A member of the Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) team proved to be a real thorn in the side for local criminals recently, when he helped in the arrest of no less than three suspects in one night.
“The CCTV operators in the HPP Monitoring Centre noticed two men walking towards Westcliff on Tuesday night (2 June 2020 at around 8pm). They were carrying braai equipment with them, which appeared very suspicious to the operators,” says Marius Boshoff, Hermanus branch manager for Fidelity ADT.
The Monitoring Centre alerted HPP supervisor Sanele Maduli to investigate, and also alerted members of the Westcliff Neighbourhood Watch to assist.
“We are very happy that Neighbourhood Watches are now again allowed to be part of community patrols under alert level three of the national lockdown. They are valuable members of any efforts to keep a community safe,” says Boshoff.
Maduli and members of the Watch soon located and apprehended the two suspects on Canterbury Street, thanks to real-time information provided by the CCTV operators. It was later established that the braai equipment was stolen earlier that night from a residence nearby.
Boshoff says Maduli was again called into action, in a second incident in the early hours of Saturday morning.
“The CCTV operators alerted him when they noticed a suspect walking towards the harbour and jumping the fence at Blowhole. It appeared that he stole a stainless steel pole before trying to leave the area, but all of this happened in clear view of the camera operators who were able to direct Maduli and members of the SAPS to the suspect’s location, who promptly apprehended him.”
Boshoff says he is proud of the dedicated men and women of the HPP.
“It is an honour to be associated with them and their commitment to keeping Hermanus safe. Maduli and his colleagues are real heroes, and we thank them for what they do for our beautiful town.”