Police working hard to stop truck hijackings - Phiyega

2015-09-29 21:14
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Cape Town - Truck hijacking, which has seen a 29% increase in the past year, is closely entwined with informal business, national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega said on Tuesday.

Speaking after the release of the latest national crime statistics, she told journalists that a lot of small businesses peddled second-hand goods.

“The cargo off the trucks is sold to these retailers at highly undercut prices,” she said.

“We are still concerned about the level of truck hijackings and are working very, very hard on that one.”

According to the latest figures, Gauteng had the majority (804) of truck hijacking cases.

Mpumalanga followed with 155 cases and the Free State 89.

Limpopo saw the largest jump in cases - a 107% increase from 13 cases in 2013/14 to 27 cases in 2014/15.

The Northern Cape was the only province without reported cases.

Phiyega said the police force was working with a number of entities to share intelligence.

These included British American Tobacco (BAT) and the Consumer Goods Council of SA.

She said the police were looking at innovations, such as tracking products through barcoding, to see where the goods were being sold.

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