Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch has been nationally recognised as an amazing success story, where the community has come together to actively combat crime in one of the most beautiful coastal areas of the Western Cape.
Hout Bay started experiencing an escalating rate of crime from 2000 onwards. In 2003 the crime rate increased dramatically across all categories. Property related crime (i.e. housebreaking and theft out of vehicles) was skyrocketing.
The Hout Bay Police worked extremely hard to try and hold back the ever-increasing crime wave but with their limited resources, they struggled to control the situation. Reported crime statistics just kept on rising.
So the Hout Bay community took up the challenge. A meeting was convened and many hundreds of concerned residents effectively spoke with one voice - “enough is enough!”
From small beginnings, and with very little experience in how to develop and sustain an organisation directly associated with safety and security issues, our HBNW has flourished, with the support of some 3000 plus signed-up members and the backing of hundreds of active members - adminstrators, responders and patrollers.
Around midnight on Friday 10 March a fire was reported In Dontse Yakhe, a densely populated informal settlement in Imizamo Yehtu, Hout Bay. Unfortunately this fire spread rapidly through the settlement destroying about 1,500 shacks and making around 6000 people homeless. Many of the victims lost everything except the clothes on their backs, while those who managed to save some of their belongings were sitting on the side of the mountain guarding their possessions.
The residents of Hout Bay awoke on Saturday morning to learn of this devastating fire. As has happened in the past, Hout Bay sprang to assist those affected by the fire. ↬ more
Above are volunteers seen sorting through the donations on the field at Ambleside School. ↬ more
2 Mar: Hout Bay Station Commander, Lt Col Nebhisi, visits HBNWatchcon
Seen at Watchcon after a very fruitful meeting with our new Station Commander, Lt Col Nebhisi.
Liezl Schulte, HBNW Vice-Chair: Rod Panagos, HBNW Ops Manager; Rob Quintas, Ward 74 Councillor; Andrew Martin, HBNW Chair; Lt Col Nebhisi; Alex Rossi, Watchcon Systems Manager. (Pic: Michelle Parmentier)
HBNW would like to thank ADT and ALL of our sponsors for their on-going support which enables the various projects and purchases that make Hout Bay a safer place for all. ↬ more
HBNW signs Fibre Agreement with SA Digital Villages.
The start of a new era for HBNW - SA Digital Villages is bringing fibre to areas in Hout Bay where there isn't already fibre! ↬ more
Call 10111 to Report Crime
Please remember the importance of reporting any crime to 10111 as well as calling Watchcon or your Security Service Provider or the local SAPS station. Complaints must be logged by 10111 to allow for accurate records of crimes occurring in the valley which in turn ensures that appropriate/adequate SAPS resources are provided for Hout Bay.
10111 operators must provide a reference number to every caller allowing follow-up. Remember that crimes that are not reported officially do not exist.
Also, for any criminal incident, please make sure you also register a case at the Hout Bay Police Station..
SAPS Media Releases
16 Feb: REPORTING A CRIME TO SAPS
Have you ever wondered why SAPS are under-resourced?
There are many reasons but the main one is UNDER-REPORTING OF CRIME TO SAPS.
Reporting crime is very important but unfortunately many people feel that it often isn’t worth the effort.
Yes, it will take up some of your time, but it is also your duty to those around you to do so.
If you do not report your crime you are allowing the criminal continue to repeatedly commit the same crime but government will allocate resources to where crime is reported and where they feel it is most needed.
SAPS has provided us with a detailed description of how to report a crime and we list a few points that we feel are important below:
This service is provided to any person who is a victim of crime.
SAPS will open a case docket and investigate the crime, effecting arrests of suspects and presenting the case to courts for prosecution ↬ more
According to Hout Bay Station Commander, Lt Col Nebhisi, there is a rising new crime trend in Hout Bay, ie fraud. It seems some Hout Bay residents who have sold items on various online platforms (ie Gumtree and OLX etc) have handed over the goods, but then never received any payment for them. Various tricks are used by buyers to convince the seller that they have deposited the cash, but after the goods have been handed over, the sellers discover the money was never deposited into their bank accounts. It is easy to falsify a "Proof of Payment" notification - please make sure any cash deposits or EFT transfers have indeed been cleared by your bank before you hand over the goods you wish to sell.
Similarly, please check all references of people who quote you for work (renovations, building work etc) before handing over a deposit. There are also an increasing number of reports of people paying these deposits and then never seeing the contractor again, or having him disappear and they are left with a half finished job.
Check out this link for more information on the most current official annual SAPS Crime figures for Hout Bay.
Login and check out our latest Link Incident Maps and Graphs under the Crime Reports Tab.
How to secure your home:
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>>
We do not charge for membership and there is no expectation that members have to contribute financially. However we need to maintain the systems that keep YOU safe.So we welcome donations from residents and businesses alike.
For more details on Area Safety Plans and the spending of area specific donations (ring-fenced funds) please contact your Area Leader.
Please help us to help you and make a donation today!