Technology lowers car-theft in Zim

HARARE – The introduction of Econet Wireless’s ConnectedCar technology has seen a dramatic decline in car theft in the country.

Introduced a few months ago, Econet ConnectedCar is a global phenomenon used by organisations to monitor, control and better optimise their fleet management. The technology can also be used to track stolen vehicles.

We caught up with taxi driver Tichaona Kadzviti whose vehicle, a Toyota Raum, was stolen on August 7, 2015 at around 10.30pm and he was able to recover it less than 12 hours later.

Kadzviti was hired by three men to ferry them to a certain house in the Strathaven area of Harare. Upon arrival the “passengers” produced a pistol which they aimed at the driver. They then proceeded to assault him before instructing him to run as they sped off with the vehicle.

Fortunately the driver managed to alert his boss who was actually at his home in Hatfield. Since this Toyota was on Econet ConnectedCar vehicle tracking he managed to immediately locate and start monitoring tit from his mobile phone.

Kadzviti saw the vehicle t cruising through Southerton as it headed towards Budiriro and Glen View.  It went from shopping centre to shopping centre obviously on a joy ride. The amount of detail he could view was amazing even to him as at one time he could see as the vehicle stopped in Glen View Area 8 at a certain crescent off 27th street. The robbers then proceeded to Makomva Shopping Centre, Glen view 1.

By then Kadzviti was also liaising with the Vehicle Theft Squad (VTS).  He advised the police on the position of the motor vehicle as it was now parked at Makomva Shopping Centre.  The police quickly went to the shopping centre and recovered the vehicle.

In an interview, Kadzviti confessed that now he knows the actual meaning of Real Time Vehicle Tracking which until now he had interpreted as some marketing jargon by the ConnectedCar team. It enabled him to view where exactly his vehicle was at one point.

The fact that the tracking unit is hidden also helped as the robbers had no idea that they were being tracked. In addition he could actually see the driver behaviour of the robbers who were harshly accelerating as they enjoyed the thrill of a stolen vehicle in the height of the euphoria that they had gotten away with it.

Each time the car stopped Kadzviti was able to see for how long the ignition had been switched off due to the start/stop intervals that the Econet ConnectedCar system provides.

All this on our own beloved country, accessible to any ordinary vehicle owner …is this a cause for car jackers to fear?

Time will bear testimony as the question remains…is Econet ConnectedCar the solution that high risk operators such as taxi owners have been waiting for?

Comments (6)

Is this an advert?

vkachasu - 29 August 2015

Very good question?

Inquisitive - 29 August 2015 is an advert yes, lol. Good technology though.

Den - 31 August 2015

The story doesn't tell the reader of the "decline" from which figure? Sure, the write should know the precise month this tech was launched; 'few months' doesn't mean anything?- should have been an advertorial i guess!

Stanley Karombo - 31 August 2015

Is the technology can really also be used to track stolen vehicles?

Day-technology - 22 September 2015

Is actually this an offer?

Day-Technology - 2 November 2015

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