Toyota Hilux, Fortuner, Etios and Yaris, Ford Ranger and Figo, and Nissan Navara are among the cars being targeted by criminals in South Africa as thefts are on the rise.
This was stated by criminal expert Kelvin Rafadi, who spoke about it in an interview with the newspaper eNCA this week.
HOW LUXURY VEHICLES ARE SMUGGLED OUT OF SA
In an interview, Rafadi said criminals smuggle luxury vehicles, such as SUVs and 4X4s, into neighboring countries in cooperation with border patrols and police.
Rafadi said criminals also falsify insurance documents when crossing the border and pay bribes.
In addition, he said criminals are paid in forex currency or through trade, as some in Mozambique are reportedly paid in ephedrine.
Security group Fidelity also said Toyota and Volkswagen cars are often the targets, with models targeted including:
- Toyota Hilux
- Volkswagen Polo
- Toyota Quantum
- Nissan NP200
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has listed the following stations as the top 10 kidnapping hotspots:
- Nyanga, Western Cape
- Philippi East, Western Cape
- Harare, Western Cape
- Moroka, Gauteng
- Sandringham, Gauteng
- Midrand, Gauteng
- Voslorus, Gauteng
- Alexandra, Gauteng
- Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal
- Kempton Park – Gauteng
Earlier this year, Fidelity SecureDrive recorded high levels of car theft and explained which vehicles are the most stolen in SA. White or silver-gray Toyota Hilux and Volkswagen Polo are the most stolen cars in the country.
In KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the number of seizures has reached a record level. A number of factors seem to increase the likelihood that a person will become a victim of kidnapping.
December, January, April and May were obviously the periods of highest risk. In addition, abduction records indicate that most of the abductions took place on Thursday and Friday.
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