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27 July 2015 - Media Release: Hout Bay SAPS -  Information regarding recent stabbings in Imizamo Yethu

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 >>
 
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.

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 us >>

22 July 2015 - HBNW Statement on CCP initiative 

HBNW was informed by several members about the Community Crime Prevention (CCP) initiative and we await with keen interest to hear what the formal practical implications are, before we can communicate these details to our members.
The practical implications we refer to here are funding, communication, support, mandates, potential conflicts of interest etc.
We trust that formal representation will be made soon by the CCP founding members on how they propose to co-exist in the SAPS, CPF and HBNW agreements, so that we can communicate this to our members. 
We hope our members will understand that, until we have been given this important information, we are unable to communicate meaningfully with them.

2 July 2015 - Help us reach our Goal - R148 085 raised so far! 

Great News - Phase 1 has been approved. We will:
  • Increase the Watchcon control room size for expanded CCTV monitoring and response management
  • Install air conditioners to cater for higher equipment heat loads
  • Install new CCTV hardware and software to improve the management of CCTV cameras
  • Install an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) for electronic equipment 
  • Expand the capacity of the wireless infrastructure (backhaul) to link additional CCTV cameras to Watchcon 
Our business strategy budget has been approved by EXCO. 
Volunteers are also needed  for a variety of portfolios to keep the wheels of the organisation turning, especially in residential areas where there are no EXCO representatives (HBNW Area Leaders). Contact us on hbnwadmin@houtbaywatch.com if you are prepared to assist. 

10 July 2015 - Media Release: Hout Bay SAPS - Information on recent Crime Incidents

10 July 2015 - Hout Bay SAPS -  Media Report: Information on recent Crime Incidents
On Friday, 17th of July 2015 at approx. 13:10 the complainant and his wife were at their home in Tarragona Estate, Hout Bay watching television when they were surrounded by four unknown males who were wearing balaclavas.  The suspects demanded to know where the safe and computers were.  The complainant was tied up and then had to accompany the suspects through the house. Both the complainant and his wife were then locked up inside the bathroom.  After a while the complainant managed to open the door and saw that the suspects had left the scene, with their property including clothing, jewellery and cash.  No arrests were made as yet.
 
On Monday20th of July 2015 at approx. 17:30 the complainant stepped into his workshop in Bethal Road, Hout Bay when he saw an unknown male who saw the complainant and drew a knife and proceeded to run towards the complainant with the knife in his hands.  During a struggle the complainant overpowered the suspect.  A security guard and a member of the public managed to apprehend another suspect.  Both suspects were arrested on charges of Robberry with a weapon other than a firearm and will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Tuesday, 21st  July, 2015
 
On Monday, 20th of July 2015 at approx. 11:00 two unknown suspects entered the PEP stores in Hout Bay, one suspect pointed a firearm at one of the cashiers and demanded her to open the till.  The suspects then instructed the cashiers and manager to go to the manager’s office.  The suspects fled the scene in a silver Avanza.  The following items were taken, cellular phones and  an undisclosed amount of cash. No arrests were made as yet.
 
Six shebeen operations were conducted during the last week, which led to six arrests.  A zero tolerance approached will be maintained due to the fact that drinking in the illegal shebeens leads to other crimes including drugs and assaults in the area. 
 
During continuous crime prevention operations,  eleven drug arrests were executed during the last week, 2 dagga zolle, 11 stoppe dagga, 2 x half mandrax tablets, 2 incidents where mandrax powder were confiscated.
 
On Monday, 20th of July 2015 at approx. 02:30 community were alerted via radio that suspects were seen in the Constantia Greenbelt area.  SSP’s and members of SAPS Diepriver responded to this.  Constantia watch saw these suspects and managed to apprehend the suspects.  Hout Bay members, CPF Chairperson and community members also responded, which assisted in the apprehension of the two suspects. The two suspects were transported to  Hout Bay SAPS for questioning.  More information was gained regarding other suspects, which led to another apprehension at 06:45.  Good radio communication led to two more suspects being apprehended at 09:00 while walking from Constantia Neck towards Hout Bay,  as they fitted the description provided earlier. Beanies, cellular phones and knives were confiscated from the suspects and were handed in as evidence. An Identity parade will be planned and executed by the investigating officer, Cst Mqoqi to link these suspects with recent House robberies, Robberies and other crimes.  The suspects will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Wednesday, 22nd of July 2015. Hout Bay SAPS Station Commander, Lt Col Mtakati and Hout Bay CPF Chairperson, JJ De Villiers would like to thank all the role players for the team work and involvement  in this success.

9 July 2015 - Media Release: Hout Bay SAPS -  Murder of 27 year old man in Hout Bay Main Road 

On Wednesday, 20015-07-08 at approx. 15:00 a 27 year old victim was stabbed in Main Rd Hout Bay, near the Clinic.  It is alleged that the victim was on his way home when he was confronted by three unknown males, who robbed him of his cellular phone and stabbed him with a knife. The victim was declared dead on the scene. No arrests have been made as yet,  all leads are being followed up. A case of murder was opened.

10 July 2015 - Media Release: Hout Bay SAPS -  Update on Murder of 27 year old Congolese man 

This office would like to inform you of progress regarding the media statement yesterday on the Murder of the 27 year old Congolese man. Two arrests were made by Hout Bay SAPS. The Station Commander, Lt Col Mtakati had a meeting with the community of Imizamo Yethu, including Congolese nationals. During this meeting the community were informed not to take the law into their own hands. The two suspects will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Monday, 13 July 2015 on charges of Murder.

22 June 2015 - Media Release: Hout Bay SAPS -  2 Suspects from Mitchells Plain arrested 

On Monday, 22 June 2015 at approx. 04:30 an officer of Hout Bay SAPS pulled a suspicious vehicle over in Princess Rd. Hout Bay. The red, blue and black golf with two occupants was searched and both suspects were brought into SAPS for questioning and were arrested for House breaking implements, Car breaking implements, Possession of dangerous weapons and possession of suspected stolen goods. The suspects will be linked with several other cases that were reported including, Theft out of motor vehicle, Possible House robberies and robbery. The two suspects are from Mitchells Plain and are 36 and 25 years old. The licence and details of the vehicle did not match, therefor it was also confiscated. Both suspects will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Wednesday on the above mentioned charges.

8 June 2015 - Media Release: Hout Bay SAPS - Suspects arrested after rival gangs clash in Imizamo Yethu

On Saturday, 6 June 2015 at approx. 23:55 a group of young men were attending a party in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, when another group arrived and an argument started between the groups.  On Sunday, 7 June at approx. 02:00 the group who attended the party, went looking for the other group, armed with knives and pangas.  The group entered a house and assaulted a 18 year old man, he had stab wounds in his chest and died on the scene.  The suspects ran away.  One arrest was made.
 
On Sunday, 7 June 2015 at 19:00 another young man, aged 25 years  was chased by one of the groups, he was stabbed and passed away due to his injuries.  SAPS were patrolling the area on foot and were directed by the community towards an area. SAPS apprehended a suspect that was still in possession of a knife stained with blood.  One arrest was made.
All leads and information are being followed up and could lead to more arrests. It is alleged that the groups involved may be members of two rival groups in Imizamo Yethu. Both suspects will appear in Wynberg Magistrate court on Tuesday, 9 June 2015 on charges of Murder. Read more SAPS Media Releases>>

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>>
Thanks to Lindy Nauta for all pics.  Read the Full story >>

14 Apr 2015 - HBNW AGM report back

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 who cannot 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 hbnwadmin@houtbaywatch.com  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! 

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Crime Stats
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 crimes dropped 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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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.
 
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