SMS helps police to track down criminals

Team work helps to catch two suspects after they broke into a residents' property.

Fast response from Beagle Watch Security and the police aided in the arrest of two men suspected of breaking into a resident’s property.

Resident Jan von der Heyde said he arrived home at about midday on 11 October when he noticed a red BMW 3 Series parked in front of his property. “As a precaution, I did not drive into my driveway but parked about 15 meters away. While I was walking up the driveway I noticed that the gate next to the garage was forced open.”

He explained that as he entered his property he walked into an unknown male who was possibly in his 40s. “The man said he was looking for a ‘James’ and while he was talking to me I saw a second, much younger male appear from the entrance to my house.”

Von der Heyde explained that his front door was still closed and they hadn’t broken into the house yet. “I immediately asked them to leave my property, which they did.”

He said that he circulated the details of the two men and their car to various security companies and the police. “I was surprised when managing director from Beagle Watch, Dave Casey, contacted me to inform me that the suspects were apprehended by the police in Florida Glen.”

Beagle Watch spokesperson Anne Wood said, “Casey notified the company’s control room who sent out an SMS to all of their clients to be on the lookout for the vehicle and the suspects. The registration was also provided on the SMS.”

She added that a couple of minutes after the message was sent out, two clients who had received the text message called the control room and advised that they had seen the vehicle. “We responded to where the clients advised they had seen the vehicle and verified that the registration number corresponded. The police were contacted, the BMW was impounded and the suspects arrested.”

Von der Heyde concluded and thanked the police and Beagle Watch for their team work and catching the two suspects.

Rick Marais

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