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Safety takes priority at Uitenhage street carnival

The Fidelity ADT team assisted in keeping residents safe during the recently held Uitenhage Street Carnival, an event that marks the beginning of the festive season within the region.

“The annual Uitenhage Street Carnival is a very well-known event on the Port Elizabeth calendar as it marks the start of the festive season within our metro. Unfortunately we have experienced how these festivals can become occasions where criminals see an opportunity to act on any vulnerable residents taking part in the event. People tend to let their hair down and this is exactly when criminals strike,” says Fidelity ADT’s branch manager for Port Elizabeth, Ryan Britz. 

The popular event is annually hosted by the Rotary Club of Uitenhage, offering charitable organisations the opportunity to raise much-needed funds. This is done through selling food or other items while the event also includes various stalls, a play land and entertainment. This makes it an ideal opportunity for families and serves as a great day out for those in the area.

Fidelity ADT was involved in securing the safety of these families and deployed their armed response vehicles and officers to keep an eye on proceedings. Officers Jayden Plaatjes and Khayalethu Lungisa were two of the officers that patrolled the area whilst the festivities took place. The officers were on the lookout for anything suspicious while also warning residents that appeared to be negligent or unaware of potential risks. 

Britz was delighted by the way in which his team rallied and the excellent work done during the carnival.

“I commend all our officers, supervisors and management team for taking responsibility in keeping our community members safe. Officers were patrolling the area in their vehicles, as well as walking through the stalls to ensure that safety was maintained everywhere. The security aspect involved long hours and proper planning which the team managed to do successfully. A huge congratulations to the Rotary Club for hosting another wonderful event, and we thank them for allowing us to play our part.”

The highlight of the carnival was the switching on of the festive lights which took place on the Saturday.

“This symbolised the start of the festive season for all community members and will hopefully serve as a reminder that they need to be extra vigilant during this time. Residents must ensure that their alarm systems are in a good working condition and that they thoroughly test their alarm system and security equipment,” Britz added.

 

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