The Newlands South African Police Service (SAPS) recently took custody of a suspected thief thanks to the rapid response of a local security company.
In the early hours of the morning on the 18th October, the Fidelity ADT Security Monitoring Centre received an alarm activation from a Newlands West home after the owner heard noises at the back of her property and immediately dispatched Armed Response Officers, Fakazi Mkhize and Siboniso Mngadi, who arrived at the Rochdale Road property within minutes.
“All our ARO’s are equipped with in-vehicle tablet devices which enable them to receive auto dispatch signals as soon as a customer’s alarm is activated, enhancing response times. In any emergency situation 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. In addition, and in line with regulations to control and prevent the spread of the coronavirus we have provided all our staff with the necessary PPE equipment to ensure the safety of both our employees and customers,” explains Fidelity ADT’s District Manager for KwaZulu-Natal, Vaughan Pillay.
Upon arrival, the officers conducted a thorough search of the property and noticed that the caravan at the back of the premises had been broken into. They soon spotted a suspect attempting to flee and immediately gave chase. The suspect was successfully apprehended and handed over for arrest to members of the Newlands SAPS.
“We commend officers Mkhize and Mngadi for their swift response and bravery. I encourage both residents and businesses 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,” explained Pillay.
He urged residents to remain vigilant at all times and to ensure that outdoor buildings are adequately secured. “Should you come across a suspect on your property, remain calm and immediately contact your security service provider or the South African Police Service. Never confront them or attempt to capture the suspects because they may be armed and dangerous.”