Rise in KwaZulu-Natal hijackings

2012-05-28 12:21

Durban - The number of hijackings has increased up to 35% in the past two years in KwaZulu-Natal, the Mercury reported on Monday.

Vehicle tracking and insurance companies reported that current hijacking hotspots were Umlazi, Chatsworth, Bluff, Phoenix, Berea, Umbilo, Greenwood Park, Amanzimtoti, Pinetown, Empangeni, and KwaDukuza.

Craig Taylor, managing director of BidTrack vehicle tracking and recovery, formerly known as Bandit, said the company's statistics showed there had been a 21% increase in hijacking in KwaZulu-Natal this year.

"In most of the incidents of hijacking in KwaZulu-Natal, the hijackers are following their victims home or are patrolling residential areas looking for pre-selected vehicles," Taylor was quoted as saying.

Tracker spokesperson Gareth Crocker said with passenger vehicles, about 60% and 70% of all hijackings occurred in either business or residential driveways.

There had also been an increase in truck hijacking in recent months. Thieves went after the cargo they carried.

Vehicles that were mostly targeted were VW and Toyota, and the Hyundai H100 delivery vehicle.

  • John - 2012-05-28 12:41

    maybe because the law enforcment in this province is scared, if they cant control the taxi's how on earth will they chace hijackers.

  • Loo - 2012-05-28 13:09

    What the hell .. lets blame this on racism and pre 94 too.. ??!!

      zwelethu.mtselu - 2012-05-28 13:30

      You're a fool to wright such a comment, fool!!!!!!!!

      Jo - 2012-05-28 13:30

      and the point of your comment is?

      Dorothea - 2012-05-28 13:56

      take it easy, loo...

      Loo - 2012-05-28 14:22

      My point is .. after all this racism slurs by the ANC over the past few weeks ( especially the controversial spear) , ,why don't go for gold.. Or or are they going to accept responsibility that its their lack of governance abilities that has crime out of control in this country.

  • Bob - 2012-05-28 14:04

    Normal service will be resumed soon, the government is too busy sorting out a picture of Zuma, this is of utmost importance, after this has been resolved the ANC can then concentrate on more trivial matters like lack of education, corruption in every department, finding a place for the chief of police, hijackings etc, all the trivial little things.

  • Genet - 2012-05-28 14:44

    And releasing criminals hasn't helped at all.

      Thando - 2012-05-28 14:47

      Well I bet you some of the criminals that Zuma has released have already committed crimes. Its really frustrating.

  • butchboi - 2012-05-28 16:55

    dont discriminate... if the taxis can get away with murder,illegal parking,reckless driving, overloading etc.. why shouldnt hijackers. like the taxi drivers, hijackers are also trying to make a living.

  • Gaeleen - 2012-05-29 13:36

    Amazing once again Durban Central has managed not to be highlighted as an area that is a major contributor to crime statistics. How does their management pull it off???

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