Tourists

Looking after our guests

Hosts need to be honest with their guests without alarming them. Overseas tourists are generally aware of local conditions, whichever country they are visiting, and they as well us up-country visitors need to be vigilant and know they should take certain safety precautions. However, reminders or advice specific to Hout Bay and Llandudno will assist in making their stay here all the more pleasant – and safe.

Tips for hosts

Please advise your guests that:

  • Watchcon’s number 021 790 9333 should be the first port of call in case of a criminal incident. Watchcon has the contact details of a large number of foreign language speakers, including diverse languages such as Welsh and Croatian, who can assist guests who have fallen foul of criminal activity.
  • They should not carry handbags and expensive equipment on the beach.
  • They should avoid leaving anything lying around in their cars.
  • It’s preferable to take a reputable and official taxi back to their accommodation at night, rather than walking.
  • They should avoid drawing cash from ATMs after dark or after hours.

Useful Contacts for Tourists

Tourist Victim Support Programme

Cape Town Tourism has an efficient Tourist Victim support Programme,  which assists with medical attention, document recovery and re-issuing of travel documents. They can be reached on 021 487 4820 or 021 487 6552.  Download a Cape Town Toolkit  and/or Safety in Cape Town for your guests 

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Ensuring our guests’ safety is a high priority. Any incidents involving up-country or overseas visitors to our valley could severely impact on tourism, which is one of Hout Bay’s major sources of income. HBNW's annual Beach Safety Project operates from mid-December to mid-January and has proved to be very successful in keeping our visitors safe.  

 
 

 
   Site Last Updated:       26 May 2017    
    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.
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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.

 

Security Smile - “Wise Words for Would-be Robbers”

Our "Tongue in Cheek"  Security Tips

HELPFUL HINTS FOR HOUSEBREAKERS # 11 - 

Here now is a summary of all the lessons you have been given on how to check out a house before breaking into it:

  1. Is the letterbox overflowing with mail? If it is, the occupants are probably away.
  2. Is the empty municipal wheely bin still outside in the road after a number of days?  Again, they’re probably away.
  3. Check under the frontdoor mat or in nearby potplants and see if there’s a key hidden there. There often is!
  4. Check the empty containers and boxes that don’t fit into the wheely bin, like new TV sets, home theatres, laptops. You can learn a lot from these.
  5. Are there outside lights burning during the day – especially day after day?  This is an advert to tell the world they’re not at home!
  6. At night, if there are bright outside lights burning all night or if the lights come on when you approach the house, choose another house without these.
  7. If there’s a light on inside the house, there might be someone in there wide awake – someone who might hear you trying to break in and sound the alarm. Avoid this house.
  8. If there’s a Neighbourhood Wtach sign outside rather go for the house of someone who isn’t a member.
  9. Look for laptops that are not covered up – that can be seen from  outside the house - and which can be grabbed in a flash.
  10. Use casual work opportunities to check for chances to break in at a later stage, and never give your employer you ID book to photocopy.
Remember, if householders are going to make it easier for us to break in, it’s our duty to take advantage or their carelessness!
This ‘tongue-in-cheek advice’ was provided by David Shreeve an ex member of HBNW.
 
Poll
Jan 2017: Are you feeling more positive about living in Hout Bay than you did a year ago?
I don't feel any different, one way or another
Yes - I'm even happier living in Hout Bay than I was a year ago
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Thank you for taking our last pollHere are the results:
What do you rely on to keep informed of crime in Hout Bay?
38.5% - Two or more of these options  
24.3% - I've joined a specific crime WhatsApp group for my area   
12.9% - I check the Daily Crime reports on this website 
11.4% - I check crime posts on Hout Bay Organised (HBO)  
10.0% - I listen to my HBNW radio  
 2.9% - I follow a specific Hout Bay crime page on social media 
 0.0% - I use Zello or OurHood or similar crime Apps 
 
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