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65 cars are hijacked in South Africa per day – The most affected areas

Recent crime statistics released by the South African Police (SAPS) show that carjacking reports across all nine provinces increased by 365 incidents to a total of 5,973 in the third quarter of the 2023/2024 period.

The astronomical figure means that at least 65 vehicles were reported as hijacked in South Africa every single day between October and December 2023.

Mirroring carjackings, the majority of other vehicle-related crimes in South Africa also increased in Q3 2023/2024, according to the SAPS.

Theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles rose by 0.9% to 9,539 incidents, and theft out of or from a motor vehicle climbed by 0.5% to 22,288 reports.

An alarming statistic, the SAPS also caught 16,480 motorists who were driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs – a whopping 50.5% more than a year prior.

On the brighter side, truck hijackings decreased by 2.4% to 480 incidents, and cash-in-transit robberies dropped by 19% to 46 cases.

Carjackings hotspots per province

The vast majority of carjackings during October and December 2023 happened in Gauteng, with the province seeing a staggering 3,010 reports over this period.

The top 10 police stations in Gauteng for carjackings were as follows:

Provincial position RSA position Station Carjackings reported in Q3 2023/2024 Count difference
1 1 Ivory Park 93 +27
2 5 Moroka 82 +33
3 6 Loate 67 +32
4 7 Orange Farms 64 +25
5 8 Eldorado Park 63 +27
6 9 Tembisa 61 +5
7 10 Jabulani 60 +45
8 11 Mamelodi East 60 +17
9 12 Midrand 60 +6
10 15 Lenasia 55 +23

In second in terms of carjackings per province, a massive distance away from first place, was the Western Cape at 856 reports.

The top 10 police stations in the Western Cape for carjackings were as follows:

Provincial position RSA position Station Carjackings reported in Q3 2023/2024 Count difference
1 2 Philippi East 89 +28
2 3 Harare 89 -16
3 4 Nyanga 87 -23
4 13 Mfuleni 57 -4
5 16 Delft 54 +17
6 17 Lingelethu-West 54 +14
7 24 Khayelitsha 45 -2
8 41 Kleinvlei 35 +21
9 55 Gugulethu 32 -11
10 56 Samora Machel 30 -4

Almost neck-and-neck with second, KwaZulu-Natal ranked third when it came to vehicle hijackings in the SAPS crime report at 834 incidents.

The top 10 police stations in KwaZulu-Nata for carjackings were as follows:

Provincial position RSA position Station Carjackings reported in Q3 2023/2024 Count difference
1 14 Umlazi 56 +1
2 23 Mariannhill 46 -2
3 38 Bhekithemba 36 +13
4 61 Pinetown 29 -11
5 64 Ntuzuma 28 +11
6 66 Inanda 28 -23
7 71 Kwamashu E 27 -15
8 73 Umbilo 26 -12
9 80 Newlands East 24 +7
10 90 Isipingo 21 -3

A big drop from the top three, there were 510 carjackings reported in the Eastern Cape in the last three months of 2023.

The top 10 police stations in the Eastern Cape for carjackings were as follows:

Provincial position RSA position Station Carjackings reported in Q3 2023/2024 Count difference
1 19 New Brighton 52 -10
2 20 Kwazakale 51 -28
3 26 Motherwell 44 -11
4 35 Ikamvelihle 38 +22
5 57 Kwadwesi 30 -12
6 74 Mthatha 26 -14
7 84 Swartkops 22 +4
8 103 Ngqeleni 18 +10
9 110 Kwanobuhle 17 +1
10 112 East London 17 +1

Mpumalanga was equally far away from fourth as fourth from third, with carjacking reports in this province coming in at 349 for the period under review.

The top 10 police stations in Mpumalanga for carjackings were as follows:

Provincial position RSA position Station Carjackings reported in Q3 2023/2024 Count difference
1 30 Vosman 41 +1
2 37 Witbank 36 +22
3 62 Kabokweni 28 +21
4 106 Buchbuckridge 17 +8
5 116 Masoyi 17 -6
6 132 Delmas 15 -5
7 134 Hazyview 14 +5
8 146 Calcutta 13 +1
9 149 Kriel 13 -3
10 156 Phola 12 +7

Nearly 200 reports fewer, the quiet North West province experienced 62 occurrences of hijacking in Q3 2023/2024.

The top 10 police stations in North West for carjackings were as follows:

Provincial position RSA position Station Carjackings reported in Q3 2023/2024 Count difference
1 78 Mooinooi 24 +20
2 93 Boitekong 20 +10
3 109 Rustenburg 17 +2
4 175 Potchefstroom 10 +4
5 197 Brits 8 0
6 205 Makapanstad 7 +5
7 219 Phokeng 7 +1
8 233 Kanana 6 +1
9 236 Klerksdorp 6 -3
10 254 Orkney 5 +1

A mere six reports below North West, a total of 156 reports of hijackings came from Limpopo between October and December last year.

The top 10 police stations in Limpopo for carjackings were as follows:

Provincial position RSA position Station Carjackings reported in Q3 2023/2024 Count difference
1 117 Namakgale 16 +15
2 127 Dennilton 15 +5
3 186 Seshego 9 +5
4 220 Musina 7 0
5 223 Lebowakgomo 7 -5
6 229 Burgersfort 6 +3
7 249 Westenburg 5 +3
8 264 Thohoyandou 5 -10
9 278 Bolobedu 4 +2
10 284 Apel 4 +1

Second from the bottom, there were 85 instances in the Free State of owners being forcefully evicted from their cars by criminals.

The top 10 police stations in the Free State for carjackings were as follows:

Provincial position RSA position Station Carjackings reported in Q3 2023/2024 Count difference
1 177 Bloemspruit 10 +2
2 201 Park Road 8 -3
3 218 Welkom 7 +2
4 225 Thabong 6 +5
5 230 Odendaalsrus 6 +2
6 231 Kagisanong 6 +2
7 248 Boithuso 5 +3
8 272 Botshabelo 4 +3
9 319 Ficksburg 3 +2
10 332 Virginia 3 +1

The Northern Cape province registered the lowest amount of carjackings according to the SAPS, seeing just 11 instances of this crime over the period under review.

The top 10 police stations in the Northern Cape for carjackings were as follows:

Provincial position RSA position Station Carjackings reported in Q3 2023/2024 Count difference
1 376 Kuruman 2 +2
2 379 Kimberley 2 +2
3 382 Postmasburg 2 +1
4 447 De Aar 1 +1
5 453 Kagisho 1 0
6 483 Galeshewe 1 0
7 484 Mothibistad 1 0
8 513 Hartswater 1 0
9 582 Upington 0 0
10 596 Olifantshoek 0 0

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