Quick action from Fidelity ADT and shop owner leads to arrest in Bloemfontein

On 25 March at approximately 19:00 Fidelity ADT Reaction Officer, Stephen Lipholo, reacted to a panic alarm at a retail business in Bloemfontein arriving shortly after receiving the panic.

On arrival he cautiously approached the premises and just as he closed the door of the car, three suspects came running out of the premises. Reaction Officer Lipholo withdrew his firearm and instructed the suspects to stop. One of the suspects stopped and was apprehended and the second was later apprehended with the support of the owner and other people in the community. The third suspect managed to get away. 

Both suspects were handed over to the Bloemfontein SAPS. On investigation it was discovered that the suspects had been armed and were demanding cash from the shop owner, who then pressed the panic button. They panicked and decided to flee when they saw Fidelity ADT arriving. 

Robin Goveia, Branch Manager Fidelity ADT Bloemfontein says the Officer responded quickly and efficiently and should be congratulated on his response. The community and shop owner also played a key role and it is important to remember that it is never advisable to get in the middle of a gun fight.  

He advises business owners to conduct regular security upgrades and to assess their risk exposure frequently to ensure that they have sufficient insurance cover in the unfortunate event that they become victims of crime.

CCTV systems are also a good deterrent. They are no longer as prohibitively expensive as they may have been in the past, and even small business owners can now consider them as options. 

“It is always best to get a professional in to assess your security solutions and associated risk. These experts will be able to identify any vulnerable areas and offer the best solutions,” concludes Goveia