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Article and photos by Annalise Kempen

Police members who are passionate about making a difference warm my heart. At the 18th Tracker SAPS annual awards ceremony that was held on 6 October 2017 in Pretoria, I had the opportunity to meet a few of these members. These are some of the many police members who are willing to go a few extra miles, often while having to do their job with minimal resources. Fortunately, there is one type of resource that many of these members have access to, namely Tracker technology which assists them in vehicle tracking, recoveries and subsequent arrests.

Celebrating a milestone
Twenty-one years ago, the formal relationship between the South African Police Service and Tracker started after the two parties had signed an agreement in April 1996. It entailed that Tracker would supply vehicle tracking and recovery systems. This agreement was made after the SAPS had entered into negotiations with Tracker and Unicode to obtain technology to support the police in fighting vehicle-related crime. At the time, Servamus reported that the two systems would complement each other in that the tracking system would enable the police to successfully track and recover stolen vehicles, while Unicode would provide irrefutable identification of the vehicle when it was recovered and ensure retrieval by its rightful owner. On 1 October 1996, the official switch-on of the Tracker stolen vehicle tracking and recovery system took place (Huisamen, 1996).

In those years, having a tracking device installed in your vehicle was not as common as it is today. Nevertheless, two large vehicle manufacturers endorsed the Tracker system. Their reasons included that the system had a direct link to the police and operated nationally. These days, it is far more common to have a tracking system installed in one's vehicle and it has even become a prerequisite by many short-term insurers for specific vehicle models with a higher risk of being stolen or hijacked. Yet, Tracker is still the only vehicle tracking company in South Africa to have a formal agreement with the SAPS.

The results speak for themselves after 21 years
Thanks to the Tracker/SAPS partnership, which has lasted for the past 21 years, more than 84 000 stolen and hijacked vehicles have been recovered, which amounts to a monetary value of almost R13 billion in today's terms. In addition, almost 16 500 suspects have been arrested at an arrest rate of one arrest for every five vehicles recovered. This has been made possible thanks to the thousands of police members who have been trained in using the Tracker technology that has been fitted in almost 1500 police vehicles and aircraft. However, having technology means nothing if people, and in this case police members, do not use this technology to aid them in fighting crime.

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[This is only an extract of an article published from p 46 in Servamus: November 2017. The rest of this article gives recognition to the different provincial and national winners on both a unit and individual level. Contact Servamus’s offices to request the rest of this article by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning (012) 345 4660/22.]

Servamus - January 2018

The late Hansie Cronjé, South Africa's former cricket captain, was a national hero until cricket's biggest match-fixing scandal destroyed him. In 2000, South Africans and cricket lovers across the world were shocked when Hansie's name was connected with being involved in match-fixing.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
A young woman struggled with her weight for years and became so ashamed of her body that she was afraid to leave her home.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
For the past couple of years South Africans have witnessed the fall of one national police commissioner after another, resulting in Pres Zuma's track record of appointing National Police Commissioners being questioned.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
It is very early on a Monday morning, 03:00 to be exact, and not much is going on at a filling station in Mankweng in Limpopo. But then, suddenly, all hell breaks loose when three vehicles pull up at the station.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - January 2018

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Letters - January 2018

W/O David Pillay retired at the end of November 2017 after having served the South African Police Service and various communities for more than four decades - a lifetime to some.
Over the years, numerous retired police members, usually gathering at the funeral of a former colleague, suggested the formation of an organisation where retired police members could meet regularly to rekindle friendships; form new friendships; and share memories of the past on a regular basis and in an organised manner
Servamus has published a great article on the Tracker SAPS Awards 2017 in the November issue of the magazine whereby all units and nominated members were covered for the absolutely brilliant work they do in partnership with Tracker.
Members of the social crime prevention office of Emanguzi SAPS have been working hard to bring awareness to the local communities in an effort to protect the most vulnerable and youngest members in our communities.
January 2018 Magazine Cover

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