A suspect is in police custody after allegedly stealing several items from a home in Sedgefield recently. His getaway was however thwarted thanks to the local neighbourhood watch and the assistance from a local private security company.
crime“We received a call from the Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch last month asking for assistance. They had spotted a suspicious looking man at an address in Johan Street and requested backup,” says Steven Green, Garden Route branch manager for ADT Security.
“The property in question did not belong to an ADT client but we dispatched armed response officers nonetheless. We will always assist neighbourhood watches and the SAPS as we can only defeat crime if we all work together.”
ADT armed response officers Bandile Smith and Jeffrey Mchunu started patrolling the immediate vicinity, armed with a description of the suspect which they received from the Watch members. They also received information on the items that had allegedly been stolen.
“It was soon that our officers noticed a male on a bicycle a few streets away from where the theft had been reported. When they stopped to question the man they noticed several items matching the description received of the allegedly stolen items,” says Green.
The suspect was promptly apprehended and handed over into the custody of the Sedgefield SAPS. All the allegedly stolen items were recovered and returned to its rightful owner.
Green says this case shows the importance of a properly functioning and well supported neighbourhood watch. “I urge everyone to make contact with the Sedgefield Watch to find out in whatever way they can support this organization.”
The arrested suspect is believed to be a well-known criminal in the area, according to the chairman of the Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch Juanita van der Westhuizen.
“We would like to take this opportunity to forward our appreciation for the outstanding work of the current ADT officers working in Sedgefield. They are always there when we need someone to assist us with the policing of the streets of this town and furthermore they are professional in carrying out their duties,” says Van der Westhuizen.
She also expressed specific appreciation for officers Mchunu and Smith for the part they played in this arrest.