Two separate incidents led to the arrest of four suspects across Hermanus this month, thanks to quick responses and teamwork from local security partners and the use of modern technology.
CCTV camera operators at Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) observed a suspect jumping the wall of a property in Westcliff (on 16 July) and reported this suspicious behaviour to armed response officers in the area.
“The trespasser was spotted around lunchtime and the CCTV operators notified HPP supervisor Juan Havenga and Fidelity ADT Armed Response Officer Cobus van der Walt. They patrolled the area, and eventually located the suspect and searched him,” says Fidelity ADT’s Hermanus branch manager Marius Boshoff. HPP is staffed and managed by Fidelity ADT.
“The officers found a knife, screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters and a shifting spanner on him which is typical items use in burglaries.”
In a second incident the next evening (on Friday 17 July) the Hermanus Neighbourhood Watch reported that a popular CBD business was broken into. HPP camera operators were asked to study their available video footage from the area, to see if they could find any information that could assist.
“Video footage showed a well-known burglar hanging around the area before the robbery took place. This appeared to support a tip-off that members of the Watch had received about a possible suspect,” says Boshoff.
Supervisor Havenga and armed response officer Van der Walt were again called into action. They searched the area with the assistance of the Neighbourhood Watch and soon located the suspect in the CBD. He was apprehended and handed over into police custody.
“I would like to congratulate all our team members and the local Hermanus Neighbourhood Watch for their excellent work. The team work has been of the highest calibre,” says Boshoff.