Durban North’s crime fighting capacity has been boosted with the arrival of a new local security professional on the Blue Security team, who is working closely with the police and neighbourhood watch groups to tackle crime and grime in the area.
Blue Security’s new Durban North tactical ambassador, Brendan Porter, is no stranger to residents as he was previously responsible for community security in the firm’s coastal region which includes the suburb as well as towns from Ballito to Amanzimtoti. Porter, who has a degree in criminology from the University of South Africa and experience in the security sector, commenced operations in Durban North on May 1.
Blue Security operations director Brian Jackson said the firm had already notched up crime fighting successes in the area following the recent appointment. “Our new Durban North tactical ambassador Brendan will be working closely with the police, residents and neighbourhood watch networks to ensure that we heighten our crime prevention strategies in the suburb,” Jackson said. “We are also seeking to make sure that we maximise our investment in the community in terms of providing additional security support and assisting in policing operations. We also want to reap the full benefit of the high technology security systems we have invested in, such as the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.”
Porter said he was excited and confident about the contribution he could make to the fight against crime in the suburb. “An important part of my role will be to act as a force multiplier for the police when they plan operations, like cordon and searches and vehicle check points. I will also be making sure that the relationship is symbiotic and ensure that we work together to guide the rollout of new technology, such as the additional ANPR cameras that we plan to invest in the suburb.”
“I am also looking forward to partnering with local neighbourhood watch groups and to playing an active role in supporting the community, both in fighting crime and at CPF meetings,” he said.
Jackson said some of the recent crime fighting successes in the Durban North/Umhlanga area had included uncovering a well hidden informal settlement where alleged housebreakers had stashed stolen goods, including office equipment and foreign currency. “A joint operation involving members of the Durban North SAPS, Blue Security and the Umhlanga Improvement Precinct (UIP) led to the raid of the criminal hideout in Umhlanga’s Ridgeside area. The team found a stash of printers, scanners, knives, clothing, an electric weeder, purses, handbags, at least ten to 15 pairs of shoes and a box full of foreign currency including dollars and pounds sterling,” he said.
A Blue Security tactical member and armed response officer’s swift response to a panic alarm activation also led to the arrest of a trespassing suspect in Collard Road in Durban North. “A domestic worker spotted the trespasser jumping over the front driveway gate and pressed the panic alarm. Our officer swooped on the scene and arrested the fleeing suspect,” Jackson said. Nothing was reported stolen.
Porter is passionate about crime prevention, planning his operations with a strategic and tactical approach. He also sticks to a stringent health routine to ensure he stays in top shape to tackle his duties.