Two suspects were apprehended in separate incidents and handed over to the local South African Police Service for arrest earlier this week.
At about 22h55 on Sunday 05 January, a resident of Longships Drive, Plettenberg Bay, contacted ADT Security to report an intruder on the premises. Armed Response Officer (ARO) Thembelani Fatuse was dispatched and arrived at the address within three minutes. There he found and apprehended the suspect who still had in his possession tools he had used to tamper with vehicles parked at the property.
On Monday the 06th, ARO Wiseman Mkatali responded to three call-outs from residents of Beacon Isle Crescent and Beachy Head Drive who also reported suspicious persons at their properties. The third call came from a homeowner in Beachy Head Drive at about 23h30; they explained that their security system triggered when the front door was forced open by an intruder who fled with a flat-screen television. Mkatali inspected the premises and it was not long before the ARO found the television – that had been dropped in the garden – and discovered and apprehended the suspect who had hidden in bushes nearby.
“If you suspect there is an intruder on your property, do not go out to investigate or confront them directly because you do not know if they are armed or how many there could be,” said Arno Hattingh, Manager of ADT Security’s Garden Route Branch. “Contact your security company or the police immediately, and provide them with as much detail as you can. If possible, stay on the line with them until help arrives.”
Hattingh added that even if the intruders have left, it is advisable to remain indoors and only go outside after security officers or the police have arrived and indicated that it is safe to do so.