The Community Information Centre (CIC) was again involved in recovering a stolen vehicle this month after operator Senobia van Rensburg received a WhatsApp alert.
“Our CIC team utilises various communication platforms to share information and address the concerns of the Port Elizabeth Neighbourhood Watches and Community Policing Forums. Our operator received an alert from one of the groups in Burt Drive who reported that a vehicle had been stolen in the area” says Fidelity ADT’s branch manager for Port Elizabeth, Ryan Britz.
It became apparent that a Volkswagen Polo was stolen in Bruce Street after which the culprit drove off towards Searle Road. The CIC operator contacted the resident after he alerted her via the WhatsApp group, and this gave her the additional information she needed to act accordingly.
“After speaking with the resident Senobia was able to inform all relevant parties including our armed response team, the SAPS and other community patrollers. This resulted in a collaborative search for the stolen vehicle” Britz added.
She also managed to track down the owner of the vehicle after liaising with the relevant authorities. The victim was an Uber driver who claimed that his phone was still in the stolen vehicle and that they might be able to track its whereabouts.
The operator managed to load the mobile phone details on to her system and was about to identify the location when she received feedback that the vehicle had been found by the SAPS in Thornton Road, Shauderville.
“Unfortunately the suspect had already fled the scene after crashing the stolen vehicle but at least he was not able to get away with it. I would like to commend Senobia for her excellent work and for the swift response and actions taken.
This is yet another wonderful example of the effectiveness of our CIC who continues to assist our Port Elizabeth community with all crime and municipal related issues. We have seen the team involved in numerous arrests and stolen vehicle recoveries over the past few years and we are delighted with the positive impact it has made in the fight against crime. The CIC team stands ready to assist every resident of our beautiful city and can be contacted on 086 12 12 210 or 041 363 5136,” says Britz.