The local South African Police Service (SAPS) recently took custody of a suspected thief thanks to the rapid response of a local security company.
Just before 7pm on the 16th July, the Fidelity ADT Security Monitoring Centre received an alarm activation from a Plettenberg Bay home and immediately dispatched Armed Response Officer (ARO), Luvuyo Bossie who arrived at the Robberg Road 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. In addition, and in line with regulations to control and prevent the spread of the coronavirus we have provided all our staff with the necessary PPE equipment to ensure the safety of both our employees and customers,” explains Fidelity ADT branch manager for Garden Route, Pieter Meiring.
Upon arrival, officer Bossie conducted a thorough search of the property and noticed that the kitchen door was closed but not locked and had no security gate. On inspecting the flat on the property he noticed a window had been tampered with and both the glass and burglar bars had been removed. Further investigation of the bushy area at the back of the garden revealed several stolen items including a flat screen television, two irons, a two plate stove, toolbox and numerous goods in a plastic bag.
Officer Bossie spotted the suspect in the bushes nearby and successfully apprehended him. The suspect was handed over for arrest to members of the local SAPS.
“We commend officer Bossie for his swift response and bravery. I encourage both residents and businesses 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,” Meiring concluded.