It’s that time of year again! Christmas Jingles in store, longer sunnier days coming up and holiday makers choosing to spend their time in our beautiful village.
For a number of years Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch have run a beach safety project and this year we are hoping to do the same. As ‘eyes and ears’ in conjunction with SAPS, Law Enforcement, Metro Police, Lifesaving Western Province and our Local Security Companies, we are aiming at keeping our beaches, ‘Central Business district’, shopping areas and harbour attractions crime free.
The Beach Patrol Project comprises of HBNW volunteers who choose patrol shifts, which are 2 hours long and start daily at 10am. Find out how to get involved >>
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 the contact information found here >>
SUCCESSES FOR THE WEEK: 25 November - 2 December 2013
Thirteen drug arrests were made:
The following drugs were confiscated:
3 x packets of tik, one tik lollie with tik residue
3 packets of dagga, 51 x stoppe dagga, one parcel of dagga, one bottle neck with dagga, 17 dagga in rolled in white paper, 31 dagga bags, 24 dagga zolle
One shebeen operation was conducted, one arrest was made and 36 000 ml of alcohol was confiscated
The CID had one tracing operation and made 2 arrests, one for Assault GBH and one for Fraud
The following arrests were made:
Seven arrests for drunk in public
Six fines were issued to the value of more than R2000
On 29 November 2013, at approx. 02:30 a 23 year old male suspect from Imizamo Yehtu was arrested for House breaking and on further investigation he was also linked with a House robbery that occurred during November 2013 in Louisa way, Hout Bay. The suspect will appear on Monday, 02 December 2013 in the Wynberg Magistrate Court on charges of House breaking and House Robbery.
25 November 2013 - SAPS Media Release
SUCCESSES FOR THE WEEK: 18 - 24 November 2013
3 vehicles were searched and liquor was confiscated. Another shebeen operation was conducted, in total four arrests were made for the week.
70 Mandrax tablets and 18,2 grams of tik and a glass dagga pipe were confiscated, but no one was arrested.
1 packet of Tik, 2 gram of dagga,a bottle kop, a half a mandrax tablet, dagga in a packet - six arrests were made
Eight arrests were made for Drunk in public
One RTA was issued to the value of R500
Three arrests made for robbery other than a weapon
SAFETY TIPS OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON:
Hout Bay SAPS wants to bring it to the attention of the community and visitors once again that several incidents were reported where vehicles were broken into and expensive items, including laptops, cellular phones and clothing were stolen from the vehicles. During the last week two incidents of theft were reported where a beach bag and personal items were stolen while the complainants visited the beach. Housebreakings occurred where the community leave the curtains open during the night and this is an invitation for criminals to monitor movement inside the house and create an opportunity to commit crime.
19 November 2013 - SAPS Media Release
THREE ARRESTS AND LIQUOR CONFISCATION: HOUT BAY SAPS
On Monday, 18 November 2013 between 11:00 – 12:00 members of the Hout Bay, Crime Prevention Unit stopped and searched three vehicles (bakkies) that transported liquor to various shebeens in Imizamo Yethu, in separate incidents. The drivers were arrested and liquor was confiscated. The liquor was taken to the Liquor storage facility in Belhar. A total of 1 688 820 ml of liquor was confiscated. (1.6kl of liquor). The three suspects were kept in custody and will appear on charges of the Western Cape Liquor Act 4/2008 in the Wynberg Magistrate Court on Tuesday, 19th of November 2013. The Station Commander of Hout Bay SAPS, Lt Col Bongani Mtakati states, that Hout Bay SAPS will not tolerated illegal shebeens and operations of these nature will continue. A zero tolerance approach will continue.
These photos taken by W/O Tanya Lesch show SAPS members loading the liquor (above) and the liquor that was confiscated (left). More SAPS Media Releases >>
18 November 2013 - HBNW Training Session - Using Pepper Spray to protect yourself
The training session "Using Pepper Spray to protect yourself" at Kronendal Primary School on Saturday 16 November was another successful event organised by HBNW to inform and protect members. Instructor Kelee Arrowsmith, CEO of Advanced Conflict Training explained the principles of using spray effectively and members were able to practise new Pepperspray techniques using a water bottle.
14 November 2013 - 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. Their monthly newsletter aims to showcase some of the work of the service and to highlight interesting calls / events they have dealt with, as well as some information from lectures held at their monthly meetings. Download the October issue >>
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 or for a special project. And there are NO prescribed amounts! Whatever suits your pocket!
Link to Suspicious/Wanted vehicles on BKMWatch website
House robberies are on the increase of late, but in most cases these are actually break-ins during which residents confront criminals. In most cases the houses have not had alarms activated or "Layered" security in place making access to the homes relatively easy. In the vast majority of the cases investigated, intel indicates that criminals planned and prepared to hit the homes for up to 7 days before using information provided by domestic workers, staff or gardeners.
Detectives have noted that many homeowners do not have copies of domestic workers/gardeners ID Documents, do not even know staff's real names and/or addresses. Please ensure that you have all the relevant information about staff in/around your homes and obtain references before employment.
SAPS have offered to do criminal background check on any new employees at the SAPS Station. Please contact Captain Bok at the CSC to make an appointment, bring the proposed employee along with a copy of the persons ID document to the CSC and a criminal record check can be done.
Many homes are observed to leave curtains open at night with TV's, laptops, iPods, phones, iPads laying in clear view of passers-by. Even a digital picture frame attracts criminals who think it is a laptop. The criminals in the valley are professionals and do homework before break-ins.
A commonly reported crime is a smash and grab where a criminal breaks/forces open a window, enters your house, grabs the item he has seen and disppears long before anyone can catch him.
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Daily Crime information (previously available on the HBNW Blog)
Once again reports are doing the rounds regarding a scam where a so-called "neighbour's gardener" arrives at your gate requesting access to your property to cut down overhanging branches.
He then diverts your attention by requesting an extension lead or some such item and, while you are pre-occupied, he enters the house, grabs what he can find and then disappears. All reports indicate a well dressed and well spoken man who comes across as the real deal. The moral of the story is - DO NOT allow anyone on your property without checking their credentials.
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>>