Crime and violence analyst Chris de Kock should make the criminal syndicates involved in car hijacking a priority.
De Kock, former head of the Crime Information Analysis Center, According to SAPS, car hijackings were recorded as Crime category 2019/20 the highest increase with 18,162 cases.
This was the highest value since the kidnapping category was first recorded in 2001/02.
“That is 12.6% of all serious robberies, “De Kock said during a webinar on car hijackings on Thursday.
He said if there had been no Covid-19-related bans in the first quarter of the year? in the 2020/21 financial year – , when the number of carjackings fell by 20% – the country would have recorded the highest numbers for the year ending March 2021.
In order for the police to succeed against this crime, they should target the top of the syndicates. If the police could target the masterminds who ordered the vehicles to be cloned, exported and shared, progress could be made in reducing this crime.
“If the police could identify them, information about them collect them and arrest them. Otherwise it won’t stop. ”
He said the runners for the syndicates, like robbers, were replaced as soon as they were arrested or shot.
De Kock said at the police station Level, if they knew what type of crime was happening and when, they could use this information to conduct visible police work.
He said that in the past there had been a time in the SAPS when targets were Crime-fighting were established and a great deal of emphasis was placed on the accountability of officials.
“People who were not doing well were taken to the cleanup.”
De Kock said it was Important that information about carjacking hotspots and methods was shared with the public. A firearm was used in nearly 85% of carjackings.
“If a firearm is so important in taking guns away from the public, the criminals’ guns are still active and [they will] such things do, ”he said.
De Kock said before 2000, most of the hijacked vehicles were sedans and hatchbacks, and most were looted in the more affluent suburbs of Gauteng and the Western Cape.
“Now there is a shift as more and more people are traveling in bakkies and SUVs.”
De Kock said the biggest increases in carjacking were between 2012/13 and 2016/17. < / p>
There were small declines in 2017/18 and 2018/19.
Notable declines in this crime category were 7.1 in 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12 . recorded%, 23.9% and 10.7% respectively. During this time there was a high level of police visibility and a greater focus of police crime investigation on syndicates.
“During these years many syndicates have been disbanded and [bosses] have been arrested. There were government fears that kidnappings could be negative for the 2010 [soccer] World Cup. ”
geospatial specialist Craig Schwabe said many of the smaller cities and rural towns have had few or no cases of car hijacking. In metropolitan areas, however, it was the opposite.
Nyanga in the Western Cape had the highest in the country in 2019/20 with 383 cases. Further stations in the top 10 were Mamelodi East, Philippi East, Booysens, Harare, Khayelitsha, Moroka, Honeydew, Vosman and Gugulethu.
“There was a movement from higher per capita areas to townships of metropolitan areas of the country. These crimes are exacerbated in township areas. That is a cause for concern, ”said Schwabe