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Securing Hout Bay Together

Join Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch Now
HBNW Watchcon is our own local Community Control centre     
             Call us on 021 790 9333 or 082 883 6142  for any emergency                  
24/7 for all residents 

Who We Are...

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. ↬ more

HBNW - CCP Agreement
CCP (Community Crime Prevention) and HBNW (Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch) have reached an agreement whereby JJ de Villiers (seen below with HBNW Operations Manager, Rod Panagos) will take on a volunteer operational controller role in the HBNW Watchcon control room.  ↬ more

HBNW receives Official Accreditation
HBNW was one of the first of 27 NW's across the Western Cape to receive their official accreditation at a ceremony hosted by Minister Dan Plato on 23 March 2017. 
Well done to all.↬ more
17 Jul: Fire Training Certificates
Above: Left: Pastor Frans, HBNW Area Leader for Hangberg, collecting Fire Training certificates issued by DOCS for those NW members who attended the recent fire training course in Hout Bay. Middle: Kate, of Durr Estates, who offered a central collection point. On the right is Rodney Moses, a Hangberg HBNW member.↬ 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.

Latest News 

14 Sep: HBNW Block 4 Fundraiser Quiz
Report by Anthea Leppington: Thank you so much to everyone who attended the HBNW Block 4 (Northshore, Kronenzicht and Helgarda/Klein Leeukop) fundraiser quiz last night at Woodcutters Arms.
A fantastic night was had and we managed to raise over R7000 towards cameras for our network. 
A very big thank you to Woodcutters for all their help and a very good quiz.  ↬ more

12 Sep: Statement by HBNW
Once again as a Community we need to take action to make those responsible for today's irresponsible behaviour and damage to our village accountable for their actions.
Despite the fact that there may or may not be legitimate demands by those who were protesting, these actions of once again putting Hout Bay at ransom, and endangering the lives of residents and visitors, is unacceptable.
We reiterate that HBNW’s position is that we respect the rights of people to protest, but we always take a zero tolerance towards criminal and violent behaviour including during protests, which must be conducted within the confines of the law. Anybody who destroys other peoples’ property, assaults and/or robs others of their possessions or restricts the movements of others should be filmed, reported and prosecuted, to the maximum extent of the law.
It seems that certain individuals have once again taken advantage of this situation and made it worse. They need to be arrested and stopped. And once again we need to assist SAPS and CoCT to apprehend those who have done the most to make the situation untenable.
To achieve this, we need to supply as much evidence of wrongdoing by those involved as we can to SAPS and COCT which should include videos, cell phone photographs and of course, any footage we have gathered as HBNW Watchcon.
We would also call on anyone in Hout Bay or from outside our area who may have been assaulted or suffered some damage or injury from vandalism and/or stoning of their vehicles or property to come forward and supply us with whatever evidence they have.
With this we (HBNW) will approach both the senior SAPS authorities and CoCT senior management and insist that these persons be pursued and prosecuted. We would encourage anyone with any evidence pertinent to this to please send it to our Governance Officer at and we will go jointly to get the authorities to take the appropriate action required and feed back to you on progress.

31 Aug: HBNW Integrated Community Safety Plan update
We are now more than halfway through the year and currently the monthly statistics for 2017 show that we are experiencing the lowest number of crime incidents reported to Watchcon, since we started our website reporting in 2011.
There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes since the last general meeting. With our safety and security partners in Hout Bay we have been working on the key cornerstones of our Integrated Community Safety Plan.  We are making good progress and want to share a few highlights. All HBNW members are an integral part of this plan and we will not be able to fully achieve it without each and everyone’s support.  ↬ more

  HBNW Sponsors

HBNW would like to thank Fidelity 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

Hout Bay Spar Loyalty Card provides funding for HBNW.
An easy way to contribute to HBNW is to get a HBNW loyalty card from our ever supportive Hout Bay Spar in Victoria Avenue.
Every time you swipe this card a portion of your purchases will be donated to HBNW and Watchcon.

Riverside Estates - loyal supporters of HBNW
Riverside Estates, Guest House, Conference Centre and Wedding Venue, cnr Valley & Welbevind Roads has long been a supporter of HBNW, hosting many fundraising Dinner Dances & get-togethers, as well as the HBNW AGM, every year since 2011.
And in 2017 Riverside Estates is also hosting our monthly HBNW EXCO meetings. Please support them!

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

SAPS Media Releases

3 Aug 2017: Media Statement from Western Cape Media Centre
During our continued efforts to create a safe and secure environment for the community in Hout Bay, crime operations were conducted by SAPS and other law enforcement agencies during the past week which proved successful. 
In a joint effort, SAPS and other law enforcement agencies were deployed in number to police the area. Various initiatives comprising searches, crime awareness campaigns, foot patrols, the tracing of wanted suspects and several operations including shebeen operations were conducted which led to a total of 174 arrests.
During these initiatives, a total of four arrests for murder, 30 for assault, 39 drug related arrests, 18 drunken driving, 18 possession of dangerous weapons were made and ten shebeens were closed down. 1493 suspects were searched and 681 vehicles were stopped and searched during 145 vehicle check points. ↬ more
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Information regarding Hout Bay crime during the year 2016/2017.
At the HBNW Exco meeting on 5 April 2017 Capt Lourens, standing in for Station Commander Lt Col Nebhisi, who is on leave thanked the Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch and local SSPs for assisting SAPS in keeping crime figures down in Hout Bay. Although the official SAPS crime statistics for the year April 2016 to March 2017 will only be released later this year Capt Lourens was able to pass on the good news that there was a decrease in crime in Hout Bay in every category.  ↬ more
Check out this link for more information on the most current official annual SAPS Crime figures for Hout Bay.

More information available 

  • HBNW now uses Link Communications for Crime information, notifications & communication.
  • 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>>

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We hope you will find it informative and easy to navigate. As with all websites, there is plenty of scope to grow and develop the content and general functionality. 

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Welcome! Hout Bay has a small village atmosphere and loves to welcome new people. A great way to meet people and to get involved in the community is to join Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch.
There are many ways to get involved. If you can't patrol, then there are other ways for you to contribute to the community. See how you can get involved.

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    Thank you to all who donate and assist us
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!
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Our Banking Details:
Bank: Nedbank
Branch: Hout Bay
Branch code: 167 609
Account type: Cheque
Account No: 167 602 9133
Account name: Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch
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Sep 2017: What is your greatest security concern?
Being the victim of a serious crime
Keeping my family and property safe at all times
Not knowing what crime is happening in Hout Bay
I donít have any security concerns

We're Listening....

Thank you for taking our recent pollHere are the results:
Are you feeling more positive about living in Hout Bay than you did a year ago?
63.7% - No - things are worse than they were a year ago
18.8% - I don't feel any different, one way or another
17.5% - Yes - I'm even happier living in Hout Bay than I was a year ago
91 responses

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