CPF Meeting Dates

  • The Howick CPF meetings are on the last Thursday of each month.
  • The Hilton CPF meetings are on the third Thursday of each month.
  • The Mpophomeni CPF meetings are on the first Thursday of each month.

Crime Report 25 - 31 October 2017

Dear Knight Security Solutions Clients

The crime report is very long this week as this current wave of crime is relentless. YOU need to be vigilant and not leave items “lying around” as there are brazen, opportunistic criminals out there.

Please note that there have been and extremely high number of gate motor batteries stolen. There are gate motor anti-theft brackets that can be installed as well as the option to link your gate motor to your alarm system.

Congratulations to our KSS Operations staff who have effected a number of apprehensions this past week. All criminals apprehended were handed over to SAPS.

Crime Stats and Incidents 25 – 31 October 2017
25-Oct-17 10:48 Harvard Street (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting that the battery from the gate motor had been stolen. A KSS Reaction unit and SAPS were dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers checked the premises. There was no forced entry onto the premises. SAPS took over the matter from KSS Reaction Officers.

25-Oct-17 09:50 Business Main Street (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting that one of the houses on the property had been broken into. A KSS Reaction unit and SAPS were dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers reported that entry was gained through the front window which had been smashed. SAPS took over the matter from KSS Reaction Officers.

25-Oct-17 15:34 Devonshire Avenue (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting that their battery from the gate motor had been. They were unsure of when this incident occurred. A KSS Reaction unit was dispatched. KSS Reaction Officers checked around the premises but there was no sign of forced entry. Client advised that there was no need for SAPS.

26-Oct-17 10:00 Business Zeederberg Road (Merrivale) The KSS Control Room received an alarm activation. A KSS Reaction unit was dispatched. The suspect was caught stealing scrap mental by KSS Reaction Officers and tenants that live on the site. The suspect was handed over to SAPS.

26-Oct-17 19:40 Riverview Road (Howick West) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting that he had had a positive break-in. A KSS Reaction unit and SAPS were dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers reported that the front door was broken. No items were stolen. SAPS took over the matter.

26-Oct-17 20:02 Neptune Road (Howick West) The KSS Control Room received an alarm activation. A KSS Reaction unit was dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers reported a positive break-in. The front door was broken. The intruders fled. The KSS Reaction unit patrolled the area but there were no signs of any suspicious persons. SAPS were dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers reported electronic items and jewellery were stolen. A KSS Security Officer was placed on site for the night. SAPS took over the matter from the KSS Reaction Officers.

27-Oct-17 08:00 Plane Cres (Howick) A non-KSS client called in to report a positive break-in. A KSS Armed Reaction unit and SAPS were dispatched. Only alcohol was stolen. There was no sign of any forced entry. SAPS took over the matter.

27-Oct-17 10:50 Business Main Street (Howick) The KSS control room received a panic activation. The client advised there was an intruder on site who had threatened her. SAPS responded and dealt with the matter. KSS Operations staff and Technical staff were dispatched to assist.

28-Oct-17 03:40 Estate Curries Post Road A KSS Security Officer called in requiring assistance as he had noticed intruders on site. A KSS Reaction unit, KSS Inspector and SAPS were dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers reported a positive break-in. The intruders fled. Access was gained through the fence which had been cut. Electronic items, a handbag and cash were stolen. SAPS took over the matter from KSS Reaction Officers.

28-Oct-17 05:00 Business Main Street (Howick) The KSS Control received an alarm activation. A KSS Reaction unit was dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers reported that a window had been broken. The client was contacted met the KSS Reaction Officers on site. The client advised that no items had been stolen. The KSS Reaction unit did extra patrols. The client advised no need for SAPS.

28-Oct-17 20:37 Birnamwood Road (Merrivale) The KSS Control Room received a call from the KSS Operation Manager requesting SAPS to be dispatched as KSS Officers had caught a suspect pick-pocketing. SAPS were dispatched and the suspect was handed over to them.

29-Oct-17 09:54 Business Main Street (Howick) The KSS Control Room received an alarm activation. A KSS Reaction unit was dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers reported that the gate motor had been broken as well as a window on site. No items were stolen. SAPS were dispatched and took over the matter.

29-Oct-17 11:28 Business Zeederberg Road (Merrivale) The KSS Control room received a call from the on-site KSS Controller reporting that they had observed a known ATM criminal on site. A KSS Reaction unit and SAPS were dispatched. The suspect fled in a red BMW (Reg No. ND4954). KSS Reaction units followed the suspect to Main Road where they arrested him and handed him over to SAPS.

29-Oct-17 18:43 Ludgate Hill (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from the KSS Bobbies Reaction unit reporting that a civilian had just had their bicycle stolen. The victim was pepper sprayed in the event by the criminal. SAPS and Midlands EMS were dispatched to site. The KSS Reaction unit and Bobbie’s unit did extra patrols in the area.

30-Oct-17 06:00 Miller Street (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting that the battery from the gate motor had been stolen. A KSS Reaction unit and SAPS were dispatched to site. As per the KSS Reaction Officers, nothing else was stolen. SAPS took over the matter.

30-Oct-17 07:07 Miller Street (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting that the battery from the gate motor had been stolen. As per client, no need for SAPS. A KSS Reaction unit was dispatched to site. The KSS Reaction Officers reported that nothing else had been stolen. Extra patrols were done during the day.

30-Oct-17 08:49 Business Main Street (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting they had had an attempted break-in. A KSS Reaction unit and SAPS were dispatched to site. The KSS Reaction Officers reported that the back window had been broken but the intruder never gained access. Nothing was stolen from site.

31-Jan-17 14:28 Berea Road (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting that he had seen suspects stealing copper pipes from outside his premises. A KSS Reaction unit was dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers reported that the suspects had fled. They patrolled the area.

31-Oct-17 14:14 Business Main Street (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from the on-site KSS Security Officer who reported that there were people fighting on site. A KSS Reaction unit was dispatched to site. The KSS Reaction Officers removed the people from the store and the matter was resolved.

31-Oct-17 15:12 Business Main Street (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting that they had had a positive break-in. A KSS Reaction unit and SAPS were dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers reported that access was gained through the back window. Electronic items were stolen. SAPS took over the matter from KSS Reaction Officers.

31-Oct-17 16:29 Devonshire Avenue (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting that the gate motor battery had been stolen. As per client, no need to send out the KSS Reaction unit or SAPS. Extra patrols were done.

31-Oct-17 17:11 Lorna Road (Merrivale) The KSS Control Room received a panic activation. A KSS Reaction unit was dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officer reported that an intruder had jumped over the wall and stolen a blanket that was on the line. The intruder fled. As per client, no need for SAPS.

Four late reports of gate motor batteries being stolen have come in since 31 October 2017.

Have a safe week and STAY ALERT.

Kind regards
Debbie

Crime Report 18 - 24 October 2017

Dear KSS Clients

Herewith is the article that was published on the front page of the Village Talk on Wednesday 25 October 2017.

VIOLENT HOUSEBREAKINGS INCREASE
By Peta Lee (Village Talk)
Crime is escalating at a frightening rate in Howick – and it’s no longer just stealthy, silent burglars we need to worry about. They are increasingly violent, out of control and desperate intruders, who appear to have absolutely no fear of any consequences.

Last week, a pair of horrendously violent housebreakings in the Howick area left two families traumatised.
Gary Preston of Knight Security Solutions (KSS) said three robbers had cut their way through a pedestrian palisade gate of an electric fence surrounding a complex, and once inside, smashed through the front door of a home and bashed in lounge windows, in their efforts to get inside. Once they had gained access, they stole numerous items before leaving and repeating the procedure at the house next door.

“In both cases the families, including children, were at home. They had managed to lock themselves in their bedrooms, and were terrified out of their wits and praying no harm would come to them.” When they had stolen what they wanted, the gang fled, firing several shots into the air as they left. Emergency services were on the scene shortly afterwards, but the men had already disappeared. On the same night, in Howick West, a terrified resident was tied up and robbed after a gang gained access to his home and stole various household valuables.

These were not isolated cases. Preston said last Tuesday night alone (17 October), KSS officers attended to not one, but SEVEN crime related incidents. He reiterated that homeowners needed to be on the alert, and beef up their security measures as much as they could.

ADVICE FOR HOMEOWNERS FROM KNIGHT SECURITY SOLUTIONS
Burglars are using another new modus operandi when breaking into residential properties: they are coming through the roof. Historically, break-ins through the roof affected commercial and industrial buildings only, and until recently, Knight Security Solutions (KSS) Operations staff had not seen a break-in through the roof of residential properties for more than 10 years. KSS Operations staff have now, over the past three months, investigated six break-ins through the roof of residential properties.

The burglars gain access into the property, then get on to the roof of the house. They know how to gain access at the furthest point from the bedrooms (so they are not heard). They remove a few roof tiles and then kick a hole through the ceiling board, enter the house and then steal items before leaving the same way.

To detect these housebreakers before they can get to the house, it is suggested that you install outdoor perimeter protection or a few specially designed motion sensors for ceiling spaces.
Crime has evolved and we as security service providers feel obliged to keep our community abreast of changes. For more information and security advice, please contact Keshen on 083 393 5265 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Gary at 082 894 7628 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sashen at 082 870 0138 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COMMUNITY POLICING FORUM MEETING
You are invited to attend the Howick CPF meeting on Thursday 26 October at 5.30pm at Howick SAPS lecture room. CPF volunteer Rob Askew of LoveHowick said the establishment of sub-forums in suburbs, neighbourhoods and blocks to identity and tackle specific concerns and challenges is also encouraged. “Together we can prevent and combat crime,” he said.

Crime stats and incidents 18 – 24 October 2017
18-Oct-17 00:39 Business D534 (Hilton) The KSS Control Room received an alarm activation. A KSS Reaction unit was dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers reported a positive break-in. Access was gained through the front sliding door. SAPS were dispatched. KSS Reaction Officers reported electronic items were stolen. SAPS took over the incident.

19-Oct-17 22:00 Lotus Road (Howick West) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting that there were intruders on her neighbour’s premises. A KSS Reaction unit and SAPS were dispatched. KSS Reaction Officers reported that the client was inside the house. Electronic items were stolen. KSS Reaction unit patrolled the area but there were no signs of the perpetrators. SAPS took over the incident.

20-Oct-17 00:28 Complex Sentinel Road (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting that there were intruders on the premises. A KSS Reaction unit, KSS Inspector and SAPS were dispatched to site. The KSS Reaction Officers reported a positive break-in. Access was gained through the front door. Electronic items were stolen. The intruders fled. A KSS Security Officer was placed on site for the remainder of the night. KSS Officers handed over to SAPS.

20-Oct-17 09:05 Schoeman Road
(Merrivale) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client who reported that they had caught an intruder trying to break into the neighbour premises. A KSS Reaction unit and SAPS were dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers handed the suspect over to SAPS.

21-Oct-17 10:30 Business Cerda Road (Hilton) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting that her vehicle had been broken into. A battery, jumper cables and radio were taken. A KSS Reaction unit and SAPS were dispatched. KSS Reaction Officers stood down on-site until SAPS could take over.

21-Oct-17 12:39 Business Main Street (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client reporting that they had had a positive break-in. As per the client, some tools were stolen. The client advised no need to send out a KSS Reaction unit or SAPS.

22-Oct-17 08:56 Business Main Street (Howick) The KSS Control Room received an alarm activation. A KSS Reaction unit was dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers reported that they met the client on-site and reported a positive break-in. Tools were stolen from the premises. SAPS were dispatched to site and KSS Reaction Officers handed over to SAPS.

22-Oct-17 15:04 Business Zeederberg Road (Merrivale) The KSS Control Room received a call from the on-site KSS Controller who reported that KSS Officers had caught a suspect stealing. A KSS Reaction unit and SAPS were dispatched. KSS Reaction Officers apprehended the suspect and handed him over to SAPS.

23-Oct-17 08:29 Business Mopan Road (Merrivale) The KSS Control Room received a call from the client who reported that they had had a positive break-in. A KSS Reaction unit and SAPS were dispatched. The KSS Reaction Officers reported that access was gained through the back window. Electronic items were stolen. The KSS Reaction Officers handed over to SAPS.

24-Oct-17 10:44 Sparks Road (Howick West) The KSS Control Room received a panic activation. A KSS Reaction unit and the Operations Manager and Supervisor were dispatched. The KSS Reaction unit arrived on site and the suspects fled in a vehicle. The clients had been held up at gunpoint and tied up. SAPS and SAPS Dog Unit were also dispatched to assist. Electronic items and jewellery were stolen. SAPS took over the incident.

On a final note – there were 3 late reports of gate batteries also being stolen.

Be alert, be aware and take OWNERSHIP of your safety and security. If you need further advice please do not hesitate to contact Keshen on 083 393 5265 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Gary at 082 894 7628 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sashen at 082 870 0138 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kind regards
Debbie

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