The network of CCTV security cameras that have been erected around Hermanus helped secure several arrests in recent days. Owned by Hermanus Public Protection, the cameras are monitored around the clock by dedicated HPP-teams.
In the most recent incident, explains the branch manager for Fidelity ADT in Hermanus Marius Boshoff, the cameras proved instrumental in tracking down suspects in connection with a mugging. HPP is staffed and managed by Fidelity ADT.
“The HPP team came to the aid of a hiker who had been robbed of his cellphone along the Westcliff foot path (on Sunday morning 24 May 2020). One officer joined the complainant in chasing after the two alleged muggers, and successfully caught up with one of them but it turned out he didn’t have the stolen phone on him,” says Boshoff.
The second alleged accomplice had meanwhile tried to evade apprehension by hiding in a nearby informal settlement area, but CCTV camera operators were able to track him down and direct their HPP colleagues to where he was hiding. Residents in the area also cooperated, and this suspect was located and apprehended by HPP officers and members of the Westcliff Neighbourhood Watch.
“Both suspects were handed over into the custody of Hermanus SAPS. The allegedly stolen cellphone was recovered, as well as a firearm which had been found dumped on the ground close to where the phone was recovered. One of the suspects reportedly indicated to members of the SAPS that it too had been stolen,” says Boshoff.
Meanwhile in two separate incidents just two days earlier, CCTV cameras also helped with arrests in and around the CBD.
“Both of these cases happened around lunch time. In one, the CCTV camera operators noticed a group of women acting suspiciously. The three were going from shop to shop, and it later transpired that they had shoplifted items of clothing.
“In the second incident, camera operators observed a suspect carrying a large bag which he appeared to be trying to hide from view. HPP officers in the area were alerted to apprehend him and it was established that the bag he carried had an allegedly stolen circular saw inside,” says Boshoff.
“Well done to the entire HPP team, who have worked so diligently to keep the people of Hermanus safe during lockdown. Together with the high-tech element that the CCTV cameras bring to the table, we have a winning recipe for our beautiful town.”