Minors arrested for alleged armed robbery in Killarney

Rosebank Killarney Gazette

by Shanice Naidoo

KILLARNEY – Three suspects have been arrested for armed robbery on 6 July.

The three suspects that were arrested in Killarney by Hillbrow police for alleged armed robbery.

Three suspects have been arrested by Hillbrow police for allegedly terrorising the Killarney community over the past few days, said Vision Tactical director Yaseen Theba.

“Over the past few days, we received reports that young children in the Killarney area were being harassed by a group of thugs that were allegedly robbing them of cell phones and money. Some domestics workers and gardeners also confirmed that the suspects were young and not from the area,” explained Theba.

On 6 July a group of young boys ran into the park terrified after their money and phones were taken. The incident took place on 3rd and 2nd Avenue in Killarney.

The spokesperson for Hillbrow Police Station Sergeant Mduduzi Zondo confirmed that the incident had in fact taken place at around 1 pm and that some of the suspects that were arrested are still minors. He also confirmed that a stolen cellphone was recovered and that one suspect allegedly had a knife with him.

The young victims approached the Vision Tactical park safety ambassador and reported that the suspects had threatened to shoot and stab them if they didn’t hand over their phones and cash. The group of young boys were on their way to play in the park when they were approached by the suspects in the vicinity of the park.

Vision Tactical park safety ambassador Eric Minnie, whose quick response resulted in the apprehension of three alleged robbers in the Killarney area.

“The park safety ambassador immediately communicated with other Vision Tactical guards in the area and gave them a description of the suspects. They were spotted running towards the Wilds and the guards chased them,” added Theba.

The guards were backed up by the Tactical team. When members of the Vision Tactical team searched the suspects they allegedly found a knife, cash and the stolen phone.

Zondo said the suspects have not been linked to any cases at this stage, but police are currently investigating claims that the suspects were involved in other robberies.


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Help from community members for the Berea household members who lost all in fire

Some donations made by the community to help the people that lost everything in the fire.

Killarney Rosebank Gazette

27th June 2017

HOUGHTON – A company rallied together to collect donations for community members who lost everything in a fire.

On Saturday 17 June at 4am a house in Berea on the corner of Tudhope and Primrose Terrace was engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire is still being investigated by Johannesburg Emergency Services.

The house was occupied by 32 people including women and children, some as young as a few months old. The ward councillor and local City of Joburg EMS disaster management representatives arrived at the scene sometime after and found that the victims had lost everything including clothing, money and identification.

Community members offload the donations to be given to those that lost everything in a fire

At 1.30pm, via social media, a call was made to Yusuf Abramjee and Yaseen Theba (Director of Vision Tactical, a Houghton-based company) from #OperationSA to assist with the victim’s immediate needs. Theba arrived to meet with victims of the fire and representatives from Joburg City Council and disaster management at 2pm and together they made an assessment of the immediate needs.

A collection point was set up at a client’s premises in Houghton.

Within two hours, Vision Tactical mobilised their clients to arrange the following:

  • Blankets
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Toiletries and hygiene packs.

Theba explained that the response was overwhelming. Clients dropped off food supplies, blankets, and everything else that was required for the immediate needs of the Berea Fire victims. Three 1- tonne vehicles filled to capacity arrived at 4.30pm at the premises and handed over donations to the councillor and disaster management to be distributed to the residents of the burnt house.

“We will keep in contact with residents and the councillor to continue assessing the damage and needs of the victims of this devastating fire. We thank the generous clients and friends who opened their hearts to assist at this time of need – this is the spirit of Ubuntu,” said Theba.

Houghton-based security company provides drone technology to create safer community

HOUGHTON – Drone support may help police officers see various crimes happening in real time.

May 24, 2017 – Rosebank Killarney Gazette

 

Vision Tactical, a security company which is based in Houghton, recently launched drone capabilities which will deliver air support to security and emergency services.

Drones are being used by tactical teams and response officers to respond to crime incidents as well as in the search for missing people and the monitoring of traffic around road accidents.

“We remain committed to embracing new technologies to deliver high quality, cost-effective services and protection,” said Yaseen Theba, director of Vision Tactical.

The technology will be used to enhance and improve traditional methods of responding to emergencies. Vision Tactical currently uses the DJI Phantom 4 Drone and the Parrot Bebop Drone, which is controlled by a close ground support package.

The success of this advancement is the proactive real-time intelligence it provides during rapidly evolving situations such as shootings, robberies, hijackings, rescue operations and other high-risk missions. Trials and consultations are ongoing to develop more guidance for how the drones will be used more effectively to help keep the community safe by offering an aerial perspective of scenes.

Do you believe that the drone could be of great help for the community? Tweet @RK_Gazette and let us know.

Quick car & even quicker thinking

Killarney Rosebank Gazette – May 18, 2017

A vigilant driver was able to escape a hijacking recently on Central Street in Houghton.

According to the director of Vision Tactical Yaseen Theba, CCTV footage shows a Porsche driver entering the driveway of an office park when hijackers pull up behind him on May 13.

In the footage, one hijacker jumps out of the passenger side of the vehicle and walks towards the Porshe, pointing a firearm.

The Porsche driver quickly reverses out of the driveway and slams into the back of the hijackers’ silver BMW, before speeding away. The surprised hijacker is seen dithering, unsure of what to do next.

Theba confirmed to the Gazette that a few days after the incident, the hijackers’ vehicle was found between Alex and Midrand. However, he indicated that even though the car was found, there have been no arrests.

The spokesperson for Norwood Police Station, Captain Elliot Tshiyhase, confirmed the incident but said a case of pointing a firearm was opened, not an attempted hijacking.

Tshiyhase said the case is currently under investigation by Norwood police.

Providing safe return from airport

The Star Page 5 – 23rd May 2017

THE RISE in crimes committed around OR Tambo International Airport, including people being followed home from the airport and robbed, has spawned an interesting and lucrative business.

Vision Tactical is a security company that began in October 2014, which provides private security to homes and businesses in Houghton, Killarney, Norwood and other suburbs in northern Joburg.

Vision Tactical Owner: Yaseen Theba , speaks about the burgeoning crime of being followed back home from the airport.

Recently, the company expanded its security services to include airport escorts, because according to the company’s owner, Yaseen Theba, clients started becoming nervous about coming back from the airport and asked for vehicles to be stationed on driveways outside their homes for safety purposes.

“Then certain people felt nervous about landing at night or early mornings and asked if we could provide a guard inside the car that was going to pick them up.

“But we prefer using our own vehicles to follow our clients, because in the event something happens, we have our rifles and guns in the car.

“If it’s a family pick-up, we don’t like to have firearms in the vehicle when there are children. We prefer following a vehicle and ensuring that a family get home safely,” Theba explained.

Last Monday, a man was shot dead just outside OR Tambo International Airport’s drop-off area, in what was believed to have been a botched hijacking.

HAPPY ABOUT THE SERVICE: Dharmisha Makan speaks about her experience being followed back home from the airport.  Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips

It was this report that convinced Dharmisha Makan to use the escort service for the first time when she and a friend came back from India last week.

“As two women travelling on our own, we definitely felt safe just to know that we’re being followed by a security company that we are familiar with, as they do the guarding at our complex.

“They followed both of us to our homes and we felt safe. So did our family members, who knew we were going to make it home safe,” Makan enthused, adding that she would “definitely” use the service again.

Theba added that he was aware the police were trying to curb the crime of airport followings by doing stop and searches of cars leaving the airport.

“Then certain people felt nervous about landing at night or early mornings and asked if we could provide a guard inside the car that was going to pick them up.

“But we prefer using our own vehicles to follow our clients, because in the event something happens, we have our rifles and guns in the car.

“If it’s a family pick-up, we don’t like to have firearms in the vehicle when there are children. We prefer following a vehicle and ensuring that a family get home safely,” Theba explained.

Last Monday, a man was shot dead just outside OR Tambo International Airport’s drop-off area, in what was believed to have been a botched hijacking.

It was this report that convinced Dharmisha Makan to use the escort service for the first time when she and a friend came back from India last week.

“As two women travelling on our own, we definitely felt safe just to know that we’re being followed by a security company that we are familiar with, as they do the guarding at our complex.

“They followed both of us to our homes and we felt safe. So did our family members, who knew we were going to make it home safe,” Makan enthused, adding that she would “definitely” use the service again.

ON ALERT: A panic button was activated while The Star was patrolling with Vision Tactical in Houghton. It took the response unit roughly three minutes to react, but it turned out to be a false alarm.   Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips

Theba added that he was aware the police were trying to curb the crime of airport followings by doing stop and searches of cars leaving the airport.

But he said some of his clients were apprehensive about the police because of reports that officers – or people disguised as law enforcement personnel – were also part of criminal activity around the airport.

This has to do with the brazen airport heist in March, where more than R20 million was stolen by robbers who, it is believed, included police officers and airport security personnel.

“There are times when people get nervous about being questioned by police.

“People are nervous about sharing information with police at the airport because they are living in fear due to the reports about officers being involved in some of these crimes,” Theba said.

“So, if they know that they are dealing with a security company that they know and trust, they feel a lot more comfortable to talk to the police. That’s what we are trying to do – making people feel a lot safer.”

The company, Theba said, employed only highly skilled personnel, such as Boloka “Bravo 7” Diale.

He is a commander within Vision Tactical, and told The Star he was trained in special weapons and tactics, or Swat, and previously worked for the US Embassy and a cash-in-transit company.

Asked what the scariest part of the job was, Diale asserted: “For me, there is no scary part, because I am used to it. Maybe if I was starting out it would be scary, but right now it’s like having bread with tea.”