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The Most Frequently Stolen or Hijacked Cars In South Africa

19 August 2019 | 0 comments | Posted by Che Kohler in Petrol heads

Most popular stolen cars in South Africa

South African crime rates are almost legendary, and it's scary when we look at the number of incidents and level of crime we live with regularly. Vehicles being stolen or hijacked are a daily occurrence with around 182 motor vehicles taken (stolen or hijacked) from South African owners each day according to statistics.

Vehicle tracking and recovery services are popular among South African motorists. While some insurance companies even insist that they are installed into every motor vehicle.

Vehicle tracking company Ctrack has released data on the most hijacked vehicles in South Africa, and the areas where hijackings are most likely to occur.

Cars stolen in SA

Source: Carte Blanche: The number of vehicle-related thefts in South Africa

Most popular passenger vehicle models stolen in SA

Looking at the data released by Ctrack it was deduced that the most popular cars that get South African criminals attention are:

  1. Volkswagen Polo
  2. Polo Vivo
  3. Toyota Fortuner

The Volkswagen Polo and Polo Vivo are currently the first and second-bestselling cars in South Africa with the Toyota Fortuner currently in third.

Most popular passenger vehicle brands stolen in SA

These are the most popular personal passenger motor vehicle brands being stolen in South Africa in order of popularity.
  1. VW
  2. Toyota
  3. Ford
  4. Citroen
  5. Kia
  6. Hyundai
  7. BMW
  8. Audi
  9. Renault
  10. Chevrolet
  11. Tata
  12. Opel
  13. Nissan
  14. Honda
  15. Citroen
  16. Volvo
  17. Datsun

Most popular SUVs brands stolen in SA

These are the most popular SUV and bakkie brands being stolen in South Africa in order of popularity.
  1. Toyota
  2. Land Rover
  3. Nissan
  4. Mahindra
  5. VW
  6. Jeep
  7. Porsche
  8. Renault
  9. Ford
  10. Daihatsu
  11. BMW

Most popular trucks and machines brands stolen in SA

These are the most popular trucks and heavy motor vehicle brands being stolen in South Africa in order of popularity.
  1. Nissan
  2. Scania
  3. Freithliner
  4. Hino
  5. Isuzu
  6. Volvo
  7. Mercedes Benz
  8. Mitsubishi
  9. Toyota
  10. Superlink
  11. MAN
  12. Hyundai

Safety tips for South African motorists

If you do have one of the more popular vehicles or even if you don't, this is South Africa so there's no point in taking any chances. Make sure you install anti-theft devices like alarm systems, as well as looking behavioural changes – like avoiding known danger areas and trying to avoid driving at night. Having looked at the report we found that the following areas seem to be particularly dangerous for motorists. 

Hijacking hotspots in Gauteng

These neighbourhoods have been reported as vehicle theft and hijacking hotspots in GP especially during the hours of 18h00 and 23h59.

  1. Honeydew
  2. Booysens
  3. Roodepoort
  4. Linden
  5. Brooklyn

Hijacking hotspots in KwaZulu-Natal

These neighbourhoods have been reported as vehicle theft and hijacking hotspots in KZN especially during the hours of 18h00 and 23h59.

  1. Berea
  2. Durban
  3. Central
  4. Phoenix
  5. Umbilo
  6. Chatsworth

Hijacking hotspots in the Western Cape

These neighbourhoods have been reported as vehicle theft and hijacking hotspots in the WC especially during the hours of 00h00 and 06h00.

  1. Bellville
  2. Cape Town
  3. Mitchells Plain
  4. Parow
  5. Woodstock

Tell us your car story

Do you own any of these vehicle brands? Which safety precautions do you take with your vehicle? Let us know in the comments below

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