Residents across Woodstock have been reminded to exercise caution and to remain vigilant, after two separate arrests in the area in recent days.
In the most recent incident (24 June 2020, at around 5am) an armed response officer from Fidelity ADT was patrolling along Albert Road when he noticed a suspicious person walking along the road.
“The officer soon received an alert about an alarm activation along Albert Road and went to investigate. On arrival at the address, he noticed the same person he had spotted earlier,” says Mr Jade Hanning, Cape Town South district manager at Fidelity ADT.
This suspect appeared to be busy removing gas bottles from the property where the alarm was triggered. The owner of the property confirmed that this suspect had no legal reason to be on the property, and he was apprehended and handed over into the custody of Cape Town SAPS.
In the second incident a few days earlier (12 June 2020, at around 16h47) the same armed response officer was dispatched to investigate an alarm signal along Sussex Road.
“The customer had reported an unidentified suspect had gained access to the property and stolen a geyser before fleeing. While members of the SAPS were busy at the customer’s property, our officer used a description of the suspect provided by the customer to search the area,” says Mr Hanning.
Acting on a hunch, the officer proceeded towards a local public transport interchange. On the way he spotted a suspect that matched the description provided, pushing a geyser in a shopping trolley.
“The suspect was apprehended and handed over into police custody. The customer also confirmed that this was his geyser that had been stolen earlier.
“My message for residents of Woodstock is to be aware of what looks like increased levels of crime. Please be careful and alert police or your security company if you see anything suspicious. I also recommend testing your home or business security system to make sure it works properly,” says Mr Hanning.