Two private security officers have been praised for their quick response which led to the arrest of three suspected thieves. The suspects are now in police custody.
The Fidelity ADT Monitoring Centre recently received an alarm signal from a business based in Prospecton and immediately dispatched Armed Response Officers (ARO), Eugene Mwelase and Innocent Jali, who arrived at the premises 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 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 District Community Development Manager for Fidelity ADT KwaZulu-Natal, Rian Buys.
The officers immediately conducted a perimeter check and soon spotted three suspects inside the premises. All three suspects were successfully apprehended and handed over for arrest to members of the Isipingo South African Police Service (SAPS).
Businesses are often the target of criminals who meticulously plan their break-ins according to the business operating hours, vulnerable entry and exit points as well as security measures or the lack thereof.
“I encourage business owners to ensure that their alarms are maintained in order to make sure 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 most often used to proactively prevent crime,” says Buys.
Buys commended the ARO’s for their quick response and teamwork which ensured that these criminals have now been placed behind bars. “Responding to industrial premises’ can be daunting as it is a large area to cover and investigate. I’d like to congratulate our officers for their bravery and wonderful teamwork in making these arrests.”