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.
For more information contact the TIC on 0800 65 64 63 or follow TCT on Twitter (@Transport4CT). Download the leaflet and map.
21 May 2015 - Media Release: Hout Bay SAPS - Suspects apprehended after Break In at Woolworths
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 Thursday, 21 May 2015 at approx. 03:15 a break in occurred at Woolworths, Mainstream Centre, Hout Bay, where the doors were forced open (with a sharp object) to gain entry to the shop. Deep Blue Security Guards came upon the suspects while they were loading the stolen clothing into a silver Audi. SAPS was alerted of the incident and responded immediately, a chase followed in the direction of Constantia Neck. The Audi was pulled over just before the Neck by Hout Bay SAPS members. The three occupants ran away and were seen by Wynberg SAPS members after they matched the description that was given. Two of the suspects were apprehended and arrested. When the vehicle was tested, it was discovered that the vehicle was Hi-jacked in Milnerton on 18 April 2015. The two suspects were linked with the Hi-jacking, Possession of suspected stolen goods and the Housebreaking (business). The ages of the suspects are 28 and 25. They are from Cross Roads, Nyanga. Stolen items were recovered and handed in as evidence. The suspects will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate Court on Monday, 25 May 2015 on the charges mentioned.
19 May 2015 - Media Release: Hout Bay SAPS - Missing Child Found
This office would like to thank all the role players who played such a major role in finding the missing child, Byron Baron. SAPS members from the Wynberg Cluster and the community of Hout Bay that came to assist us in our search are highly appreciated. It shows SAPS that the community stands together to make a difference.
Byron went missing on Monday, 2015-05-18 (yesterday) around 20:00. Byron was found today around 13:00 by children from the community of Hangberg. He was found while hiding under a boat. It is uncertain for how long he was hiding there. He was unharmed. Byron and his family are receiving Victim Support.
15 May 2015 - Media Release: Hout Bay SAPS - Attack at Sandy Bay
On Wednesday, 14th of May 2015 at approx. 16:30 a Hout Bay resident was at Sandy Bay Beach, Llandudno with a friend. On their way to the parking area, two unknown males approached them from behind. One suspect was armed with a panga and hit the complainant on the right forearm. He sustained injuries and he received medical treatment and 27 stiches in his right forearm. A description of the two suspects was given by the complainant as two males, one wearing a grey t-shirt and the other one a blue t-shirt with an alphabet letter on the front. One male was short and the other tall and in his late twenties, both had very short hair. They were speaking in Xhosa. A robbery case was opened and under investigation. No arrest has been made as yet.
11 May 2015 - Media Release: Hout Bay SAPS - Abalone confiscated
On Monday, 11 May 2015 at approx. 03:00 members of Hout Bay SAPS received information regarding abalone at a house in the Texas area, Hangberg. The members went to the address and saw five (5) suspects busy cleaning and placing the abalone in blue plastic bags. When the suspects saw the SAPS members approaching they fled on foot in different directions. Eleven bags containing 100 abalone each at 45 kg per bag and one bag containing 70 abalone at 30 kg were confiscated. Total value estimated at R525 000. Marine Coastal Management were contacted and the abalone and crayfish were handed over to them. No arrests were made.
1 May 2015 - Help us reach our Goal - R139 225 raised so far!
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. Professional camera monitoring is required and additional funds are also needed to extend the current systems at Watchcon, in order for us to stay technologically up to date as we continue to fight crime in Hout Bay. Our business strategy budget has been approved by EXCO and is published below. Thank you to all who have donated! Please keep the donations coming in. Use reference "Watchcon" and your name.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are prepared to assist.
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.
9 Apr 2015 - Hout Bay Volunteer EMS announce new ExCo
Hout Bay Volunteer EMS is proud to announce their new ExCo for the next 12 months:
Bianca Engels: Human Resources and Recruitment
Charmaine Cunningham: Finances
Matthew Rosenberg: CEO
Michael Boyd: Secretary
Norbert Stallkamp: Training and Shift Manager
Paul Giot: Equipment and Logistics
They are looking forward to a great year of building on the successes of the past and taking the service to new heights. All their successes are only possible with public support. Please contact them at email@example.com if you have ideas, concerns or ways in which you'd like to support them further.
24 Mar 2015 - Hout Bay CPF: A successful week in the fight against crime
Last week a number of arrests were made by Hout Bay SAPS members for a variety of crimes. The successful arrests for last week include the following:
4 suspects arrested for House Break-in and theft
1 suspect arrested for house robbery
2 suspects arrested for Trespassing
1 suspect arrested for possession of stolen property
3 suspects arrested for malicious damage to property
3 suspects arrested for Robbery
2 suspects arrested for contravening the liquor act
2 suspects arrested for Hijacking
1 suspect arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon
2 suspects arrested for theft of a motorbike
A total of 21 arrests for last week. SAPS have attributed this success to the commitment and team work of the community; all SSPs, HBNW and community members.
Approximately 4am, Saturday 21st March a vehicle was hi-jacked while leaving the Harbour Heights area. The female occupant was pulled from her car and 4 suspects drove off. The incident was reported to SAPS and all SAPS members alerted. Members of the Cape Town Flying Squad arrested 2 suspects and retrieved the vehicle outside of Hout Bay, shortly after the matter was reported.
13 Mar 2015 - Corporate Communication - Hout Bay SAPS
SAPS are concerned about the modus operandi of criminals wearing police uniform to commit crimes.
On Thursday, 12 March 2015 at 16:15 four suspects dressed in police uniform perpetrated a robbery at a residence in Main Rd, Hout Bay, and robbed the family of their belongings. They fled the scene in a white vehicle. No injuries were sustained. Anyone with information is kindly requested to contact the investigating officer, D/Cst Brandon Jacobs. 021 791 8660
SAPS would like to encourage the public to report all incidents or visits by SAPS members, when there is any uncertainty. Suspects do their research and planning before they commit crime. Do a criminal check, and keep a copy of id and verification of address, before employing a person.
When confronted by a visit from SAPS:
Request identification and verify with your local police station and ask for assistance
Do not allow access to your property, without proper documentation (eg. search warrant or case docket)
Check markings, registration, contact number (if displayed) and make of the vehicle
Clear your post box of letter and newspapers
Report suspicious activities in your area
Attend public meetings and Community Police Forum meetings – get involved with your community and Neighbourhood watch
Introduce yourself to your local SAPS members, CPF and Neighbourhood Watch coordinators. Read more Tips>>
Follow instructions to prevent confrontation or injuries
Be observant, so that you can relay all the information to SAPS
10 Mar 2015 - ADT offer their Clients a free FindU App for Smartphones
With the ADT FindU App you will receive personal monitoring 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. You will have access to Armed Response, medical assistance, mountain, wilderness and sea rescue services. See more details on this brochure. Read more>>
Letter to Sentinel, 6 Feb 2015 - Hats off to SAPS and Securities
I would like to commend the Hout Bay police, ADT and Deep Blue Security. On Friday January 30, around 11:30pm, I was confronted bv a knife-wielding man in my house. I managed to slam the security gate closed in our passage with my wife and children on the safe side and phoned Hout Bay police station's charge office, which I have saved on my cellphone. An officer answered almost immediately. I cryptically informed him that we were under attack and gave him the address.
Within three minutes our house was swarming with police, ADT and Deep Blue security guards. Within five minutes there must have been more than 20 police officers and security guards in and around our house, looking evervwhere. They immediately got a description from me, after which I could hear them barking instructions and the description into their two-way radios. Members on the other side of those radios were clearly positioning themselves in strategic places all over Hout Bay. Black, white and coloured officers were all working together like a well-oiled machine. I experienced such a sense of urgency and commitment from all the officers involved.
After feeling shaken and vulnerable from facing the armed intruder a couple of moments before, I suddenly felt safe and protected and as though I had suddenly become part of a phenomenal force that was not going to let things lie.
Within an hour the police officers had probed informants, searched various areas and, while I was giving a statement to two officers, the news came through, they had caught him, red-handed with some of the items that he had taken still in his possession.
I started feeling an overwhelming sense of pride that I live in a community where there are so many police and security officers who are so dedicated. They were not only dedicated, but kept on asking after my wife, my girls and my well-being, showing true compassion.
Well done SAPS Hout Bay. Well done ADT. Well done Deep Blue Security. You did us proud last night and gave me faith again in our community and future. God bless you. Jean du Plessis Hout Bay
Where does HBNW fit into this scenario? All the coordination that Jean describes in his letter is possible because of HBNW and Watchcon. So please support us with a monthly donation! Thank you.
5 Feb 2015 - 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.
More information available (you may need to log in)
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>>