Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said the armed response officer and tactical member responded to a panic alarm at a house in Collard Road at around 10.06am where a domestic worker had spotted a trespasser and pressed the panic button. “The domestic worker noticed the suspect jumping over the front driveway gate and pressed the panic alarm. Our officer swooped on the scene and arrested the fleeing suspect. Nothing was reported stolen,” Mathios said.
Durban North SAPS were alerted to the scene of the crime.
In a separate incident in Escombe, an armed response officer responded to a panic alarm activation in Inveleigh Road at around 9.50am and arrested a suspect who had stolen goods from the property.
“A resident spotted a suspect who was wearing blue jeans and a t-shirt jumping over the wall after stealing a small trolley and steel pipes from the property. The officer responded to the scene and arrested the suspect,” Mathios said. “The stolen trolley and pipes were recovered and handed back to the resident. The suspect was handed over to the Malvern SAPS who attended the scene of the crime,” he said.
Mathios commended the officers for their swift response to the crime scenes. “We hope these arrests send out a strong message to criminals that we will not tolerate any crime on our watch. We urge residents to also follow through with opening up cases against suspects even if the incident is perceived as a more minor crime such as trespassing and theft of items from the garden. If criminals find they can get away with minor crimes, it only increases their likelihood of repeating their crimes and even escalating them to commit serious crimes like armed robbery,” he said.