Hijackings in the Western Cape may not be on the rise, but they have become more violent, while KwaZulu-Natal police have exposed a huge vehicle theft and hijack syndicate.

Hijackings in the Western Cape may not be on the rise, but they have become more violent, while KwaZulu-Natal police have exposed a huge vehicle theft and hijack syndicate.

The reported that the violence levels in hijackings in the Cape have been high. In the past few weeks, three men were killed in attempted hijackings.

“Hijackings are widespread in this province. There has been no increase over previous years, but the vital difference is that hijackings are more violent,” Stanley Sibidla, head of the Serious and Violent Crimes Unit.

“We have made arrests in most reported cases, but we still don’t have the upper hand,” Sibidla said.

Meanwhile, the reported that police have arrested a father and son team in connection with the theft of 90 vehicles. They said this has given them information that has led to the exposure of a vehicle theft and hijacking syndicate operating between Durban and the Eastern Cape.

The arrests came after a house in Clermont was raided after a tipoff. Police discovered 29 fake logbooks, 21 fake chassis tags and several engine stamps at the house.

"This syndicate is believed to be responsible for the theft and hijacking of scores of vehicles," said arresting officer Hennie Prinsloo.

He said there was also a possibility that the two men had helped register logbooks in the names of dead people through connections at a licensing office.

Original article from Car