Security camera operators at Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) were at it again when they were involved in three incidents recently, in which suspects were arrested (on 22 and 23 June 2020). The alleged suspects included burglars, shoplifters and finally a trespasser. HPP is staffed and managed by Fidelity ADT.
In the first incident the CCTV operators spotted three suspects driving in a suspicious vehicle at around 2:00 am within the Hermanus Industrial area.
“It appeared that the suspects had bags with them which they dumped in some nearby bushes. This raised the suspicion of the CCTV operators who notified HPP Supervisor Sam Xhonywa as well as the Hermanus Neighbourhood Watch,” says Fidelity ADT’s branch manager for Hermanus, Marius Boshoff.
When the HPP supervisor arrived the suspect vehicle drove away but was not able to make it very far. The suspects were forced to halt just up the road after being blocked by the SAPS and the Hermanus Neighbourhood Watch.
Two of the occupants were apprehended while a third suspect decided to make a run for it but his escape was thwarted thanks to the SAPS K9 unit. Several stolen items were recovered in the vehicle and all suspects were arrested.
In a second incident, shoplifters were apprehended on Main Road after HPP Officer Hans Meiring responded to an alert from the CCTV operators.
“Our camera operators have had lots of experience in spotting alleged shoplifters and know exactly what type of behaviour to be on the lookout for. They identified two possible shoplifters as they were leaving a retail store and alerted patrolling officers in the area,” says Boshoff.
Both were stopped and searched by an HPP officer and suspected stolen items found in their possession.
On the same day, in a separate incident, an alleged trespasser was spotted by CCTV operators along Canterbury Street late in the evening.
“This led to HPP Supervisor Juan Havenga being dispatched while the Hermanus Neighbourhood Watch was also alerted. The suspect was located and searched. He was found to be in possession of what appeared to be dangerous items typically used in burglaries which included scissors, a screwdriver, two knives and a pair of gloves,” says Boshoff.
The suspect was also handed over for arrest.