The Amanzimtoti South African Police Service (SAPS) recently took custody of a suspected thief thanks to the rapid response of a local security company.
Just before 5:30am on the 12th January, the Fidelity ADT Security Monitoring Centre received an alarm activation from an Athlone Park home and immediately dispatched Armed Response Officer (ARO), Dumisani Bhukosini, who arrived at the Ipahla Road 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,” says Fidelity ADT’s district manager for KwaZulu-Natal, Vaughan Pillay.
Upon arrival, ARO Bhukosini spotted a suspect in a nearby bush fitting the description provided by the homeowner. He immediately gave chase and successfully apprehended the suspect and recovered several stolen items that had been thrown into the bush.
The suspect was handed over for arrest to members of the local SAPS and the stolen items were returned to the owner.
“We commend officer Bhukosini for his swift response and bravery. I encourage residents 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,” Pillay concluded.