Police in Port Elizabeth have arrested two suspects after an allegedly stolen vehicle was recovered at a shopping centre recently.
Operators at the Community Information Centre (CIC) received an alert message on the Licence Plate Recognition camera network just after 4pm on Saturday 2 March 2019. The CIC is staffed and managed by Fidelity ADT and serves as a central contact point for all crime and municipal related incidents within Port Elizabeth and Jeffrey’s Bay.
“Senobia van Rensburg was on duty in the CIC, when she received this message about suspicious activity at a major shopping mall. According to the information she received, a vehicle which had been previously reported as stolen was picked up by the LPR cameras,” explains Ryan Britz, branch manager for Fidelity ADT in Port Elizabeth.
Van Rensburg immediately alerted the local SAPS, asking that they confirm the status of the vehicle in question, while she also dispatched a Fidelity ADT armed response vehicle to the location of the allegedly stolen vehicle.
“The SAPS, in the meantime, confirmed to our operator that the vehicle was in fact stolen and requested details of where it was seen,” says Britz.
Back at the shopping mall, the vehicle was quickly located where it was standing in the shopping centre’s parking area. The Fidelity ADT armed response officer and two of his colleagues kept the unoccupied vehicle under observation while waiting for the police to arrive.
“Our officers noted a woman walking out of the shopping centre towards the car, but she started acting nervously when she saw our officers. By the time she again walked out of the mall, this time with a male accompanying her, they were taken into custody by members of the SAPS.
“We are delighted to see that the LPR technology and collaboration amongst all stakeholders are leading to the successful arrest of suspects, such as in this case. It’s not just residential customers that benefit from our investment in modern technology, but all residents of Jeffrey’s Bay and Port Elizabeth,” says Britz.
The CIC was launched in 2017. Residents can reach the centre on 086 12 12 210 or 041 363 5136.