CIC helps recover stolen bakkie

2018-07-25 06:02
CIC members Oswell October and Roxanne Blaauw.    Photo:SUPPLIED

CIC members Oswell October and Roxanne Blaauw. Photo:SUPPLIED

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PORT Elizabeth’s high tech communications and safety network helped in the recovery of a vehicle after it was reported stolen last week.

The town’s Community Information Centre (CIC) received the phonecall about a stolen bakkie last week Tuesday, July 10.

The caller said the car had been stolen in the Newton Park area.

Fidelity ADT branch manager in Port Elizabeth, Ryan Britz, said the CIC had become a central point where all crime-related incidents could be re­ported.

“The centre is managed and staffed by Fidelity ADT and our operators are able to immediately relay the information they receive to the most appropriate law enforcement or security partners,” Britz said.

He explained how CIC agent, Oswell October, received the call about the stolen vehicle, and stayed on the phone with the complainant while his colleague, Roxanne Blaauw, passed the information on to Fidelity ADT armed response officer, Jody Hitzeroth.

“The team in the CIC also had access to the stolen vehicle’s tracker system,” Britz said.

“They transmitted its movements to Hitzeroth and members of the SAPS who had joined the search by that time.

“After the vehicle moved through many suburbs it eventually came to a stop on Highfield Road, where it was located by Hitzeroth,” Britz said.

Police returned the vehicle to its rightful owner soon afterwards.

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