Hout Bay is extremely fortunate to have a local emergency control room such as Watchcon. Every resident or visitor can phone - or radio in - 24 hours a day with any emergency or concern of suspicious behaviour. The qualified operators, all residents of Hout Bay, 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.
WATCHCON phone number
It is vital for everyone in Hout Bay to be aware of the WATCHCON phone number, which is 021 790 9333, 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’.
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. A management split resulted in part of the business becoming Hout Bay Security (HBS) and the smaller Deep Blue Security moved to another part of Hout Bay. While HBS (and Watchcon) continued to operate out of the same premises for a few years, the company is now known as SMA Security. In September 2012 Watchcon moved to their current location in Mainstream Shopping Centre. Their new premises are in the Courtyard behind Wheelers Pharmacy. These premises are the shared headquarters for HBNW and CPF as well as the Watchcon radio control room. The official opening of the new premises was held on 9 October 2012 >>
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, some of them paramedics.
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.
Site Last Updated: 20 May 2013
Membership is for Hout Bay residents only
Watchcon 021 790 9333
SAPS Emergency 10111
SAPS Charge Office/CSC 021 791 9300 or 021 791 8660