A private security officer has been praised for his quick response which led to the arrest of a suspected thief. The suspect is now in police custody.
The Fidelity ADT Monitoring Centre received a panic alarm signal from a Verulam garage after a guard witnessed a civilian being robbed whilst using the ATM. Armed Response Officer (ARO) Basheer Shaik was immediately dispatched and arrived at the Wick Street garage within minutes.
“All our ARO’s are equipped with PTT (Push-to-talk) devices which enable them to receive auto dispatch signals as soon as a customer’s alarm is activated, enhancing response times. In emergency situations such as these, we are all aware that time is of the essence and we therefore ensure that all our responses are done in an effective and efficient manner,” says Fidelity ADT’s District Manager, Vaughan Pillay.
Upon arrival, ARO Shaik noticed a security officer chasing a suspect and immediately assisted in the chase and successful apprehension of the thief. The suspect was handed over for arrest to members of the Verulam South African Police Service (SAPS).
“I would like to commend ARO Shaik for his swift response and bravery. Thanks to his quick response no one was injured and another criminal has been placed behind bars. When using an ATM be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Never give your card or PIN to anyone, for any reason and do not write your PIN on the card or on anything that is kept with the card,” concluded Pillay.