A stolen bicycle was recently recovered by two armed response officers while they were doing patrols in Piesang Valley Road.
“Our officers are trained to be on the lookout for anything suspicious or out of the ordinary. We are proud of the in-depth training our officers go through on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of the latest crime trends and concerns. This keeps them fresh and sharp for when they are on the road, protecting our customers and scanning an area for suspicious activity” says Fidelity ADT’s branch manager for Garden Route, Pieter Meiring.
Fidelity ADT armed response officers Monde Zamani and Luvuyo Bossie (pictured) spotted a suspicious person on a bicycle in Piesang Valley Road. When they stopped to speak to him, he jumped off the bike and fled leaving the bicycle laying on the ground.
“Common theft is something that we see all too often in Plettenberg Bay,” says Meiring.
“Opportunistic criminals are constantly on the lookout for vulnerabilities or easy targets. This include cases where bicycles or valuable tools are left on lawns or outside areas. Criminals see this as an easy target and opportunity to strike. Residents should avoid this at all cost and never become complacent or negligent when it comes to safety.”
The suspected stolen bicycle was handed in at the local police station.
Meiring says excellent cooperation with the local community has also made fighting crime a lot easier, following a similar incident earlier this year.
“Officer Elton Loggerenberg managed to recover stolen goods not too long ago, when he received information from the Plettenberg Bay Crime Prevention Association (PBCPA). This kind of collaboration and information sharing greatly assists in the fight against crime and when combined with adequate training can lead to positive results.”