Police and security officers in the Cape Town city bowl have been praised for their teamwork and the effective use of modern technology, which led to two arrests in the area in recent days.
“It shows how the fight against crime can be won if we all work together and if the best and latest technology is used to its full potential,” says Mr Jade Hanning, Cape Town South district manager at Fidelity ADT.
In the first incident (on Saturday 11 January), a suspect was arrested after he allegedly stole items out of a car in Tamboerskloof.
Mr Hanning says one of their armed response officers had responded to a call in Bayview Road where an alleged suspect was encountered.
“The suspect was able to evade apprehension, but he was later tracked down on Kloofnek Road thanks to the local WatchCom network of CCTV cameras. A complainant also positively identified the items found in his possession, and he was arrested on a charge of theft out of motor vehicle.”
In the second incident (on Sunday 5 January) a suspect was tracked down where he was hiding in a building ceiling on Bree Street
“One of our officers was reporting for duty in the area when he was alerted to a suspect who had allegedly committed a break-in nearby. The suspect jumped from building to building, and was last seen hiding in the ceiling of a building on Bree Street,” says Mr Hanning.
It was too dangerous to use the trapdoor to access the ceiling, and for this reason the Fidelity ADT officer asked a member of the SAPS who was also on scene to help him.
“He asked the officer to stand on his shoulders, which allowed the police officer to gain access to the ceiling where the suspect was apprehended. He was taken into custody and safely escorted out.
“Well done to everyone involved in these two incidents. It gets the new year off to a great and safe start,” says Mr Hanning.