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.
Following their election at the recent AGM, the ExCo will be responsible for the management of HBVEMS and are looking forward to an excellent year as they celebrate their 21st Anniversary.
16 March 2014 - SAPS Media Release
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 >>
HOUT BAY SAPS SUCCESSES: 10 TO 16 MARCH 2014
Fifteen arrests were made for Possession of drugs by shift and CPU members, extra members were deployed over the weekend and the following drugs were confiscated: powder mandrax,72 total of dagga, one bottlekop with dagga, two dagga zolle, 3 packets of tik, one tik lollie
Three houses were searched for drugs, 3 arrests were made,, during the one search the following were confiscated: 7 half mandrax tablets, 38 mandrax tablets, 27 x straws containing tik, 14 dagga stoppe and 39 stoppe in small bags. At another premises eight stoppe dagga were confiscated. And at the last search 52 packets of tik were confiscated.
Five arrests were made for drunk in public.
Three knives, small hammer, screw driver and a broken scissors were confiscated in cases and two arrests were made for possession of dangerous weapon
Four shebeen operations were conducted where 247940ml of alcohol were confiscated.
During a random search one arrest was made for Possession of illegal ammunition for 1 x 9 mm round.
16 March 2014 - SAPS Media Release
ARREST AT COURT : HOUT BAY SAPS
On Tuesday, 11th of March 2014 at approx. 11:30 Sgt Geraldine Marais from Hout Bay Detectives was at Wynberg Magistrate Court attending court for a trial hearing on the second floor. While she was on her way to court two, she heard a commotion at court one and while she was listening she saw the door opening and closing and then an unknown coloured male wearing a thick winters jacket, came running very fast from the court room. The court orderly chased after him and then the escapee jumped over the stair case railing. Sgt Marais then realised that this was not normal and that this must be an attempted escape. She then grabbed the “so called” escapee and held on to him, so that he could not get away or move. She struggled to keep him under control, because he had a big build and was very aggressive. After a while someone came to assist Sgt Marais. She was then informed that this escapee appeared in court for House breaking and was denied bail. This was the reason for his attempt to escape. The accused was taken back to the cells and will remain in custody at Pollsmoor and more charges were added. This brave action of the newly appointed Sergeant led to the apprehension of an escapee, which makes Hout Bay SAPS very proud.
HOUT BAY SAPS SUCCESSES: 9 TO 14 MARCH 2014
Two drug arrests were made by shift members and the CPU and the following drugs were confiscated, one small packet of tik and pipe, two stoppe dagga.
One arrest was made for drunk in public.
Three knives, small hammer, screw driver and a broken scissors were confiscated in cases and two arrests were made for possession of dangerous weapon.
5 March 2014 - SAPS Media Release
ARREST AFTER SANDY BAY MUGGING:
On Wednesday, 5th of March 2014 at approximately 18:40 a couple from Germany were threatened by an unknown male, armed with a knife, who robbed them of their belongings near Rocket Road, Sandy Bay Hout Bay. SANPARK members chased the suspect, but he got away by disappearing into the bushes. SAPS was alerted and brought two suspects in for questioning, but they could not be linked to the case. SAPS then followed up more information that led to the searching of a house in Imizamo Yethu. During the search a camera and 2 cellular phones belonging to the complainant were recovered. More items including cellular phones, cash, bank cards and clothing were also confiscated and handed in. One suspect was arrested and detectives reported that the suspect could be linked to other robbery cases. The 23 year old suspect will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Monday 10th of March 2014 on charges of Possession of suspected stolen goods.
DRUG ARRESTS BY CPU MEMBERS : HOUT BAY SAPS
On Wednesday, 05 March 2014 at approximately 09:30 members of the CPU unit did a random search in Molokwane street, Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay and arrested a 32 year old man that was in Possession of 4 stoppe dagga. At approx. 11:40 the same day the CPU members received information regarding drugs and searched a house in Molofe street, Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay and found 35 packets of dagga, 2l ice cream containers with dagga seeds, a plastic bag with loose dagga and a money bag with dagga. One female age 25 years were arrested for Possession of dagga.
3 March 2014 - SAPS Media Release
SUCCESSES FOR THE WEEK: 24 FEB - 2 MAR 2014
During the week four arrests were made for drugs after searches were conducted. Found were a tik pipe, 13 stoppe of dagga, one bottle neck with dagga, one small packet of dagga.
Three arrests were made for drunk in public. Four warrants of arrests were executed for different crimes.
On Tuesday, 25th of February 2014 members of Marine Coastal Management, followed up information which led to two arrests for possession of crayfish, where a rubber duck, a boat engine, a trailer and 12 crayfish nets, and 284 crayfish tails. The two suspects appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Friday, 28th of February 2014.
25 February 2014 - SAPS Media Release
On the 19th of February 2014 Jeremy de Koker was convicted to 6 years imprisonment for House breaking in Penzance area and House robbery in Beach Estate, Hout Bay. These occurred during 2011. D/Cst Geraldine Marais, the investigating officer inherited the dockets from another investigating officer and worked extremely hard on the dockets for two months to get it ready for trial. The 26 year old accused was arrested during October 2013 for another housebreaking case and had been in custody since then. The guilty conviction was due to the hard and dedicated work done by Hout Bay Detectives.
10 February 2014 - SAPS Media Release
SUCCESSESS FOR THE WEEK: 2 - 9 February 2014
On Friday, 7 February 2014 an operation was held in Hout Bay with Traffic department and a total of 9 arrests were made.
During the week 15 RTA were issued in the Hout Bay area to the value of R1500. Two members of Hout Bay SAPS made one arrest for Possession of 340 undersize crayfish. The CID made 7 arrests for assaults and Warrants of arrests, during two tracing operations. Members of Hout Bay SAPS conducted five Liquor operations and a total 334 735 ml of alcohol was confiscated. Seventeen arrests were made for possession of drugs, which included tik and dagga. 20 tik lollies, one dagga pipe, three parcels of dagga, 2 dagga zolle and 40 stoppe of dagga were confiscated. One suspect was arrested for possession of suspected stolen goods and one suspect was arrested for House break-in implements. Eleven arrests were made for drunk in public in Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu. Read more SAPS Media Releases>>
4 February 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. 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 December issue >>
29 December 2013 - Validate your HBNW Id Card for 2014!
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.
A couple of years ago, we introduced a simpler way of re-validating your HBNW membership cards. The option to have a new card made up (with a more recent photo) and pay the usual R10 is still in place. However, we also offer the option to have a validation sticker attached to your existing ID card.
Please call in at the WATCHCON OFFICE – Mainstream Centre, behind Wheeler’s Pharmacy – and get your 2014 validation sticker.
17 December 2013 - 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 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
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.
More information available (you may need to log in)
Daily Crime information (previously available on the HBNW Blog)
If you use a GPS don't put your home address in it. Put a nearby address (like a shop or a garage) so you can still get directions to your home area if you are returning from a strange place, but no one else would know exactly where you live, if your GPS were stolen. There are stories of people who have had a GPS stolen from their car, as well as house keys and remotes. With these items in their possession, and a knowledge of your home address, thieves can readily empty your house of all your valuables before you are even aware of the initial theft!
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>>