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“Two members of the Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) team reported seeing two women walking along a cliff pathway towards the Rietfontein Bridge just after 10:00 on 25 January. They were reportedly carrying a large and heavy bag with them,” says Marius Boshoff, Hermanus branch manager for Fidelity ADT. HPP is a ratepayer funded initiative, in partnership with Fidelity ADT.

Another HPP officer stopped the women and asked to search the bag, which led to the discovery of a large quantity of tools and building material items.

“The women were questioned and they claimed that an unknown person in Zwelihle had asked that they collect the bag where it was hidden in bushes. The manager of a nearby building site however later confirmed that the items were his and that they had been stolen,” says Boshoff.

The women were taken into custody on a charge of housebreaking and theft.

Meanwhile in other incidents, HPP camera operators helped police and local security partners apprehend three suspects in connection with the alleged flouting of curfew regulations.

“The CCTV operators noticed a group of men walking from the New Harbour, early on 22 January at around 00:04 carrying small bags with them. Operators alerted the Hermanus SAPS, the HPP specialized response units along with members of the Hermanus Neighbourhood Watch,” explains Boshoff.

“When the group saw the approaching responding teams, they scattered and fled, but three of the suspects were successfully detained. They were taken to the police station and issued with fines for contravening disaster management regulations.”

In a separate incident, CCTV operators also helped in the recovery of suspected stolen goods in North Cliff.

“Operators dispatched the HPP specialized response unit when they noticed three men pushing a trolley along Disa Street early on 21 January. The group was stopped, and the trolley was searched, which led to the discovery of two large wooden poles which still appeared to be in a good condition,” says Boshoff.

The suspects showed the officer where they had allegedly found the poles, but a neighbour disagreed with their explanation and assured the officer that their explanation was not plausible.

“Our officer instructed the suspects to put the poles back where they found them, and then escorted the men out of the area. No formal charge was laid against them,” says Boshoff.

. Members from the Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) team managed to apprehend four suspects in two separate incidents.

The first incident, on 2 February, saw two suspects being nabbed after they allegedly stole clothing from a local store.

“HPP Specialised Response Unit officer Bantu Gqibilizwe received an alert from one of his colleagues, describing how two suspects had reportedly stolen a piece of clothing from a shop on Mitchell Street, before fleeing towards East Cliff. Officer Gqibilizwe used the information he was provided to quickly track down the suspects and apprehend them,” says Fidelity ADT’s branch manager for Hermanus, Marius Boshoff.

They were taken back to the shop, where the store manager positively identified the suspects as well as the stolen piece of clothing.

In a second incident that same day, the Hermanus control room received a call from Fidelity ADT Area Manager, Donovan van der Westhuizen at approximately 10:00 reporting that a member of the community saw two suspects fleeing with a stolen laptop and cables in North Cliff and that he needed assistance and back up from the HPP and Fidelity ADT team.

“Donovan was off duty at the time but still managed to pick up the incident and respond. He is someone who always goes the extra mile for our customers and is passionate about keeping Hermanus safe. Donovan has been involved in several incidents over the years where he has assisted residents in need or caught criminals in the act,” explained Boshoff.

The HPP CCTV camera operators started tracking the movements of the two suspects while sharing this information with the responding officers as well as Hermanus Neighbourhood watch responders. It was at that time that a confirmation was received that a home in the area had earlier been burgled.

“Donovan and his Fidelity ADT and HPP colleagues used this information to pursue and soon apprehend both suspects, despite the fact that the two had split up and fled in different directions. Both were handed over into the custody of Hermanus SAPS.

“Well done to everyone involved in this week’s successful arrests. It shows again how modern technology together with committed and dedicated personnel can form a winning team in the fight against crime,” says Boshoff.

Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) is a non-profit company (NPC), established to provide public safety and top-up cleansing services in the geographical designated area of Hermanus. It is funded by the ratepayers through the Overstrand Municipality Special Rating Area By-law and Policy.

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