Florence Nzama Street near where the attempted business hold up took place.

Durban - A quick thinking security guard foiled an armed robbery in the Durban CBD on Tuesday when he pressed a panic button that caused the gang which had held up staff to turn and flee the scene.

Police later arrested three of the suspects who were hiding out in a nearby hotel.

Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said five armed suspects walked onto a business premises in Florence Nzama Road, posing as customers at around 12.45pm. “The gang held up the staff and the 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,” 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 three 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 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.

The Independent on Saturday