There are lots of ways to assist – with your time, your expertise, your knowledge, your donations.
Volunteer - there are many ways to get involved
Join the HBNW Daylighters. Contact your local Area Leader (check details in About Us) or Julie Banham on 021-790-1525 or firstname.lastname@example.org The Daylighters have been a huge help to SAPS as “eyes and ears”.
Volunteer for patrolduties - night or daytime - whenever you are available.
Offer your assistance with secretarial/admin duties, patrol rosters, technical expertise, your 4x4 or any other area where you feel you could be of help.
Volunteer for community projects such as the Drugs Action Campaign, the Domestic Violence Group and Victim Support who are all in need of volunteers and equipment.
Other groups you can join are the Hout Bay Community Police Forum (CPF), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Civil Emergency Response Team (CERT), Hout Bay Surf Lifesaving (HBLS), National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR). These organisations are manned by dedicated volunteers who make a huge contribution to our local community, and many of them are neighbourhood watch members. For contact details of these organisations, please phone Watchcon on 021 790 9333.
Contributefinancially - see our banking details on the CONTACT US page.
Join the Radio Network
Get a HBNW radio, with instant contact with Watchcon, Hout Bay’s own 24-hour emergency control centre. A radio will also make you aware of what’s happening, and where - in case you can help.
Be aware, be vigilant
Programme Watchcon’s number (021 790 9333) into your cell phone (especially in the speed-dial facility) and alert WATCHCON if you are suspicious of anything or anyone who seems to be out of place.
When you drive around the valley, to the shops/beach/schools, be on patrol. Keep your eyes open and be aware and vigilant.
Be prepared to lay a charge at the Police Station when suspects are arrested. Often people can’t be bothered and the suspects are released, making the arrests totally pointless.
Report serious crimes to 10111 as well as to Watchcon. SAPS record all calls to 10111 and have to respond immediately. It also serves to place Hout Bay’s crime figures on record, which in turn assists our local SAPS in obtaining more staff and equipment.
Keep your property and pavement clear
Keep your pavements and any adjacent open spaces clear of overgrown bushes and trees etc. These can act as a refuge for criminals and where they can hide their ill-gotten gains.
Be supportive, be nice!
Be nice to volunteers who man roadblocks. They are not out there to spoil your day or make you late for appointments; they are possibly saving your life!
Be responsible... be aware... be safe... be involved!!
Site Last Updated: 17 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