Friday the 13th unlucky for suspects

2019-09-24 06:00

In a week in which South Africans received a dire picture of the current crime stats from police minister general Bheki Cele, an incident in the Deep South showed how teamwork and modern technology can score points in the fight against crime.

“A report was transmitted on the Constantia Valley Information Centre (CVIC) radio network across the region, detailing how a member of the public had observed four suspects allegedly trying to gain access to a home in Kirstenhof,” explains Jade Hanning, Cape Town South district manager at Fidelity ADT.

One of the company’s armed response vehicles drove past the vehicle reportedly used by the suspects as a getaway vehicle on Lente Road.

“Our officer proceeded to follow the vehicle and communicated updates to other police officers, armed-response companies and neighbourhood watch members who, by that time, had joined the chase,” says Hanning.

After a while, the vehicle stopped and parked at Blue Route Mall in an apparent attempt to evade police detection. Unbeknownst to the suspects, they were under close observation of the Fidelity ADT armed response officer and neighbourhood watch members.

“When the occupants of the car got out of the vehicle, they were confronted by our armed response officer and by members of the neighbourhood watch. One suspect was successfully apprehended and handed over into police custody. A check by police later also determined that the vehicle in question was reported stolen.

“As a nation, we might be feeling very despondent after reading the crime statistics released by the police minister (on Thursday 12 September). This case shows the difference that can be made by raising the alarm when we see something wrong and by showing support for local security partners. Well done to everyone involved in this case,” says Hanning.

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