Crime and violence analyst Dr Chris de Kock, the former head of the crime information analysis centre at the SAPS, said car hijacking as a crime category showed the highest increase in 2019/20 with 18,162 cases. This, he said, was the highest since the hijacking category was first recorded in 2001/02, adding the only thing that prevented the number being even higher in 2020/21 was the Covid-19 related lockdowns in the first quarter of the financial year which resulted in carjacking declined by 20%. He said the runners for the syndicates, such as robbers, were replaced as soon as they were arrested or shot, calling for the police to instead focus their attention on targeting those at the top of the syndicates.