n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Planning a vehicle hijacking : positive and negative factors that are taken into consideration when hijacking a vehicle is considered

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Although research that has been undertaken in South Africa to date focuses on the nature and extent of vehicle hijacking, little empirical information exists regarding the planning of a vehicle hijacking and more specifically the mind-set of offenders in terms of the positive and negative factors that are taken into account when hijacking a vehicle is planned.

As part of a broader study on the modus operandi of vehicle hijackers, 12 hijackers which had been sentenced for armed robbery and were involved in various hijackings, were interviewed in an attempt to get insight into the rationality behind decisions taken before and during the execution of a vehicle hijacking. The rational choice perspective (which had been discussed in a previous article) served as the theoretical framework for the study. Owing to the fact that the study is exploratory by nature and that it could generate further hypotheses, the findings were, where possible highlighted by the individual respondents' remarks, views and comments.

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