Radio communication networks help armed response and security agencies share important information, quickly and widely. In one such example (around 6am on Saturday 28 August 2021) a radio network helped arrest a suspect in Hout Bay.
“Our armed response officers in Hout Bay are connected to the Watchcon radio network, which helps spread information and alerts about incidents in the area. One of our officers monitored a transmission early that morning describing a suspicious person walking along Harbour Road, dragging a bin behind him,” explains Mr Jade Hanning, Western Cape general manager for Fidelity ADT.
The officer proceeded to the area and quickly located the person and stopped to question him. The bin contained various electric power tools, and the suspect could not provide a plausible explanation as to why he was dragging the bin with these tools inside.
“Our officer handed the suspect over into the custody of Hout Bay SAPS, who charged him with the possession of suspected stolen items,” says Hanning.
“Please raise the alarm immediately if you notice suspicious activity anywhere in the Hout Bay area. The sooner we can circulate the information to all our partners, the better chance we have of tracking down suspects and handing them over to the police,” says Hanning.