Hermanus police have taken five suspects into custody after allegedly trespassing at a property in Westcliff recently.
A security officer from Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) was on patrol in the Westcliff vicinity, when he noticed a group of men entering a property which was standing empty in Flower Street. HPP is staffed and managed by Fidelity ADT.
“Our officer monitored the situation, while calling for armed response backup. When he entered the property and confronted the group, they claimed to have been given permission by the owner of the property to sleep in the house. Our officer queried this with neighbours who were unable to verify these claims,” says Marius Boshoff, Hermanus branch manager at Fidelity ADT.
“The neighbours helped our officer to track down the owner of the building and asked him to come to the scene. When he arrived, he confirmed that he did not know the group of men and they had no permission to be inside his house.”
The group were handed over into police custody.
“The officer’s training certainly made the difference in this incident. HPP officers are trained to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity. Another key aspect was the involvement of neighbours. We need to look out for those who live in our street and care for each other. By caring for our neighbours and working with the police and security officers, we can make Hermanus a safer place for everyone,” says Boshoff.