Security companies unite to catch theft suspect

2017-11-29 06:02
Fidelity ADT armed response officer Hannes Joubert was one of three security officers who chased down the alleged thief.              Photo:SUPPLIED

Fidelity ADT armed response officer Hannes Joubert was one of three security officers who chased down the alleged thief. Photo:SUPPLIED

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SECURITY officers from three different companies recently worked together and scored a win in the fight against crime in Port Elizabeth when it led to the arrest of a suspect.

Fidelity ADT armed response officer Hannes Joubert was on patrol in the Framesby area on November 13 when he noticed something out of the ordinary. An officer from Atlas Security was busy getting out of his vehicle to approach a suspect who looked to be carrying a bag filled with allegedly stolen items.

“Our officer decided to stop to see if he could offer his fellow security officer any assistance.

“When the suspect noticed that our officer was also stopping to question him, the unidentified man started running to get away and evade arrest,” said Ryan Britz, branch manager of Fidelity ADT Security in Port Elizabeth.

“The two officers then decided to split up into different streets to corner and apprehend the suspect.

“An officer from Bradbury Security also joined the pursuit.

“Thanks to their quick thinking and initiative, the suspect was caught a few minutes later and apprehended in Murrel Crescent.”

What makes this case even more special, Britz added, is the clear synergy among all the private security companies in the Port Elizabeth area.

“We are delighted with the fact that another thief has been put behind bars following the apprehension of these officers.

“It’s only through our combined efforts that we can make a difference in the fight against crime and we would like to congratulate all involved.”

After the apprehension, Joubert was asked by the Fidelity ADT Control Room to return to the complainant’s premises in order to assist their domestic worker who had been assaulted during the robbery.

“It turns out that the alleged suspect was known by the domestic worker and that he was also an employee of the client. This again highlights the importance of vetting your staff before employing them, especially if they are conducting work on your private property,” Britz concluded.


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