Hijackings skyrocket in Nelson Mandela Bay

Police have recorded 377 car hijackings in Nelson Mandela Bay between the 1st of April 2011 and the 31st of March 2012, according to the latest statistics released yesterday.

This figure is derived from the total number of murders reported at each of the seventeen stations within the greater Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, namely Algoa Park, Bethelsdorp, Bluewater Bay, Despatch, Gelvandale, Humewood, Ikamvelihle, Kabega Park, Kwadwesi, Kwanobuhle, Kwazakele, Mount Road, Motherwell, New Brighton, Swartkops, Uitenhage and Walmer.

This meant that hijackings in the city have escalated by 45.6% compared to the same period last year, where 259 car hijackings were recorded by the above stations.

This is nearly double the average increase in hijackings in the Eastern Cape, which recorded a 22.2% increase in car hijackings, which rose to 644 incidents in the province for the 2011/12 period, compared with 527 incidents the previous year.

Nationally car hijackings actually showed a decline, dropping 10.8%, from 10,627 cases of hijackings reported in 2010/11 to just 9,475 cases reported this year.

The main hotspot in the Bay for car hijackings was Kwazakele, where a total of 120 hijackings were reported, up from 77 reported the year before.New Brighton was second with 89 cases reported, up from 33 cases for the 2010/11 period.

Metro Newspaper has developed an interactive map for the Nelson Mandela Bay region, based on the 2011/12 crime statistics released by the South African Police Service yesterday.

The map can be found here.

You must have flash player version 8 or higher in order to view the map, which is unfortunately not available on mobile devices.