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 recently received a panic alarm signal from an Athlone Park premises and immediately dispatched Armed Response Officer (ARO), Wiseman Khambule, who arrived at the Prince Street property within 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 client’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 District Manager for Fidelity ADT KwaZulu-Natal, Ivan Govender.
Upon arrival the ARO checked in with the homeowner who advised that he had seen a suspect in his garden. ARO Khambule immediately conducted a perimeter check and soon spotted the suspect hiding in a TLB that was parked in the corner of the property. The suspect was successfully apprehended and handed over for arrest to members of the Amanzimtoti South African Police Service (SAPS).
“I encourage the community to make sure that their alarms are maintained in order to ensure that everything is functioning properly. It is also important 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,” concludes Govender.