It’s a project started by Eduard Stander from Centurion in 2014 to aid the local community in fighting crime effectively by combining all sectors “little black books” and sharing it securely with all in the community. We now cover not only South Africa but all countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region vehicle registration numbers formats (personal plates excluded) and compiled a national vehicle licence database consisting of lookouts posted related to suspicious number plates.
Lookup reports are securely shared per plate lookup, there is no list of plates published that criminals can enquire anonymously – ie they have to know a big part of the plate already and only that result is shown to them. Each user using this “open” system is monitored for and when criminal trends are picked up blocked from using this system, how etc. is beyond the scope of this discussion.
The Number Plate Tracker project is an licence plate lookup system WE DO NOT SCAN AND SHARE content if it does not contain a number plate. Alternatively we employ a keyword scanner per group where the group admins in our freemirror project can setup keywords if a message contains that keyword it will NOT be scanned and added even if it contains a licence plate. (Contact us for more info and howto’s)
The design of the Number Plate tracker system is to aid the community in fighting crime real-time and for that reason lookouts is unverified by design – The best and only decision maker is the reader of the lookout, we supply intel on license plates mentioned that can aid our users in deciding/formulating appropriate steps to take per case.
The aim of the NP Tracker project is to protect the sources of the original lookouts so there identities are protected and they cannot be victimised for supplying a lookout to other crime fighters.
We do work together and numerous community groups, security, police etc etc from there our motto : -We are no super hero’s, but they use us to be. We work anonymously (ie we don’t publish that we work with group X) together with them and often supply resources to them in fighting crime. Due to some organisations “red tape”/bias approach in fighting crime the old philosophies of we won’t work together with group Y we created a system where we do not pick sides we do not disclose our sources we do not promote organisation X in favour of Y.
The NP Tracker number plate scanning and monitoring platform was designed to aid in identifying and report suspicious licence plates used via multiple communities around South Africa. It is a real time system that will report a lookout to a user that enquire plate X directly after it was picked up on any one of our scanners. The responsibility of the actions taken by the reader of the lookout report is still on him to analyse and take appropriate action per case.
We could have made the lookup of SADC number plates a closed subscriber based system (and made money out of it) but decided that the supported instant messaging platforms will be free and “open” to the public. By opening up the system to the public – for FREE – we could grow into a country wide network of actively participating community members. We do however ask a subscription for our heavy usage API and ANPR clients that sustain our system and help in developing new functions each day.
We will always partner up with any organisation/company but on our grounds/principals.
- We will NOT share our users details, and contact yours (we are not a marketing research company).
- We will NOT spam/send/promote company X to our users (again we are not a marketing company).
- We WILL give credit to organisation/company X if the lookout was issued by them.
- Our policies/principles are non negotiable – our aim is to help the South African crime fighting community by developing intelligent applications and providing a national vehicle database of suspicious number plates NOT a marketing tool small/big corporations can manipulate and use.
Our system utilise public domain content for our nationwide suspicious vehicle number plate database, if for some reason we picked up your vehicle license plate by mistake, contact us we will investigate and take appropriate action.
The National Vehicle Database (the NP Tracker project) is a real time crime fighting tool where messages posted in the public domain by the community are scanned and added as lookouts if it contains a numberplate. We will receive the lookout message hours before the case is/was registered with the police or note the registration numbers of suspicious activity not reported to the SAPS. While not all lookouts contains a SAPS CAS number the sequential lookouts reposted later could have the CAS number listed for a hijacked or stolen vehicle.
The NP Tracker system has been created to allow the public to freely join in the fight against crime. Our power lies in the effective storage and retrieval of criminal data related to vehicle identification plates. NP Tracker will facilitate the communication of vital criminal data between individuals, community initiatives, private security companies ect. We are an extremely reliable and fully monitored system that aims to become the standard in publically sharing criminal related data.
We do not have an office as this is a privately funded project run by Eduard Stander, located in Centurion Gauteng. He will however be happy to meet any user/enquiry in centurion area (not during normal office hours) but most enquiries can be addressed via mails or phone calls see our contact details.
Our network of crime fighting intelligence grows each and every day, we would love to hear from you on suggestions on enhancing this project further. We scan all major crime fighter group/networks in the public domain, if we skipped your group/organization we are sorry let us know and we will interface to your group(s) don’t matter what size it is as crime is crime and only standing together as a community against crime will projects like this work. If you note something and see a post containing a plate and you do not find it in our dataset of national suspicious number plates drop us a email with the link to the post and we will update our side to include all sequential post from that source.
Send us a enquiry at info @ nptracker.co.za... We look forward to hear from you.