The local South African Police Service (SAPS) recently took custody of two suspected thieves thanks to the rapid response of a local security company.
Just before 6pm on the 5th November, the Fidelity ADT Security Monitoring Centre received an alarm activation from a Jeffrey’s Bay home and immediately dispatched Armed Response Officers (ARO), Leslie Solomon and Siviwe Mpetsheni, who arrived at the Heide Street 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 Jeffreys Bay, Ryan Britz.
Upon arrival, the homeowner informed the officers that two suspects had stolen clothes from a washing line, placed them in a black bag and fled into nearby bushes. After obtaining a clear description, the officers proceeded to search for the suspects and soon spotted them walking along Da Gama Road.
Both suspects were successfully apprehended and handed over for arrest to members of the local SAPS. The stolen clothing was returned to the owner.
“We commend officers Solomon and Mpetsheni for their 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,” Britz concluded.