EPR in the news...

30 September 2015
What could have been yet another break-in or robbery or a very serious attack on a family in Warwick Street, Chancliff, Krugersdorp this morning, ended up in struggle between a reaction officer of EPR Security and a suspect over the firearm of the reaction officer. The suspect was shot by the EPR reaction officer during the struggle, and died shortly afterwards on the premises.
The event unfolded in the early hours of 30 September 2015 when EPR received a phone-call from a... premises in Warwick Street shortly after 04:00. On arrival the EPR reaction officer inspected the premises after an attempted break-in was also reported at the same premises earlier at around 01:45, but the suspects fled the scene.
Whilst inspecting the premises for a second time, the EPR officer noticed a suspect close to a window that was already open and instructed the suspect to go down on his knees, at which time the suspect stormed the reaction officer, and a struggle pursued for the firearm. During the struggle the EPR officer managed to fire a shot that fatally wounded the suspect.
Well done RO Harmse for putting your life in danger to protect the lives of others! We salute you!
By Harriet Alexander - The Telegraph - 11 Sep 2014
It was midday when Cornel Maree’s neighbours hit the panic button. Mr Maree’s home was under attack from three men who had used a steel rod to force open the imposing metal gates, then smashed down the door and made off with his possessions in a brazen daylight assault.
Alerted by his neighbours’ private security firm, Mr Maree raced home from work and found that the intruders had even stolen food from his kitchen, scattering wrappers from packets of biltong – dried meat – around his expansive modern villa in the well-heeled Johannesburg commuter town of Krugersdorp. “I was distraught,” says Mr Maree, the head of training for the South Africa blood donor service. “I felt so violated. I was angry.”
The robbery, which took place a fortnight ago, is indicative of the reality of South Africa’s crime epidemic – one that has been the focus of frenzied global attention over the trial of Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympic sprinter accused of the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp – whom he claims he mistook for a burglar. “I can sympathise with Oscar Pistorius when he said that he was frightened by the possibility of an attack in his own home,” says Mr Maree. “We all live in fear here.”
Today, Pistorius will learn whether the judge in his six-month trial also sympathises with his version of events. Pistorius, 27, faces up to 25 years in prison if Judge Thokozile Masipa finds him guilty of murder. The athlete insists that he never intended to kill Steenkamp, whom he shot dead with four bullets in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year, insisting he thought his home was being broken into, and that he fired through the locked lavatory door believing that an intruder was the other side of it.
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