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In a collective effort with local neighbourhood watches in Pinetown, ADT Security has recently launched a community control room that links all crime prevention stakeholders via a radio channel. The control room is currently being manned by two full-time control room operators to ensure that once a concern is raised within the community, all role players including ADT and the relevant neighbourhood watches are immediately informed.
“The key function of the control room is to facilitate communication between the neighbourhood watches during incidents or operations to decrease criminal activity. It is an absolute privilege for ADT to be able to launch this in an effort to further assist these key role players in their fight against crime.” says District Community Development Manager, KZN, Rian Buys.
The Community Control Room board consists of a chairman, secretary and an ADT representative who facilitate regular meetings between members from the various neighbourhood watches.
The chairman of the Community Control Room committee is Justin Bosse, who had the following to say with regards to this initiative, “Due to great communication between neighbourhood watches and key role players, we are able to take a step forward in combating crime in our areas. We would like to thank our service provider, ADT Security, for their involvement in such a supporting role by collaborating key communications a lot quicker between the necessary role players.”
“We have already seen positive results with the recent apprehension of a suspect in Nelson Drive in Ashley and in a separate incident a dog fight in Hatton Estates was brought under control,” adds Bosse.
With direct radio contact between active neighbourhood watch patrollers within the greater Pinetown area, S.A.P.S, Emergency Services and Security Services this sponsored dedicated line makes it accessible for both patrollers and residents to phone and lodge a query or report any suspicious activity in their area.
“ADT is delighted to see positive results already from this initiative and look forward to the progressive impact that the Community Control Room will have on the safety of our community,” concludes Buys.