A private security officer has been praised for his quick response and bravery 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 activation from a Manaba home and immediately dispatched Armed Response Officer (ARO), Mxolisi Ntobela, who arrived at the property within minutes.
“All our ARO’s are equipped with in-vehicle tablet devices which enable them to receive auto dispatch signals as soon as a customer’s alarm is activated, enhancing response times. In any emergency situation 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 Manager for KwaZulu-Natal, Vaughan Pillay.
Upon arrival, ARO Ntobela conducted a perimeter check and soon spotted a suspect jumping over the wall. The suspect was successfully apprehended and handed over for arrest to members of the Margate South African Police Service (SAPS).
Further investigations revealed that the suspect and two accomplices had broken into the home and several items had been stolen. The suspect was searched and was found to be in possession of a pallet gun, screwdrivers and a knife, and was arrested on charges of house robbery and trespassing.
“I would like to commend ARO Ntobela for his swift response and bravery. Thanks to his quick response and vigilance another criminal has been placed behind bars. I encourage residents to conduct regular security assessments in order to resolve any vulnerable or unprotected areas to deter opportunistic criminals. Security technologies such as CCTV, outdoor beams and roof passives are often used to proactively prevent crime,” explained Pillay.
He urged residents to remain vigilant at all times. “Should you come across a suspect on your property, remain calm and immediately contact your security service provider or the South African Police Service. Never confront them or attempt to capture the suspects because they may be armed and dangerous.”