Residents of Pinelands should be made aware that they can make a huge difference to safety in the suburb, by speaking up if they see anything suspicious. Jade Hanning, Cape Town South district manager at Fidelity ADT, says this is the lesson to be learned from a recent arrest in the area. One of the company’s armed response officers was on patrol when a resident stopped him on the street, to report a theft that had happened on Victoria Road. “The resident told our officer how he saw a bicycle being stolen from a neighbour’s property and gave a full description of the alleged suspect,” says Hanning. Armed with this information the officer patrolled the area and located the alleged suspect one hour later on Welwyn Road. “The suspect was handed over to the police, and he has been charged with theft. “I want to thank the resident who first raised the alarm – we need more people to assist us by being our ‘eyes and ears’ in the fight against crime,” says Hanning.