A thief was apprehended by a Fidelity ADT officer recently after stealing a pram from Sanctuary Beach in Plettenberg Bay.
“The initial report came from a local Neighbourhood Watch who informed our Plettenberg Bay team of an incident at the beach involving the theft of a pram. The suspect snatched the item, which was empty at the time, and quickly fled. The distressed resident reported this to the relevant personnel and we got involved within minutes,” says Fidelity ADT branch manager for Garden Route, Pieter Meiring.
Armed Response Officer (ARO), Ntandazo Zindlovu was dispatched immediately and made his way to the scene of the incident in no time. After obtaining additional information he proceeded through Piesang Valley Road and soon spotted a suspect that met the description of the thief.
“We work closely with various community security entities including the PBCPA, Neighbourhood Watches and Community Policing Forums established throughout the Garden Route. We have close relationships with those in the Plettenberg Bay area and have managed to collectively make a huge contribution in the fight against crime. The open line of communication amongst all parties is key to our success and the quick response and collective efforts from our resources in this case made all the difference,” says Meiring.
Officer Zindlovu pulled over to investigate and question the suspect who claimed that the pram was left unattended and that it did not belong to anyone. Officer Zindlovu immediately called for backup. The local Neighbourhood Watch and additional Fidelity ADT members arrived and brought with them the owner of the stolen pram. It was confirmed that Zindlovu had apprehend the correct suspect and he was duly handed over for arrest to the local South African Police Services.
“We are delighted to have been able to place another criminal behind bars and thank the Neighbourhood Watch for getting us involved so quickly. I would also like to commend officer Zindlovu for his awareness and vigilance after taking prompt action which led to the arrest. Residents are urged to remain vigilant and to be aware of their surroundings when out and about. Safety in public spaces is key and all Plettenberg Bay residents need to keep their safety in mind whether at the beach, shopping mall or going for a run,” concluded Meiring.