Team work for safety

2018-10-30 06:01

The relationship between Metro Police and a local security company has been hailed as having a “massive and positive” effect on stopping crime.

This comes after the two organisations recently joined forces and arrested four suspects on serious charges.

Ridwaan Mathews, managing director of Sniper Security, says earlier this month the company’s client from a local service station called the control room to report vehicle remote jamming and theft out of a motor vehicle. The client requested the control room to check their CCTV surveillance camera system to see if the suspects had entered their area. A few minutes later, the security company’s tactical manager searched the database of the Licence Plate Recognition camera system and discovered a vehicle matching the description.

The manager called the service station management and confirmed with the client whether the vehicle matched the description.

“At this stage the control room started the identification and profiling of the suspects. We were informed that one of the suspects was wearing an orange top as per the picture we managed to obtain for identification purposes,” says Mathews.

A few minutes later, the security company ran a licence plate number match of the suspect’s vehicle against the company’s national database to check if the suspect was wanted by the police.

The licence plate information was immediately sent to the Metro Police for further investigation and they disseminated the information on the suspect’s vehicle across various
platforms.

Members of the Observatory Improvement District were waiting for food at a local shop in Observatory when they received the Metro Police broadcast of the wanted vehicle and suspects. At this point, the suspects were parked in front of the district’s officers.

They called for immediate backup support and approached and detained the wanted suspects.

A short while later, the victim of the crime was informed that the suspects had been successfully arrested and that the stolen items had been recovered. Woodstock police arrested the suspects. Photos of items found in the suspect’s possession were sent to the victim to identify. The victim positively confirmed that the items were his. and later went to the Woodstock Police Station and positively identified the two suspects.

“As the managing director of Sniper Security, I can confirm that the relationship with the Metro Police has had a massive and positive effect on stopping crime in the Western Cape,” says Mathews.

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