Watchcon landline 021 790 9333 is back online. But please keep this alternative number handy - 082 883 6142.
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. The South African Police Services have not adopted this procedure and instead are according to reports that we have received from numerous sources, resorting to threats of arrest, and prosecution, intimidation and harassment in an attempt to coerce people to hand in firearms to the South African Police Services for destruction. Read more>>
HBNW Supporters assist in Fight against Crime
Our recent purchases (see 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.
27 Apr 2016 - Request for Assistance
Hout Bay is experiencing a spate of House Break ins (when the resident is not at home) and Home Robberies (when the resident is home) being perpetrated by one or possibly two groups of 3 and sometimes 4 criminals.
SAPS, SSP’s, HBNW and CCP volunteers are all on high alert doing what they can to arrest the perpetrators who make use of the extremely difficult to police mountain paths and bush corridors to get around the Valley.
To reduce the risk to yourself and others please pay attention to Home Safety and assist with Area Vehicle Patrolling and Block Watch monitoring. Read more>>
14 Apr 2016 - Block 6 meeting with Hout Bay SAPS
Approximately 50 people attended a meeting called for by SAPS on Thursday 14th April at 18h00 at Valley Church, Milkwood Centre. The objective was to discuss crime in Block 6 of Neighbourhood Watch, comprising Baviaanskloof, Tierboskloof, Scott Estate, Berg-en-Dal, Penzance and Village. See map>>
Capt Lourens, Commander of SAPS Visible Policing in Hout Bay, reported the good news that the number of incidents of reported crime in Hout Bay is, in general, down from last year. Read the full report 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>>
Apr 2016 - News from Hout Bay Volunteer EMS
At the AGM last week the following members were elected to serve as the new Executive Committee for the next year.
Left to Right: Mark Muller (Logistics), Michael Boyd (Secretary & Shift Manager), Matthew Rosenberg (CEO), Charmaine Cunningham (Finance), Kirsty Worral (Training), Nell Labuschagne (HR)
We're looking forward to another great year! With your support we are able to continue serving the community and providing emergency medical care to those in need.
14 Mar 2016 - Beach Estate & Greater Northshore members meet at Atlantic Boat Club
REPORT BACK by Julie Banham, HBNW Area Leader for Kronenzicht.
Thank you to all those who were able to attend the meeting. The turnout was way in excess of what was expected. We now realise the venue was totally inadequate for the numbers that arrived and apparently some folk left again when they were unable to get in. At least 85 people managed to find a seat in the meeting room and possibly another 20 or so were standing at the back or decided to leave. We apologise to all those who missed out on the chance to participate in this important meeting.Colonel Mtakati and his SAPS officers were bowled over by the response and have requested that another meeting be held in, say, three months’ time. However, we will definitely be using a much larger and more appropriate venue.
After introducing some of the main role players from SAPS, CPF (Community Police Forum), CCP (Community Crime Prevention), ADT and Deep Blue, the Colonel and Captain Lourens spoke of the current crime levels and presented a few facts and figures. SAPS are allowed to verbalise on crime stats but do not hand them out for publication. Overall, the crime figures for the past 11 months show that while Beach Estate, Northshore, Kronenzicht and Helgarda/Klein Leeukop have had problems, the stats on reported crime are not too excessive. There was emphasis on “reported” crime because there are still many residents who are victims of criminal activity but often do not want to press charges or follow up on their incident. Read the full report back here>> Above: Capt Lourens addresses a jam packed meeting of HBNW Block 3 and Block 4 members with Col Mtakati on his right.
13 Feb 2016 - Important News for all HNBW Members
At the HBNW EXCO Meeting on Tues 9 February, Dennis Steggink announced that, due to unforeseen work circumstances which will keep him out of Hout Bay for long periods, he would be unable to finish his term as HBNW Chairperson. Allan Dellbridge, the current Vice Chair of HBNW will temporarily take over the position until the AGM in April, but will not be available to take up the position permanently.
JJ de Villiers, Hout Bay CPF Chairman spoke on behalf of all the Exco and Manco members present when he thanked Dennis for his strong management of HBNW and the changes he had implemented, which have resulted in a revitalised organisation, stronger than before. Read more>>
Exco Meeting 9 Feb 2016
Back from left: Fred Nebe (Hughendon/Meadows), Dominik Marszalek (Hughendon/Meadows), Louise Read (Helgarda/Klein Leeukop), Rod Panagos (Ops, Disa River), Dennis Steggink (Chair, Oakhurst), Allan Dellbridge (Vice Chair, Village/CBD), Keith Cronwright (Baviaanskloof), Fanie Malan (Scott Estate), Andrew Martin (Orangekloof), Toby Adams (Longkloof), Andy Shoredits (Bokkemanskloof), JJ De Villiers (Hout Bay CPF Chair).
Front from left: Doreen Malan (Media) Liezl Schulte (Admin/Secretary), Althea Leppington (Beach Estate), Yvonne Noel (Mt Rhodes), Julie Banham (Kronenzicht), Claudette Meyer (Hout Bay Heights), Philip Frans (Hangberg). Left before the photo was taken - Brad Geyser (Governance). Find out more about HBNW Management Team>>
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>>