Local armed response officers responded to two separate incidents on wine farms along the R44 last weekend, in the space of just 5 hours.
In the first incident, on Friday night at around 22h35, an armed response officer from Fidelity ADT was on patrol when he encountered two suspects stealing wooden poles on the Le Bonheur Wine Estate. The client informed the company later that the farm previously lost another six wooden poles to theft.
“Barely five hours later, at around 3am on Saturday morning, we received a call from a client at Morgenhof Wine Estate reporting a trespasser. One of our officers responded to investigate, and found an unidentified suspect inside the house,” says Verena Hulme, Cape Town North district manager at Fidelity ADT.
This suspect was handed over into the custody of Stellenbosch SAPS on a charge of theft and house breaking.
“Stellenbosch residents – especially those living on wine farms and smallholdings – should remain vigilant at all times, even during the lockdown and the curfew that is in place at night. Always arm your security systems and make contact with your security company or with the SAPS if you notice anything suspicious,” says Hulme.
Armed response officers are classified as essential services under the Disaster Management Act, and remain on duty during the lockdown.