Four suspects were recently arrested by police in Fish Hoek, in connection with separate incidents.
Both incidents took place on Friday 14 September, and both involved the same armed response officer from a security company who assisted in the arrests.
In the first incident, just after 10:30, officer Anele Mdayi received a call for assistance from a member of the Sun Valley Neighbourhood Watch, who reported that three suspicious-looking people were sitting on the pavement in Barque Street.
“Our officer arrived at the address and engaged with the three. He was however not convinced of their explanation as to why they were in the area, and asked for police backup to be dispatched.
“When officers from Fish Hoek police arrived and questioned the three, they too were not convinced of their explanation. The three were searched and a knife and dagga were found in their possession,” says Jade Hanning, Cape Town South district manager of the security company.
The suspects were taken into custody, on charges relating to the possession of illegal habit-forming narcotics as well as a dangerous weapon.
Barely two hours later (just before 13:00), Mdayi was again called into action.
“We received a panic alarm signal from an address in Sunnydale. Two suspects were allegedly trying to break into a garage belonging to one of our clients. One of Mdayi’s colleagues assisted him and they managed to apprehend one of the alleged perpetrators,” says Hanning.
The suspect was handed over into police custody.
“Well done to officer Mdayi and his law enforcement and security colleagues for their hard work and diligence.
“These two incidents show how team work – between the neighbourhood watch, the police and private security companies – can make our suburbs a lot safer,” says Hanning.
“A key element of any area’s safety efforts is community support and cooperation. The Deep South Valley will be safer if we all practice care and vigilance. If you see anything suspicious in your street, please make contact with us or with your local police so that we can respond immediately,” says Hanning.