Hout Bay CBD Safety Tips

Every business owner and employee plays a part in making businesses safe

Here are some things you can do to help prevent a robbery:

  • Have at least two employees open and close the business.
  • Do not release personal information to strangers.
  • Keep valuables locked away. Install an alarm system coupled to an armed response company.
  • Place a surveillance camera behind the cash register, facing the front counter.
  • Vary times and routes of travel for bank deposits.
  • Keep a low balance in the cash register.
  • Place excess money in a safe or deposit it as soon as possible.
  • Keep your business neat and clean. A tidy, orderly place of business is inviting to customers, but not to robbers.
  • Stay alert! Know who is in your business and where they are. Watch for people who hang around without buying anything. Also, be aware of suspicious activity outside your place of  business. Write down licence numbers of suspicious vehicles if visible from the inside of  your business and report to Watchcon.
  • Make sure the sales counter can be seen clearly. Don’t put up advertisements, flyers, displays, signs, posters or other items on windows or doors that might obstruct the view of the cash register from inside or outside your business.
  • Try to greet customers as they enter your business. Look them in the eye, and ask them if they need help. Your attention can discourage a robber.
  • Keep your business well-lit, inside and outside.
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed, so they don’t block any outdoor lights, especially after sunset.
  • Learn the names of the officers who patrol your business.
  • Use care after dark. Make sure another employee inside the business keeps you within eye contact while you are involved in work details outside of your building.


  • Always keep your doors locked.
  • Park in a well-lit area at night.
  • Keep enough distance from the rear of the car in front of you to enable you to change lanes in a hurry - this applies while driving and in traffic.
  • Don't pick up hitchhikers.
  • Look around before entering your driveway.
  • Always have your car / house keys ready when walking to your car / entrance to your home.
  • Be alert to strangers begging at intersections and avoid giving them money – rather donate to a known charity.
  • Never open your window when approached by a stranger.
  • If you think you are being followed, drive to a busy place or nearest police station.
  • Don’t keep any items visible on the seat of your vehicle.


  • Don’t walk in deserted/dark areas.
  • Keep your handbag or possessions close to your body.
  • Don’t use your cellphone while walking.
  • Plan your route before you set out on an excursion.
  • Keep your cellphone and wallet tucked away.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewellery or visibly carrying cameras and other valuables.
  • Don’t carry large sums of money and avoid counting it in the open.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.


  • It is recommended that you use the services of a registered tour guide.
  • Don’t leave handbags under tables on the backs of chairs or on rest room hooks.
  • Don’t leave cellphones or wallets on restaurant tables.
  • Keep your credit card at all times within sight.
  • Don’t leave drinks unattended.

Thanks to SAPS, Coastal Security Services and ADT for the above Information.


     Site Last Updated:       11 July 2018      
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Security Smile - “Wise Words for Would-be Robbers”

Our "Tongue in Cheek"  Security Tips


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.
Sep 2017: What is your greatest security concern?
Being the victim of a serious crime
Keeping my family and property safe at all times
Not knowing what crime is happening in Hout Bay
I donít have any security concerns

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