The Port Shepstone South African Police Service (SAPS) recently took custody of a thief thanks to the rapid response of a local security company.
The Fidelity ADT Security Monitoring Centre received a panic alarm activation from a store in George Street and immediately dispatched Armed Response Officer (ARO), Christian Cele, who arrived at the Port Shepstone shop within minutes.
“The store owner noticed a man walking past his shop and positively identified the individual, after just viewing CCTV footage, as the suspect who had broken into his shop the night before,” explains Fidelity ADT’s District Manager for KwaZulu-Natal, Vaughan Pillay.
Upon arrival, ARO Cele acquired the relevant information from the staff members and immediately proceeded to the suspect in question. Officer Cele requested further information from him around his whereabouts the night before and kept him apprehended until the police arrived. The suspect later confirmed that he had stolen several items from the shop including car batteries, tools and a laptop. He was handed over for arrest to members of the Port Shepstone SAPS.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate officer Cele for his quick response, bravery and for successfully apprehending the suspect. I would also like to commend the shop owner and his staff for handling the situation in such a calm and efficient manner. This most likely contributed greatly to the fact that the suspect was successfully apprehended without any damages, injuries or worse,” said Pillay.
Pillay encouraged both the public and business owners to be extra vigilant, especially during opening and closing times. “Criminals are opportunistic and often look to target shops and businesses during vulnerable periods such as opening and closing times. We have seen an increase in security technologies being implemented at various businesses due to the fact that CCTV solutions and other technologies have become a lot more affordable. Contact your security company to conduct a thorough security assessment and ensure that you are adequately secured,” concluded Pillay.