LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF POLICE

2016-11-26 08:31

Dear Honorable Nkosinathi Nhleko

As a young ambitious future leader of this country I find it as my duty to identify solutions to problems our country face. With you being the Minister of Police I feel the need to send this letter to you in relation to the high levels of crime in our country.

Technology has really changed the way the world works. Everything is available at the touch of a button. Unfortunately, as technology innovated our country, our South African crime services intelligence have not really spent enough time learning how to use these technological innovations to make our towns, cities and provinces safer. I know that you will be preoccupied with the work that needs to be done with ensuring that our roads are safe and stay safe during the festive holidays. Long before it gets into its primary period. I feel like the high levels of hijacking and robberies need to be restricted and we need to find a new solution to doing this besides the orthodox way of regular duty of police and undercover police.

We need to use a system that has been used in the States recently but have such a high success rate it would be silly for us to think we beyond it. The concept of "Bait Cars" is something that really interests me and I strongly believe is the solution to reduce crime in relation to robberies and hijacking. A bait car, also called a hot car or trap car, is a vehicle used by law enforcement agencies to capture car thieves or thieves who steal items from cars. The vehicles are modified with audio/video surveillance technology, and can be remotely monitored and controlled. Those set up to catch car thieves may include GPS tracking. A "kill switch" may be installed in the vehicle allowing police to remotely disable the engine and lock all doors remotely, preventing escape. A car set up to catch thieves who steal items from cars may be disabled so that it cannot be started and have specially prepared "bait property." Now if we had 10 of these bait cars running in every single province every day for the whole year. I strongly believe that the crime rate would be reduced by a point or two. Not only would you be creating more employment to have teams run the bait operations you would also be keeping our streets safer for the general public. The bait cars should be different car types, different models and different colors so that in no way would it become predictable to describe a possible bait car.

I look forward to engage with you on this concept, I hope that you will take my idea into consideration so that we can see it in action looking after our people and their families.

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