A list of hijacking hotspots in four big South African cities has been compiled by the National Hijack Prevention Academy (NHPA) in a bid to create awareness so that the public would observe their surroundings to avoid becoming a hijacking statistic.
This is according to the operations manager of NHPA, Melinda Brussow who said the list was compiled from detailed information from various vehicle tracking companies over the period of 12 months from September 2015 to September 2016, and she said that the NHPA regularly compiled these lists.
The list shows the hijacking hotspots in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.
READ THE FULL LIST HERE: List of hijacking hotspots in the big cities
The South African Police Service’s national crime statistics from April 2015 to March 2016 show that 14 602 carjackings took place, an increase from 12 773 carjackings in the period from April 2014 to March 2015, while truck hijackings in the period from April 2015 to March 2016 saw a slight decrease with 1 184 incidents compared to 1 279 incidents in the period of April 2014 to March 2015.
Brussow said the NHPA’s list included the hijacking of both trucks and vehicles.
She explained: “Hotspots are identified when crimes have taken place repeatedly in that specific area. Basically when it is a regular occurrence, it is named a hotspot.”
She believed that the number of hotspots could be reduced by making the public more aware. “Eliminate the element of surprise and you make it difficult for the hijacker to target you,” Brussow advised.
With regards to signage indicating hijacking hotspots in certain areas, Brussow believed it did create more awareness and could lead to reducing the number of hijackings in an area. “It’s worth a try at least. People cannot afford to be oblivious any longer,” she warned.
KwaZulu-Natal police issued warning that most people were robbed or hijacked while stationary in their vehicles and therefore warned motorists to be vigilant when in or parking their vehicles.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said: “Community members are warned to avoid parking their vehicle where there are no security officers guarding the cars. They must make sure that all the valuable items like a laptop and camera should be put in the boot of the car. Suspicious people and suspicious vehicles must be reported to the police.”
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– Caxton News Service