Port Elizabeth’s high tech communications and safety network helped in the arrest of a suspect who is alleged to have stolen a pair of soccer boots and a broom in Perridgevale this week.
Roxanne Blaauw from the Community Information Centre (CIC) received the call about the alleged theft just before 2pm on Wednesday 25th July, including a description of the alleged suspect and his last known location in the Perridgevale area. The call was made by a Vales Neighbourhood Watch (VNHW) member, who spotted the suspect whilst conducting patrols in the area.
“The CIC has become a central point where all crime related incidents can be reported. The centre is managed and staffed by Fidelity ADT and our operators are able to immediately relay the information they receive to the most appropriate law enforcement or security partners,” says Fidelity ADT branch manager in Port Elizabeth, Ryan Britz.
The operators in the CIC did a broadcast of the information about the suspect to all armed response officers and other neighbourhood watch members in the area. A suspect matching the description was located soon after, where he was hiding behind bushes in Adcockvale Extension. The Vales NHW members cornered the suspect, which gave Fidelity ADT officer, Carlos Margarido the opportunity to apprehend the culprit. The suspect was handed over into police custody.
“This case shows the effectiveness of the CIC and how it can help coordinate security efforts in Port Elizabeth,” says Britz. “We would also like to thank the Vales Neighbourhood Watch for the important role that they played in the apprehension. We appreciate the fantastic collaboration and look forward to many more successes”