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Stolen cellphones returned

Local armed response officers were able to recover three cellphones shortly after they were stolen from their owners, who were hiking on the Helshoogte Pass (on Monday 20 July 2020).

Technology played a big part in the recovery.

The Jonkershoek Special Ratings Area (JSRA) Control Room posted an alert on Monday afternoon on the Stellenbosch Reaction WhatsApp group, describing how three hikers had just been mugged on a hiking trail on the Helshoogte Pass.

“Two armed suspects had reportedly stolen their cellphones and fled,” says Verena Hulme, Cape Town North district manager at Fidelity ADT. “Our armed response officers in the area were dispatched to cordon off the area and investigate,”Hulme added.

One of the stolen phones was still switched on. Armed response officers were able to use a “find my phone” service to track it.

It led to the discovery of the three phones, which were dumped under a bush.

“The hikers were very happy to have their phones returned to them,” said Hulme.

Hulme says this story shows how modern technology can help get information about crime broadcast to as wide an audience as possible, so officers can respond. “Together with the dedication of armed response officers who make use of the technological advances, we have a winning recipe in the fight against crime.”

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