Hout Bay is extremely fortunate to have a local emergency control room such as Watchcon, the HBNW control centre. Every resident or visitor can phone - or radio in - 24 hours a day with any emergency or concern of suspicious behaviour. The qualified operators immediately alert the relevant authorities and then warn anyone listening in on the 2-way radio airwaves to be aware of any problems and, if necessary, request assistance from Neighbourhood Watch members, security service providers, SAPS and/or other emergency response teams.
For many years, ADT has sponsored the Watchcon facility. They currently pay the Watchcon controllers’ salaries and the rent at the new premises. ADT also makes a monthly financial contribution to HBNW. Watchcon, exclusively for the use of Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch, is manned 24 hours a day by experienced radio operators.
Please note that Watchcon is not a security service provider. It is, however, just one phone call away - accessible to all residents of Hout Bay and not just HBNW members. However residents should realise that this reponse is dependent on the availability of resources at the time of an incident. Therefore, having access to a facility such as Watchcon, does not mean residents should decide to forego a contract with a Security Service Provider such as ADT who will provide them with the usual guaranteed armed response at the time of an incident.
HBNW WATCHCON phone number
It is vital for everyone in Hout Bay to be aware of the WATCHCON phone number, which is 021 790 9333 or 082 883 6142, and have it prominently displayed next to their telephones - for the benefit of all members of the household. Everyone who carries a cell phone is also advised to programme this instant help number into ‘speed dial’.
HBNW Watchcon was initially set up and manned by Deep Blue Security at their offices next door to Penzance Vet in Main Road. They then moved to new premises further along Main Road (corner Blue Valley Close) towards Constantia Nek, and the Watchcon radio room moved with them. ADT took over the sponsorship of Watchcon in 2009 and in September 2012 Watchcon moved to Mainstream Shopping Centre in the Courtyard behind Wheelers Pharmacy.
Then in October 2015 Watchcon moved to their current location at Earthworx Garden Centre, corner of Princess & Valley Roads, Hout Bay.
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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