The South African Police Service has printed crime statistics for the interval between 1 January March and 31 March 2021, displaying an annual improve in hijackings within the nation.
The nation reported a complete of 4,513 carjackings over the interval – a rise of 4.9% in comparison with the identical interval within the earlier yr (4,303).
A rise in carjackings was reported throughout all however three provinces, together with Limpopo, the North West and the Northern Cape.
As with the nation’s different main crimes statistics, the vast majority of the instances have been reported in probably the most populous areas.
Essentially the most carjacking instances have been reported in Gauteng (2,328), adopted by the KZN (757) and the Western Cape (600). Most of those hijackings happen in townships adopted intently by residential areas.
The vehicles of selection for criminals are sedans and hatchbacks adopted by panel vans and bakkies.
The desk beneath highlights the areas which have had probably the most hijacking instances reported to their respective police stations:
Nyanga within the Western Cape reported probably the most variety of carjackings (107), adopted by Loate in Gauteng (57), and Umlazi in KZN (56).
In response to the nation’s excessive hijacking numbers, Police minister Bheki Cele mentioned that his division has a number of methods to sort out South Africa’s particular hotspot areas.
Responding in a current written parliamentary Q&A in April, Cele mentioned that the South African Police Service (SAPS) addresses main traits and hotspots areas utilizing an overarching crime technique, that features the next 5 pillars:
- Intelligence gathering, evaluation and coordination;
- Proactive and excessive visibility strategy;
- Fight and response strategy;
- Response strategy by way of detection and a deal with organised crime;
- Communication and liaison.
“The crime combatting technique makes use of a geographic strategy, knowledgeable by crime evaluation to determine hotspots to permit focused deployment, crime prevention and crime combatting actions.
“The SAPS crime registrar recognized the highest 30 excessive crime price police stations nationally, in respect of contact crime.”
Cele mentioned that the SAPS makes use of nationwide crime combatting operations to handle ‘prioritised crime threats’. He added that ‘Operation Vhutu Hawe’ is at present underway and focuses on hijackings, alongside different contact crimes.
“Through the month of February 2021, there was a deployment of 450 members to recognized excessive crime stations in KZN, the Western Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and the Japanese Cape provinces, specializing in contact crimes.
“As well as, senior SAPS officers have been assigned to go to and monitor these police stations,” he mentioned.