Database helps get stolen cars back

2017-01-12 06:01

PRO-ACTIVE South Africa has created revolutionary technology that could drastically reduce the amount of time taken to issue an alert for a hijacked or stolen car.

Pro-Active has an intelligence-sharing database that has the power to make this possible.

According to the MD of Pro-Active, Ryno Schutte, it is a system which allows distribution of pre-loaded material on any hijacked or stolen vehicle using their website.

“This information goes to 137 security service providers and enforcers. If your vehicle is taken from you, then you can enter information using your PC, or it uses GPS co-ordinates when using your smartphone, and within seven seconds that information is circulated.

“When people are hijacked, from the time the hijackers leave, until the time the police come, until the time the info is circulated, at least an hour lapses. Do you think that car is anywhere to be seen? It is gone, long ago,” says Schutte.

“With this app everyone can equip themselves with the tools to respond to a hijacking as quickly as possible.

It is an empowering app that could have a very powerful effect for the 40 victims of hijackings everyday in South Africa.

“It is our civic duty to apprehend hijackers that much faster,” says Schutte.

According to statistics, South Africa loses over R8,5 billion to vehicle theft and hijacking.

Of the vehicles stolen, 57% are taken across the border, 36% filter back into South Africa as cloned vehicles, the rest land in chop shops.

The contribution of real-time intelligence could help lower these statistics.

The potential of this new technology is far-reaching. “The effective distribution of information on vehicle theft and hijackings can even help lower the number of other crimes like house burglaries, armed robberies and cash-in-transit heists.”

This can benefit all South Africans as the arrest of suspects can have a snowball effect on other forms of crime and possibly save a life.

To find out more about Pro-Active South Africa, call Schutte on 082 740 0663 or visit



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