“During the three months under review we have seen an increase with 1,563 cases reported as compared to the same period in 2020/2021 where there were 524 cases reported.”
In a sample of 1,404 cases, the top three causative factors for kidnappings are hijacking-related with 784 incidents, robbery-related with 221 incidents and retaliation- or revenge-related with 90 incidents.
Kempton Park police station recorded the highest number of kidnappings with 56 cases, an increase of 700% from seven reports in the previous year.
This is followed by Heidelberg police station with 49 cases, a 4,800% increase from the single case reported last year, and Orange Farm police station with 47 cases, an increase of 291.7% from 12 cases last year.
Hillbrow police station was the only station to record no increase with 14 cases, the same as last year.