The history of man is the history of crime, and as history is bound to repeat itself, the ancient society was challenged to come up with strategies that will help fight crime and ultimately protect the people. For some certain misgivings or others, the strategies have continuously evolved throughout history, and in this dispensation, the police is the
According to the BSi 2015 Security Risk Index report, which illuminated some major areas of concern and evolving trends that have developed over the last few months, cargo hijacking in SA has risen by 29 percent, and police or security officers are some of the perpetrators of the crime.
The report stated that “the number of cargo truck hijackings in South Africa has continued to climb, rising from 29.1 percent last year to 1,279”. Along with the increase in the number of hijackings in the country, the report emphasized on the increasing use of violence in the hijackings. It related that “a total of 10 security escorts were wounded in 12 different incidents attempting to defend cargo trucks from hijackers over the past year,” and that “even more worryingly, some of the perpetrators in these incidents are current or former police or security officers using sophisticated assault-style techniques and technologies such as GPS jammers.”
The report further highlighted that though hijackings are seemingly rising unalterable in South Africa, there is “a tight correlation between GDP growth and the number of hijackings in the country.” As uncovered, hijackings in the country usually tend to steadily increase when GDP growth slows, only to decrease when the economy improves.
It was illustrated that “from 2010 to 2012, the South African economy maintained GDP growth rates around 3 percent despite the global recession and the number of hijackings dipped as low as 800 in 2011. As GDP growth began to slow to 2 and then 1.5 percent in 2014, hijacking increased to the 1,279 recorded last year. As the South African economic growth is forecast to improve slightly in 2015, there may be a corresponding dip in the number of hijackings.”