South African Police Service (SAPS) members, Warrant Officer Matthew Rose, and Sergeant Ntokozo Mncube are making significant strides in the fight against motor vehicle theft in the Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal area.
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The two officers, who are part of the Highway Patrol Unit, have shown immense dedication to their work. This has resulted in the recovery of over 89 stolen vehicles from April 2022 to March 2023.
Warrant Officer Rose explained that their work went beyond patrolling the Newcastle area.
Furthermore, the two officers said that they have learned that Toyotas and Nissan NP200s are most commonly stolen vehicles.
They have also noted that many stolen vehicles are brought into the Newcastle area from other parts of the country and sold to unsuspecting buyers.
“It isn’t that there is a market for stolen cars. There is a market for cheap vehicles and when people see on social media that there is an affordable vehicle, they are not looking at why it is cheap,” Warrant Officer Rose explained.
The officers’ job is not without its dangers, as they often recover stolen vehicles in areas notorious for criminal activity.
Nevertheless, both officers find their work rewarding, particularly when they recover a vehicle for someone without insurance or for whom the vehicle is essential for work and family.
Sergeant Mncube encouraged residents to take steps to secure their vehicles, such as installing alarms and tracker systems, using pedal locks, and parking in visible areas.
The commitment and success of these two officers are a welcome respite for the South African Police Service, which often receives criticism from the community.
The efforts of Warrant Officer Rose and Sergeant Mncube serve as an inspiration for other officers and a reminder that there are many dedicated law enforcement officials committed to eradicating crime in their communities.
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My sincere congratulations to those 2 officers who are so committed to their job