Help us reach our Goal - Total as at 5 December 2014
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. In addition professional camera monitoring is required. Our business strategy budget has been approved by EXCO and is published above. Thank you to all who have donated! Please keep the donations coming in. Use reference "Watchcon" and your name.
The Festive Season is Here! Once again we are asking for residents to volunteer for Beach patrols over the festive season. As seen over the last few years, this project will again include a collaborative effort with SAPS, Law Enforcement, HBNW, Watchcon, The Life Guarding Association of the Western Cape and a variety of local Security Service Providers, to patrol our beaches over the festive seasons ensuring a happy and safe holiday for all.
There are a number of 2 hour shifts available from 07:30 – 19:30 every day from the 10th December 2014. Should you require further information or be available to assist, please email Fiona Lunt on email@example.com
We look forward to meeting many of our residents over the festive season and as always we are so thankful to those who are willing to assist with the safety initiatives for Hout Bay.
25 Nov 2014 - Hout Bay SAPS: Successes of the Week 17 - 23 November
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 this contact information >>
On the 20th of November 2014 at 14:45 the complainant was riding on his bicycle in Main rd Hout Bay. He saw 3 males sitting next to the road. When he got closer to them, two of the men, armed with a knife, got up and and screamed at him and demanded his cellular phone. The complainant handed his cellular phone over and reported the incident to SAPS and opened a criminal case. The complainant identified one of the suspects in a photo album. SAPS members followed up on the information and arrested the suspect at 04:00. The 27 year old suspect will appear on Tuesday, 25th of November 2014 on charges of Robbery.
Two arrests were made for drunk in public, 12 drug arrests were executed for the week and the following drugs were confiscated, 3 zolle of dagga, 12 stoppe of dagga, 1 bottle neck with dagga, 1 copper pipe with dagga and one bag containing dagga, 1 beer bottle neck with dagga, 6 packets of tik, 1 and ½ mandrax tablets and mx powder.
One arrest was made for possession of suspected stolen property. Two arrests were made for Assault and one arrest for House breaking. During a tracing operation on the 20th of November 2014 , 3 arrests were made by the CID members, which included, theft and assault cases.
Two shebeen related arrests were made over the weekend.
On Thursday, 20th of November 2014 at 14:50 members of the diving unit went for a diving exercise and when they returned oxygen bottles were stolen out of the vehicles. Two arrests were made, the two suspects will appear on Monday on charges of Theft out of motor vehicle.
22 Nov 2014 - Safety tips from HBNW and Hout Bay SAPS
There is a lack adequate lighting and secure off- street parking in all areas. Please consider installing energy saver spot lights for outside your home. Especially residents in Penzance, Empire Ave and Albert Road areas. Well lit streets and pavements assist SAPS, SSP’s and patrollers. Lights prevent easy escape as there are no dark corners to hide in and the one thing these criminals fear is they might be spotted and caught.
Clear all vegetation off the pavements and fences, again no hiding places.
Have your alarms serviced regularly and do test’s, check batteries.
Check beams, and clean out covers. Ants love making nest in these.
Note that our SSP’s always react to every activation whether true or false. But a false alarm wastes time, and could mean the minutes needed between catching a criminal or not.
Residents need to be extra vigilant. Check alarms are activated and doors/windows locked and secured when retiring for the evening.
When your alarm is disarmed, try and keep doors locked and windows closed. You shouldn’t be dropping all your layers of security at once. Do not go outside to check why your beams have activated or to investigate a noise. Instead contact your Security Service Provider to check.
Do not accept any help from strangers at ATM, they switch the cards, without you even knowing about it.
When going to a mall or shopping areas, do not park in deserted areas or areas that are not well lit.
When walking on the beach or on hikes in the mountain, do not walk alone, walk in groups it is safer.
Do not wear jewellery, or carry expensive equipment (cameras, cellular phones, ipads, laptops etc).
Leave absolutely nothing exposed and visible in your vehicle when parking on the street, in any public space or your driveway.
Do not leave your bag on the front seat of your vehicles, suspects often stand at robots and it takes them a few seconds to break your window and snatch your bag.
Do not leave any articles visible or inside your vehicle, or even in the boot. Suspects watch you leaving your vehicle.
Do not drink and drive over the festive season or any other time. Get a designated driver or use a taxi service.
“Dop” (liquor) free weekend:
It is has been suggested that Hout Bay should have a liquor free weekend from the 19th of December 2014 to the 21st of December 2014. It is requested that the whole community get involved with this initiative, do patrols and get to know your neighbours, get out of your house and patrol your street and report suspicious activities and see how we can reduce crime together. Be visible in your community and assist the HBNW and SAPS in this initiative.
22 Nov 2014 - Thanks to the ladies of the Hout Bay 50c Project
The ladies of this NGO have adopted the Watchcon Fundraiser as a project, and canvassed for new HBNW members and donations at the “Blow the Whistle on Crime” Walk/Run they organised on the 15th November 2014. A sincere thank you and appreciation to Annie Mercer and her team. Remember these whistles are available for R20 from various suppliers in Hout Bay. All funds generated are for Hout Bay & Llandudno CPF.
7 Nov 2014 - Corporate Communication - Hout Bay SAPS. Teamwork results in Arrest.
On Monday, 3rd of November 2014 at approx. 07:00 a housebreaking occurred in Valley Rd. SAPS members, NHW members and SSP”s (Security Service providers) responded to the radio calls. Another community member phoned to inform SAPS that a suspect ran through her premises. Captain Jacques Lourens, WO Paul Lund and JJ de Villiers from the NHW followed up on the information provided and searched for the suspect. After the suspect was apprehended, he was searched and the stolen property was still in his possession, which included a cellular phone, camera, CD holder and cash. The suspect then pointed out to SAPS where he dropped more stolen items. SAPS received more phone calls and reported more breakings.
The suspect appeared in the Wynberg magistrate court on Wednesday, 5th of November 2014 on charges of House breakings x2 and Possession of suspected stolen goods. SAPS want to thank all the role players who assisted in apprehending the suspect.
29 Oct 2014 - Hout Bay SAPS: Successes of the weekend 24 to 26 October 2014.
This office would like to thank all the role players that participated in the CO SAPS operation over the weekend. The following successes were achieved, by the 30 neighbourhood watch and SAPS members participating in these operations ; 4 arrests were executed for possession of dangerous weapons, 1 arrest for possession of house breaking implements, 22 people were searched as well as 7 vehicles. Five complaints were attended which included; House breaking in progress, House robbery, trespassing and suspicious people.
These successes could not be reached without the assistance of all the role players. Hout Bay SAPS Station Commander, Lt Col Bongani Mtakati would like to thank everyone involved.
27 Oct 2014 - Latest Media Report: Hout Bay SAPS
On Friday, 24th of October 2014 at approx. 12:20 five suspects approached a car guard at Hout Bay Harbour and gave him R100 to go and buy fish and chips. Of the armed suspects, three were wearing Police uniform and two were in civilian clothing, of whom one was wearing a Police bulletproof vest. The suspects then went to the jewellery store in the harbour area and informed the shop owner that they were investigating a syndicate who sells fake diamonds. The suspects tied up the security guard and the shop owner with cable ties. They were held at gunpoint and a shot was also fired inside the jewellery shop. A cellular phone, laptop and most of the jewellery inside the shop was taken by the suspects. The suspects then fled the scene in a white double cab bakkie. No one was injured in the incident. No arrests have been made as yet. All leads are being followed up.
19 Oct 2014 - Westfort Road incident reported to Watchcon last night
Residents arrived home to find a trespasser in their garden, and a perpetrator in the house, with some family member’s asleep inside. There was a call made to Watchcon.
Within minutes SAPS, Cosap members and ADT were on scene to apprehend the trespasser with stolen goods from the vehicles. The perpetrator ran off followed by SAPS members. Another call was made to Watchcon for extra assistance.
Thank you, HBNW members who joined the COSAP operation and the regular HBNW active Patrollers from Block 4, 6 and Nooitgedacht, ADT, Deep Blue and Chubb for forming a “block lock”. Without your help SAPS would have had a difficult time catching the perpetrators in such a short time.
This incident just goes to show, with Active Patrollers willing to assist SAPS and SSP’s, we can make a difference.
18 Oct 2014 - Community Outreach Day
On Saturday, 18th of October 2014 a community outreach was held at Kronendal school in Hout Bay, where the community of Hout Bay were invited to attend in order to bring the community together. There were different stalls and displays, by SSP’s, NGOs, CPF, HBNW and other organisations, as well as sports and activities for the children. A Bring and Braai was enjoyed by everyone to end off a successful event. SAPS would also like to thank all the role players who assisted to make this such a fun day for all. See more pics in our gallery.
Membership Card Renewals Due
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 neighbourhood watch identity cards are validated annually. We are now creating these cards digitally, so choose a recent photo of yourself or take a "Selfie" and get going. If you get a card now it will automatically be renewed in 2015. Find out how >>
12 October 2014 - SAPS Media Releases
Anniversary of Death of two Hout Bay SAPS Police Officers
On Sunday, 2014-10-12 it was the second anniversary of the death of our two Police officers, Cst Mandisi Nduku and Cst Phindiwe Nikani, who were killed in Imizamo Yethu in 2102. A candle was lit in remembrance of them.
Seen in the picture from left are Cst Mthetilile Mahobe, Cst Tshimango Makombila, Cst Globisa Mhlonyane, Cst Siyanda Salamani, Cst Nomnqophiso Ndude. Photo taken by WO Lesch.
Project: Hout Bay
On Friday, 10th of October at 14:00 residents of Kronendal Retirement Village donated blankets to the Victim Support of Hout Bay SAPS. These blankets are handmade and will make a big difference to someone lives. These items will be kept in the room and will be handed to a victim of crime or when a house has been burnt down.
LT COL BM MTAKATI
Hout Bay SAPS
From left: Angela Par, Sister Shelly Munro, Denise Dumphreys, Rhona Kelly, WO Tanya Lesch from SAPS. Photo taken by Cst Mqoqi.
7 October 2014 - 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. If anyone would like to support the service by making a monthly debit order, their bank details are in the newsletter. Download their September Newsletter >>
30 September 2014 - Hout Bay SAPS: Hangberg Incident
On Tuesday, 30 September 2014 during the early hours of the morning, National Intervention Unit conducted an operation in the Hangberg area, which led to an arrest of one coloured male for contempt of a High Court Order. At approximately 03:00 the SAPS received telephone calls from the community reporting violence in the Hangberg community. Reports stated that a crowd of young men came down from the top of the Hangberg area towards the stop street in Atlantic Skipper Rd, Hangberg. A few of the men in the crowd jumped over the fence throwing rocks towards the windows of the flats and set vehicles alight. Four vehicles, buildings and other properties were damaged in the conflict. The residents of Panorama Hill Flats had to evacuate and were transported to Hout Bay SAPS during the conflict. A case docket for public violence was registered and will be investigated. Statements are being obtained, which could lead to arrests.The situation is currently under control, however, Public Order Policing Unit is assisting the precinct in monitoring the area. Read more SAPS Media Releases>>
15 September 2014 - Letter to HBNW from a local Resident
I would like to compliment your team in respect of a break in my parents had in their cottage yesterday morning, Sunday 14th September at 07h00. A suspect smashed a front window with a rock and stole a laptop. My parents were in the cottage at the time and were traumatised, but are safe. When I heard the smash I ran up to the house but the guy had run out the front gate. We were fortunate to come across one of the ADT patrol vehicles. The guard who was driving was quick to get hold of Watchcon and then a search began. In the interim the police had arrived and took a statement and took the knife that the burglar had dropped. After roughly 25 minutes, ADT said they had caught the burglar with my parents laptop. What a fantastic response all round and hats off to all involved!!
15 April 2014 - HBNW AGM
At the recent HBNW AGM held at Riverside Estates, Captain Jacques Lourens of Hout Bay SAPS presented excellent police crime figures demonstrating how the crime situation in Hout Bay has turned around since the arrival of the new station commissioner, Lt Col Bongani Mtakati, in July 2013. These figures show that the number of reported crime incidents has reduced in all categories across the board. However, for crimes where police intervention is required, that is crimes such as loitering, being drunk in public and being in possession of a dangerous weapon or house breaking implements these percentages have soared, showing that Hout Bay SAPS have successfully implemented a zero tolerance approach to drugs and crime. These arrests highlight how hard Hout Bay SAPS is working and the results are there for all to see. An increase of 766% for confiscation of dangerous weapons and a more than 300% increase for arrests for carrying housebreaking tools is quite staggering. Hout Bay SAPS is currently in 5th position out of 150 police stations in the Western Cape.
Another success attributed to the new station commissioner is the number of successful prosecutions of arrested offenders. Lt Colonel Mtakati and Jim McKenna, Hout & Llandudno CPF Chairman, have met with the Wynberg Court prosecutors and have been able to ensure that regular offenders do not get bail and are successfully prosecuted for regularly committing offences.
Anthony Chemaly stepped down after 2 years in the Chair and Frith Stables was elected the new Chairperson of HBNW. In addition Frith Stables was the worthy recipient of the Bruce Taylor Memorial Award for 2014. This award is given each year to the person who, by popular vote of the HBNW members, is deemed to have made a meaningful contribution to neighbourhood watch.
Bruce Taylor was a member of neighbourhood watch and was tragically killed in a motorbike accident in 2007. The trophy was donated in his memory by Miki and David Smith of Suikerbossie Restaurant a few years ago because Bruce was a friend, and regularly worked as a DJ at their restaurant.
Left: Frith Stables, newly-elected Chairperson of HBNW, with the Bruce Taylor Memorial Award. More HBNW AGM pics>>
Calling All Cyclists!
Are you out and about often on the roads and tracks in and around our beautiful village? Do you know that by doing nothing more than stopping at the Watchcon office (to collect a HBNW Radio) before heading out on your cycle, you can do your Neighbourhood Watch Patrol, by being the additional 'eyes and ears' that are needed to increase our effectiveness in our proactive fight against crime.
Freddie Herbst has introduced an amazing initiative into Hout Bay Neighbourhood watch and would like you to assist. Email Freddie on Freddie@bigboom.co.za for more details and assist in keeping our beaches, roads and mountain tracks safe! Image: www.bicycling.co.za
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
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>>