Car theft statistics shocking

I picked up a copy of the daily newspaper on Tuesday,  July18, as the front page carried the headline, “KZN Hijack Hotspots”. Since my car was stolen recently and not taken in a hi-jacking, the article still grabbed my interest. The statistics are shocking to say the least! The article highlighted the high risk areas in and around Durban where cars are stolen or taken in a hi-jacking.

The areas covered included the Berea, Chatsworth, Durban Central, Phoenix and Umbilo.

Total cars stolen in 2015 were 2358 and in 2016 the number increased to 2621. Hi-jackings for the two years were 391 and 424 respectively. Last year over 3,000 cars were stolen in the Durban area alone, excluding the outer suburbs of Pinetown, Westville, Kloof, Durban North etc!

If ever there was an indictment on the efficiency of the South African Police Force incubating crime, then this is it. If one were to compound the problem and include all cars stolen and hi-jacked in the country, the result would be mind-blowing.

Not all stolen cars are used for spare parts, so there must be thousands and thousands of cars being driven around on the roads that have been obtained by illicit means. If the cars have been registered, then the personnel at licensing departments are not vigilant enough to avoid stolen vehicles from being registered. Stealing vehicles must be an enormously lucrative industry.

It is no wonder that we see so many luxury vehicles on the roads. Many of these may well have been obtained by ill-gotten means.

An email arrived in our mailbox last week indicating that my wife’s business, a florist “has been shortlisted regarding a request for a quotation from the Department of Defence in line with the supply of Boots and Body Armour”!

This email contained the logo of the South African Defence Force and was signed by Busiswe Ngcobo. One would hope that the national defence force is in a better state of preparedness than their administration department.

Florists may, by a wild stretch of the imagination, consider entering the body armour business by adorning the vests with floral designs, but to supply boots is ludicrous! This past Sunday morning I was making my way towards Park Rynie, and, as I passed the House of the Rising Sun, a Zulu couple and their two young children, emerged from the plantation on the northern side of the R102.

I surmised that they were going to church as they seemed to be wearing their Sunday best outfits.

The man looked very smart wearing a white jacket with dark trousers. As I passed them I glanced back at the man and noticed that he was wearing a checked shirt and a tie.

This led me to thinking about how the dress code for men has changed over the years.

There was a time, not so long ago, that men wore jackets and ties to church. Nowadays, its open-necked shirts and hardly a neck tie in evidence. In fact, some men even attend church services in shorts. Times have certainly changed, for the better? I think not.

Henry Parsons

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