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Modern CCTV technology and team work combined handily to help in the arrest of two suspects last week, following an alleged theft at a Hermanus guest house last week.
Receiving a call in the early hours of Wednesday 12 July, the Fidelity ADT monitoring centre responded to a report that a theft had taken place at their premises. Fidelity ADT armed response officer Cobus van der Walt was dispatched, while the monitoring centre alerted the Hermanus SAPS.
“Officer Van der Walt arrived at the guest house and was shown video footage from its CCTV system, which included images of the alleged suspect,” says Marius Boshoff, branch manager for Fidelity ADT in Hermanus.
Armed response officer van der Walt joined the SAPS in a search of the area, after a description of the suspect was broadcast to all security and law enforcement officers in the area.
“It didn’t take long for Officer van der Walt and the SAPS to locate a suspect that matched the description. He was apprehended and the allegedly stolen items recovered,” says Boshoff.
This case, he says, proves the value of installing CCTV security systems at business and residential premises. “The technology is no longer as expensive as it might have been in the past, and gives law enforcement officers very valuable information.”