On Saturday 2 July, several members of HBNW (Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch) EXCO and Management committee, together with key Hout Bay CCP (Community Crime Prevention) representatives met for a 5 hour Joint Strategic workshop at Riverside Estates, Hout Bay. The purpose was to jointly brainstorm and develop a master plan which would clearly outline an integrated approach to solve crime in Hout Bay, making it a better and safer place for all. This master plan will be used to provide a roadmap of projects to be implemented in the months to come.
The workshop was organised by Andrew Martin, newly elected Chairperson of HBNW, assisted by Liezl Schulte, HBNW Vice Chair. This was a commitment made by Andrew at the recent AGM to unite HBNW and CCP in a co-operative and and complementary (non-competitive) relationship, implement a new governance structure for HBNW as soon as possible and ensure that there is a tactical responder/patroller response to backup HBNWatchcon.
HBNW is very grateful to Riverside Estates for providing the venue and refreshments, Peter Thomas of Participlan Group Facilitation who facilitated the brainstorming session at no cost to HBNW and also to Heinrich Brumfield who presented an overview of PPS (Physical Protection System), an internationally recognized and accepted, tried-and-tested security standard that provides a coherent framework for all security analysis, planning, systems and components. This standard, called the PPS, is used by the most respected security specialists around the globe. More HBNW News Stories>>
Above: JJ de Villiers (CCP Ops Manager), Brad Geyser (HBNW Governance), Andrew Martin (HBNW Chair) Peter Thomas (Participlan Group Facilitation), Rod Panagos (HBNWatchcon Ops Manager) and Heinrich Brumfield.
28 June 2016 - City warns of Scam Artist fleecing residents
City Of Cape Town Media Release: The City of Cape Town would like to inform residents to be on the lookout for a scam artist posing as a City of Cape Town employee.
The City has received at least three reports from Milnerton, Claremont and Rondebosch of residents being fleeced of thousands of rands by a person claiming to represent the City as part of an electricity and/or water meter upgrade project. The person further indicates that pensioners are being prioritised for the upgrades and makes them part with significant amounts of cash on the premise that his colleagues will arrive the following day to complete the work.
The City can assure the public that the modus operandi described does not conform with our processes. Our field staff do not handle cash – all such transactions are done at the City’s customer centres or via the appropriate electronic channels.
While the City is currently rolling out an electricity meter replacement programme, the planned replacements are free. Each replacement has a notification number on our internal systems which the City call centre can verify should a resident enquire. In addition, we do targeted marketing and mailbox drops of any planned work to be carried out in an area. More News Stories>>
HBNW Supporters assist in Fight against Crime
Our recent purchases (see above right) would not have been possible without the regular donations we receive from our members, as well as the ongoing support of loyal Hout Bay businesses such as Tintswalo Atlantic, Massimo's, Hout Bay Superspar, Oakhurst Spar, Casareccio and Star Dot Toys in Mainstream Mall. Please support those who support us and give them your business.
"Virtual" Patrolling - CCTV Monitoring Assistance
HBNW has spent the last 12 months reorganising and building capacity in order to meet the challenges our community faces.
The community CCTV network is expanding and with it the need for more persons to assist with screen monitoring.
HBNW is establishing a CCTV Patroller Group.
If you are NOT currently a physical patroller or responder on the street, you can assist the Controllers in the HBNWatchcon control room monitoring the screens. Since HBNWatchcon is a security centre dealing with crime intelligence, applicants will need to be SAPS cleared.
So if you are an insomniac wanting to contribute to your communities safety, please email Rod Panagos, HBNW Operations, on email@example.com
21 June 2016 - Handover of Wet Weather Gear to Imizamo Yethu Patrollers
At the Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch (HBNW) AGM on 31 May an appeal was made by one of the IY patrollers for wet weather gear to keep the patrollers dry over the winter period.
HBNW appealed to all members to sponsor 100 jackets for IY and Hangberg patrollers, and also made an appeal on social media, and in the Sentinel on Friday 10 June. We are extremely grateful to our members, Hout Bay residents and businesses who supported this initiative, ensuring the required funds were quickly raised. In addition to the individual donations received, Thomas Electrical were very generous sponsors, as were Chapmans Peak Hotel. Unfortunately some of the donations are difficult to trace, as the bank references aren't always very clear. However we are making every effort to contact and thank those who donated.
Once the jackets had been purchased the threat of more bad weather and rain made it a matter of urgency to hand them over to the IY and Hangberg patrollers. At 17h00 on Monday 20 June, the wet weather gear was handed over at Hout Bay SAPS to IY Neighbourhood Watch patrollers. Unfortunately Hangberg NW members could not make the handover at such short notice.
Above from left to right:
Lawrence Skosana - Thomas Electrical employee; Norman Mzantsi - IY NW; Elliot Zakumba- IY NW; Vincent Sodlala - IY NW; Angelina Nyamunetsa - Community Cohesion; Rod Panagos - HBNWatchcon Operations Manager; Mazotshwandile Sithunzi - IY NW; Sean Thomas - Thomas Electrical who, together with Chapmans Peak Hotel, were two very generous sponsors.
A request has been made by the patrollers for headgear to protect them when stones are thrown at them. Surplus funds collected will be used for these, as well as additional equipment required by these patrollers. More HBNW News Stories>>
17 June 2016 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release
Warning - particularly for Beach Estate and Northshore areas.
A few cases of Theft from motor vehicle have been reported in the last few days. Tyres and rims were stolen from vehicles in the Beach Estate area. The prominent times were at night, between 19:00 and 21:00 and also between 03:00 and 06:30 in the mornings.
Safety tips to prevent this from happening:
Park your vehicle in the garage or behind your locked gate.
Put lock nuts on your rims.
Get involved in your area with NHW patrols
Report any suspicious people or activities in your area to SAPS and Watchcon.
The modus operandi of these crimes are; crimes are committed by different groups that operate in the area and they are on foot and sometimes make use of vehicles, a white combi was reported to be involved committing the theft from motor vehicles.
The 2016 Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch AGM was held at Riverside Estates on Tuesday 31 May 2016.
As there were no representatives from Hout Bay SAPS at the meeting, JJ de Villiers, last years CPF Chair, and Toby Adams, the current CPF Chair, gave a brief report on the crime situation in Hout Bay. The good news is that crime in Imizamo Yethu has dropped dramatically since evening patrols were initiated in the area. In order to ensure that the patrollers do not step out of line they are now wearing bright coloured bibs as well as numbered ID cards. Any residents who have a complaint against a particular patroller can now use this Identity number when making a complaint at SAPS.
Although crime in general is down across the Valley when the figures are compared to previous year's figures, house robberies are still occurring too frequently in Hout Bay. There are known to be a few groups of perpetrators who are roaming around at night and committing house robberies. They not only need to be apprehended but also linked to specific crimes, in order to ensure they are jailed and kept out of Hout Bay. This needs concerted effort from all the crime fighting initiatives in Hout Bay. Read the full report here>
Left: Alex Rossi, Area Leader Penzance, Andrew Martin, HBNW Chair and Fred Nebe, Assistant Area Leader, Hughendon/ Meadows.
Right: Allan Dellbridge hands over the Bruce Taylor trophy to 2016 winner, Anthony Allen. For more pics go to the Gallery>>
30 Apr 2016 - Renewal of Firearm Licences
Rod Panagos, HBNW Operations Manager is experiencing an increase in the number of queries from members and gun-owners in the valley who are unsure about their rights w.r.t to existing Firearms legislation pertaining to the licencing of their firearms.
Below please find advice from Martin Hood of MJ Hood and Associates who specialise in Firearms Legislation.
MEMORANDUM TO FIREARM LICENCE HOLDERS: RENEWAL OF FIREARM LICENCES
This memorandum is intended to assist individuals who have expired firearm licences or who have firearm licences that are about to expire.
MJ Hood & Associates are of the view that the directive issued by the South African Police Services on the 3rd of February 2016 does not constitute law and the content of this Directive is incorrect and mala fide and therefore can be disregarded by licence Applicants who have had their licences expire.
Section 28 of the Act sets out the procedure to be adopted by the South African Police Services should they seek to cancel a licence. Read more>> Download a comprehensive document on firearm ownership here>>
During the course of 2015 Western Cape Government sent out correspondence for the Preliminary Registration for Accreditation of Neighbourhood Watch Structures. Subsequently, the Department of Community Safety also held public meetings throughout the Province during the month of January and February 2016 to explain and discuss Section 6 of the Western Cape Community Safety Act of 2013 which deals with the Accreditation of Neighbourhood Watch Structures.
During March 2016, approval was granted by the Head of Department of Community Safety to grant Provisional Accreditation to all Structures that have submitted their applications as part of the transitional phase in anticipation of the upcoming formal Accreditation process. HBNW is one of those who submitted their application for accreditation and this has been granted. Download the official letter here>>
Please Validate your HBNW Identity Card for 2016
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
Crimes reported to SAPS - 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.
The number of murders decreased,
Malicious damage to property down 10%
Property related crimes, such as House Break Ins, down 20%
Theft & commercial crime down 5%
The number of House robberies 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:
arrests for being in the possession of stolen goods or dangerous weapons (up by 150 cases)
arrests for drunken driving (up by 20 cases)
Also 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.
More information available (you may need to log in)
Daily Crime information (previously available on the HBNW Blog).
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>>