A private security officer has been praised for his quick response and bravery which led to the arrest of two suspects. Both suspects are now in police custody.
The first incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday, 23 May when the Fidelity ADT control room received an alarm activation from a Berea secondary school. Armed Response Officer (ARO), Michael Mtshezi was immediately dispatched and arrived at the school premises within minutes.
“Our officers are well trained so that they know exactly how to respond to an incident such as this where they have to search a large property,” explains Fidelity ADT District Manager for KwaZulu-Natal, Vaughan Pillay.
Whilst patrolling the school grounds, ARO Mtshezi noticed a suspect hiding in a bush. He immediately gave chase and successfully apprehended the suspect and handed him over for arrest to members of the Berea South African Police Service (SAPS). A stolen door from one of the classrooms was recovered in a nearby bush.
Later that day, at 14h20, ARO Mtshezi responded to a panic signal at a Nicholson Road home and arrived at the property within two minutes.
“All our ARO’s are equipped with PTT (Push-to-talk) 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 Pillay.
Upon arrival, ARO Mtshezi noticed two suspects on the property and immediately gave chase and apprehend one of the suspects. The homeowner was extremely grateful for the officer’s quick response and explained that the suspects had held his son at knife point but had fled as soon as they heard the officer arrive.
The suspect was handed over for arrest to members of the Umbilo SAPS.
“We would like to commend ARO Mtshezi for his swift response and bravery. Thanks to his quick response on both incidents no one was injured and two criminals have been placed behind bars. Officers are often the unsung heroes of society and regularly go beyond the call of duty to keep our neighbourhoods safe. I encourage the community to conduct regular security assessments in order to resolve any vulnerable or unprotected areas to deter opportunistic criminals,” concluded Pillay.