I’m extremely thankful to W/O Van Graan and his two colleagues, W/O Bothma and Sgt Manus from K9 Breede River Worcester, for “saving my life” following an incident on 4 July 2017.
At approximately 07:30 on that date, I discovered that my laptop and iPad had been stolen out of my house whilst we were asleep.
We phoned the police to report the case, merely to get a case number for insurance purposes. The police responded within five minutes and we were able to track the iPad via my cellphone. We tracked the iPad around 08:30 and I phoned the police station for assistance, as I could literally see on my cellphone how the thief was moving around with my iPad. The police station once again responded immediately and I was at the station within less than a minute. On my arrival, W/O Van Graan was waiting for me in front of the station. He picked me up in his vehicle and we started the search until we found the location of the iPad at the Russell Scheme Flats.
At that point, my cellphone’s battery capacity ran out and I thought by myself, that was it. W/O Van Graan however insisted that we go to my house to get the charger and before we left, he asked his two colleagues, W/O Bothma and Sgt Manus, who happened to be at the spot at that time, to help with the search.
We were only two minutes on our way when they called to say that they found my iPad and they knew where to find the laptop.
The bottom line is that I managed to retrieve both my laptop and iPad by 13:00 on that same day without losing any information!
This was, in my book, indeed a miracle, but the way in which especially W/O Van Graan dealt with the whole situation was priceless. I've spoken to Lt-Col Horak as well to thank him for the assistance of his team. He has good reason to be extremely proud of his team.
W/O Steenkamp from the detective branch also treated me in a way that was indescribable. Thank you to them as well.
In closure, this was a miracle, but the support I received from our men in blue was extraordinary and I can only salute you.
Thank you once again for “saving my life”.
Financial planner: Sanlam Overberg
Reaction by Maj-Gen Nomthetheleli Mene on accolades made to a police official by Mr André Lubbe
Maj-Gen Nomthetheleli Mene, the Cluster Commander of Worcester, expressed her gratitude about the positive comments made by a Sanlam financial advisor in the Overberg area, Mr André Lubbe, when he commended the work done by one of our police officials.
“'I am very pleased that some of our community members are recognising the work done by our police officials. As much as we are subjected to criticism by the public on other areas where we lacked, positive comments are a motivation for police officers dealing with the challenging situations on a daily basis,'” she said.
“'I must thank W/O Jacobus van Graan for the sterling job in which I am proud to talk about, and I trust that this will also make the K9 Commander, Lt-Col Izak Horak, very proud. Continue with the good work, Warrant,” added Maj-Gen Mene.