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Team­work leads to ar­rests

- Crime

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.”


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