Tracker South Africa recently issued a report that revealed when and where the most vehicle crimes occur in South Africa. The statistics, from Tracker’s 1.1-million installed vehicle base for the period July to September 2019, provide a variety of insights, including the time of day and day of the week when vehicle crime is most likely to occur, the towns most affected by vehicle crime in all nine provinces and the current trends in consumer and business crime.
According to the report, the majority (58%) of all activations in which Tracker initiated recovery action are in Gauteng, followed by KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, North West, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo and Northern Cape.
|●||Johannesburg, Durban, Khayelitsha, Rustenburg, Tweefontein, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Polokwane and Postmasburg are the towns in each province worst affected by hijacking.|
|●||Theft is mostly reported in Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Rustenburg, eMalahleni, Mthatha, Sasolburg, Polokwane and Kuruman.|
|●||Most activations for hijackings take place on Saturdays followed by Thursdays, while vehicles are activated for theft equally on Friday and Saturday.|
|●||Most activations for hijackings take place between 10am and 2pm as well as between 8pm and midnight, on any day of the week, while theft activations occur mainly between 5am and 8am.|
|●||Hijacking hotspot routes include the N3 from Heidelberg to Vosloorus, the N12 from Phola to Daveyton, South Rand Road (N17), the R50/Delmas Road, the N14, the R512, the Moroka Bypass on the N12, the Molefe Makinta Highway (M21), the Sybrand van Niekerk Freeway (R59) and the R21.|
As hotspots can and do change frequently, Tracker advises people to be vigilant wherever they go.
Postmasburg? Kuruman? What is this country coming to?
Click here to download the Tracker infographic shows vehicle theft and hijacking trends over the past quarter.