PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - The importance of cooperation between crime fighters and the need to disseminate information swiftly, was recently highlighted in Plettenberg Bay when stolen goods were recovered after theft on the town's Airport Road.
According to the Plettenberg Bay Crime Prevention Association (PBCPA), a casual WhatsApp chat last week revealed that items were stolen from a property on Airport Road. "A call to the owner confirmed it and they had a police case number but didn't tell anyone else," the team said.
The information was immediately shared among PBCPA partners, including local support groups, and within less than two hours strong leads were obtained and passed on to the Kwanokuthula police.
The team said a police officer, who was off duty at the time, immediately went to the police station and booked himself on duty. He assembled a team, which included the Airport Road Support Group, and acted on the leads.
"Shortly thereafter they recovered, among others, scrap, other equipment and batteries." The following morning the items were identified by the owner as a sprinkler system stolen from his property. The system was broken down for scrap.
"If information was passed on earlier, would it all have been recovered in working order? Who knows.
Do things always work out so well? Absolutely not, but with our teamwork, the hit rate is high." They added that it could be guaranteed that, unless information is passed on as wide as possible, "virtually nothing can be achieved in time".
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