A private security officer has been praised for his quick response which led to the arrest of a suspected thief. The suspect is now in police custody.
The Fidelity ADT Monitoring Centre received a panic alarm signal from an Isipingo home after a resident heard suspicious sounds in his garden. Armed Response Officer (ARO), Charles Nzimande was immediately dispatched and arrived at the Alexander Avenue property within minutes.
“All our ARO’s are equipped with tablet devices which enable them to receive auto dispatch signals as soon as a customer’s alarm is activated, enhancing response times. In emergency situations such as these, 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,” says Fidelity ADT’s District Manager for KwaZulu-Natal, Vaughan Pillay.
Upon arrival, ARO Nzimande soon noticed a suspect on the resident’s roof and instructed the customer to remain inside the house. ARO Nzimande made his way to the rear of the premises and successfully apprehended the suspect as he attempted to get down from the roof to flee. The suspect was handed over for arrest to members of the Isipingo South African Police Service (SAPS). Further investigation revealed the suspect had removed several roof tiles in an attempt to break into the home.
“I would like to commend ARO Nzimande for his swift response and bravery. Thanks to his quick response no one was injured and another criminal has been placed behind bars. I encourage the community to consider installing ceiling detectors in order to resolve any vulnerable or unprotected areas to deter opportunistic criminals,” concluded Pillay.