Cameras catch burglars

Security cameras in Kuils River have helped to catch five men linked to burglaries across the northern suburbs.

Wesley Prinsloo, the Kuils River Community Police Forum’s (CPF) neighbourhood watch co-ordinator said the licence-plate-recognition (LPR) cameras had picked up the men’s vehicle on Wednesday September 13.

“An alert was sent out to all our security partners and the vehicle was stopped,” he said.

Fidelity ADT was among the security companies which picked up the alert. ADT’s northern district manager Verena Hulme said: “One of our armed-response officers noticed a vehicle matching the description on the corner of Amandel and Kerk streets and immediately reported back to the monitoring centre that she was in pursuit.” The patrol vehicle kept in radio contact with Kuils River police who set up a roadblock.

“The suspect car was eventually forced to stop by police in Van Riebeeck Road. The vehicle and its five occupants were positively identified to be linked with alleged housebreakings in Kuilsriver, Brackenfell and Durbanville in recent weeks,” said Ms Hulme.

Mr Prinsloo said the arrest happened within 30 minutes of the camera having first picked up the vehicle.

* Police arrested 158 people in Kuils River at the weekend. Provincial police spokesman Captain FC vn Wyk said 72 of the arrests were drug-related. On Saturday September 16, police arrested a 47-year-old woman for possession of an unlicensed firearm after they responded to a call about an attempted suicide.

“The woman was about to shoot herself. The police recovered a black CZ 765 firearm with six bullets from the woman and she could not produce the license of the firearm,” Captain Van Wyk said.