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!!
31 August 2014 - Successes of the week 24 to 31 August 2014.
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 >>
One arrest was made for possession of a dangerous weapon, when a suspect was searched and a panga and an axe was found in his possession.
During random searches 12 arrests were made for possession of various drugs, the following drugs were confiscated, 28 packets of tik, three glass tik pipes with tik, Twelve stoppe dagga, one dagga zol and 8 ½ mandrax tablets
More arrests were made including, 2 MI2P, 9 RTA, 5 Robbery Common, House breaking and theft, 4 Assault GBH and one Warrant for arrest.
Three arrests were made for possession of suspected stolen property after the members followed up information that led to these arrests. An i-phone, laptop and various other items were confiscated after it was found in possession of the suspects.
20 August 2014 - Two Arrested after Theft of Motor Vehicle in Hout Bay
Between Monday, 18th of August 2014 at approx. 18:45 and Tuesday, 19th of August at 07:00 a blue Volkswagen Jetta was stolen from the complainants house in Mount Rhodes, Hout Bay. The CCTV cameras were checked by the complainant and it was discovered that a white vehicle with two suspects approached his vehicle, a blue Jetta which was parked in his driveway.
The two suspects got into the Jetta and drove off, followed by the white vehicle. At approx. 14:00 the same day the white vehicle, which was stationary in Victoria Drive, Camps Bay was spotted by a member of the public. The complainant was notified and went to the address. The complainant identified the vehicle as the same one that was at his house and informed SAPS Hout Bay. Members of Hout Bay CID went to the scene and while they were still busy, the same suspects arrived there in a Blue Honda Ballade. The complainant immediately identified one of the suspects as the same suspect who was spotted on the CCTV camera stealing his vehicle earlier the day. The Blue Honda was searched and four mag wheels, belonging to the stolen Jetta were found in the boot of the vehicle. Two suspects from Browns Farm, Philippi East, aged 26 and 37 were arrested for Theft of Motor vehicle and Possession of stolen property. They will appear on Thursday, 21st of August 2014 in the Wynberg Magistrate Court on the mentioned charges.
12 August 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. Their committee and members have all been busy with ambulance shifts, school visits as well as planning for the year ahead! They've got a number of trail run standbys in the near future and are planning their celebrations for their 21st anniversary this year. They are also planning a comedy fundraising evening for later in the year and will send out details soon. Download their July Newsletter >>
5 Aug 2014 - Corporate Communication Hout Bay SAPS - Accident in Hout Bay
On Tuesday, 2014-08-05 at 08:15 a Culpable Homicide occurred after a taxi swerved out and collided with the pavement and steel bars and plunged into the Disa River in Princess Street, Hout Bay. It is alleged that the taxi swerved out for another vehicle to prevent an accident. The driver and the passenger in the front seat were transported to Victoria Hospital, three other passengers died on the scene. Traumatised witnesses who were in another taxi are currently receiving victim support.
25 Jul 2014 - Hout Bay SAPS Station Commander, Lt-Col Mtakati, takes top honours
Lieutenant-Colonel Bongani Mtakati, Hout Bay SAPS station commander, was named Station Commander of the Year, from more than 150 contenders in the Western Cape. The colonel assumed command in Hout Bay last July after being transferred from Table Bay harbour. He and his staff took the harbour police from 8th position to number 1 in their cluster. We are indeed most fortunate to have such an energetic and committed station commander here in Hout Bay. Colonel Mtakati believes that involving the community is the key to fighting crime and, although Hout Bay SAPS has done well in the year he has been here, there is still room for improvement.
29 July 2014 - Corporate Communication - Hout Bay SAPS
On Sunday, 2014-07-26 at approx 10:00 the complainant drove into his garage at his residence in Silvermist, Main Rd, Hout Bay. When he got out of the vehicle he and his family were approached by three males, wearing balaclavas and gloves and armedwith a crowbar. The suspects shouted and demanded cash. One of the suspects assaulted the complainant’s wife with a crowbar. Two suspects escorted the complainant inside the house and tied his feet and hands with shoe laces. The suspects took the complainant’s wrist watch, cash, iPhone and notebook. One suspect stayed with the complainant and their two children, aged 6 and 10. After a long time the complainant cut himself loose from the shoelaces and jumped out of the house from the balcony. He went to the security for assistance. He then went to the neighbours where his wife and children had run. The complainant’s wife statement has not been obtained yet, due to her being in hospital and having undergone an operation on her face. A case of House robbery was opened and will be investigated by Hout Bay SAPS. All leads are being followed up. Cst Mqoqi is the investigating officer and anyone with information to contact Hout Bay SAPS on 021 791 8660. No arrests have been made as yet.
21 July 2014 - Corporate Communication - Hout Bay SAPS
SUCCESSES FOR THE WEEK: 14 TO 21 JULY 2014
The following drugs were confiscated and arrests were made:
Six zolle of dagga, one stop of dagga, two half mandrax tablets, one small bag of dagga
Two shebeen operations were conducted.
The following items were confiscated and several arrests were made for Possession of house breaking implements and Dangerous weapons, Possession of car breaking implements three knives, (one Okapi knife) and two screwdrivers.
Four arrests were made for Assault GBH and two arrests for Theft general. One arrest was made for driving under the influence of alcohol.
15 July 2014 - SECURITY ADVISORY : Precautions on N2 Freeway, Vicinity of Cape Town Airport Interchange
The information below is as received from the CSO (Cape Town Security Organization) NPC. 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.
Please note for your safety and that of your family and friends that there have been a spate of attempted robberies on the N2 Freeway in the vicinity of the on and off ramps at the airport interchange.
Rocks, pieces of concrete and/or stones are being placed on the road at night causing vehicles to crash in to them.
On Wed 2 July, a motorist heading from the airport hit an obstacle in the road and was stabbed and mugged after he stopped his car.
On Friday 4 July, at aprrox 22.45 in poor visibility, a cardboard box containing a piece of concrete was placed in one of the lanes. A motorist heading from the airport to the city saw the box but was unable to swerve into the adjacent lane owing to the cars passing him. The car hit the box and punctured the left tyre. The driver managed to drive further and stop under a freeway light. Six men came from behind throwing bricks at his windows (fortunately fitted with anti-smash and grab film). He managed to drive off.
On Sunday 13 July at approx 21.00, a motorist heading to the city from the airport hit stones across the lane and was forced to stop. He then saw men coming towards him and despite serious damage to the car's undercarriage, managed to drive to the nearest safe location - Vincent Pallotti Hospital car park. The car is a write off. The same night a further nine incidents of rocks on the N2 were reported by motorists.
If possible drive to a safe location at a slow speed (in case of damage to your vehicle undercarriage) e.g. the nearest petrol station or well-lit area or as above to the nearest hospital car park.
Call the City of Cape Town emergency centre on 021 480 77 00 and then the CSO emergency centre 086 18 911 18. Keep the cell phone line open for return calls from the security officers.
Fit your vehicle windows with anti-smash-and-grab safety film.
14 July 2014 - Corporate Communication - Hout Bay SAPS
SUCCESSES FOR THE WEEK: 6 TO 13 JULY 2014
Two arrests were made for shoplifting
Four people were arrested for drunk in public
Two liquor operations were conducted and two arrests were made.
Fourteen arrests were made for possession of drugs and the following drugs were confiscated: 9 stoppe of dagga, two dagga zolle, Mandrax powder, ½ mandrax tablet and two packets containing tik.
Two arrests were made for possession of suspected stolen property, where a sleeping bag and a black wheelie bin were recovered.
This is a picture of a “tool” that was recovered. These kind of self-made tools are being used to move and steal property such as cellular phones, wallets and other items off tables or chairs, through open windows. The suspects don’t even have to enter a house and the owners cannot understand how their belongings went missing. It is suggested that the community be made aware of these kind of implements that are being used by suspects. Activate alarms and remember that open windows or gates can be an invitation for criminal activities. Report suspicious vehicles or people in your area to SAPS and Watchcon.
CORPORATE COMMUNICATION : HOUT BAY SAPS
At 04:25 on Friday, 11th of July 2014 when the Hout Bay Woolworths store was closed and locked, four male suspects broke the front glass windows to obtain entrance to the shop. They took clothing and accessories to the value of approx. R106 000. A case of House breaking at business premises was registered and will be investigated. All leads are being followed up. No arrests were made as yet.
8 July 2014 - SAPS Media Release : Four Suspects Arrested for Robbery
On Sunday, 2014-07-06 between 19:00 – 19:30 two business robberies occurred at Somalian Shops in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay.
Hout Bay SAPS received information that the suspects fled the crime scene in a Metallic Silver Toyota Cressida. Hout Bay SAPS members spotted a vehicle with the same description and followed it towards Constantia Neck. In Constantia four of the suspects jumped out of the Cressida and two were apprehended and arrested. A .38 spl revolver was recovered, the vehicle and stolen property were confiscated. The stolen property included Cigarettes, Airtime, Baby formula, Biscuits and a box of chocolates.
Diepriver SAPS heard shots being fired near Constantia Village Shopping mall and followed up on the information. It is still unknown who fired the shots. Another two suspects were arrested by Diepriver SAPS and were brought to Hout Bay for detention and will be linked with the robberies that occurred. An undisclosed amount of money were also found in the possession of one of the suspects.
The suspects aged between 20 – 30 years and are from Philippi and Delft. The four suspects will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 2014-07-09 on charges of Robbery aggravated.
Cst Mqoqi is the investigating officer and can be contacted with information on 021 791 8660.
5 July 2014 - SAPS Media Release: Hout Bay Successes 29 June - 4 July 2014.
Two shebeen operations were conducted where 136 500ml of liquor were confiscated.
One arrest was made for possession of crayfish, 50 lobster tails in a box were confiscated.
Two arrests were made for possession of dagga, 1 bottle neck with dagga, and 1 stop dagga were confiscated.
During a CID tracing operation 16 addresses were visited, no arrests were made.
One arrest was made for suspected stolen goods. Read more SAPS Media Releases>>
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>>
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.
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 fee 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.
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 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>>