Teamwork leads to arrests
HERMANUS – Alert response teams, good cooperation and the use of modern technology proved to be key for Hermanus Public Protection officers who assisted in arresting four suspects recently.
Fidelity ADT’s Hermanus Branch Manager Marius Boshoff reports HPP CCTV camera operators observed a suspect jumping over the wall of a property in Westcliff on 16 July) and reported it to armed response officers in the area.
“The trespasser was spotted around lunchtime,” Boshoff said, “and the CCTV operators notified HPP supervisor Juan Havenga and Fidelity ADT Armed Response Officer Cobus van der Walt.
“They patrolled the area, and eventually located the suspect and searched him.”
HPP is staffed and managed by Fidelity ADT.
“The officers found a knife, screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters and a shifting spanner on him which are typical items used in burglaries.”
In the second incident (on Friday 17 July) the Hermanus Neighbourhood Watch reported a popular CBD business was broken into.
HPP camera operators were asked to study their available video footage from the area to see if they could find any information that could assist.
“Video footage showed a wellknown burglar hanging around the area before the robbery took place. This appeared to support a tip-off that Neighbourhood Watch members had received about a possible suspect.” Havenga and Van der Walt were again called into action. They searched the area with the assistance of the Neighbourhood Watch and soon located the suspect in the CBD. He was apprehended and handed into police custody.
“I would like to congratulate all our team members and the local Hermanus Neighbourhood Watch for their excellent work,” Boshoff said. “The team work has been of the highest calibre.”