Sea Point guards catch remote jammers

2015-06-16 06:00

Sea Point Improvement District guards have foiled a thief preparing to use a remote jamming device.

The organisation has noticed an increase in theft out of cars with the use of these devices, chief operations officer Heather Tager says.

They received a tip-off on Friday that three suspicious males with remote devices were operating in front of Absa bank in Sea Point, she explains.

“The Improvement District control room was notified and the information was passed onto our CCTV controller. The suspects were detected and then monitored by the Improvement District cameras which are situated in key areas across the precinct,” she says.

EvidenceDuring the apprehension one of the suspects threw the jamming devices up into the air and then kicked them into the road, hoping to avoid arrest.

“Our officials immediately saw this and retrieved them from the road, which will now be used as evidence in court,” Tager says.

“The suspects were brought back to the Improvement District base, where they were searched. Numerous items were found in their possession.”

During this time, an Improvement District officer remained at the car until the owner arrived so that he could tell him what had taken place.

Positive ID“The owner was asked to check whether all was in order and he verified that his GPS and other items were missing. He was requested to come to the Improvement District office to identify his articles,” she says.

“On positive identification the Sea Point police were called to take the suspects to the police station and the owner opened a case,” she says.

Tager recommends people do not just walk away from their car once pressing their remote – they must check the car to make sure that it is indeed locked.

“This incident further highlights how successful the implementation of licence plate recognition and overview cameras have been within the area to ensure that residents and visitors to the area can come to the area and know that ‘Big Brother has eyes on them’,” she says

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