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 email@example.com if you are prepared to assist.
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.
To find out how else you can assist HBNW in a variety of ways pleasedownload the February Newsletter to Members from Frith Stables.
26 Feb 2015 - Letter from HBNW Chairperson Frith Stables
After much deliberation with Physician and family, due to ill health and despite my passion for a crime free Hout Bay, it is with regret that I have to stand down as Chairperson for Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch. I would be doing Hout Bay and Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch a disservice to continue on an adhoc basis, when health permits.
I would like to take this opportunity in thanking the HBNW members and the Hout Bay community for your support. I have the strongest faith in the community and members supporting HBNW endeavours and taking Neighbourhood Watch to the next level. Please support all initiatives whether in time or financially; even advice on legal, marketing etc would be most welcome.
I shall continue to support HBNW wherever I am able.
With kindest regards
HBNW wishes to express their immense thanks to Frith for all she done for HBNW, tirelessly working to increase the visibility of HBNW and reduce crime in Hout Bay, not only during the time she has been in the Chair, but previously as a very active patrolling member of the organisiation. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming her back, when she is well and truly recovered.
18 Feb 2015 - Hout Bay SAPS Media Release: Mugging on Hout Bay beach
The information in the SAPS media releases 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 the contact information on this link >>
On Wednesday 18th January around 16:30, a group of friends were walking on Hout Bay Beach. The group included visitors from Sweden as well as the Hungarian Ambassador.
A young man approached the group and grabbed a handbag, the owner of the bag resisted and the suspect stabbed her on her right arm and left shoulder. The victim’s husband gave chase, but the suspect disappeared into the bushes. The victim’s purse, keys and diplomatic ID have not been recovered. The victim received medical attention for her injuries.
The suspect was described as being approximately 20 years old, wearing a straw hat, short sleeve shirt and long beige trousers . A case of robbery was opened and is be investigated. All leads are being followed up and no arrests have been made as yet. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Hout Bay SAPS office on 021 791 8660.
17 Feb 2015 - Hout Bay SAPS Media Release: Update regarding recent Scott Estate Robbery - 4 suspects arrested.
Following the recent robbery in Scott Estate (see below), SAPS received information which led to the arrest of 4 suspects and the recovery of certain stolen items. 1 of the suspects appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate court on 16th February 2015 and was remanded until the 6th of March 2015 for a bail application. The remaining 4 suspects will appear in court on the 17th February on charges of House robbery.
SAPS detectives and investigating officers profiled those arrested and they have now been linked with other cases, including House Robberies, Assault GBH and other serious cases. Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact investigating officer Detective Mqoqi at Hout Bay SAPS 02 1791 8660.
16 Feb 2015 - Hout Bay SAPS Media Releases: Taxi Protest in Hout Bay
On Monday, 16th of February 2015, approximately 80 taxi drivers of Hout Bay blocked the entrance to Imizamo Yethu. The taxis are operating illegally and transporting commuters to Wynberg and Claremont. The taxis that continue operating illegally, or found not to be roadworthy, or operating without a driver’s licence will be issued fines or will be impounded. Taxi operations will continue and the situation will be monitored, by Traffic and SAPS. SAPS extend their thanks to HBNW members who assisted with traffic control.
Teamwork results in Arrest.
SAPS, Security Service providers, HBNW and community members responded to a reported house robbery, early hours of Friday morning 13 February. Excellent team work and a well coordinated effort resulted in the arrest of one suspect and the retrieval of a number of stolen items. Thank you to all those who responded.
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>>
5 Feb 2015 - Keep a look out for Information regarding our 10th Anniversary Celebration
Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch will soon be celebrating its (10th) tenth anniversary. Ten years of dedication by the voluntary members – gallant, loyal, stubborn (some might say), stalwart residents who, despite the pitfalls and criticism, have created a Neighbourhood Watch we should be proud of. Click here to read how we started. To these dedicated members, no matter how small you might view your efforts, or contributions, HBNW sincerely thanks you. These words do not do justice to our appreciation.
We cannot let the 10th anniversary go by without celebrating this important milestone. We are in the process of organising such an event – the date, the venue and the format will be announced in due course.
28 Jan 2015 - Hout Bay SAPS Media Release: Successful Operation by Hout Bay SAPS CPU
Hout Bay SAPS Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) planned an operation last night after information was received relating to a house robbery committed last week. This operation resulted in the arrest of 3 suspects ages 22 - 26, the recovery of stolen goods and confiscation of drugs. The suspects will be linked with other house and street robberies and will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate on several charges including house robbery, possession of suspected stolen goods and possession of tik.
27 Jan 2015 - Hout Bay SAPS Media Release: Successful seizure of drugs resulting in two arrests
While conducting standard Vehicle observations on Valley Road on Thursday, 22 January 2015 at 21:00, members of Hout Bay SAPS stopped and searched a suspicious vehicle, with 2 occupants, a 24 year old female and 38 year old male.
During the search, bags containing uncut drugs; cocaine and rocks (value unknown) were found. The occupants were arrested and the vehicle and cellular phones confiscated. Both suspects appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Monday 26th January on related charges.
26 Jan 2015 - Hout Bay SAPS Media Release: Body found on Sandy Bay Beach, Sunday 25th January.
On Sunday, 25th of January 2015 at 08:30 SAPS Hout Bay received notification from a member of the public who noticed a decomposed body, which had washed out, lying between the rocks. SAPS and Forensic Pathology attended the scene and removed the body.
An autopsy has been scheduled, the race and gender cannot be determined at this stage. A pair of black socks was the only clothing on the body of the deceased.
An inquest docket has been registered. Anyone with information to please contact Cst Moqoqi at Hout Bay SAPS on 021 791 8660. All leads will be followed up to identify the body.
18 Jan 2015 - Zero Crime reported on Hout Bay Beach over the Festive Season
The Community Policing Forum requested Hout Bay residents volunteer time over the festive season to patrol Hout Bay beach as an extension of SAPS “eyes and ears” during the festive season, due to increased beach activity. This was the fifth year residents have assisted in this way.
The festive season project includes SAPS, Lifeguards, Law Enforcement, a variety of Security Service Providers, Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch and Community Volunteers. This year’s project started on Thursday 11 December 2014 and ran through until Sunday 18 January 2015. Volunteers signed up for 2hour shifts starting from 07:30 each morning. By the end of the project the community volunteers had patrolled in excess of 406 hours.
Hooked on Africa Charters, Riverside Estate, Sorbet Hout Bay and Massimo’s sponsored prizes for the volunteers who completed the most patrols and these were awarded to:
3rd Place (Massage from Sorbet Hout Bay and Meal vouchers from Massimos), Patrolling 44 hours, and doing rubbish collection along the way was awarded to Ellen Nortje.
2nd Place (Riverside Estate accommodation voucher), Patrolling 66hours, Clive Seaton.
1st Place (Hooked on Africa Charter for 8 people), for Patrolling 80 hours, and walking more than 280kms along Hout Bay’s beaches during the festive season went to Nic Felmore, seen above with JJ De villiers, Hout Bay CPF Chairman.
During the project Captain Lourens corresponded with the project administrators stating: “I'm glad to report that the Beach Project made a enormous impact towards the fight against crime. From Lt Col Mtakati and myself thank you for the outstanding work done by each and every community member. This project is a huge success and I'm proud to work in a town with such positive people”.
Captain Lourens and Warrant Officer T Lesch joined this seasons “wrap party” to celebrate the end of a successful beach patrol season and personally thanked all the volunteers, patrollers and administrators. Report and pics: Joanne Chemaly, Public Relations Executive - Hout Bay Community Policing Forum. See more pics in our Gallery>>
11 Jan 2015 - Cyclist Mugged on Main road, near DARG.
Message received from Iain McIntosh.
I am one of the seniors running Hout Bay Cycling club for IY youngsters. I live in Meadows and the club runs from James House. On Sunday 11 January, at around 11:00am, one of my older cyclists, Bob Nkuzo, who is 18, was cycling back to the club just past DARG and was cornered on the main road by 7 youngsters in their early 20's and they were carrying knives. They managed to steal the bike worth R12,000.00 and his cellphone and Garmin which was attached. Luckily a motorist witnessed the event contacted the police and tracked the assailants. The bike and garmin was recovered. They were trying to sell it for R200.00 !!. Bob was shaken up but the police helped and brought him to our house and we got him home. He knew one or two of the attackers, which is why they also tried to stab him, as they were recognised. I hope you can post this and a warning as this is becoming a dangerous section of road.
7 Jan 2015 - Hout Bay SAPS Media Release: Two Arrested in Hout Bay Murder
On Saturday, 2nd of January 2015 at approx 02:00 SAPS was alerted through Watchcom about a crime being committed at a block of flats near the beach in Hout Bay. On the arrival of SAPS members they found a 29 year old victim, with multiple stab wounds to her upper body. Paramedics attended to her, but she died on the scene. The crime scene was attended by senior police officers, photographers and Forensic team. Victim support attended to family members later the same day. Two suspects were arrested and appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Monday, 5th of January 2015 on charges of Murder. Both suspects were released on a R1 000 bail. The court case was postponed to the 24th of March 2015. Investigation continues and information is being followed up. Cst Mqoqi can be contacted with any enquiries or further information on 021 791 8660. Read more SAPS Media Releases>>
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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>>