Carjacking and truckjacking are serious crimes. It is both a property crime, the acquisition of a motor vehicle and its goods, and a personal crime, the psychological and/or physical damaging of an innocent human being. It is probably best described as armed assault on the occupants of a vehicle.

In this post we delve a bit deeper and consider the numbers, percentages of each province as they stack up in RSA.

We conclude this post with a brief reflection on the history of car- and truckjacking from, 2004-2014.

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The annual SAPS crime statistics report tends to focus on what it terms “serious crime”. How these are broken down by SAPS tends to differ slightly with each annual report which has added to confusion and uncertainty about crime trends however these crimes can broadly be divided into four primary categories.

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We leave from home to drop kids at school and head to work, and after work pick our kids up and return home. We spend a lot of time at home and in transit in our cars. A noteworthy fact is that the majority of these crimes – the ones that take place against people in cars and people in homes – take place in one province. If there’s anywhere in South Africa that you’re likely to be carjacked or robbed that place is going to be Gauteng.

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In a few situations the perpetrators also intend to harm the occupants of the vehicles. The shift can be quick and sudden, usually indicated by an internal warning that things are gonna get ugly. When the perpetrator wants to harm you or your family simply “cooperating” is not an option. Could you stand by while you, your spouse, and even your kids get shot, stabbed, raped, and murdered? What can you do?

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It would seem that Apple is doing the same thing but with iPhoto and Aperture, rebuilding their photo editing suite according to the paradigm shift in digital photography editing with an eye toward including the editing features from Aperture along with third party extensibility.

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Choosing a firearm as a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) for home defense is a real challenge, especially if you’re not a gun nut and aren’t surrounded by gun nuts. Trawling the Internet and seeking advice from accessible gun nuts yields varying opinions about what to get and why. I’ve recently started to consider acquiring one.

The starting point ought to be an evaluation of your motivation. Why do you want a firearm? For me the answer is simple – self and personal defense.

South Africa is rated #7 with regards to violent crime and stated as being #1 with regard to murder. Though the statistics are dated it does provide a foundation for the popular opinion people I know have of my country. The basic fact is that the average criminal involved in hijacking, home invasions, rape, and robbery is likely to be armed. In the city where I live in violent crime, including murder and hijacking and rape, is a concern and protecting my family is important to me. I’ve been lucky enough to make it this far in life without the sense that the world is a dangerous place. Whether its my sixth sense, the leading of the Spirit, or recent re-exposure to firearms, the urge to acquire a firearm for CCW has dawned.

The last time I fired a gun with any kind of consistency was between the ages of 5 and 7. I’ve done one or two fun shoots in my adult life and put over 30 years of time in between. The only serious attempt at firearm usage was recently doing a Combat Shooting course through Golani Krav Maga. This means that I don’t have a large volume of experience. Understandably you’d want to file my recommendations here under the realm of “opinion.”

Disclaimer: I’m not a very experienced firearm wrangler. Hence, this piece of writing doesn’t count as professional advice. Consult a trained professional, do your research, participate in some training, do a few tests, and make up your own mind. Continue Reading…

Reboot.

noun

an act or instance of booting a computer system again.

I started this blog several years ago in a different phase of my life. I’ve written in an unfocused and disorganized manner. Recently it became clear that it was time to clean up my blog. So I’ve decided that a clear reboot is in order … a dramatic one. I’m starting again from scratch with purpose and focus.