The festive season is upon us and criminal activity will increase as people leave their homes for their annual holiday.
As a Neighbourhood watch we need a clearly defined strategy. With the help of a few members we came up with a 3 phase strategy. This is a long term plan with goals that cannot all be implemented immediately. The following is a short synopsis of the proposed strategy.
On Monday, 24th February we look forward to welcoming Alderman JP Smith to Simon’s Town to speak to residents on the CoCT’s Neighbourhood Watch Programme.
Aldm JP Smith, CoCT Mayco member for Safety and Security
Ald. Smith will be speaking at the Community Police Forum’s Public Meeting, which will be held in the Library Hall (opposite the Police Station) in Simon’s Town and starts at 18h00 sharp.
JP Smith has served the City of Cape Town as a councillor since the year 2000 and is the Mayco member for the Safety and Security portfolio. Under his leadership, the metro police and emergency services have been rebuilt, and now deliver an excellent and reliable service!
This is your opportunity to directly ask Alderman Smith questions about the ‘lack of service’ Metro Police, Traffic Services and Law Enforcement delivers to our area.
Please ask your neighbours and friends in Simon’s Town to attend as well. It would be great to have a large turnout of residents.
Simon’s Town Sector 1 Crime Sub-Forum (Neighbourhood Watches) – 12 February 2014
Residential break-ins up
Residential house break-ins went up from 1 to 15 during the period 8th January and 11th February. They are happening all over the valley, but you are asked, especially with the warm weather, not to leave windows without burglar bars open and to set your alarms at night. Also, please do not leave anything (such as wallets, keys, laptops, iPad or tablets – small valuable items) within an arm’s or pole’s length from open windows and doors (even with security doors). It seems that these criminals are out to get small items which are easily disposed of/sold on to buy drugs! So, please be aware and report any incident to the police insisting on an OB (Occurrence Book) number when you do and also a case no. (you will need to give a statement) so that the crime gets investigated. Getting an OB no. will ensure that it is written in the Occurrence Book. Also, when reporting suspicious incidents, insist that you are given an OB no.!
Land Invasions – be alert
You are asked to be on the look-out for any land invasions in our area, especially on large open areas. It is imperative that you report this to the police immediately as a shack which is not demolished within 24hrs can not be taken down! If you suspect any unusual activity on a plot or land close to you, please call the Simon’s Town Police on 021 786 8646 immediately!
Hi-jacking in Cape Town on the increase
Finally, please be aware that hi-jacking incidents has gone up dramatically in the Cape Metropole, from 1 to 22 in the past couple of weeks. Police have asked residents to be very aware of their surroundings when driving anywhere in the City! The exact modus operandi is unknown at this time, but if any further information become available, I will pass it on.
Murdoch Valley North NHW
During the last week of December the latest addition to the list of Neighbourhood Watches registered with the CPF in the Simon’s Town Precinct. We welcome the Murdoch Valley North Neighbourhood Watch, whose Coordinator, Dominique Parker, has already been busy registering members as well as making a registery of holiday/unoccupied homes in this Watch area. Dominique will be assisted by Jackie Duncan-Smith, who continues to do the communications to members. If you would like to find out more on how a Neighbourhood Watch works or become a member of the MVN NHW, please e-mail Jackie email@example.com
Froggy Farm NHW
After two years as acting Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, Roy Burnie stepped down when Simon Braat offered to take over this position in the Froggy Farm Neighbourhood Watch. We thank Roy for his support during the period when no-one in the area was able to take over from him, and appreciate all the work he did to keep this watch going. The ST CPF now wish Simon and Geoff Brunditt, who has taken on the position of assistant Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, well and look forward to receiving news on how this Watch is being developed.
Murdoch Valley South NHW
Look out for news on the formation of this Watch. If you live in the Murdoch Valley South area, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to become a member.
Unfortunately, this area above the cemetry and old Marine Factory, does not as yet have a Neighbourhood Watch. Is there anyone in this suburb who would be willing to start a Watch? You will receive all the help you need to set it up and ongoing support from the CPF.
The above is an extract from CPF Newsletter No 5 issued by Aliet Pelt,Chairperson CPF.
How do you drive?
How do you drive in a built up area? Are you aware of adults and kids who walk along the road, or play on the pavement? Are you aware of animals, wild or domesticated that may dart out between cars or from under hedges? Or is your attitude one of indifference: as long as I can get to where I need to go, I’m not responsible for what happens ahead of me?
Do we have a responsibility?
We live in a world where owning a motor vehicle is mostly the norm and living where we do, in the Far South Peninsula, with limited public transport, often a necessity!
But being the driver of a vehicle, any vehicle, comes with responsibilities. Firstly, a responsibility to yourself to make sure you get safely from A to B. Secondly, a responsibility to your passengers, to make sure they arrive safely at their destination. Next, a responsibility to other users of the road, that you don’t put them in a dangerous position by the way you drive. And finally, you have a responsibility towards pedestrians, that they can be safe when crossing or walking along a street or road and not have their lives endangered.
Does giving money to vagrants or the ‘illegal’ car guards in Simon’s Town help to make their lives better? Or do we also do it to assuage our own guilt? And would it be better to give to a charity or NGO who helps the homeless, the vagrants. And, donating money in this way, will we be making our community a more pleasant place to live?
I started thinking about the above and asked myself whether it is true?
Always a great believer that you can find answers to most things by doing a search on Google, I went on to the Internet and typed in: giving money to street beggars. I wanted to find out whether giving money straight to those who need it will help them or not. My unscientific research reveals that, quite to the contrary, giving a tip or money, however big or small, actually exacerbates the problem for those we give to and for our community too!
On Tuesday morning, 13th August 2013, Kieno Kammies, morning host on CapeTalk 567, interviewed Prof. Rudolph Zinn. Below is what was posted on the CapeTalk website about this interview, as well as a link to the podcast of the interview on the website. It makes interesting reading and listening.
Yesterday we got a call from Abigail who told us about her block of flats in Sea Point, which has a very low wall, and while she has a security gate, she never uses it. She said that she has never been affected by crime in all the years that she’s lived there. Many other callers phoned in, to tell similar stories of how they have escaped being victims of crime, living in homes that have no state of the art security systems installed, and not being targeted by crime.
So what do criminals look for when they decide where to break in? Are high walls and security fencing really a deterrent, or is it better to have an unassuming property that doesn’t attract robbers to the possible riches they perceive to be inside? Prof Rudolph Zinn wrote a book about what robbers are looking for, published in 2010. It’s called “Home Invasion: Robbers Disclose What You Should Know”.
Can you answer the above question with a resounding ‘Yes’?
Or, are you one of the many residents in the Simon’s Town/Glencairn area who are not even aware that there are Neighbourhood Watches (NHW)?
It would be so wonderful if more residents joined a NHW in their area and got involved in the safety and security of their home, their property, their street, their neighbourhood and finally their town! Often the comment is heard, ‘I pay taxes so that the police make sure that we are secure and safe. I don’t think it’s right that we as citizens do that!’
Unfortunately, those days are gone when a police force ensure we could all sleep safe in our beds at night!