Durban - Three robbers were arrested after a quick-thinking security guard pressed a panic button during an armed robbery at a business in the city centre on Wednesday.

Two other suspects managed to flee.

The drama happened at around 12.45pm when five armed men stormed the business premises in Florence Nzama Road, posing as customers, Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said.

“The gang held up the staff and security guard at gunpoint and grabbed the security guard’s firearm. The security guard managed to press a panic alarm to alert armed response officers to the scene,” Mathios said. 

“Some of the suspects fled on foot into Dr Pixley KaSeme Street and ran into a nearby hotel while others fled in a black Mercedes Benz. Police later arrested some of the suspects who had run into the street into the hotel,” Mathios said.

Mathios advised business owners to install CCTV surveillance cameras linked to the business alarm system on their premises.

“Fortunately, in this case, the security guard was able to sound the alarm and call for help in the emergency which averted the robbery. It is important that all business staff are regularly trained in security procedures so that staff instinctively know what action to take in the event of a robbery,” Mathios said.

“Installing CCTV surveillance cameras on site provide a deterrent to would-be criminals and can provide police and security companies with valuable intelligence if an incident does occur.

“Blue Security has in several cases been able to assist police investigators to gather crime intelligence captured by CCTV surveillance cameras that has led to the arrest of armed robbers and other suspects. If cameras are linked up to the business’s smart security system they can also provide instant images from the scene to our control centre or direct to a business owner’s laptop or mobile phone if the alarm system is breached by an intruder,” Mathios said.

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