The block was named Kronendal after the original farm and the Kronendal primary school right in our midst. Block 6 is a very active force in the Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch. There is a total membership of around 750, and a fairly large number of those are active patrollers. This makes up roughly a third of the total membership in the Hout Bay Valley. The Village CBD is also very active but does not get involved in patrols.
Geographically, we are a vast block with seven major suburbs. Block 6 comprises Baviaanskloof, Scott Estate, Penzance, Berg-en-Dal, Hanging Meadow (including Military Road) (no longer a separate Block 6 area), Tierboskloof, the Village area (east of the Disa River and south of Princess Road) and includes major shopping centres like Mainstream and Checkers.
The borders are therefore from the top of No.1 Chapman’s Peak, on Chapman’s Peak Drive in the south, to the boundary of Penzance/Imizamo Yethu in the north. The western boundary is formed by the Disa River, whilst the mountainside forms the border in the east.
We benefit enormously by being cocooned by the three private security estates that surround us, as they have state-of-the-art security. In addition, some of the residents of Berg en Dal and Tierboskloof do regular patrols within Block 6, especially in Penzance, as a gesture of neighbourliness.
Penzance Area has contracted a security service provider to do patrols in their sector.
At the monthly HBNW EXCO meetings there is always a strong presence from Block 6, proving the level of interest from Block 6 Area Leaders.
Each Area endeavours to have a presence at the Community Police sub-forum meeting whenever these are scheduled, to keep abreast of crime trends in the block.
Each area has its own social events but usually invites a few key persons from neighbouring areas for cross-pollination.
Village Area operates in the guise of the 'Crime Prevention CBD Project', and is actively involved in its own specific crime prevention measures. These include an early warning system for retail businesses via SMS through Watchcon, and an e-mail advisory system specific to those enterprises on the business mailing system, via TOBI. In addition, crime awareness workshops are held, which focus on commercial crime issues, as is a 'Visitor Safety Programme’, which focuses on guesthouses and tour operators, centred around TOBI.