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Truck hijackings rise by 31.4% in latest crime statistics, here is why it may get worse

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Truck hijackings have increased by 31.4 percent in the latest crime statistics covering the fourth quarter of the 2021/22 financial year.

There are concerns that the situation could get worse driven by food prices which continue to rise.

Crime against businesses has been on the rise for a number of years.

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The latest statistics show that commercial crime increased by 12.7 percent.

According to the Road Freight Association (RFA), investors have long complained of crime as one of the hindrances of doing business in the country.

Road freight and logistics companies are now having to spend more on private security services to ensure goods arrive at the intended destinations.

RFA says trucks will continue to be targeted as food inflation rises. This is over and above the looting and burning that happens when trucks are targeted during protests.

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The ever rising cost of food, fuel and transportation, coupled with high unemployment and government corruption may cause a spike in crimes against businesses, truck hijackings included.

Read also: Two cops arrested for being part of N3 truck hijacking syndicate

SA Trucker wishes to remind truck drivers to be extra vigilant as they could be targeted for the food they will be transporting.

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