15 September 2016 - Hangberg patrollers get their Jackets
Thanks to the generous donations of many HBNW members and several Hout Bay businesses, including Chapmans Peak Hotel and Thomas Electrical, patrollers in Hangberg now have their jackets to protect them while on patrol.
Seen below from left:
Rod Panagos (HBNW Ops Manager), Pastor Philip Frans (Hangberg HBNW Area Leader) and Shaun Thomas of Thomas Electrical.
With the additional money donated into this fund HBNW has also been able to purchase Patroller Hard Hats and Tactical Lights with rechargeablebatteries for the patrollers in Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg.
14 September 2016 - HBNW embarks on an Integrated Security plan
Following on from the recent HBNW Strategic workshop HBNW has published it's Vision and Mission and will soon be expanding on it's envisioned Integrated Security Plan, to make Hout Bay safer for all. .
HBNW Supporters assist in Fight against Crime
We cannot continue to exist without the regular donations we receive from our members, as well as the ongoing support of loyal Hout Bay businesses such as Tintswalo Atlantic, Massimo's, Hout Bay Superspar, Oakhurst Spar and Star Dot Toys in Mainstream Mall. All monies donated to HBNW are used for the many security initiatives undertaken by HBNW, to improve security in Hout Bay. Please support those who support us and give them your business. Read more about our Sponsors >>
"Virtual" Patrolling - CCTV Monitoring Assistance
HBNW has spent the last 12 months reorganising and building capacity in order to meet the challenges our community faces.
The community CCTV network is expanding and with it the need for more persons to assist with screen monitoring.
HBNW is establishing a CCTV Patroller Group.
If you are NOT currently a physical patroller or responder on the street, you can assist the Controllers in the HBNWatchcon control room monitoring the screens. Since HBNWatchcon is a security centre dealing with crime intelligence, applicants will need to be SAPS cleared.
So if you are an insomniac wanting to contribute to your communities safety, please email Rod Panagos, HBNW Operations, on email@example.com
Constable Lindile Mqoqi from Hout Bay SAPS was the investigating officer in both cases where two accused received sentences of 10 years and longer.
On 20th of June 2015 at 15:30 a robbery with a weapon other than a firearm case was opened at Hout Bay SAPS after two suspects, armed with knives approached 4 peoplehiking up Skoorsteenkop. The suspects demanded the belongings of the group, which included cellular phones and wallets. Information was followed up by members of SAPS and by means of tracing one of the cellular phone of the complainant. One arrest was made and the stolen property was recovered. Cst Mqoqi worked diligently on this case. On the 27th of July 2016 one accused was sentenced in Wynberg Regional court, 12 years imprisonment of which half is suspended for a period of 5 years.
On 27th of January 2015 at 04:00 a house robbery case was opened at Hout Bay SAPS, where the complainant was stabbed by one of the suspects. After the incident the Crime Prevention members of Hout Bay SAPS arrested one of the suspects, where he was hiding in the bushes near the crime scene. He was found in possession of the stolen property and a knife, the property was identified by the complainant. Bail was opposed successfully. An identity parade was conducted and witness statements were obtained. On the 20th of July 2016 one accused was sentenced in Wynberg Regional court to ten years imprisonment for housebreaking with intent to commit robbery and robbery with aggravating circumstances. See more SAPS Media Releases>>
15 August 2016 - Theft of Brick Paving
Please be on the lookout for persons stealing pavers from the public parking /slip way that exists between Mariners Wharf parking and the Old SAPS / Skate board park building. Patrollers and Security / SAPS patrollers to please check in at regular intervals to monitor and alert HBNWatchcon to any further theft of our community property.
In the event that you do find someone there stealing pavers be careful to not confront them. Unobtrusively take pictures of the vehicle and licence plate and when out of view of the suspects call Watchcon on 021 7909333 so that we can arrange for them to be apprehended. Please forward any such pictures taken to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your assistance.
16 August 2016 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release
Illegal Taxi gathering Consequences
On Friday, 12 August 2016 the taxis of Hout Bay blocked the two entrances to Imizamo Yethu and the entrance to the Main Road Clinic. SAPS, Traffic and other role players assisted in addressing the crime. A case of Public violence, gatherings act and the road traffic act was opened and is investigated by the Cluster Task team. Two taxis were impounded and a case of Reckless and Negligent Driving was opened. The situation will be monitored by SAPS and Traffic. See more SAPS Media Releases>>
12 August 2016 - Farewell to Lt. Col Mtakati
Message from The Hout Bay Community Policing Forum:
The Hout Bay Community Policing Forum would like to congratulate our Station Commander, Lt Colonel B. Mtakati, on being rewarded for his efficiency and effectiveness by recently being promoted to full Colonel.
With this promotion comes greater responsibility, and as such, Colonel Mtakati has been transferred to Khayelitsha to take over as Station Commander there. Khayelitsha's gain is Hout Bay's loss - working with Colonel Mtakati has been a pleasure, thanks to his fair, honest and conscientious nature and work ethic.
Colonel Mtakati will be missed, but we wish him all the best in his new role, and look forward to meeting his successor in the near future.
At present, Captain Lourens is the officer in charge at Hout Bay SAPS.
Message from HBNW:
Lt. Col. Mtakati has been a great asset to Hout Bay and the community has been fortunate to have someone of his calibre managing our area. We wish him well in his new endeavour and hope his replacement will be able to continue the work he has done, to the standards he has set.
5 August 2016 - ADT launches a New Community Patrol Vehicle
In their latest flyer ADT, main sponsors of HBNWatchcon for over 10 years, announced they now have a Community Patrol Vehicle solely dedicated to:
Monitoring and responding to HBNWatchcon incident requests
Linked to area Whatsapp groups
Assisting with community driven projects
Assisting and backing up CCP
Increased protection and visibility within the Hout Bay area
In addition they have recently donated 10 overview cameras to HBNW and sponsored two LPR cameras along Valley Road. More HBNW News Stories>>
Please Validate your HBNW Identity Card
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 identity cards are validated annually.
To be compliant with the Western Cape Province Constitution for Neighbourhood Watch’s, this Annual process is to be implemented immediately and we appeal to all members to comply. Find out how>>
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 (use "Watchcon" as a reference) or for a special project. And there are NO prescribed amounts! Whatever suits your pocket!
Link to Suspicious/Wanted vehicles on BKMWatch website
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>>