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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 WhatsApp on 060 345 3514  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 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 

Eskom implements load shedding
15 JUNE 2018
Eskom has declared a power system emergency at extremely short notice and implemented load shedding for the second time in less than 24 hours. ↬ more

9 Jun: Safety is Everyone's Responsibility.
SMS "Info" to 35 395.
A Wynberg Cluster Consultative Safety Workshop was held on Sat 9 June to clarify the roles of Neighbourhood Watches.Topics included  - Understanding our roles, Purpose of Neighbourhood Watches, the rights of a Neighbourhood Watch member, A private person’s right to make an arrest, the role of a Neighbourhood Watch member and the role  of CPF. ↬ more
25 May: SAPS Ministerial Imbizo
Above: "A child in Sport is a child not in Court."  Image and report: Heather Saunders.
A Ministerial Imbizo was held at Blode Street, Lavender Hill on 25 May. It started at 2pm. Special thanks to W/O Tanya Lesch for arranging a bus for the transportation of interested persons to the Imbizo.
7 patrollers from Imizamo Yethu attended. Heather Saunders, HBNW Admin Manager, and Rod Panagos, HBNW Operations Manager, also attended.
It was a very positive day with speeches and feedback delivered by the National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole and Lieutenant General Jula. 
As a result of this interaction with IY patrollers several have now agreed to have their prints taken in an effort to work with SAPS. 9 patrollers had their prints taken on Saturday, 26 May at SAPS. Captain Lourens facilitated this. Anthony Chemaly, current CPF Chair was also in attendance.   ↬ more

18 May: Winter Beach Patrols Success
Report and image courtesy John Harvey, Sentinel News.
A winter patrol along Hout Bay beach, launched to counter muggings and criminal activity on the beach, is paying off. Since the pilot project, initiated by Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch, was launched earlier this month, no incidents have been reported between the patrol times of 4.30pm and 6pm, Thursday to Sunday. 
The patrollers are, at back, from left, Antoinette Picard, Carin van der Berg, Steve van der Berg, Debbie Spowart, Rob Picard, Clive Seaton, Mark Cowell, Jamie Pyatt and Ollie Atkins. In front are Tammy Matthysen (patrol co-ordinator), Jeanette Bronchi, Juli Lotter and Heather Saunders. ↬ more
11 Apr: HBNW AGM Report Back
Report and image courtesy John Harvey, Sentinel News.
Murders have shot up in Hout Bay, and many gang-related attempted murder cases are withdrawn because witnesses are afraid, says the town’s police chief.
Station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Khuthala Nebhisi told Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch’s annual general meeting last week that murders had almost quadrupled, from four to 15, in the space of a year.
But burglaries and house robberies had dropped over the same period, from 315 to 303 cases and from 48 to 34 cases, respectively, and Lt-Col Nebhisi said the watch could be thanked for that.
Were it not for you, these statistics might have been worse. I thank you deeply for your assistance,” she said.
Above: Tammy Matthysen receives a certificate of appreciation and the Bruce Taylor Award from Meryl Butt and Brad Geyser. ↬ 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

Massimo's host annual Beach Safety Project end of season function
Thanks as always to the ever community minded Massimo's for helping us thank this seasons Beach Patrollers by hosting our end of season event. Please assist them in this community initiative by contributing to their “Pay it Forward” pizza scheme for a mere R10 a slice. 
Or when you visit Massimo’s for your next meal you can donate to HBNW by choosing their Happy Valley Calzone.↬ 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 Boutique Hotel - long standing supporter of HBNW
Riverside Boutique Hotel, 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 from 2017 Riverside started 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

31 Jan 2018: Hout Bay SAPS - Warning of Recent Scams
Hout Bay residents need to inform their employees (admin staff, security, domestic workers or gardeners) to be careful and vigilant for people knocking on their doors pretending to come and "look at your pool", "trim trees for the neighbour","inspect a water meter" etc. If you do arrange for people to come to your house, inform your employees. They can become victims of crime. This is how house robberies, theft and other crimes are committed.
It was also reported that the community received phone calls where the caller pretends to be a SAPS member and demand cash to be paid into a money market account. They are threatened and if they do not pay a huge amount of cash a warrant of arrest will be issued. SAPS would like to warn the community that the only correct way to deal with this, is to contact your nearest Police Station and make proper enquiries. SAPS would never ask you to pay money into an account for a crime being committed. You will either have to pay a fine at SAPS and a receipt will be issued to you or your case will be sorted out at court. ↬ more
HBNWatchcon Facebook Posts                           


Information regarding Hout Bay crime during the year 2017/2018.
At the HBNW AGM on 11 April 2018 Hout Bay Station Commander Lt Col Nebhisi, thanked the Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch assisting SAPS in keeping crime figures down in Hout Bay. Although the official SAPS crime statistics for the year April 2017 to March 2018 will only be released later this year Lt Col Nebhisi passed on some details of the crimes committed over the past year. The dramatic increase in the number of murders committed this past year (from 4 to 15) is the result of a variety of reasons ranging from domestic violence, protests and gangsterism to shebeen fights. House Break Ins were down from 315 to 303 and House Robberies from 48 to 34. More info>> 
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:

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.



     Site Last Updated:       11 July 2018      
    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!
Always reference your deposit with your name/cell number and what the deposit is for
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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