A private security officer has been praised for his quick response which led to the arrest of a suspected thief. The suspect is now in police custody.
The Fidelity ADT Monitoring Centre recently received an alarm signal from a Pinetown home and immediately dispatched Armed Response Officer (ARO), Thabani Dlomo, who arrived at the Simpson Place property within minutes.
“All our ARO’s are equipped with PTT (Push-to-talk) devices which enable them to receive auto dispatch signals as soon as a client’s alarm is activated, enhancing response times. In emergency situations such as these, we are all aware that time is of the essence and we therefore ensure that all our responses are done in an effective and efficient manner,” says Fidelity ADT’s District Community Development Manager, Rian Buys.
Upon arrival the ARO was met at the gate by the home owner who informed him that two suspects had broken into their property and had fled on foot with a computer screen as soon as the panic alarm was activated. ARO Dlomo obtained a description of the suspects and proceeded to patrol the nearby vicinity.
A few roads away, ARO Dlomo spotted the two suspects and successfully apprehended one of the suspects who was carrying the stolen computer screen and handed him over for arrest to members of the Pinetown South African Police Service (SAPS). Unfortunately the second suspect fled the scene.
“Criminals regularly target electronic devices as they are often within an arm’s reach through an open window and are easy to carry. Residents are urged to ensure that doors and windows are properly secured at all times. I encourage the community to conduct regular security assessments in order to resolve any vulnerable or unprotected areas in order to deter opportunistic criminals,” concluded Buys.