Following recent reports of an increase in daytime criminal activity within the Kloof area, the community made a collective effort to address the issue by partnering with private security company, Fidelity ADT, and a 24-hour security operation was implemented to enhance the safety of the community.
“The corner of Park Lane and Village Road is guarded by our Fidelity ADT security guards who have been based at the Localised Security Scheme (LSS) for several years. This site was guarded during the night time only and after recent concerns has been upgraded to a 24-hour security operation,” explains Fidelity ADT’s District Manager for KwaZulu-Natal, Vaughan Pillay.
The area is known for high foot and vehicle traffic due to all the nearby shops, a petrol garage and several business premises.
“All our LSS sites are accompanied by well-trained guards with the ability and training to react to any kind of emergency situation. These guards are also backed up by our armed response vehicles and officers to which they have immediate access in case they are needed,” Pillay added.
The upgraded site has a new security hut which the guards use as a base in between their patrols. The hut was kindly sponsored by the Cooke Fuller Group and their founder Harry Fuller as well as director Greg Horne were both directly involved in the upgrade discussions. “We are extremely pleased to have been able to assist in implementing the 24-hour upgrade, especially as the security hut will be based directly opposite our offices. This provides us with the necessary peace of mind that we have the support of Fidelity ADT if we have an emergency situation during the day or at night,” said Greg Horne.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to contact the local Fidelity ADT team should they wish to venture into similar community partnerships.
“Crime reports show that incidents happen just as much during the day as they do at night. The community are therefore reminded to remain vigilant at all times and to report any suspicious activity immediately to the local SAPS and their private security company,” said Pillay.