Residents of Nature Valley have been urged to be vigilant, after an apparent increase in housebreaking incidents. The warning comes from Fidelity ADT, following what the company described as an increase in call-outs related to incidents which includes the modus operandi of criminals gaining access through the roof of properties.
In the most recent incident (on August 29th), a suspect was apprehended when an armed response officer from Fidelity ADT reacted to an alarm signal from a home in Forest Drive.
Upon arrival Fidelity ADT’s Armed Response Officer, Xolani Namba investigated the property only to find the suspect fleeing towards the garden. The officer immediately called for backup and chased after the suspect. The suspect was and handed over for arrest to the local South African Police Service (SAPS). A perimeter check confirmed that the suspect attempted to gain entry into the property through a back door on the balcony.
“We were able to respond quickly, thanks to the fact that the property had a properly working alarm system. I urge residents to make sure their systems are tested regularly – especially if there is a change in weather, or if there was any building alterations. Residents are also advised to ensure that their alarm system is always armed” says Steven Green, the Garden Route branch manager for Fidelity ADT.
“If people are away from their properties for extended periods of time, please make sure that your security company has up to date contact details for people they can call in case there is an emergency at your home. It is also important for residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in their streets, and to contact the authorities immediately if anything seems out of place.”