The latest police crime statistics, which were released yesterday, have revealed that a car is stolen roughly every five hours and 12 minutes in Nelson Mandela Bay.
This figure is derived from the total number of cars reported stolen 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.
Based on these numbers 1,679 vehicles were reported stolen in Nelson Mandela Bay between the 1st of April 2011 and the 31st of March 2012.
This was 5.7 per cent higher than the number of cars stolen over the same period in 2010/11, where the same seventeen stations reported 1,588 vehicles stolen.
Hotspots for vehicle theft included the Humewood precinct, where 369 vehicles were reported stolen, followed by Mount Road precinct, with 299 vehicles reported stolen and Walmer, with 131 vehicles stolen.
The statistics also revealed that a car is broken into roughly every two hours in Nelson Mandela Bay, with 4,696 cases of theft out of, or from, a motor vehicle reported. This was a 2.5% drop from the same period last year, where 4,818 thefts from motor vehicles were recorded.
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.
You must have flash player version 8 or higher in order to view the map, which is unfortunately not available on mobile devices.