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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 Membership Registration
Instruction has come down from the Department of Community Safety (DOCS) and SAPS that all community safety organisations, including Neighbourhood Watch and CPF, must comply with legislation that covers community safety structures. This legislation requires that active patrollers and  responders must be security vetted. ↬ more

19 Nov: Emergency First Aid Responder Training
HBVEMS & HBNW have partnered to bring EFAR (Emergency First Aid Responders) to Hout Bay. Today the first 20 patrollers from our community were trained in EFAR - first aid that’s integrated into the community and the formal response systems in our community. We look forward to further sessions in 2018.↬ 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
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 

2 Dec: Beach Project 2017/2018 Briefing Session
A very successful briefing session was held at Dunes on Saturday for this years Beach Patrollers.The Beach Safety Project will run from the 9th December 2017 until 12th January 2018.
This project has been running successfully since 2011 and there are still a few open slots on the roster. Sign up here>>
Patrollers were addressed by Tammy Matthysen (Beach Project Coordinator), Hout Bay SAPS Station Commander, Lt Col Nebhisi (see below), Toby Adams (CPF Chair), Rod Panagos (HBNW Operations Manager), and  Liezl Schulte(HBNW Vice-Chair).  ↬ more
 
24 Oct: SAPS releases latest crime figures for 2016/2017
Crime statistics for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 were released by national Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Tues 24 October. SAPS only releases these official crime statistics once a year. 
Click here to find out more details on the latest figures as released by SAPS.
HBNW statement:
Every year these figures are released by the national Police Minister and while year on year some categories go up and some down, the fact is that our “normal”  is anything but.
Since the inception of HBNW in 2005 our local SAPS have been under  resourced. In 2005 we were supposed to have 4 sector patrol vans crewed by 2 man teams.
We had then and still do (on paper) have 2 sector vans but the reality is that with officers off sick, on training or on leave, we often only have one sector van holed up at the station, whilst its crew assists station staff to cope with complaints coming in the front door.  
National government has seen fit to disproportionately deprive the Western Cape of its due complement of SAPS officers and more recently is in the process of reducing the number total SAPS force  by some 3000 staff.
“In the police’s 2017/18 annual performance plan it was revealed that the personnel number will be decreased from 194 431 to 191 431 by 2019/20.” IOL NEWS / 22 AUGUST 2017, 09:03AM / YOLISA TSWANYA
It does not take a rocket scientist to see that this bodes ill for all communities battling to cope with urbanisation where rising populations of jobless youth are prevalent.
 
Recognising this late in 2014 HBNW initiated the HBCIA (Hout Bay Community Improvement Association) initiative to bring all of Hout Bays community safety organisations together to develop and implement an Integrated Community Safety Plan (ICSP
All role players including  HBNW, CCP, CPF, Security Service Providers , SAPS  and CoCT Law enforcement have participated in a series of workshops and briefings  to ensure consensus and smooth implementation towards delivering sustainable funding through accountable structures which will then be used to prevent our “Normal” becoming even more abnormal.
 
The HBCIA launch will take place in November 2017.  The steering Committee currently consists of Brad Geyser, as Chair  and co-directors  Keri Cross (Chair of CCP) and Andrew Martin (Chair of HBNW).
It is a sad state of affairs that we have to invest so much time and effort in our communities defence but until National Government realises that reducing SAPS personnell is the wrong thing to do, we have little choice and encourage the citizens of Hout Bay and Llandudno to cooperate towards making ICSP an operational reality.
SAPS Hout Bay reported the following statistics:
Robbery at residential properties dropped by 5.9%, from 51 cases in 2015/16 to 48 cases in 2016/17. 
Burglary at residential properties remains a problem in the Hout Bay policing district, showing a spike of 7.5% between the two reporting periods (293 cases as opposed to 315 cases in the latest window). However, theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles has decreased by 15.2%. ↬ 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
HBNWatchcon Facebook Posts                           

CRIME FEEDBACK

  SAFETY TIPS
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>>

Other Security Tips:

WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE   NEW TO HOUT BAY
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. 

We are always open to your ideas. Please contact us with your suggestions. Click here >>

 
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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EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Watchcon
021 790 9333 or 082 883 6142

SAPS Emergency
10111

SAPS Charge Office/CSC
021 791 9300 or 021 791 8660

Click here for more numbers.

 
Poll
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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