Neighbourhood News

Northdale intruder nabbed

A private security officer has been praised for his quick response and vigilance 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 Nagpur Road home after the home owner spotted a suspect in her yard. Armed Response Officer (ARO), Sibusiso Mtolo, was immediately dispatched and arrived at the Northdale 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 Mtolo conducted a perimeter check and whilst investigating the property heard the neighbour shouting that the suspect was in their garden. The suspect began jumping over walls in an attempt to flee, with ARO Mtolo in quick pursuit.  The suspect jumped back into the customer’s yard and ARO Mtolo soon found him hiding under a corrugated sheet. The suspect was apprehended and handed over for arrest to members of the Mountain Rise South African Police Service (SAPS).


The suspect was searched and a knife that he was carrying was handed over to SAPS.


“I would like to commend ARO Mtolo 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.”


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