News

13 Sep 2017

Thank you so much to everyone who attended the HBNW Block 4 (Northshore, Kronenzicht and Helgarda/Klein Leeukop) fundraiser quiz last night at Woodcutters Arms. A fantastic night was had and we managed to raise over R7000 towards cameras for our network. 
A very big thank you to Woodcutters for all their help and a very good quiz.
We would also like to give a huge thank you to everyone who donated prizes as without you our evening would not have been such a huge success.
The Kove Collection 
The River Club golf club
Harbours end guest house
Tintswalo Atlantic
Hout Bay vineyards
Videorite 
Tip top groomers
La Cuccina
Deli Delish
Liezel Schulte
Julie Banham 
The Mclennan family 
Posticinos 
Harbour view guest house 
Dario's
Spar Tops
Louise Reed
And to all the amazing people who attended last night.
Thank you so much and see you all at the next one! See pics in our Gallery>
12 Sep 2017

Once again as a Community we need to take action to make those responsible for today's irresponsible behaviour and damage to our village accountable for their actions.
Despite the fact that there may or may not be legitimate demands by those who were protesting, these actions of once again putting Hout Bay at ransom, and endangering the lives of residents and visitors, is unacceptable.
We reiterate that HBNW’s position is that we respect the rights of people to protest, but we always take a zero tolerance towards criminal and violent behaviour including during protests, which must be conducted within the confines of the law. Anybody who destroys other peoples’ property, assaults and/or robs others of their possessions or restricts the movements of others should be filmed, reported and prosecuted, to the maximum extent of the law.
It seems that certain individuals have once again taken advantage of this situation and made it worse. They need to be arrested and stopped. And once again we need to assist SAPS and CoCT to apprehend those who have done the most to make the situation untenable.
To achieve this, we need to supply as much evidence of wrongdoing by those involved as we can to SAPS and COCT which should include videos, cell phone photographs and of course, any footage we have gathered as HBNW Watchcon.
We would also call on anyone in Hout Bay or from outside our area who may have been assaulted or suffered some damage or injury from vandalism and/or stoning of their vehicles or property to come forward and supply us with whatever evidence they have.
With this we (HBNW) will approach both the senior SAPS authorities and CoCT senior management and insist that these persons be pursued and prosecuted. We would encourage anyone with any evidence pertinent to this to please send it to our Governance Officer at gov@hbnw.co.za and we will go jointly to get the authorities to take the appropriate action required and feed back to you on progress.
31 Aug 2017

We are now more than halfway through the year and currently the monthly statistics for 2017 show that we are experiencing the lowest number of crime incidents reported to Watchcon, since we started our website reporting in 2011.
 
There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes since the last general meeting. With our safety and security partners in Hout Bay we have been working on the key cornerstones of our Integrated Community Safety Plan.  We are making good progress and want to share a few highlights. All HBNW members are an integral part of this plan and we will not be able to fully achieve it without each and everyone’s support. See below how you can support! 
 
Integrated Community Safety Plan – What is it?
It is all about working together effectively to Detect, Alert and Respond to crime. This plan provides a detailed roadmap, driven by the community, to suppress crime and improve community safety. It interlinks ALL the community safety role players and defines how we work together. All role players have a variety of supporting technical systems at their disposal with HBNW Watchcon providing the central communication centre, at the heart of it all.
 
Some recent project updates include:
  • Key hotspots continue to be identified across areas in Hout Bay and new CCTV cameras have been set up and are feeding through to HBNWatchcon. A big thanks to the many NW Area Leaders who continue to drive these activities.
  • A fantastic deal to bring fibre to Hout Bay has been negotiated with SADV who have also committed to carry the data from hundreds of Community Public Viewing CCTV cameras back to HBNWatchcon for free. If you need fibre in your area, please check out this offer.
  • All first responders in our radio network including SAPS and CCP are now being issued with digital radios which provide significant advantages when joint responses need to be managed.  
  • License Plate Recognition technology in place is already playing a big role in helping HBNWatchcon to detect suspicious vehicles coming into Hout Bay. In collaboration with our Councillor and the City of Cape Town we are looking forward to additional investments in this area.  
  • The volunteer operational coordinator role in the HBNWatchcon control room has been taken on by JJ de Villiers, from CCP, allowing us to further coordinate crime fighting initiatives and offer an active response to crime within Hout Bay.
  • Safety and security skills for patrollers are critical and over 100 NW members have attended Basic Neighbourhood Watch, Fire and/or First Aid training offered by DOCS with more to come.
Is it all making a difference?
Since mid-2011 HBNW has listed all crime incidents, as reported to Watchcon, here on our website. While not a comprehensive list of crime these reports and graphs are an indication of crime levels in our Valley. All this information is available to registered HBNW members so please Login and check the Crime Reports Tab. And as we mentioned earlier, currently the monthly statistics for 2017 show that we are experiencing the lowest number of crime incidents reported to Watchcon, since we started our website reporting in 2011.
Since August last year HBNW has summarised the crime information on the website using information from the "HBNW Security channel" on a mobile platform called Link (previously Ttrumpet). Be sure to load Link on your mobile – available to all HBNW members. Check here to find out more.
 
What’s Next?
  • Ensure that HBNWatchcon has the best equipment and required resources to support the coordination of any type of response, be it a disaster (e.g. fire), security related or even during times of civil unrest;
  • Contract 4-6 Special Response Teams (SRT) in Hout Bay to ensure a more proactive approach and response;
  • Manage the on-going maintenance of cameras.
Please continue to support us!
There are a variety of ways that you can help us to achieve these goals.
  • Continue to DONATE funds to Watchcon as well as your local area initiatives
  • Get behind the SRA/CID initiatives in your area
  • Support the Fibre project - Still need fibre in your area? Email ops@hbnw.co.za
  • Share your skills – Would you like to support marketing and fundraising initiatives or other exciting projects? Email vice@hbnw.co.za
Let us work together -  we can make our community a safer and more prosperous place.
 
17 Jul 2017

Thanks to Durr Estates who have been distributing HBNW membership cards to all IY and Hangberg patrollers who have been screened and have completed a basic NW course, as well as certificates for the Basic fire Fighting training.
Above: Left: Pastor Frans, HBNW Area Leader for Hangberg, collecting Fire Training certificates issued by DOCS for those NW members who attended the recent fire training course in Hout Bay. Middle: Kate, of Durr Estates, who offered a central collection point. On the right is Rodney Moses, a Hangberg HBNW member.
12 Jul 2017

At a meeting of some of Hout Bay's estate agents at Riverside Estates this morning Rod Panagos, Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch (HBNW) Operations Manager, outlined Hout Bay’s Integrated Community Safety Plan (ICSP). This plan is felt to be critical to the safety of all residents of Hout Bay, as well as their properties.
The ICSP is a long term strategy, driven by the community, to suppress crime and improve community safety. It interlinks ALL the community safety role players including SAPS, CoCT Law Enforcement, Hout Bay Community Police Forum (CPF), HBNW, Community Crime Prevention (CCP), Armed response companies, Hout Bay Volunteer Emergency Medical Services (HBVEMS), Western Cape Ambulance Services and NSRI. It has at its disposal a variety of supporting technical systems, including 2 way radios, mobile apps and CCTV networks, with HBNW Watchcon providing the central communication centre. A stable high speed internet connectivity is required for many of these systems. HBNW has, as part of this ICSP, established a relationship with fibre provider Dark Fibre Africa and SA Digital Villages (SADV) which delivers exceptional value to residents, both as internet users and as a person who wants to live in a safer community. Click here for more information on this initiative.
 
Rod briefly explained the history of HBNW, started in 2005 by the residents of Hout Bay with the assistance of Captain Gerhard van den Bergh of Hout Bay SAPS. From the start many excellent technological systems  were established. The radio network is critical to all disaster management operations in Hout Bay (Fires, Mountain Rescues, Sea rescue operations, Protests etc) as it is often the only reliable method of communication across the Valley during these operations. The current dependency on donations and volunteers is outdated and unsustainable. HBNW is encouraging all areas of Hout Bay to find sustainable ways of contributing to a newly formed Non Profit Company (NPC), Hout Bay Community Improvement Association (HBCIA) which will be coordinating the multitude of projects needed to ensure the upliftment and safety of ALL residents of Hout Bay. As a result of this many HBNW Areas are meeting with the City to discuss setting up SRA's in their areas, as a way of financing the ICSP and it's critical projects.
 
Attendees at this morning's get-together were in agreement that they had learned a lot from the morning's proceedings, and it is clear that more of these meetings are required to inform residents of Hout Bay about the Hout Bay Integrated Community Safety Plan.  
02 Jul 2017

After the shocking events of this weekend, we need to take some action as a Community to prevent this from happening again and make those responsible for this irresponsible behaviour and damage to our village take responsibility for their actions.
 
Although we understand that there may be legitimate anger about delays in re-housing amongst those who have lost their homes and possessions, the actions this weekend of putting the whole of Hout Bay at ransom and endangering their own and innocent bystanders’ lives is unacceptable. The wholesale destruction of City property will just delay the relocation of those many needy families even further.
 
HBNW’s position is that we respect the rights of people to protest, but we always take a zero tolerance stance towards criminal and violent behaviour including during protests, which must be conducted within the confines of the law. Anybody who destroys other peoples’ property, assaults and/or robs others of their possessions or restricts the movements of others will be filmed, reported and prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law.
 
We (HBNW) are not convinced that all those involved were intent on the destruction and disruption of our village but there seems to be an organised, prepared group of individuals who have taken advantage of this situation and made it worse. They must be stopped.
The only way to do this, is to assist SAPS and COCT to apprehend those who have done the most to make the village untenable in the last few days.
 
To achieve this, we need to supply as much evidence of wrongdoing by those involved as we can to SAPS and COCT which should include  videos, cell phone photographs and of course, all the footage we have gathered as HBNW Watchcon during the events over the last two days by our cameras in the village.
We would also call on anyone in Hout Bay or from outside our area who may have been assaulted or suffered some damage or injury from stoning of their vehicles or property to come forward and supply us with whatever evidence they have.
With this we (HBNW) will approach both the senior SAPS authorities and COCT senior management and insist that these persons be pursued and prosecuted.
 
We would encourage anyone with any evidence pertinent to this to please send it to our Governance Officer at gov@hbnw.co.za and we will go jointly to get the authorities to take the appropriate action required and feed back to you on progress.
 
Finally, we would like to place our deepest gratitude on record to those SAPS, Law Enforcement, Metro Police, Disaster Risk Management, City Traffic, Fire Department, Metro EMS and Volunteer Medics and very importantly those HBNW volunteers, CCP and Security Company Members who went out of their way this weekend, placing themselves at risk to keep us safe, clear up the blockades and restore calm and peace wherever they could. Most importantly, they kept us informed through HBNW Watchcon and Social Media as to what was happening and the hot spots to avoid.
Thank you all, Good Job!
Regards
HBNW
23 Jun 2017

CCP (Community Crime Prevention) and HBNW (Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch) have reached an agreement whereby JJ de Villiers will take on a volunteer operational controller role in the HBNW Watchcon control room. 
Andrew Martin, HBNW Chairperson, said he was extremely happy that recent negotiations had resulted in the two organisations working more closely together to further coordinate crime fighting initiatives within Hout Bay. JJ's expertise will increase the effectiveness of HBNW's Watchcon Control Centre, thus enhancing the role of CCP, which offers an active response to crime.
Keri Cross, CCP Director and founder, assured Hout Bay residents and CCP donors that JJ remains a full time employee of CCP and this additional responsibility will in no way affect his current CCP role, which has been a major factor in reducing crime in Hout Bay since the inception of CCP in 2015.
 
Above: JJ de Villiers, CCP, with Rod Panagos, HBNW Operations Manager.
To find out more about each organisation click on these links: http://www.houtbaywatch.com and https://www.ccphoutbay.co.za/​
09 May 2017

At the HBNW AGM on Weds 3 May at Riverside Estates, outgoing Chairperson, Andrew Martin, who was also re-elected as HBNW Chairperson for 2017/2018, outlined the progress made by HBNW over the past year.  His 5 goals for the past year, 2016/2017, were:
  1. To unite HBNW and CCP in a co-operative relationship
  2. To implement the Governance Structure as fast as possible
  3. To rebuild Watchcon into a proper Joint Operation Centre (JOC) and to ensure there is a tactical responder/patroller response to back up Watchcon
  4. Adding world class camera monitoring, that is event driven
  5. Deal with funding limitations.
As a step towards uniting and aligning HBNW and CCP, Andrew Martin was recently appointed a director of CCP and all future plans will ensure a close working relationship between the two organisations.
A joint Safety Strategic workshop for Hout Bay was held in July 2016 and the outcome of this workshop has formed the basis of a Hout Bay Joint Safety Plan to “Detect”, “Alert” and “Respond” to criminal activity.
During this past year much progress has been made to improve and upgrade the technology that supports Watchcon. Solutions implemented include Ttrumpet, recently re branded as Link communications, and the installation of a VOIP PBX telephone system sponsored by Euphoria Telecom.  HBNW has signed an agreement with SA Digital Villages (SADV) wherein SADV will support the Hout Bay & Llandudno Integrated Community Safety plans by carrying Hout Bay's Community Safety CCTV and other project data free of charge on the SADV fibre network as well as contributing funds towards expanding and implementing Hout Bay community safety projects. More information can be found on www.houtbaywatch.com/fibre 
HBNW is also evaluating Deep Data analytics for camera monitoring.
 
In order to fully achieve and sustainably finance these initiatives a new Non Profit Company (NPC) has been formed with three initial directors, Brad Geyser, Keri Cross and Andrew Martin. Additional directors will come on board when the company becomes operational. Going forward this new company called Hout Bay Community Improvement Association (HBCIA) will form the overall management and funding vehicle for all Hout Bay operations and supported programs. 
 
Member organisations, such as HBNW, will be taken on as individuals and associations. A Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) and Constitution will indicate how money is raised and distributed. All funding will be used to drive the operational arms of HBCIA. These operational arms of HBCIA are HBNW Watchcon and CCP as well as sustainability programs run by HBNW and CCP.  HBCIA will operate within the boundaries of the Western Cape Neighbourhood Watch legislation as per HBNW's recent accreditation by the Department of Community Safety, Western Cape.
 
At the same time HBNW is meeting with representatives of various areas of Hout Bay to assist with their Area Safety Plans and also to encourage (and assist them) to follow in the footsteps of Penzance Estate and Llandudno and establish an SRA in their areas, to ensure sustainable funding of these initiatives. 
HBNW congratulations Rod Panagos, HBNW Operations Manager,  (above left) who was presented with the Bruce Taylor Memorial Trophy by HBNW Chairperson Andrew Martin, (above right), having received the most votes from fellow members, for his contribution to the Watch over the past year.  Pic taken by Alex Rossi.
 
HBNW would like to thank to their Members, who contribute with donations and time, their Sponsors 
who contribute, donations (financial and other) and time, the Area Leaders, who work to drive projects in their areas, their Partners, who work with them to make a difference and the HBNW Management Team, who contribute many hours and endless energy.  Donations to HBNW can be now also be made using Snapscan. See www.houtbaywatch.com for more information.  
 
All documents pertaining to the AGM, including the 2016/2017 Financials, are available on the website on the “Documents” page. Members need to LOGIN to access this information. See Gallery for more pics.
21 Apr 2017

Hout Bay Volunteer EMS are pleased to announce the new Executive Committee for the next 12 months. 
 
The leadership of the committee is joint this year between the CLO & COO. 
Chief Liaison Officer - Matt Rosenberg
Chief Operations Officer - Paul Giot
HR & Secretary - Nell Labuschagne
Training - Kirsty Worral
Special Projects - Tamryn Sherriffs
Finance - Charmaine Cunningham (co-opted)
 
"HBVEMS are looking forward to a great year of building our service, strengthening our relationships and continuing to serve the Department of Health:EMS, our community and our patients." 
"We're extremely grateful for the continued support we receive from all our sponsors, supporters and community members. Our service is only possible thanks to this support and we look forward to building it going forward", says Matthew Rosenberg. 
 
For questions or more information please contact Matthew Rosenberg on info@houtbayems.org.za
16 Apr 2017

Hout Bay once again awoke to the news of another devastating fire, with an estimated 150 homes affected and a reported loss of life.
 
05 Apr 2017

At the HBNW Exco meeting on 5 April 2017 Capt Lourens, standing in for Station Commander Lt Col Nebhisi, who is on leave congratulated HBNW on being one of the first Neighbourhood Watches in the Western Cape to receive their official accreditation. He also thanked the Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch and local SSPs for assisting SAPS in keeping crime figures down in Hout Bay. Although the official SAPS crime statistics for the year April 2016 to March 2017 will only be released later this year Capt Lourens was able to pass on the good news that there was a decrease in crime in Hout Bay in every category. Aggrevated Robbery showed a decrease of around 10%, property related crimes (Break Ins and Theft out of Vehicle) a decrease of almost 3% and House Robberies a 10% decrease. For arrests as a result of police action these categories showed a significant increase, proving that Hout Bay SAPS are working hard to put offenders behind bars. These offences include a 150% increase in the number of arrrests for persons carrying fireamrs, 250 drug related arrests and 65 arrests for drunk driving. The only other category of crime that showed an increase was commercial crime, and this is difficult to police, as victims need to be educated and made aware of internet fraud and other scams.
 
Hot spots in Hout Bay continue to be Northshore, Empire Road and Hangberg (mainly assault). Imizamo Yethu is not a hot spot at the moment. The patrollers are back and are being monitored. Any complaints or problems with them should be reported to SAPS. The recent spate of muggings along the Main road near DARG and the graveyard were attributed to a group of youngsters egged on by a ringleader from elsewhere who has now left the area so these seems to have stopped for the moment. 
More good news was that a dedicated detective has been allocated to assist with ensuring that those who are arrested are not given bail. This has ensured that several known perpetrators have been kept off the streets, reducing the number of house robberies. 
27 Mar 2017

Tonight 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. Well done to all.  See attached letter.
11 Mar 2017

Around midnight on Friday 10 March a fire was reported In Dontse Yakhe, a densely populated informal settlement in Imizamo Yehtu, Hout Bay. Unfortunately this fire spread rapidly through the settlement destroying about 1,500 shacks resulting in about 6000 people being displaced. Many of the victims lost everything except the clothes on their backs while those who managed to save some of their belongings were sitting on the side of the mountain guarding their possessions.
The residents of Hout Bay awoke on Saturday morning to learn of this devastating fire and then on Sunday morning they learned that, due to the enormous winds experienced over most of the peninsular, the Cape Town Cycle tour had been cancelled,  for the first time in its 40 year history.
As has happened in the past, residents of Hout Bay jumped to assist those affected by the fire. Organisations like Thula Thula led the way and started the appeal for donations. The flood of donations from all over Cape Town meant the Fire Station and Thula Thula's premises were soon overflowing and donations were re-directed to the International School of Hout Bay, with storage of sorted donations at Kronendal Primary. At this point in time donations are being accepted and sorted at Ambleside School in Milner Avenue, while the donations are being distributed on the sports fields opposite Hout Bay SAPS.
So many people have picked up the  baton and assisted in so many ways. The people of Hout Bay and beyond have opened their hearts and wallets and are working day and night to ensure that those affected by this disaster will be able to pick up the pieces and return to a semblance of normal life as quickly as possible. Thanks to Rod Panagos for these images.

 

 

 

 

Above: Sad scenes showing the devastation in the aftermath of the fire.

 

 

 

 

Above: Left - Possessions saved from the fire wait for the rebuilding process. (Pic Norman Brook) Above Right and Below - Volunteers sorting through the mounds of donations.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02 Mar 2017

Seen at Watchcon after a very successful meeting with our new Station Commander, Lt Col Nebhisi. (Pic: Michelle Parmentier)

From Left: Liezl Schulte, HBNW Vice-Chair: Rod Panagos, HBNW Operations Manager; Rob Quintas, Ward 74 Councillor; Andrew Martin, HBNW Chairperson; Station Commander, Lt Col Nebhisi; Alex Rossi, Watchcon Systems Manager.  

24 Feb 2017

Interesting to see how the number of calls to Watchcon spiked when the fire started around 10:00am on Tuesday.
Watchcon, an institution in Hout Bay, is our very own control room, open 24/7 for ALL residents, owned and managed by HBNW, using sponsor donations. How can you assist?
20 Feb 2017

The start of a new era for HBNWatchcon - SA Digital Villages is bringing fibre to areas in Hout Bay where there isn't already fibre! This will alleviate the over loading (with all the problems this entails) currently experienced by the many camera networks in the Valley. 
Seen in the pic are HBNW Chairperson Andrew Martin and SA Digital Villages (SADV) CEO Shaun Barkhuizen, signing the HBNW / SADV Community Fibre support agreement. Anton Strauss, SADV Chief Marketing Officer, and Rod Panagos Project manager for the Hout Bay Integrated Community Safety Project and HBNWatchcon Fibre Project are looking on. Find out more>>
11 Feb 2017

Patrollers who volunteered for this year's Hout Beach Safety Project were thanked for their efforts at a lunch at Pakalolo on Saturday 11 February. 
HBNW was supported by many local companies who offered vouchers and other incentives to entice members to participate, ensuring everyone was working together to keep our locals and visitors safe on our beaches over the holiday season.
HBNW would like to thank Dunes and Spiros for the daily drinks vouchers for our patrollers, as well as Hill's Pet Nutrition, Massimo's, Casareccio, The Hairdresser, Oakhurst Spar, HB Spar, Caltex Fresh Shop, Snoekies, Faceplace, Mariners Wharf and Barney's, who all supplied vouchers which were given out at the lunch. 
In addition to these vouchers Clive Seaton received his certificate for Top Patroller of the 2016/2017 season, while Ollie Atkins was awarded the "Man for all Seasons" award.
 
This statement from our Hout Bay Saps Station Commander sums up the success of thsi project:: 
" Station Commander, Lt Col K Nebhisi would like to thank all the partners especially, NHW (ie HBNW) and Law Enforcement for the assistance during the Festive Season. Everyone that assisted in the planning and every beach patroller, this was such a success and no serious incidents were reported."
This assistance on Hout Bay beach allowed SAPS to concentrate their scarce resources on other areas, resulting in there being virtually no incidents reported in the Sandy Bay area this season!
HBNW would like to thank Tammy Matthysen for being the driving force behind the success of this years project. As our CPF Chairman, Toby Adams, said "Every time I was on the beach or drove past the beach, Tammy was there" Amazing dedication!
For a full set of pics from this year's project please go to our Gallery.>>
10 Feb 2017

NOTIFICATION OF ACCREDITATION APPROVAL:
Received from the Department of Community Safety. "It is hereby confirmed that your application for formal accreditation has been approved in terms of Section 6, of the Western Cape Community Safety Act of 2013, please see attached letter.
 
You are advised that the accreditation is valid for a period of 24 months starting as from 23rd December 2016. You will be required to re-apply for renewal 3 months prior to the expiration date.
 
As an accredited Neighbourhood Watch Structure you are able to access training and support opportunities offered by the Department.  It should be noted that this is dependent on resource availability within the Department.
We acknowledge your efforts and willingness to make your neighbourhood safer. "
12 Dec 2016

As the year draws to a close we would like to thank our many members as well as the local businesses who continue to support us in so many ways – with their energy, time and donations.
This year we have made great progress – from the installation of two additional LPR cameras, to partnering with the City of Cape Town who have sponsored cameras in various hot spots, providing rain jackets, hard hats and tactical lights for patrollers in IY and Hangberg and driving partnerships with Sonic Telecoms (wireless telecoms) and DFA (Dark Fibre Africa) to bring fibre to Hout Bay, to deliver a more stable, Valley wide, integrated community safety CCTV camera network.
These negotiations and agreements require numerous meetings and a great deal of time and effort so we are very fortunate to have some extremely dedicated HBNW Management Committee members who give generously of their time to ensure we can take HBNW forward.
Our grateful thanks to those who continue to contribute financially to HBNW. We would like to let you know how we spend this money.
  1. Money donated to specific areas is managed and spent by your Area leader and his/her committee and is used to support and help Areas develop and implement their safety plans, so that that each area safety plan can more readily be integrated into the larger Valley Safety Plan. Contact your HBNW Area Leader or HBNW Admin (admin@hbnw.co.za) to see how you can contribute to your Area Safety Plan. Click on this link to find out how to contact your Area leader. HBNW Management Team
  2. Money donated to our general fund, referenced HBNW or Watchcon, is used to upgrade our HBNWatchcon systems. HBNW works closely with SAPS, Metro Law Enforcement and CCP to understand what makes it easier to track and apprehend criminals.
  • As result of this close cooperation HBNW recently purchased some specialised equipment to assist responders to track and apprehend criminals. Unfortunately we cannot be more specific for fear this information will get into the wrong hands and nullify its effectiveness.
  • We have recently upgraded the Watchcon phone system to a VOIP PBX which is sponsored by Euphoria Telecom, enabling:
    • Multiple simultaneous calls (no more busy signal)
    • Call Queuing during busy events
    • Full calling history and all voice calls are recorded for auditing/review purposes
    • 30% saving on outbound call fees
  • In conjunction with SAPS and City of Cape town Metro Law Enforcement departments our HBNWatchcon systems have been further upgraded to enable faster cross checking of suspicious vehicles and persons with these agencies.
  • We have negotiated an agreement with Metro Law Enforcement and Constantia Watch whereby we share a vehicle with Constantia Watch enabling our Law Enforcement reservists to be more active in our area.
None of this would be possible without your ongoing support. Thank you all very much.
If you are not already doing so and would like to assist us financially please download a HBNW Debit order form or use the banking details below to set up your deposit.
Bank: Nedbank, Branch: Hout Bay, Branch code: 167 609, Account type: Cheque, Account No: 167 602 9133, Account name: Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch. Use reference "Watchcon" and your name.
 
2016 has seen HBNW roll out Ttrumpet as its mobile communication system. Thank you to all the members who have downloaded and are using this App. We urge our members to use Ttrumpet, not only to view crime information, but also as a means of reporting incidents and logging suspicious activity, as well as a messaging platform. Find out more about Ttrumpet on this link - Ttrumpet information.
Our Beach Safety Project 2016/2017 has attracted a lot of interest and support thanks to the drive and determination of this years Project Administrator, Tammy Matthyssen. Thanks also to our loyal supporters:
  • Our local SSPs, Deep Blue and ADT
  • Spiros who have offered drinks vouchers for patrollers for the entire 6 weeks
  • Dunes who have offered drinks vouchers for patrollers for the entire 6 weeks
  • Massimo's who have offered a R100 voucher for each patroller who completes at least two patrols
  • Casareccio who have offered vouchers for those complete the most patrol shifts
  • Office National who printed our vests at no cost
  • K9 Patrollers who will undertake dog patrols on the dunes on selected days
  • Hill's Pet Nutrition who have provided bibs, food for the patrol dogs for 6 months as well as additional vouchers for those patrollers who complete the most patrol shifts
  • Paull Hermann of Innomark who provides the online roster system we have used for the past few years.
And last but by no means least PLEASE support the loyal businesses who support us throughout the year. See this link - HBNW Sponsors.
We wish you well over the festive season and a safe 2017. Safe travels to those going away and if you're not, we will see you on the beach!
22 Jul 2016

Formed in 2005 after the murder of a cyclist staying in Hout Bay to take part in the “Argus” Cycle race Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch now has well over 3000 members. At that time patrolling was what all Neighbourhood Watches advocated. “Neighbours watching over Neighbours”. Today's world is rather different and while “Eyes and Ears” is still the motto of every Neighbourhood Watch, technology is in the forefront and assists greatly with the work of HBNW.
So HBNW needs donations and raises funds to deliver and maintain technical systems that support & empower HBNW members and all anti- crime organisations in Hout Bay including, SAPS, METRO Law Enforcement, SANPARKS, ADT, Deep Blue, Chubb, CCP, Fire and Rescue, WASR, NSRI, HBVEMS and Disaster Management, to function as a single cohesive integrated Joint Operations Response network in times of need. This includes but is not limited to:
  • HBNWatchcon Radio network
  • HBNWatchcon CCTV network
  • Specialised Crime fighting equipment
  • Community Communications
Watchcon (or HBNWatchcon, as it has been rebranded) is a Community owned Control room managed by HBNW and available to everyone in Hout Bay:
  • It is Security Service Provider (SSP) neutral. No single SSP owns it.
  • It is owned by the community, as represented by HBNW.
  • ADT currently sponsors HBNWatchcon by means of paying the Watchcon operators and donating towards expenses such as rental but all the equipment in HBNWatchcon has been paid for by member donations and contributions. 
  • HBNWatchcon technology facilitates Joint Response efforts, essential to achieve successful apprehension of criminal elements.
  • HBNWatchcon assists daily in resolving crime, general safety issues and providing disaster management support across Hout Bay.
Recently HBNW has spent funds on additional Licence Plate Recognition cameras, essential to intercepting stolen vehicles or vehicles known to be in use by criminals throughout the peninsula, as the enter or leave Hout Bay; a portable Thermal camera, which is an essential tool for finding and apprehending criminals at night; HBNWatchcon Radios donated/provided to SAPS, SAN Parks, IY Responders and Metro Law Enforcement officers; and, as a special donation appeal, wet weather jackets for patrollers in IY and Hangberg. HBNW has also set up a fund for responders who might be injured while on duty. It's the “Responder Aid Fund.” Money can be donated specifically for this purpose and is ringfenced to be used if or when required. 
Last but not least, money donated to a specific HBNW area is ring-fenced for use in that area by the members, coordinated by their Area leader. Contact us or email admin@hbnw.co.za for more information.
21 May 2016

Following on the previous advisory about Firearms licensing and the queries that it generated we have taken legal advice to provide a more comprehensive document.

Please download here.

19 May 2016

HBNW has spent the last 12 months reorganising and building capacity in order to meet the challenges our community faces.
The community CCTV network is expanding and with it the need for more persons to assist with screen monitoring.
HBNW is establishing a CCTV Patroller Group
If you are NOT currently a physical patroller or responder on the street, you can assist the Controllers in the HBNWatchcon control room monitoring the screens. Since HBNWatchcon is a security centre dealing with crime intelligence, applicants will need to be SAPS cleared.
So if you are an insomniac wanting to contribute to your communities safety,  please email me on ops@hbnw.co.za .
Kind regards
Rod Panagos
HBNW Operations
30 Apr 2016

Rod Panagos, HBNW Operations Manager is experiencing an increase in the number of queries from members and gun-owners in the valley who are unsure about their rights w.r.t to existing Firearms legislation pertaining to the licencing of their firearms.
Below please find advice from Martin Hood of MJ Hood and Associates who specialise in Firearms Legislation.
 
MEMORANDUM TO FIREARM LICENCE HOLDERS:  RENEWAL OF FIREARM LICENCES
 
This memorandum is intended to assist individuals who have expired firearm licences or who have firearm licences that are about to expire.
 
MJ Hood & Associates are of the view that the directive issued by the South African Police Services on the 3rd of February 2016 does not constitute law and the content of this Directive is incorrect and mala fide and therefore can be disregarded by licence Applicants who have had their licences expire.
Section 28 of the Act sets out the procedure to be adopted by the South African Police Services should they seek to cancel a licence. The South African Police Services have not adopted this procedure and instead are according to reports that we have received from numerous sources, resorting to threats of arrest, and prosecution, intimidation and harassment in an attempt to coerce people to hand in firearms to the South African Police Services for destruction.
There are a number of difficulties with this, most prominently is that we believe surrendering a firearm to the Police or as such forfeiting a firearm to the State will have a negative impact on any future licence applications because the South African Police Services might utilise this in future to refuse subsequent applications.
As such there are two categories of individuals who fall to have licences renewed, these are individuals who are still in possession of their Arms and Ammunitions Act licences i.e. Green Card licences or ID book licences and the second category is individuals who never had Green Card or ID book licences and were granted licences for the first time under the Firearms Control Act.
 
The first category of individuals have three options available to them insofar as late renewals are applicable.
 
1. Do nothing - your Green Card is still valid and regardless of the content of the SAPS Directive there is a Court order that says so and the Court Order trumps the Directive. Please contact our office should you require a copy of this Court Order.
 
2. Prepare a renewal application together with an application for condonation, setting out a reasonable and logical reason why your application is submitted out of time together with a motivation stating why you still need the firearm for self-defence. Your Police Station will in all likelihood refuse to accept this application, insist that they accept the application. If they refuse, leave the application on your DFO's desk, make a contemporaneous affidavit and have it commissioned to the effect that, on a certain date you applied or attempted to apply to lodge a renewal application with a condonation application and that the application was left with a Designated Firearms Officer (insert the details of said officer) and have this Affidavit commissioned and keep it with your records for future reference. This might well serve to protect you in future if the Police implement change yet again. Take a photograph of the placing of the application on the desk of your DFO.
 
3. Book the gun in with a dealer who is prepared to cancel your licence and will allow you to apply for a new firearm licence from scratch.
 
The latter category of people referred to above who do not have Old Act licences options are slightly more limited. They can either follow Option 2 above or Option 3 above. They unfortunately do not have the option to do nothing because they do not have a valid licence. In addition it is then advisable to book the gun in with a dealer in any event.
It is to be noted however that none of the options we refer to include handing your firearm to the Police. Should the Police adopt the procedure as set out in Section 28 of the Act and upon the making of representations they cancel your licence, this will be a different story.
Should you have any further queries kindly contact our offices or you can contact me directly at anzebet@mjhood.co.za or email Martin Hood at martin@mjhood.co.za
24 Jul 2015

HBNW Chair, Dennis Steggink, and Hout Bay CPF Chair, JJ de Villiers, sit down to a Massimo's Happy Valley Calzone, officially launching this exciting initiative, the brainchild of Massimo. For each yummy Happy Valley Cazone, stuffed with ham, mushrooms, mozzarella, feta, caramelised onions, cacio and avo Massimo's will donate R10 to HBNW. To book your table at Massimo's call 021 790 5648 or visit www.pizzaclub.co.za
HBNW are asking all local restaurants and small businesses to create a unique HAPPY VALLEY dish/product with a donation to HBNW. This can be anything from an exclusive HAPPY VALLEY drink, meal, candle, note book - anything at all. In return HBNW will support HAPPY VALLEY businesses via social media and promotion to its 3000+ members. Businesses wanting to be part of HAPPY VALLEY can contact marketing@hbnw.co.za >>
 
 
 

 
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