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Which makes of vehicles are more likely to be stolen in South Africa?

Are you going to be the more likely victim of vehicle theft than the guy next door just because you have a specific vehicle? What would make the vehicle thief decide to rather take your vehicle than that of the other bloke? I have come across an interesting story in Rapport Newspaper in which it was revealed that two Toyota brands, the Hilux and Fortuner vehicles have been identified as the most sought after by vehicle thieves. A Toyota spokesperson has confirmed that this has come to their attention and that the giant motor manufacturer is working closely with the security industry and the police services in assisting vehicle owners to combat vehicle theft. Toyota comments on vehicle theft statistics Toyota however cautions on making a simplistic assumption from the facts and statistics and cautions that as the motor manufacturer with the largest market share it is most possible that vehicle theft might also tend to reflect this market share. Historically these revelations do not come as much of a surprise. The Toyota minibus has long been the mode of transport for the majority of commuters in both cities, rural towns and perhaps most importantly in neighbouring countries. It has long been speculated that the engines within the Hilux and Fortuner could well be used within these minibuses and the overhauling of other vehicles. The historical reliability of these engines could perhaps also have this unfortunate downside if they are built to last perhaps they are built to be taken for use elsewhere What do the car insurers say about increased theft of specific vehicles? Several car insurers have been asked for their comment on whether they would still insure brands identified as prime targets by vehicle thieves and the big car insurer sees no problem in doing so.

There has been confirmation however that: - Vehicle theft statistics are closely monitored - These statistics will play a role in the calculation of the car insurance premium payable - If a specific vehicle is stolen much more often that others the car insurer will consult with the motoring manufacturer on security requirements. It is important to note that the vehicle owner could also improve the safety features on his specific vehicle through additional safety features, tracking systems etc. We would like to urge vehicle owners to have a look at the blog post on layered security systems. A spokesperson from the South African Insurance Association has confirmed that many role players in the insurance industry, security industry and business sector are working closely together to combat vehicle theft in South Africa. Conclusion and advice to vehicle owners It is important that vehicle owners pay close attention to their vehicles and how to protect themselves from vehicle loss through theft or hijacking. Apart from having these vehicles insured also pay attention to: -vehicle security features - where you drive your vehicle at night -hijacking hotspots -secured parking at home/ work -where you park your vehicle

2digg Vehicle theft statistics recently released by one of the leading vehicle tracking companies in South Africa, Netstar, provide a sobering wake-up call for all those urban 4x4 and bakkie (pickup truck) owners who drive these vehicles for image rather than need. 11 out of the top 20 most sought after vehicles by car thieves were bakkies and 4x4s. The Nissan 1400 bakkie was the most sought after vehicle with a total of 507 fitted with this company's tracking devices stolen during a 12-month period from August 2007 to July 2008. These little workhorse vehicles are a huge favorite with thieves as the number two contender, the Nissan Hardbody, came in with only 141 stolen. The second most targeted type of vehicle was the sedan. In particular, luxury sedans are a big hit with thieves. The BMW 318 was the most popular choice of sedan by these vehicle villains with 77 stolen during this period. The two entry level sedans/hatchbacks that made it into the top 20 were the Nissan Sentra and the Mazda 323. For consumers thinking of purchasing a vehicle that won't require a fortune to insure these statistics indicate that bakkies and luxury sedans should be avoided. Vehicle theft statistics play a major role in how insurance companies determine insurance premiums for vehicles. Vehicles that are vigorously targeted by car theft syndicates are a higher risk to insurance companies, so they increase premiums in order to compensate for this additional risk. Some cars are less popular with syndicates for practical reasons such as the availability of parts

at chop shops where these stolen vehicles are refurbished. In general newer model and less popular vehicles fall into this category which could explain why vehicles like the Hyundai Getz and Nissan Primera came in around the 150th position. The top 20 'Most Sought After Cars' according to these statistics are as follows: 1. Nissan 1400 - 507 Stolen 2. Nissan Hardbody - 141 Stolen 3. Mitsubishi Colt - 125 Stolen 4. Isuzu KB280 - 122 Stolen 5. Isuzu KB250 - 114 Stolen 6. BMW 318 - 77 Stolen 7. Ford Courier - 65 Stolen 8. Audi A4 - 62 Stolen 9. Nissan 1 Ton - 61 Stolen 10. BMW 320i - 58 Stolen 11. Ford Ranger - 57 Stolen 12. Mitsubishi L300 - 52 Stolen 13. Ford Bantam - 51 Stolen 14. Mazda Drifter - 43 Stolen 15. Mercedes C200 - 43 Stolen 16. Jeep Cherokee - 42 Stolen 17. Nissan Sentra - 41 Stolen 18. Mazda 323 - 40 Stolen 19. MAN - 35 Stolen 20. Mercedes Sprinter - 32 Stolen ** Totals from August 2007 to July 2008 Please note that these statistics are from one of the leading vehicle tracking companies in South Africa, but should not be regarded as encompassing statistics for all vehicle thefts throughout South Africa during this period. These statistics do however provide a 'feel' for what is happening in the country.

Stolen Cars in South Africa


Posted on June 19, 2011 by Web Master
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Im sure the list has not changed much according to contacts in the Insurance company industry as well as the South Africa police department. This list is for 2008. This can be used as guidelines when purchasing a new car. Before viewing the list, read the following The following factors will determine how much chance your car has of getting stolen / hijacked: 1. How popular the vehicle is therefore the greater needs for parts. Criminals like to get rid of the parts ASAP.

2. How easy it is to steal the car. A garage attendant showed me how to start a Toyota with a screwdriver. 3. How flashy is the vehicle. Convertibles attract attention easily hence less likely to be stolen. 4. Flashy is not always good. If you have a nice set of rims / mags the criminal can sell them quick. 5. Can the vehicle be used for taxi parts therefore a great need for parts! 6. Older vehicles are stolen also because the criminal suspects you do not have a tracking device. 7. Do you have a gear / steering lock? The criminal will rather pick yours instead of your neighbors without one.
Car Model TOYOTA HIACE NISSAN 1400 TOYOTA HILUX TOYOTA VENTURE TOYOTA COROLLA NISSAN HARDBODY MITS COLT ISUZU KB280 ISUZU KB250 VW CITI GOLF TOYOTA CONQUEST BMW 318 VW CHICO GOLF TOYOTA STALLION VW MICROBUS FORD COURIER AUDI A4 NISSAN 1 TON TOYOTA DYNA VW POLO CLASSIC Stolen 1119 507 497 270 209 141 125 122 114 103 88 77 75 69 67 65 62 61 60 59

BMW 320i FORD RANGER TOYOTA TAZZ TOYOTA HINO MITS L300 FORD BANTAM TOYOTA CONDOR MAZDA DRIFTER MERC C200 JEEP CHEROKEE NISSAN SENTRA MAZDA 323 TOYOTA RUNX MAN VW CARAVELLE VW POLO PLAYER MERC SPRINTER TOYOTA LANDCRUISER VW GOLF Gti BMW 325i ISUZU KB200 OPEL ASTRA HYUNDAI BAKKIE MERC C230 TOYOTA CRESSIDA HONDA BALLADE MERC C180

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Stolen Cars in South Africa


Posted on June 19, 2011 by Web Master
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Im sure the list has not changed much according to contacts in the Insurance company industry as well as the South Africa police department. This list is for 2008. This can be used as guidelines when purchasing a new car. Before viewing the list, read the following The following factors will determine how much chance your car has of getting stolen / hijacked: 1. How popular the vehicle is therefore the greater needs for parts. Criminals like to get rid of the parts ASAP. 2. How easy it is to steal the car. A garage attendant showed me how to start a Toyota with a screwdriver. 3. How flashy is the vehicle. Convertibles attract attention easily hence less likely to be stolen. 4. Flashy is not always good. If you have a nice set of rims / mags the criminal can sell them quick. 5. Can the vehicle be used for taxi parts therefore a great need for parts! 6. Older vehicles are stolen also because the criminal suspects you do not have a tracking device. 7. Do you have a gear / steering lock? The criminal will rather pick yours instead of your neighbors without one.
Car Model TOYOTA HIACE NISSAN 1400 TOYOTA HILUX TOYOTA VENTURE TOYOTA COROLLA NISSAN HARDBODY MITS COLT Stolen 1119 507 497 270 209 141 125

ISUZU KB280 ISUZU KB250 VW CITI GOLF TOYOTA CONQUEST BMW 318 VW CHICO GOLF TOYOTA STALLION VW MICROBUS FORD COURIER AUDI A4 NISSAN 1 TON TOYOTA DYNA VW POLO CLASSIC BMW 320i FORD RANGER TOYOTA TAZZ TOYOTA HINO MITS L300 FORD BANTAM TOYOTA CONDOR MAZDA DRIFTER MERC C200 JEEP CHEROKEE NISSAN SENTRA MAZDA 323 TOYOTA RUNX

122 114 103 88 77 75 69 67 65 62 61 60 59 58 57 55 53 52 51 45 43 43 42 41 40 37

MAN VW CARAVELLE VW POLO PLAYER MERC SPRINTER TOYOTA LANDCRUISER VW GOLF Gti BMW 325i ISUZU KB200 OPEL ASTRA HYUNDAI BAKKIE MERC C230 TOYOTA CRESSIDA HONDA BALLADE MERC C180 BMW X5 FIAT UNO TOYOTA SIYAYA 2l INTERNATIONAL EAGLE MAZDA RUSTLER MERC ACTROS

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Stolen Cars in South Africa


Posted on June 19, 2011 by Web Master
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Im sure the list has not changed much according to contacts in the Insurance company industry as well as the South Africa police department. This list is for 2008. This can be used as guidelines when purchasing a new car. Before viewing the list, read the following The following factors will determine how much chance your car has of getting stolen / hijacked: 1. How popular the vehicle is therefore the greater needs for parts. Criminals like to get rid of the parts ASAP.

2. How easy it is to steal the car. A garage attendant showed me how to start a Toyota with a screwdriver. 3. How flashy is the vehicle. Convertibles attract attention easily hence less likely to be stolen. 4. Flashy is not always good. If you have a nice set of rims / mags the criminal can sell them quick. 5. Can the vehicle be used for taxi parts therefore a great need for parts! 6. Older vehicles are stolen also because the criminal suspects you do not have a tracking device. 7. Do you have a gear / steering lock? The criminal will rather pick yours instead of your neighbors without one.
Car Model TOYOTA HIACE NISSAN 1400 TOYOTA HILUX TOYOTA VENTURE TOYOTA COROLLA NISSAN HARDBODY MITS COLT ISUZU KB280 ISUZU KB250 VW CITI GOLF TOYOTA CONQUEST BMW 318 VW CHICO GOLF TOYOTA STALLION VW MICROBUS FORD COURIER AUDI A4 NISSAN 1 TON TOYOTA DYNA VW POLO CLASSIC Stolen 1119 507 497 270 209 141 125 122 114 103 88 77 75 69 67 65 62 61 60 59

BMW 320i FORD RANGER TOYOTA TAZZ TOYOTA HINO MITS L300 FORD BANTAM TOYOTA CONDOR MAZDA DRIFTER MERC C200 JEEP CHEROKEE NISSAN SENTRA MAZDA 323 TOYOTA RUNX MAN VW CARAVELLE VW POLO PLAYER MERC SPRINTER TOYOTA LANDCRUISER VW GOLF Gti BMW 325i ISUZU KB200 OPEL ASTRA HYUNDAI BAKKIE MERC C230 TOYOTA CRESSIDA HONDA BALLADE MERC C180

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BMW X5 FIAT UNO TOYOTA SIYAYA 2l INTERNATIONAL EAGLE MAZDA RUSTLER MERC ACTROS

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OPEL CORSA UTILITY 22 MAZDA MARATHON ISUZU KB300 21 20

Information on theft and hijacking in South Africa


Vehicles are being stolen or hijacked for the following reasons: Export Resold locally Spare parts (chop shops) Joy riding To commit other crimes Insurance fraud Interesting statistics: From 1980 vehicle theft has increased from 40 000 units per year to the current 140 000 vehicles per year. Annual local vehicle sales are about 310 000 per annum 3 428 hijackings were reported in Johannesburg in 1999 There are an estimated 500 000 stolen vehicles driving on South African roads Crime accounts for approximately R1.5 Billion in insurance claims per annum Only 35% of vehicles on South African roads are insured Cost to public of vehicle crime in 1996 was estimated at R7.4 Billion (excludes SAPS costs, loss of investment, costs of death and trauma,

tourism losses, emigration, etc) Re-registration of stolen vehicles is clearly South Africas biggest vehicle crime problem 50% of these are so professionally rebirthed that they are likely to be permanently undetected Death by hijackings occur in an estimated 1 per 30 cases Only 5.5% of hijackings are referred for prosecution The average age of the stolen vehicle is 9.7 years The average age of the South African car parc is 10.57 years Vehicle Theft Statistics These are unavailable to the public and continues to be a matter for debate In Australia the list of the top ten high risk vehicles are released each quarter In many US states this also occurs.
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Crime Statistics
CRIME RESEARCH AND STATISTICS - SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE 2011 STATS
Theft of Motor Vehicle & Motorcycle Reported Cases 2003/20 2004/20 2005/20 2006/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 2010/20 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 RS 13 793 A 12 434 12 825 13 599 14 201 14 915 13 902 10 627

Percentage difference on reported cases 2003/20 2004/20 2005/20 2006/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 2003/20 04// 05// 06// 07// 08// 09// 10// 04// 2004/20 2005/20 2006/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 2010/20 2010/20 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 11 RS A -9.9% 3.1% 6.0% 4.4% 5.0% -6.8% -23.6% -23.0%

Carjacking Reported Cases

2003/20 2004/20 2005/20 2006/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 2010/20 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 RS 13 793 A 12 434 12 825 13 599 14 201 14 915 13 902 10 627

Percentage difference on reported cases 2003/20 2004/20 2005/20 2006/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 2003/20 04// 05// 06// 07// 08// 09// 10// 04// 2004/20 2005/20 2006/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 2010/20 2010/20 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 11 RS A -9.9% 3.1% 6.0% 4.4% 5.0% -6.8% -23.6% -23.0%

Truckjacking Reported Cases 2003/20 2004/20 2005/20 2006/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 2010/20 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 RS A 901 930 829 892 1 245 1 437 1 412 999

Percentage difference on reported cases 2003/20 2004/20 2005/20 2006/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 2003/20 04// 05// 06// 07// 08// 09// 10// 04// 2004/20 2005/20 2006/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 2010/20 2010/20 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 11 RS A 3.2% -10.9% 7.6% 39.6% 15.4% -1.7% -29.2% 10.9%

Information on theft and hijacking in South Africa - January 2010 Vehicles are being stolen or hijacked for the following reasons: Info update 1st January 2010

Resold locally 60% Export 30% Spare parts (chop shops) 10%

Interesting statistics:

SAPS have to crush between 12, 000 and 16, 000 recovered vehicles annually due to the fact that their original identity is impossible to ascertain. Estimated cost to the RSA economy R1.2 Billion o Note that no Nissan, BMW and Toyota Quantum vehicles dotted as part of the manufactured process would have been part of this waste There are an estimated 2 Million stolen vehicles driving on South African roads It is believed that there are actually about 10 million cars on our roads. This is 2 million more than the official number of 8 million. This represents billions in lost revenue to licensing authorities. These vehicles would be cloned / duplicated vehicles There are now more than 750,000 vehicles DataDotted on our roads Only 35% of vehicles on South African roads are insured

Officers trained and equipped


10254 police officers have been trained as at the 31st of March 2010 by DataDot Technology SA 5347 Police Microdot kits have been donated by DataDot Technology SA to the SAPS as at the 31st of March 2010

DataDot Recovery and Theft Statistics

There have been 8086 vehicles recovered by SAPS on which microdot technology was fitted. The estimated value of these vehicles is in excess of R1 Billion. There have been a minimum of 919 vehicles recovered by SAPS using microdot technology only i.e. where all other identifiers had been removed. This figure relates to those that are reported to DataDot or where DataDot personnel have assisted the SAPS.

From SAPS Annual Report dated 31/07/2009 The average recovery rate for stolen and robbed vehicles was 46%, which implies that the national target of recovering 46% stolen and robbed vehicles had been achieved. Over the past three financial years, an average of 91 000 vehicles had been stolen and robbed in South Africa annually. One of the reasons for the high theft rate is that South Africa is the only country on the African continent that manufactures vehicles. During the reporting period 86 579 vehicles were stolen and robbed (compared to 88 941 in 2007/2008). Of these, 51% (excluding stolen/robbed military police vehicles) were stolen and robbed in Gauteng. 39 838 vehicles were recovered including vehicles which were stolen or robbed during previous financial years.

The recovery rate of stolen vehicles (including recoveries that had been reported as stolen before the reporting period) was 40.9% (28 019 recovered). The low recovery rate of stolen vehicles can be attributed to the fact that syndicates easily remove vehicle identifiers such as Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN), engine numbers and registration numbers. The recovery rate of robbed vehicles (including recoveries that had been reported as robbed before the reporting period) was 65.3% (11 819 recovered). The high recovery rate of robbed vehicles can be attributed to the constant enhancement of anti-theft devices fitted by manufacturers (insurance companies insist that vehicles be fitted with tracking devices). New vehicles can also be more identifiable as manufacturers are using improved identification features such as microdotting.