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Parow robbery suspect learns the hard way - “Smile, you are on camera”

Police in Parow have been able to arrest a suspect in connection with a business robbery in the area earlier this week (Monday 1 June 2020). A business security camera system gave police the information they needed to track him down.


“It was just before 3am on Monday morning when we received an alarm signal from the business on Boompies Street in Parow East. Two of our armed response vehicles were sent to investigate,” says Verena Hulme, Cape Town North district manager at Fidelity ADT.


On their arrival at the address, says Hulme, they noticed signs of forcible entry. They also saw a discarded grey bag next to the property. 


“The owner of the business soon also arrived to assist our officers, and he showed them video footage drawn from the company’s CCTV system. This provided our officers with a description of a suspect, which they used to patrol the area in an effort to track him down.”


It wasn’t too long before a person was spotted walking along Mike Pienaar Boulevard, matching the description of the alleged suspect the officers were looking for. 


“He was promptly apprehended and handed over into the custody of the Parow SAPS. CCTV systems are valuable security measures which I recommend business owners should consider. They can serve both a deterrent function as well as being a source of valuable evidence for the investigation of any incident,” says Hulme.

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