Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch has been nationally recognised as an amazing success story, where the community has come together to actively combat crime in one of the most beautiful coastal areas of the Western Cape.
Hout Bay started experiencing an escalating rate of crime from 2000 onwards. In 2003 the crime rate increased dramatically across all categories. Property related crime (i.e. housebreaking and theft out of vehicles) was skyrocketing.
The Hout Bay Police worked extremely hard to try and hold back the ever-increasing crime wave but with their limited resources, they struggled to control the situation. Reported crime statistics just kept on rising.
So the Hout Bay community took up the challenge. A meeting was convened and many hundreds of concerned residents effectively spoke with one voice - “enough is enough!”
From small beginnings, and with very little experience in how to develop and sustain an organisation directly associated with safety and security issues, our HBNW has flourished, with the support of some 3000 plus signed-up members and the backing of hundreds of active members - adminstrators, responders and patrollers. ↬ more
10 Feb: Notification of Accreditation Approval:
Received from the Department of Community Safety. "It is hereby confirmed that your application for formal accreditation has been approved in terms of Section 6, of the Western Cape Community Safety Act of 2013, please see attached letter.
As an accredited Neighbourhood Watch Structure you are able to access training and support opportunities offered by the Department.
We acknowledge your efforts and willingness to make your neighbourhood safer. "
11 Feb: Beach Safety Project Wraps Up
Patrollers who volunteered for this year's Hout Beach Safety Project were thanked for their efforts at a lunch at Pakalolo on Saturday 11 February.
HBNW was supported by many local companies who offered vouchers and other incentives to entice members to participate, ensuring everyone was working together to keep our locals and visitors safe on our beaches over the holiday season.
HBNW would like to thank Dunes and Spiros for the daily drinks vouchers for our patrollers, as well as Hill's Pet Nutrition, Massimo's, Casareccio, The Hairdresser, Oakhurst Spar, HB Spar, Caltex Fresh Shop, Snoekies, Faceplace, Mariners Wharf and Barney's, who supplied the vouchers given out at the lunch. ↬ more
HBNW would like to thank all of our sponsors for their on-going support which enables the various projects and purchases that make Hout Bay a safer place for all. ↬ more
Call 10111 to Report Crime
Please remember the importance of reporting any crime to 10111 as well as calling Watchcon or your Security Service Provider or the local SAPS station. Complaints must be logged by 10111 to allow for accurate records of crimes occurring in the valley which in turn ensures that appropriate/adequate SAPS resources are provided for Hout Bay.
10111 operators must provide a reference number to every caller allowing follow-up. Remember that crimes that are not reported officially do not exist.
Also, for any criminal incident, please make sure you also register a case at the Hout Bay Police Station..
SAPS Media Releases
16 Feb: REPORTING A CRIME TO SAPS
Have you ever wondered why SAPS are under-resourced?
There are many reasons but the main one is UNDER-REPORTING OF CRIME TO SAPS.
Reporting crime is very important but unfortunately many people feel that it often isn’t worth the effort.
Yes, it will take up some of your time, but it is also your duty to those around you to do so.
If you do not report your crime you are allowing the criminal continue to repeatedly commit the same crime but government will allocate resources to where crime is reported and where they feel it is most needed.
SAPS has provided us with a detailed description of how to report a crime and we list a few points that we feel are important below:
This service is provided to any person who is a victim of crime.
SAPS will open a case docket and investigate the crime, effecting arrests of suspects and presenting the case to courts for prosecution ↬ more
Theft of motor vehicles shows a decrease of more than 30%
Assault GBH (Grievous bodily harm) - decrease of more than 30%
Assault Common - decrease of 5% (one case less than previous year)
Robbery aggravating - decrease of more than 40%
Common robberies were the same
Crimes heavily dependent on Police action:
Driving under the influence – 2 cases
Drug related crimes - more than 80% increase
Robberies at residential - decrease of 25%
Property related crime:
House Breaking and TOOV - Problematic areas are Northshore and Beach estate. No specific pattern.
Assaults where the suspects are known to the complainants -
Problematic areas are IY and Hangberg.
Check out this link for more information on the most current official annual SAPS Crime figures for Hout Bay.
More information available
HBNW now uses Ttrumpet for Crime information, notifications & communication. Find out more >>
Login and check out our 2016 Crime Map and latest Ttrumpet maps and Monthly graphs under the Crime Reports Tab.
How to secure your home:
Hidden perimeter beams or sensors that trigger with minimal false alarms, along with obvious perimeter beams. On activation resident needs to react by turning on interior lights so that perps know they have been detected and calling Watchcon to initiate immediate response as opposed to delayed automatic response via SSP links. If the home is unoccupied the perimeter beams should turn on interior lights. For those that believe in outdoor lights, they should be bright LED lights attached to the house low down shining outwards to intentionally blind the perps and not general outside lights.
Always set your alarm on "Stay" when at home. Additionally dogs inside who will bark when they hear someone outside are also a good security alert.
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>>
We do not charge for membership and there is no expectation that members have to contribute financially. However we need to maintain the systems that keep YOU safe.So we welcome donations from residents and businesses alike.
For more details on Area Safety Plans and the spending of area specific donations (ring-fenced funds) please contact your Area Leader.
Please help us to help you and make a donation today!