Communities that stand together and speak up when they see any act of criminality will be safer – even during the lockdown. That, says armed response company Fidelity ADT, is the lesson after a recent arrest in Blanco.
“One of our armed response officers was alerted by a neighbourhood watch that a local butchery was being burgled by five suspects. When officer Jodian Bruiners arrived at the scene the suspects ran away, but a bystander alerted him to where they had disappeared. One of the suspects was apprehended and handed over into police custody,” says Pieter Meiring, Garden Route branch manager for Fidelity ADT.
Armed response officers, he adds, are still on patrol throughout the lockdown. While neighbourhood watch members are currently not allowed to take part in physical patrols there is still a lot that ordinary residents can do to assist.
“You can be our eyes and ears, in the same way that happened in this incident in Blanco. Make sure you have the contact details for the local neighbourhood watch, police, law enforcement or security companies so that you can contact the correct role-player in an emergency. If we all work together and look after each other, we can be safer,” says Meiring.
Fidelity ADT armed response officers have been provided with the required personal protective equipment so that they can remain on duty during lockdown.