PMB cop is the biggest scourge of car hijackers

2014-09-04 00:00

A MARITZBURG police officer credited with the recovery of the most hijacked cars last year, scooped the top Tracker award at a gala ceremony yesterday.

Warrant Officer Andre Visser from the Pietermaritzburg Public Order Policing unit had racked up a string of arrests during the year.

Tracker spokesperson Ron Knott-Craig said national trends had shown that criminals were getting “desperate” and he praised Visser for his unyielding dedication and his willingness to help.

In an 18-year-long public private partnership, Tracker fits police cars and helicopters across the country with technology to aid police officers in the recovery of stolen cars.

Knott-Craig said the partnership has seen over 68 000 stolen cars found and 13 000 hijackers taken off the streets over the years.

“We have seen an escalation in violence from criminals who are getting desperate.

“They are becoming ever more brazen and are holding people hostage while searching for our tracker units,” he said.

He said the partnership and the dedicated officers who took home awards were instrumental in breaking the grip of violent crime.

Police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker commended the officers and said they should celebrate the recognition that they rightly deserve.

“It is the officers on ground who are often at the coal face of fighting crime and dodge bullets on a daily bases whilst we sleep at night,” he said. “The police alone cannot win this war and we are dependent on everyone to come on board and make a difference. Crime affects all of us in different ways and we owe it to society to make a tangible difference,” Naicker added.


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