Armed response and security officers have had a busy few weeks in December, responding to several incidents in and around Hermanus.
In the most recent incident, a suspect was found in possession of drugs and handed over into police custody.
“One of the Hermanus Public Protection officers was patrolling the CBD just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, when he encountered a suspected drug seller. When he was initially searched, a bag of tik was found in his possession. Police later also searched the suspect and found more tik on him,” explains Marius Boshoff, Hermanus branch manager at Fidelity ADT.
This was not the only drugs-related arrest in December.
“HPP officers were alerted to suspicious activity close to Ficks pool on Boxing Day. When they asked for police assistance to search a group of men whose behavior appeared to be particularly suspicious, a bag containing a quantity of dagga was discovered. One of the group of suspects was successfully detained and taken into custody,” says Boshoff.
The third incident was reported on Christmas Day, when a member of the public’s cellphone was allegedly stolen close to Grotto Beach. A suspect who was found in possession of the stolen phone was soon located. When the suspect offered to pay for the phone, the complainant decided to not open a case of theft against the suspect.
In the fourth incident, in the early morning hours of Sunday 16 December, the CCTV operators at HPP noticed an argument between a group of men outside a pub in the CBD. In the process, one of the men was stabbed in the head with a knife.
“The camera operators alerted local security officers and the police to go to the scene, where a suspect was taken into custody on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. The injured man was taken to hospital for medical treatment,” says Boshoff.
“Fidelity ADT is proud to support the great and important work done by the HPP team. I am particularly proud of how hard they worked over the festive season while the rest of us were enjoying some time off. I remind Hermanus residents to keep the HPP contact number (028 312 4900) saved on their phones, so that they can be easily contacted in case of an emergency.”