In Mandela Bay a car is stolen every five hours 12 minutes

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.

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.

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Derrick Spies is the founder, editor and publisher of Metro247. Derrick started his career as a journalist in 2000, working at the then Port Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce and Industry (now Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber) after returning from the UK. He subsequently worked in various positions within the print media field, from business reporter to online news editor at The Herald and as senior business reporter at the Daily Dispatch in East London. Derrick returned to Port Elizabeth in 2009 and decided to start his own business, focusing on marketing and communication, and Derrick Spies Consulting was born. Derrick Spies Consulting relaunched as DSC Media in 2010, with a stronger emphasis on media management practices, social media integration and utilization, website and electronic newsletter development as well as traditional media and PR services. In 2012 DSC Media entered the publication sphere, with the launch of Metro Newspaper (SA). Metro Newspaper was relaunched in 2016 as Metro247