The worst hijacking spots in South Africa

Crime data shows that Gauteng is by far the worst place in the country for car theft and hijackings, with precincts around Joburg and Pretoria hardest hit.

This is according to data from Crime Stats SA, an online database run by Meerkat Data Management, which neatly displays official reported crime data from the South African Police Service (SAPS).

The worst 10 precincts for hijacking in the country are largely found in Gauteng, adding weight to the province’s title as the hijacking capital of South Africa.

Car hijacking

In 2014, the SAPS reported 11,129 cases of carjacking, and 989 cases of truck hijacking, with Gauteng accounting for 6,057 (54%) and 545 (55%) of the total.

# Precinct Province No. of crimes
1 Booysens Gauteng 224
2 Pinetown KwaZulu Natal 203
3 Moffatview Gauteng 157
4 Roodepoort Gauteng 138
5 Rietgat Gauteng 121
6 Dobsonville Gauteng 118
7 Dawn Park Gauteng 117
8 Chatsworth KwaZulu Natal 113
9 Springs Gauteng 110
10 Sydenham KwaZulu Natal 108

Truck hijacking

# Precinct Province No. of crimes
1 Heidelberg Gauteng 40
2 Alberton Gauteng 34
3 Vosloosrus Gauteng 27
4 Zonkizizwe Gauteng 26
5 Grootvlei Mpumalanga 25
6 Delmas Mpumalanga 23
7 Harrismith Free State 22
8 Witbank Mpumalanga 18
9 Kempton Park Gauteng 18
10 Benoni Gauteng 16

More prolific is the presence of car theft, which refers to cars (or motorcycles) stolen when unoccupied. In 2014, the SAPS reported 56,616 cases.

Again, Gauteng tops the list for worst-affected, accounting for 27,372 – almost half (48%) of the total.

Car or motor vehicle theft

# Precinct Province No. of crimes
1 Brooklyn Gauteng 725
2 Berea KwaZulu Natal 721
3 Booysens Gauteng 709
4 Roodepoort Gauteng 696
5 Honeydew Gauteng 647
6 Durban Central KwaZulu Natal 623
7 Benoni Gauteng 580
8 Wierdabrug Gauteng 573
9 Johannesburg Central Gauteng 572
10 Lyttelton Gauteng 570


The data for 2014’s stats covers April 2013 to March 2014 – and because of this, is at least 6 months out of date by the time of public release. 2015’s stats are expected to be released in September.

According, there are other caveats to crime data, most notably that many crimes go unreported; that the SAPS data is unaudited; and that there is widespread mistrust of the SAPS itself.

The group warned that the stats should be taken in context of population sizes – ie, as the most populous province, Gauteng is more likely to have incidences of crime.

Independent security firm, the Crime Intelligence Bureau, recently released a map showing all the car hijacking hotspots in Johannesburg.

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