Proactive security with bicycle patrols

December 2002 News & Events

ADT Security has launched bicycle patrols in three Pretoria suburbs as an added benefit for clients in areas, which the company believes, would benefit from a more visible, proactive crime deterrent.

A team of four, fully trained reaction officers patrol the streets of a designated area in Waterkloof and two teams of two officers patrol the streets of Clydesdale and Sunnyside. There is one officer on a bicycle per 150 ADT subscribers in each suburb and according to Rian Swart, ADT sales and marketing manager in Pretoria, there have been several successes since the patrols have been operating.

"Our men have prevented cars from being stolen and residents have reported a drop in the number of people loitering in their suburbs. These reaction officers have been handpicked for this unit and are specifically trained for this function. They are all fully trained armed response officers - the only difference is they patrol their areas on a bicycle," says Swart, adding that it is common that an 80% drop in crime is experienced in areas where this type of visible, proactive patrolling is introduced. According to Swart, bicycle patrols have been operating, with great success, in areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg. The patrols, he says, are particularly effective in areas where road closures are not practical or have been prohibited.

The service will be rolled out in other areas where there is a demand.

For more information contact Matsibela Monnakgotla, ADT Security, 086 1212 420,

Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Helping South African university students and staff to stay safe
News & Events
Buzzer is a free mobile app that allows users to quickly and easily report incidents of crime, violence, or harassment to campus security and other relevant authorities.

Tech developments lead hologram growth in 2024
News & Events Security Services & Risk Management
Micro-lenses, micro-mirrors and plasmonics are among the rapidly-emerging optical devices that have evolved on the back of holographic and diffractive technologies, and are seen as part of the natural evolution of optical science by R&D teams.

Trellix detects collaboration by cybercriminals and nation states
News & Events Information Security
Trellix has released The CyberThreat Report: November 2023 from its Advanced Research Centre, highlighting new programming languages in malware development, adoption of malicious GenAI, and acceleration of geopolitical threat activity.

People are craving connection
News & Events
As 2023 nears its close, global security manufacturer Gallagher Security is sharing key observations from some of the year’s biggest industry events, chief among them the rising importance of community building these events facilitate.

ePSiRA online system
PSiRA (Private Security Ind. Regulatory Authority) News & Events
[Sponsored] As part of the digitisation of the security industry, the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA) introduced the ePSiRA online system, which allows clients to transact online.

New generation of cyber-focused controllers
Gallagher News & Events Access Control & Identity Management Products & Solutions
The C7000 gives users an opportunity to leverage their hardware and firmware to build a platform designed to catapult their organisation into the future, with cybersecurity baked in from inception.

New T&A terminal features revolutionary AI technology
Suprema News & Events Access Control & Identity Management AI & Data Analytics
Suprema has launched BioStation 2a, the world’s first deep learning-based fingerprint recognition solution, providing powerful access control features and an improved ability to extract templates from low-quality fingerprints.

South African Cyber Risk Survey 2023
News & Events
Aon South Africa has released its 2023 Cyber Risk Survey for South Africa, providing insights on current trends in cyber risk governance practices being deployed by South African companies in various market segments.

Africa Online Safety Fund announces grant winners
News & Events Information Security
The Africa Online Safety Fund (AOSF) has announced the winners of this year’s grants; among them are five organisations operating in South Africa to educate people about online risks.

From the editor's desk: Convergence is real
Technews Publishing News & Events
      SMART Security Solutions has been talking about convergence for a long time; in other words, the intersection and even integration between the physical and information security worlds. Before writing ...