightly more than a third of vehicle owners took protection measures for their vehicles.

• 52.2% of incidents occurred away from home.

• South Africa loses over R8.5 billion to vehicle theft and hijacking. Of the vehicles stolen, 57% are taken across the border, 36% filter back into South Africa as cloned vehicles and the rest land in chop shops.
- Wheels24

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