Tracker has published its vehicle crime statistics for July to December 2019, showing an 18% decrease in the number of theft and hijackings reported nationally during December.
The group said that this trend is consistent with year-on-year data, with an 18% decrease seen in December 2018 and a 21% decrease in December 2017.
Tracker’s most recent data indicates that most vehicles are hijacked or stolen on a Saturday. This is followed by Thursday and Friday for hijackings and theft respectively.
Most hijackings are reported between 20h00 and 21h00 followed by 12h00 and 14h00, on any day of the week, while theft of a vehicle is reported between 11h00 and 14h00.
Gauteng has the highest percentage of vehicle-related crime (54%), with hijackings prevalent in Johannesburg and theft mainly occurring in Pretoria.
This is followed by KwaZulu-Natal with Durban in the top spot for both hijackings and theft, and the Western Cape with hijackings mainly occurring in Khayelitsha while theft is highest in Cape Town.
Further theft and hijacking hotspots include eMalahleni in Mpumalanga, Ibhayi in the Eastern Cape, Rustenburg in the North West, Polokwane in Limpopo and Bloemfontein in the Free State.
While the Northern Cape has less than 1% of the total activations, hijackings are primarily reported in Postmasburg and theft in Kimberley.
Tracker’s efforts to combat vehicle crime resulted in 3,081 vehicle recoveries, 512 arrests and 23 firearms recovered in the second half of 2019. It also passed the milestone pf 100,000 vehicle recoveries.
“We are delighted to have reached the 100,000 milestone for vehicle recoveries,” said Ron Knott-Craig, executive of Operational Services at Tracker South Africa.
“Tracker’s vehicle tracking technology along with its partnerships with the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies has played a crucial role in this achievement.”
To avoid becoming a victim of vehicle crime in 2020, Knott-Craig said that drivers should follow these tips:
- Make sure your vehicle has sufficient fuel and is properly maintained to prevent a breakdown.
- Plan your routes in advance to try avoid high risk areas and the distraction of having to check directions while driving.
- Keep valuables out of sight in the boot or under the seats.
- Remain vigilant at all times – criminals are relying on you being distracted and vulnerable.