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Watchcon is in urgent need of funds to upgrade the CCTV “back-haul” (the wireless infrastructure) to accommodate existing and additional CCTV cameras, as well as 2 additional Repeaters to improve and upgrade our radio network at the Watchcon Radio Control room. In addition professional camera monitoring is required. A full business plan is being created and will be available soon. Thank you to all who have donated! Please keep the donations coming in. Use reference "Watchcon" and your name.
29 Oct 2014 - Hout Bay SAPS: Successes of the weekend 24 to 26 October 2014.
The information below is as received from 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 this contact information >>
This office would like to thank all the role players that participated in the CO SAPS operation over the weekend. The following successes were achieved, by the 30 neighbourhood watch and SAPS members participating in these operations ; 4 arrests were executed for possession of dangerous weapons, 1 arrest for possession of house breaking implements, 22 people were searched as well as 7 vehicles. Five complaints were attended which included; House breaking in progress, House robbery, trespassing and suspicious people.
These successes could not be reached without the assistance of all the role players. Hout Bay SAPS Station Commander, Lt Col Bongani Mtakati would like to thank everyone involved.
27 Oct 2014 - Latest Media Report: Hout Bay SAPS
On Friday, 24th of October 2014 at approx. 12:20 five suspects approached a car guard at Hout Bay Harbour and gave him R100 to go and buy fish and chips. Of the armed suspects, three were wearing Police uniform and two were in civilian clothing, of whom one was wearing a Police bulletproof vest. The suspects then went to the jewellery store in the harbour area and informed the shop owner that they were investigating a syndicate who sells fake diamonds. The suspects tied up the security guard and the shop owner with cable ties. They were held at gunpoint and a shot was also fired inside the jewellery shop. A cellular phone, laptop and most of the jewellery inside the shop was taken by the suspects. The suspects then fled the scene in a white double cab bakkie. No one was injured in the incident. No arrests have been made as yet. All leads are being followed up.
19 Oct 2014 - Westfort Road incident reported to Watchcon last night
Residents arrived home to find a trespasser in their garden, and a perpetrator in the house, with some family member’s asleep inside. There was a call made to Watchcon.
Within minutes SAPS, Cosap members and ADT were on scene to apprehend the trespasser with stolen goods from the vehicles. The perpetrator ran off followed by SAPS members. Another call was made to Watchcon for extra assistance.
Thank you, HBNW members who joined the COSAP operation and the regular HBNW active Patrollers from Block 4, 6 and Nooitgedacht, ADT, Deep Blue and Chubb for forming a “block lock”. Without your help SAPS would have had a difficult time catching the perpetrators in such a short time.
This incident just goes to show, with Active Patrollers willing to assist SAPS and SSP’s, we can make a difference.
18 Oct 2014 - Community Outreach Day
On Saturday, 18th of October 2014 a community outreach was held at Kronendal school in Hout Bay, where the community of Hout Bay were invited to attend in order to bring the community together. There were different stalls and displays, by SSP’s, NGOs, CPF, HBNW and other organisations, as well as sports and activities for the children. A Bring and Braai was enjoyed by everyone to end off a successful event. SAPS would also like to thank all the role players who assisted to make this such a fun day for all. See more pics in our gallery.
Membership Card Renewals Due
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 neighbourhood watch identity cards are validated annually. We are now creating these cards digitally, so choose a recent photo of yourself or take a "Selfie" and get going. If you get a card now it will automatically be renewed in 2015. Find out how >>
12 October 2014 - SAPS Media Releases
Anniversary of Death of two Hout Bay SAPS Police Officers
On Sunday, 2014-10-12 it was the second anniversary of the death of our two Police officers, Cst Mandisi Nduku and Cst Phindiwe Nikani, who were killed in Imizamo Yethu in 2102. A candle was lit in remembrance of them.
Seen in the picture from left are Cst Mthetilile Mahobe, Cst Tshimango Makombila, Cst Globisa Mhlonyane, Cst Siyanda Salamani, Cst Nomnqophiso Ndude. Photo taken by WO Lesch.
Project: Hout Bay
On Friday, 10th of October at 14:00 residents of Kronendal Retirement Village donated blankets to the Victim Support of Hout Bay SAPS. These blankets are handmade and will make a big difference to someone lives. These items will be kept in the room and will be handed to a victim of crime or when a house has been burnt down.
LT COL BM MTAKATI
Hout Bay SAPS
From left: Angela Par, Sister Shelly Munro, Denise Dumphreys, Rhona Kelly, WO Tanya Lesch from SAPS. Photo taken by Cst Mqoqi.
7 October 2014 - Download the latest HBVEMS Newsletter
Hout Bay Volunteer Emergency Medical Service is a volunteer service providing medical support to the community of Hout Bay and the surrounds. Every weekend crews of 3 run up to 4 shifts, day and night, dealing with everything from car crashes to cardiac arrests, assaults to asthmatics. The service relies on private donations to continue its work. If anyone would like to support the service by making a monthly debit order, their bank details are in the newsletter. Download their September Newsletter >>
30 September 2014 - Hout Bay SAPS: Hangberg Incident
On Tuesday, 30 September 2014 during the early hours of the morning, National Intervention Unit conducted an operation in the Hangberg area, which led to an arrest of one coloured male for contempt of a High Court Order. At approximately 03:00 the SAPS received telephone calls from the community reporting violence in the Hangberg community. Reports stated that a crowd of young men came down from the top of the Hangberg area towards the stop street in Atlantic Skipper Rd, Hangberg. A few of the men in the crowd jumped over the fence throwing rocks towards the windows of the flats and set vehicles alight. Four vehicles, buildings and other properties were damaged in the conflict. The residents of Panorama Hill Flats had to evacuate and were transported to Hout Bay SAPS during the conflict. A case docket for public violence was registered and will be investigated. Statements are being obtained, which could lead to arrests.The situation is currently under control, however, Public Order Policing Unit is assisting the precinct in monitoring the area.
15 September 2014 - Letter to HBNW from a local Resident
I would like to compliment your team in respect of a break in my parents had in their cottage yesterday morning, Sunday 14th September at 07h00. A suspect smashed a front window with a rock and stole a laptop. My parents were in the cottage at the time and were traumatised, but are safe. When I heard the smash I ran up to the house but the guy had run out the front gate. We were fortunate to come across one of the ADT patrol vehicles. The guard who was driving was quick to get hold of Watchcon and then a search began. In the interim the police had arrived and took a statement and took the knife that the burglar had dropped. After roughly 25 minutes, ADT said they had caught the burglar with my parents laptop. What a fantastic response all round and hats off to all involved!!
31 August 2014 - Hout Bay SAPS: Successes of the week 24 to 31 August 2014
One arrest was made for possession of a dangerous weapon, when a suspect was searched and a panga and an axe was found in his possession.
During random searches 12 arrests were made for possession of various drugs, the following drugs were confiscated, 28 packets of tik, three glass tik pipes with tik, Twelve stoppe dagga, one dagga zol and 8 ½ mandrax tablets
More arrests were made including, 2 MI2P, 9 RTA, 5 Robbery Common, House breaking and theft, 4 Assault GBH and one Warrant for arrest.
Three arrests were made for possession of suspected stolen property after the members followed up information that led to these arrests. An i-phone, laptop and various other items were confiscated after it was found in possession of the suspects.
20 August 2014 - Hout Bay SAPS: Two Arrested after Theft of Motor Vehicle in Hout Bay
Between Monday, 18th of August 2014 at approx. 18:45 and Tuesday, 19th of August at 07:00 a blue Volkswagen Jetta was stolen from the complainants house in Mount Rhodes, Hout Bay. The CCTV cameras were checked by the complainant and it was discovered that a white vehicle with two suspects approached his vehicle, a blue Jetta which was parked in his driveway.
The two suspects got into the Jetta and drove off, followed by the white vehicle. At approx. 14:00 the same day the white vehicle, which was stationary in Victoria Drive, Camps Bay was spotted by a member of the public. The complainant was notified and went to the address. The complainant identified the vehicle as the same one that was at his house and informed SAPS Hout Bay. Members of Hout Bay CID went to the scene and while they were still busy, the same suspects arrived there in a Blue Honda Ballade. The complainant immediately identified one of the suspects as the same suspect who was spotted on the CCTV camera stealing his vehicle earlier the day. The Blue Honda was searched and four mag wheels, belonging to the stolen Jetta were found in the boot of the vehicle. Two suspects from Browns Farm, Philippi East, aged 26 and 37 were arrested for Theft of Motor vehicle and Possession of stolen property. They will appear on Thursday, 21st of August 2014 in the Wynberg Magistrate Court on the mentioned charges. Read more SAPS Media Releases>>
25 Jul 2014 - Hout Bay SAPS Station Commander, Lt-Col Mtakati, takes top honours
Lieutenant-Colonel Bongani Mtakati, Hout Bay SAPS station commander, was named Station Commander of the Year, from more than 150 contenders in the Western Cape. The colonel assumed command in Hout Bay last July after being transferred from Table Bay harbour. He and his staff took the harbour police from 8th position to number 1 in their cluster. We are indeed most fortunate to have such an energetic and committed station commander here in Hout Bay. Colonel Mtakati believes that involving the community is the key to fighting crime and, although Hout Bay SAPS has done well in the year he has been here, there is still room for improvement.
15 July 2014 - SECURITY ADVISORY : Precautions on N2 Freeway, Vicinity of Cape Town Airport Interchange
The information below is as received from the CSO (Cape Town Security Organization) NPC. 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.
Please note for your safety and that of your family and friends that there have been a spate of attempted robberies on the N2 Freeway in the vicinity of the on and off ramps at the airport interchange.
Rocks, pieces of concrete and/or stones are being placed on the road at night causing vehicles to crash in to them.
On Wed 2 July, a motorist heading from the airport hit an obstacle in the road and was stabbed and mugged after he stopped his car.
On Friday 4 July, at aprrox 22.45 in poor visibility, a cardboard box containing a piece of concrete was placed in one of the lanes. A motorist heading from the airport to the city saw the box but was unable to swerve into the adjacent lane owing to the cars passing him. The car hit the box and punctured the left tyre. The driver managed to drive further and stop under a freeway light. Six men came from behind throwing bricks at his windows (fortunately fitted with anti-smash and grab film). He managed to drive off.
On Sunday 13 July at approx 21.00, a motorist heading to the city from the airport hit stones across the lane and was forced to stop. He then saw men coming towards him and despite serious damage to the car's undercarriage, managed to drive to the nearest safe location - Vincent Pallotti Hospital car park. The car is a write off. The same night a further nine incidents of rocks on the N2 were reported by motorists.
If possible drive to a safe location at a slow speed (in case of damage to your vehicle undercarriage) e.g. the nearest petrol station or well-lit area or as above to the nearest hospital car park.
Call the City of Cape Town emergency centre on 021 480 77 00 and then the CSO emergency centre 086 18 911 18. Keep the cell phone line open for return calls from the security officers.
Fit your vehicle windows with anti-smash-and-grab safety film.
15 April 2014 - HBNW AGM
At the recent HBNW AGM held at Riverside Estates, Captain Jacques Lourens of Hout Bay SAPS presented excellent police crime figures demonstrating how the crime situation in Hout Bay has turned around since the arrival of the new station commissioner, Lt Col Bongani Mtakati, in July 2013. These figures show that the number of reported crime incidents has reduced in all categories across the board. However, for crimes where police intervention is required, that is crimes such as loitering, being drunk in public and being in possession of a dangerous weapon or house breaking implements these percentages have soared, showing that Hout Bay SAPS have successfully implemented a zero tolerance approach to drugs and crime. These arrests highlight how hard Hout Bay SAPS is working and the results are there for all to see. An increase of 766% for confiscation of dangerous weapons and a more than 300% increase for arrests for carrying housebreaking tools is quite staggering. Hout Bay SAPS is currently in 5th position out of 150 police stations in the Western Cape.
Another success attributed to the new station commissioner is the number of successful prosecutions of arrested offenders. Lt Colonel Mtakati and Jim McKenna, Hout & Llandudno CPF Chairman, have met with the Wynberg Court prosecutors and have been able to ensure that regular offenders do not get bail and are successfully prosecuted for regularly committing offences.
Anthony Chemaly stepped down after 2 years in the Chair and Frith Stables was elected the new Chairperson of HBNW. In addition Frith Stables was the worthy recipient of the Bruce Taylor Memorial Award for 2014. This award 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.
Bruce Taylor was a member of neighbourhood watch and was tragically killed in a motorbike accident in 2007. The trophy was donated in his memory by Miki and David Smith of Suikerbossie Restaurant a few years ago because Bruce was a friend, and regularly worked as a DJ at their restaurant.
Left: Frith Stables, newly-elected Chairperson of HBNW, with the Bruce Taylor Memorial Award. More HBNW AGM pics>>
Following their election at the recent AGM, the ExCo will be responsible for the management of HBVEMS and are looking forward to an excellent year as they celebrate their 21st Anniversary.
Calling All Cyclists!
Are you out and about often on the roads and tracks in and around our beautiful village? Do you know that by doing nothing more than stopping at the Watchcon office (to collect a HBNW Radio) before heading out on your cycle, you can do your Neighbourhood Watch Patrol, by being the additional 'eyes and ears' that are needed to increase our effectiveness in our proactive fight against crime.
Freddie Herbst has introduced an amazing initiative into Hout Bay Neighbourhood watch and would like you to assist. Email Freddie on Freddie@bigboom.co.za for more details and assist in keeping our beaches, roads and mountain tracks safe! Image: www.bicycling.co.za
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 email@example.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!
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>>