Major robberies, such as carjacking, rose by 13.8% in South Africa between October and December last year.
Police Minister Bheki Cele announced this on Friday in Cape Town during the release of the quarterly crime statistics for the last three months of 2021.
Quarterly Crime Statistics
Major General Norman Sekhukhune said 661 more cases of carjacking had been reported to police during the period under review.
There were 230 cases of carjacking reported to the police in October, 128 in November and 303 in December.
“The only three provinces to see a decline in carjacking cases were the Free State by three counts less, Northwest by four counts and the Western Cape by 16 counts,” Sekhukhune said.
According to statistics, the top five police stations reporting the most carjacking cases were Harare, Nyanga and Philippi East in the Western Cape, as well as Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal and Orange Farm in Gauteng.
Robbery on money transport
In terms of Cash-In-Transit (CIT) robberies, they have declined during the reporting period, with five less canisters being targeted by criminals, compared to 2020.
Gauteng, the province where money transport is most common, registered the largest drop of nine fewer cases.
“The provinces that recorded decreases in terms of money robberies were Gauteng with nine, Mpumalanga with one, the Western Cape with five and we have never had an incident in this current district in the Northern Cape,” Sekhukhune said.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) attributed the drop in robberies to the specialized CIT task forces set up across the country to infiltrate and clean up well-organized and sophisticated criminal gangs.
Between October and December last year, 2,605 kidnapping cases were opened with the police, resulting in 686 more cases than in 2020.
In October, 225 kidnappings were reported, in November 283 and in December 178.
There was a decline in this crime trend in only two provinces: the Free State and the Western Cape. The other seven provinces registered an increase in kidnappings.
Police said the main motive for this crime was hijacking, followed by rape-related theft and kidnapping.
The top five police stations reporting the most kidnapping cases were Inanda in KwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg Central, Randfontein, Tembisa and Mondeor in Gauteng.
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