21 August 2015 - Partnering to fight Crime in Hout Bay
First of Many – In a recent meeting it was agreed that SAPS would have weekly meetings with Law Enforcement, Metro, SA National Parks, CPF and HBNW (representation from all 3 Sectors of the Valley), Security Service Providers - ADT, Coastal Security and Deep Blue. These meetings will allow sharing of information relating to crime trends for the past week and create joint and supportive action plans for the week ahead. Excellent partnering for the benefit of all.
Above: Representatives of the organisations who have agreed to work together to combat crime in Hout Bay. Note: The Deep Blue representative who attended the meeting had to leave before the photo was taken. Following on this colloboration there will be a COSAP operation on Friday 28 August starting at 19h00, with a briefing at SAPS and continuing until 02h00 on Saturday morning. Please come and support these organisations by doing a patrol during these hours. Find out more about COSAP>> For more HBNW news click here>>
25 August 2015 - Progress Report on HBNWatchcon Move.
Thanks to Colin Brown of Carpet & Flooring Services cc for donating 55 sq m of carpeting for the new HBNWatchcon premises. Much appreciated! Please contact them on 0861 007 834 for all your carpet and flooring requirements.
Yesterdays report from our project manager, Toby Adams, states the following: Air Conditioning has been installed and commissioned. Electrical installation, except standby generator, is handed over as complete. Drywall and doors are complete. Painting progressing, only needs final coat. New flooring will be supplied and fitted at no cost to Watchcon (see above).The toilets have been completed.
14 August 2015 - HBNW's Watchcon Control room is Moving!
On Tuesday evening HBNW's Executive committee voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion to relocate their Watchcon Control room to bigger and better premises. The new location at Earthworx (old International School) is centrally located and will allow for a larger control room, as well as space for Metro's Law Enforcement Officers to have a base in Hout Bay.
After the decision on Tuesday night the project began immediately and with Longkloof's Toby Adams as Project Manager, it is well under control.
In addition to expanding the size of the control room HBNW will be upgrading the control room equipment, based on an assessment by a contracted technical expert who is overseeing the contract allocation and equipment installation.
HBNW wishes to thank ADT and all their loyal members and supporters who have regularly donated to this Watchcon project. Without their ongoing support this upgrade would not have been possible. Further phases of the Watchcon project include additional Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras as well as professional camera monitoring, so please keep your donations coming in.
Remember, without HBNW's Watchcon Controllers and Radio network, Hout Bay's security and emergency personnel would be operating independently and in silence! So, in an emergency, call Watchcon on 021 790 9333, 24/7 for all residents.
The information in all the SAPS media releases below is as received from Corporate Communication Hout Bay SAPS. HBNW does not take responsibility for the accuracy of the data, or information provided. HBNW provides this data to you, the member, for your interest and awareness. Any comments can be addressed directly to SAPS as per the contact information on this link >>
Successes: 17 – 23 August 2015
Two houses were searched where 30 stoppe dagga and mandrax powder were confiscated. Twelve small bags of dagga, 9 cigarettes filled with dagga and one stop dagga was also confiscated during 4 drug related arrests.
Two arrests were made for shebeen related incidents, where 123L of alcohol were handed in evidence.
Four arrests were made for Possession of suspected stolen goods, the following items were recovered, a gasheater, a gas tank and in another incident where the suspect was in possession of a quad bike chassis and two wheels.
13 August 2015 - Media Release: Hout Bay SAPS: Fire in Imizamo Yethu
On Wednesday, 12 of August 2015 at 21:00 one structure in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay burnt down. The Fire Department and SAPS attended to the scene. It was reported that no foul play was suspected. Three bodies were discovered inside the structure. An inquest docket was opened. The bodies have not been identified
10 August 2015 - Media Releases: Hout Bay SAPS
Successes: 3 – 10 August 2015
18 arrests were made for possession of drugs, the follow drugs were confiscated, 10 stoppe dagga, one parcel of dagga, one packet of tik with one tik lollie, two mandrax powder.
On the 8th of August 2015 one arrest was made where the following drugs were confiscated 52 stoppe dagga, 5 mandraxtablets, 3 ½ mandrax tablets and 71 packets of tik. The 23 year old suspect appeared in the Wynberg magistrate court on the 11th of August 2015.
Many arrests were executed for Possession of dangerous weapons in Imizamo Yethu, where knives, hockey stick, axe, plunger, pipe, screwdriver and a hammer were confiscated.
Robbery in the Harbour
On the 6th of Augusts 2015 at 23:50 a complainant was busy on the harbour when a white VW polo with 5 suspects approached him. Two of the suspects, one armed with a firearm got out of the vehicle and pointed a firearm at him. He was robbed of his cellular phone and his torch. Five arrests were made of which one suspect was a juvenile. The suspects appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate court on 11th of August on charges of Armed robbery
Tragedy at Sea
On Thursday, 6th of August 2015 two friends from Hout Bay went out to sea on a rubber duck, according to a witness who said he warned them that the sea was very rough. At 24:00 the witness got worried and went down to the area where they launched the rubber duck and found, one man on the rocks, deceased. An Inquest docket has been opened. The investigating officer is WO Brian Oosthuizen and can be contacted at 021 790 8660. The name of the deceased cannot be provided at this stage, due to his family not being informed and the body has not been officially identified. SAPS are following up on leads to get hold of his relatives. A 24 year old man, Faizel Mitchell is still missing. A search team of SAPS Airwing and the Diving unit are still looking for the missing person.
4 Aug 2015 - Commitment made to work together in the fight against crime
An important proposal to organize all parties in the Valley and use their resources to work together against crime became a reality this morning!
At this morning's meeting, facilitated by Hout Bay SAPS, this June 2015 proposal was agreed to by all Safety and Security Companies operating in the Bay.
The agreement states that all stakeholders in the field of responding to crime, be it professionally by SAPS, Metro officers or Armed Responder companies or voluntarily by organisations such as HBNW or CPF, will work together and use the HBNW Watchcon radio network to logon and to logoff during operations.
It was fully understood and supported that, when responding to criminal incidents, Teamwork is essential and is especially critical during night operations in bad weather conditions, when keeping track of every responder is vital for their safety.
HBNW, by initiating this agreement and providing the infrastructure for this vital communication between all parties, continues to play a very relevant and important role in safety and security in Hout Bay.
Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch want to thank Deep Blue, Coastal Security and ADT for their commitment and willingness to put the residents of Hout Bay FIRST.
4 August 2015 - Media Releases: Hout Bay SAPS
Arrests and Retrieval of stolen goods:
On Tuesday, 04 August 2015 at approx. 05:00 SAPS members on patrol noticed a suspicious blue Volkswagen Golf in Albert rd, Hout Bay. A chase ensued and the vehicle was pulled over in Hangberg. The three suspects and the vehicle were searched. After questioning the suspects, the members followed up on the information and visited the address provided by the suspects. The complainant informed SAPS that she provided one of the suspect’s a place to sleep and he cleaned out her garage during the night. The following items were stolen; camping fridge, clothes, weed eater, tools and other items to the value of R15 000. A case of Possession of suspected stolen goods and House breaking were opened. The three suspects will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Wednesday, 5th of August 2015.
Arrest for possession of illegal firearm
Two firearms were confiscated over the weekend, SAPS received information on Sunday, 2nd of August that a suspect was in possession of a handgun while drinking at a shebeen. When the members arrived, they found the suspect in possession of a handgun which the number was filed off. He was arrested for Possession of unlicensed firearm, he will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Tuesday, 4th of August 2015.
Successes for Last Week
Four arrests were made and the following drugs were confiscated, mandrax powder, wunga and two stoppe dagga.
One shebeen operation was conducted over the weekend, where one arrest was made and liquor was confiscated.
Four arrests were made during the last week, where suspects were stop and searched in Hout Bay and found in possession of suspected stolen goods.
Hangberg Resident’s Death being investigated
Social media reports of a stabbing that occurred over the weekend in Hangberg resulted in the death of a young man, have been incorrectly stated. The cause of death is being investigated, and no foul play is suspected as the deceased has no visible injuries. Witness statements are being obtained, the deceased showed signs of being ill before collapsing.
28 July 2015 - HBNW Structures, Current Projects and Activities
At the CPF meeting on Tuesday 28 July, HBNW Chairperson Dennis Steggink presented an overview of HBNW structures. These can be viewed by downloading these documents. HBNW EXCO, HBNW MANCO, HBNW Operations and HBNW Current Projects and Activities.
27 July 2015 - Media Release: Hout Bay SAPS - Information regarding recent stabbings in Imizamo Yethu
On Saturday, 26th of July 2015 at approx. 01:20 members of Hout bay SAPS were called to Hout Bay Fire Station. On their arrival they were informed that two people had been stabbed and and one had passed away. These incidents were not related. A docket of murder has been opened and under investigation. All information is being followed up to obtain details of the deceased.
On Saturday, 26th of July 2015 at approx. 02:30 a lady from the public informed the members on patrol, that while she and a friend were at home in S Biko Street, Imizamo Yethu, three suspects entered the house by pushing open the door and asked where her boyfriend was. When she informed them that he was not there, the men started to assault and stab them with knives. The complainant managed to escape and called the Police. When the members went back to the address they found her friend on the floor. He was declared dead by paramedics. The deceased is a 20 year old male from Imizamo Yethu. SAPS are busy following up on information. A case of murder was opened. Anyone with information to contact the investigating officer, Cst Thabo-Hokoza on 021 791 8660. Read more SAPS Media Releases>>
24 July 2015 - Massimo's "Happy Valley" Calzone donates to HBNW!
HBNW Chair, Dennis Steggink, and Hout Bay CPF Chair, JJ de Villiers, sit down to a Massimo's Happy Valley Calzone, officially launching this exciting initiative, the brainchild of Massimo. For each yummy Happy Valley Cazone, stuffed with ham, mushrooms, mozzarella, feta, caramelised onions, cacio and avo Massimo's will donate R10 to HBNW. To book your table at Massimo's call 021 790 5648 or visit www.pizzaclub.co.za
HBNW are asking all local restaurants and small businesses to create a unique HAPPY VALLEY dish/product with a donation to HBNW. This can be anything from an exclusive HAPPY VALLEY drink, meal, candle, note book - anything at all. In return HBNW will support HAPPY VALLEY businesses via social media and promotion to its 3000+ members. Businesses wanting to be part of HAPPY VALLEY can contact email@example.com >>
25 May 2015 - Construction works: Rehabilitation of Hout Bay Main road
Road works start on 25 May 2015 along Hout Bay Main Road, between the Victoria Rd & Princess St traffic circles for approx 5 months for rehabilitation of the road surface, road widening and improvement of the line of sight at the bend south of Payne St. Traffic going north will not be affected. Only local access for south bound traffic. There will be two phases. Phase 1 road between Payne & Princess and Phase 2 between Payne & Victoria. Read more>>
For more information contact the TIC on 0800 65 64 63 or follow TCT on Twitter (@Transport4CT). Download the leaflet and map.
23 Apr 2015 - HBNW celebrates 10 Years... and counting!
Last nights event at La Cuccina was a fitting celebration to acknowledge the 10 years of existence of HBNW and to honour those who have kept HBNW going all these years. With several past Chairpersons on hand to celebrate the occasion, past Chairperson Julie Banham and her team put together a most enjoyable evening. A surprise special guest was Captain Gerhard van den Bergh who introduced the concept of a neighbourhood watch to Hout Bay in 2005. At the time he warned that he had seen similar projects started and had then seen the enthusiasm fade away after a couple of months. He made it very clear that “A community Neighbourhood Watch is not a short-term project, it’s a way of life – and the day you stop is the day that crime returns”. Well, after 10 years HBNW is still around - stronger in membership numbers than ever.
Lieutenant-Colonel Bongani Mtakati, Hout Bay SAPS station commander and a contingent from Hout Bay SAPS were also in attendance, as were Matthew Rosenberg, CEO of HBVEMS with some of the hardworking EMS volunteers.
Above: Past & Present - HBNW Chairs: Keith Fawcett, Dennis Steggink, Matt Mercer, Frith Stables, Ron Duff, Julie Banham with Capt. Gerhard van den Bergh. (Absent: Anthony Chemaly, Colin Enzer, Rob Paterson)
The Bruce Taylor Award, which is given each year to the person who, by popular vote of the HBNW members, is deemed to have made a meaningful contribution to neighbourhood watch, was won this year by JJ de Villiers.
Left: Dennis Steggink, 2015/2016 Chairperson of HBNW, seen with this years Bruce Taylor Award winner, JJ de Villiers. See Gallery for more Pics>>
At last nights HBNW AGM Capt Jacques Lourens of Hout Bay SAPS thanked the HBNW for assisting SAPS to fight crime in Hout Bay. Without the support of regular patrollers, SSPs and alert residents who report suspicious behaviour to Watchcon, SAPS would have a much more difficult task. Capt Lourens then gave a brief overview of the Crime Figures for Hout Bay for the year April 2014 to March 2015. The good news is that, except for contact crime (rapes, muggings etc.) where there were more reported cases during this past year than last year (2013/2014), the numbers for all other reported crimes have decreased.
According to Capt Lourens although many of the muggers have been apprehended, they are often back on the streets when they are granted bail or receive minimal sentences. As a result, Hout Bay SAPS and Hout Bay CPF are continuing with a process started by the previous CPF Chairman, the late uncle Jim McKenna, to ensure that when a regular offender is arrested, a letter is sent to the court to try to ensure that he is kept behind bars until his trial date and that he receives a more severe sentence when he is successfully prosecuted. These additional duties add to the workload of SAPS who are under staffed as it is, so it is essential that members of the public report every crime, as these statistics are used to assign SAPS members to each police station and area.
In all other categories of crime, the number of incidents reduced: Murders decreased, Malicious damage to property was down 10%, Property related crimes, such as House Break Ins, down 20% while Theft and commercial crime came down by 5%. The number of House robberies this past year has also decreased. On the other hand, arrests for crimes in which the actions of the SAPS members play a major part (pro-active policing) have increased. These are drug arrests, arrests for being in the possession of stolen goods or dangerous weapons (up by 150 cases) and arrests for drunken driving (up by 20 cases), showing that Hout Bay SAPS are continuing to ensure that criminals do not have an easy time in Hout Bay. Capt Lourens highlighted the fact that the number of shebeens in Hout Bay has decreased from 128 to about 16, as a result of these SAPS operations. This has definitely had an effect on reducing the number of crimes committed in Hout Bay.
Unfortunately already this month, April 2015, there has been an increase in the number of cases of petty theft - Handbags stolen in restaurants or shops, valuables stolen out of cars, wheelie bins left out for days on end which then disappear and helmets left hanging on bikes. Perpetrators walk the streets with long sticks to hook items through open or unlocked windows. Finally, Capt Lourens discussed 2 recent hi-jackings which he attributed to "outsiders" coming into Hout bay to commit crimes.
SAPS are planning further COSAP operations and Capt Lourens has stated his motto is "Take Back Hout Bay". This, together with newly elected HBNW Chairperson Dennis Steggink's motto of "Make the Valley safer", should make Hout Bay a safer place in 2015. Dennis took over the HBNW chair from acting chairperson Keith Fawcett who has been standing in for Frith Stables since she resigned in February, due to ill health. Dennis is also the Area Leader of Area 19, Oakhurst Area, and has been a Member of HBNW for many years. We look forward to continue to work alongside Dennis, in his new capacity as Chairman, to move HBNW further forward in our efforts to curb the criminal activity in Hout Bay, and to improve the security of all residents of the community of Hout Bay.
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Please Validate your HBNW Identity Card
It is a requirement under Clause 12 of the ‘Western Cape Provincial Constitution and Code of Conduct for Neighbourhood Watch Structures’ that we must ensure all identity cards are validated annually.
To be compliant with the Western Cape Province Constitution for Neighbourhood Watch’s, this Annual process is to be implemented immediately and we appeal to all members to comply. Find out how>>
Download a HBNW Debit Order Form
HBNW members (especially those whocannot patrol or help in any other way) here is your chance to contribute. It's time for everyone to do their bit and help fight crime in our beautiful valley. Download this Debit Order form, fill it in and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org Or check our bank account details and set up a Debit Order or regular payment via Internet Banking. You can choose to donate to your area or to HBNW in general (use "Watchcon" as a reference) or for a special project. And there are NO prescribed amounts! Whatever suits your pocket!
Link to Suspicious/Wanted vehicles on BKMWatch website
Comparisons of 2012/2013 Crime Figures (ie April 2012 to March 2013) vs 2013/2014 Crime Figures (ie April 2013 to March 2014)as provided by Hout Bay SAPS:
The total number of reported contact crime incidents dropped by 13.4%.
The number of reported property related crimesdropped by 22.9%.
The number of reported incidents of robbery aggrevated reduced by 17.6%.
The number of crimes where police detection and intervention is required (such as drug arrests, confiscations of dangerous weapons, being in possession of house breaking implements or drunk driving arrests) increased by 89.8%. These percentages are calculated in comparison to the same period in the previous year, ie April 2012 to March 2013.
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Daily Crime information (previously available on the HBNW Blog).
Ensure that all valuables and important documents are photocopied, authenticated by a Commissioner of Oaths and securely locked away. If you do not have a fire proof home safe, lodge these copies with your bank for safekeeping.
Ensure that perimeter doors are fitted with adequate locks. The front door should have a safety chain or safety latch and, if the door has no vision panel, a door viewer. If keys to perimeter doors are mislaid, those locks should be replaced.
We welcome input from our members so please pass on your security tips and, where relevant, we will publish them and acknowledge the contributor. Read more tips>>