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Rooftop trespasser caught

A private security officer has been praised for his quick response which led to the arrest of a trespasser. The suspect is now in police custody.

The Fidelity ADT Monitoring Centre received an alarm signal from a Springfield home after the homeowner noticed a suspect on his roof. Armed Response Officer (ARO), Wilfred Makhanya, was immediately dispatched and arrived at the Reedbank Road property within minutes.

“All our ARO’s are equipped with tablet 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 Fidelity ADT’s District Manager for KwaZulu-Natal, Vaughan Pillay.

On route, ARO Makhanya called for back-up and upon arrival at the home spotted the suspect on the roof towards the back of the house. ARO Michael Mtshezi arrived as back-up to assist and together the officers managed to corner the suspect at the side of the premises and apprehend him. The suspect was handed over for arrest to members of the Mayville South African Police Service (SAPS). Further investigation confirmed that the suspect had not managed to gain access into the home and therefore no items had been damaged or stolen.

“I would like to commend ARO Makhanya and Mtshezi for their swift response, bravery and team work. Thanks to their quick response no one was injured and another criminal has been placed behind bars. I encourage the community to consider installing ceiling detectors in order to resolve any vulnerable or unprotected areas to deter opportunistic criminals,” concluded Pillay.

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