Johannesburg - A total of 16 717 cars were 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.
A closer look at hijacking in each province reveals that only three (Northern Cape, Free State and the Eastern Cape) out of nine provinces saw a decrease in carjackings compared to April 2015- March 2016.
Limpopo (+2%) , North West (+5.4%), Western Cape (+8.3%), Gauteng (+16.9&), Kwa-Zulu Natal (+21.5^%) and Mpumalanga (+28.8%) reported an increase in hijacking in the past year.
SA vehicle crime stats by province:
14 tips to help avoid a hijacking:
1 When approaching your vehicle, keep your key ready but not visible. Unlock your car when you're close by.
2 Check the rear seat before getting into your car.
3 A well-maintained car is less likely to break down and leave you vulnerable.
4 Plan your route and let someone know what your route is and when to expect you at your destination.
5 Always check the rear-view mirror to see if you are being followed.
6 Avoid driving with your windows open and keep the doors locked. Put all valuables out of sight.
7 Avoid distractions while driving such as using a cellphone.
8 If you suspect you are being followed, drive to your nearest police station or a busy public area.
9 When approaching a red traffic light, slow down so that you only reach it when it turns green.
10 Make sure your driveway is well lit and clear of shrubbery.
11 If possible, park in a central, well-lit place, preferably with guards on duty.
12 When stopping behind another vehicle, leave half a vehicle length in front so you can make an emergency escape if necessary.
13 Change your routes and your schedule if possible on a regular basis.
14 Make arriving at your destination safer by calling ahead and asking someone to open and close your gate for you.