Police, technology thwart Durban car thefts
DURBAN, (CAJ News) – THE South African Police Service and a local tracking devices and fleet management company have hailed their partnership aimed .at curbing the scourge of crime.
An awards ceremony has been held in Durban to celebrate the partnership.
The purpose of these awards was to recognize individuals and teams who have excelled in vehicle tracking and recoveries.Ronn Knott-Craig, the Executive for Operational Services from Tracker, lauded the performance of law enforcers, who on a daily basis are in the coal-face of fighting crime.
He also emphasised that the level of crime cannot be brought down by police alone. Everybody needs to put their shoulder on the wheel and be a part of the solution.
“If we are truly to turn the tide on crime, we need holistic action. From members of the public, the media, community forums, reservists, bigbusiness, private security companies and government – we need to come together in new and meaningful ways,” he said.
Brigadier Aaron Harry , the Provincial Head of Visible Policing who represented Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, the ProvincialCommissioner, at the event, acknowledged the achievement by police officials but emphasized that more integrated operations should be conducted which would target syndicates and make a dent into vehicle theft and hijacking crimes.
The partnership with Tracker sees the company fitting the vehicle tracking units on the various law enforcement vehicles, which are then activated when the vehicle is stolen.This enables police and other law enforcement agencies to trace the stolen vehicle through the assistance of the fitted device.
These devices were not only fitted into SAPS vehicles but also on vehicles belonging to other law enforcement agencies such as the Durban Metro Police and private security companies.Ngobeni applauded the members for their performance in combating vehicle thefts and hijackings.
“Well done to the members who received awards and we wish Constable Hlophe and the Integrated Vehicle Task Team all the best in the National Awards Ceremony. It is only through such integrated partnerships that we can win the war on crime,” she said.
Constable Dalisu Cyprian Hlophe from the Umlazi Tactical Response Team was the overall winner. He had recovered in excess of 75 Tracker fitted vehicles and affected at least 10 arrests and recovered 4 fire-arms firearms during 2014/15.
In addition, he had also recovered 22 non Tracker fitted vehicles as a result of his daily duties. There was also a large quantity of propertyrecovered by this member during the course of his tracks.The KZN Integrated Vehicle Task team took the first prize amongst five nominees in the Unit Awards category.
– CAJ News
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