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Five Festive Season Offenders Arrested Within 9 Hours

Five Festive Season Offenders Arrested Within 9 Hours

It’s been a successful day for our Armed Response Officers, with five suspects arrested in separate incidents across Sunningdale, Durban North and Ballito between 04h00 and 13h00.

In the latest incident, at approximately 12h27, the Marshall Security Emergency Dispatch Centre received a panic activation from a client on Old Mill Way in Durban North who stated that a suspect was attempting to break into their property.

Multiple Armed Response Officers were dispatched immediately. On their arrival a suspect was seen fleeing from the property, and after a foot chase the suspect was arrested. Upon conducting a search, several pieces of clothing, shoes and jewelry was found in his possession.

Through further investigation it was established that the items found in the suspect’s possession was taken in a housebreaking from a neighbouring property, the resident unaware at the time that they had been broken into.

The Durban North SAPS arrived on scene a short while later and took over the scene. The suspect is yet another reoffender and was arrested last year May by our Armed Response Officers after being in possession of a stolen flat screen TV. The suspect was transported to the Durban North SAPS for further investigation and processing.

An armed robber was then arrested in Ballito only an hour after stabbing and robbing a holidaymaker in Thompsons Bay Beach

In the early hours of this morning, at approximately 04h10, the Marshall Security Emergency Dispatch Centre was alerted via virtual line crossing technology to a suspect trespassing in a complex on Brookend Close, in the Sunningdale area.

Five Festive Season Offenders Arrested Within 9 Hours

Multiple Armed Response officers were immediately dispatched and arrived on a scene within minutes. While conducting a property search in the complex, a suspect was found on the property and immediately arrested with several stolen pairs of shoes in his possession. It was later established that the shoes had been stolen from outside the front door of one of the units.

The same suspect was arrested last year December in the Glen Anil area by Marshall Security officers. The suspect together with the stolen items were handed over to the Durban North SAPS for further investigation and processing.

Virtual line crossing technology is utilised by setting virtual lines or boundaries across areas in a CCTV camera’s field of view, which then trigger an alarm when they are crossed within predefined parameters. This is called virtual line crossing detection and is overall a much more interpretive analysis than standard motion detection.

In a separate incident a short while later, at approximately 04h30, two suspects were arrested after attempting to steal an electronic music speaker at 03h37 from a client’s property on Westbury Crescent in the Durban North area.

Five Festive Season Offenders Arrested Within 9 Hours

The suspects fled the scene and dropped the speaker after being spotted by the homeowner and started to fence-hop into neighbouring properties, a description of the suspects was relayed to our responding Armed Response Officers. Little did the suspects know that our Armed Response Officers were hot on their heels and were arrested on the corners of Ennisdale Drive and Beachway.

The Durban North SAPS were contacted and arrived on scene. Unfortunately due to insufficient evidence the suspects were released on a warning by the Durban North SAPS.

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