Village Talk 2 March 2016
Crime has hiked considerably over the past month. Safes are the target. Please set your alarms and ensure that your safes are bolted securely into TWO walls (in a corner). The criminals appear to be using a range of different vehicles and CCTV footage suggests they are not all the same “gang”. Please REPORT any suspicious vehicles immediately to the KSS Control Centre so that we can alert SAPS and follow-up. These criminals are in and out of houses (with the safes in hand) within 2 - 3 minutes. If you need any further advice on how to secure your safe then please contact the KSS offices on 033 3305911 and request that Gary makes an appointment to see you.
The public have to REPORT crime – no matter how big or small the crime is. This past weekend there were 15 incidents recorded by KSS. Only 8 of those incidents were then reported to the SAPS by the respective victims. Imagine how many crimes over the period of a year don’t get reported. It is NOT the responsibility of KSS to report YOUR crime to SAPS and open a case. YOU have to take ownership.
Howick SAPS is stretched in terms of personnel (as are the other local SAPS) and if YOU (the community) don’t report your crimes, then the statistics that go to National SAPS are not a true reflection of the level of crime in our community. National SAPS is not aware that crime is as bad as it is. Howick SAPS have to have the STATISTICS reported by the public, to prove that they need more vehicles and personnel on the ground to help fight crime.
KSS is NOT the Police. KSS is not mandated to do community patrols (apart from our Bobbies Project). It is the SAPS role to patrol our streets, but…. they don’t have the resources and they cannot justify the need for more resources at National level, because they DO NOT have the supporting statistics to back up their requests.
SAPS are the entity that is ultimately responsible for dealing with crime and WE ALL need to support them. REPORT, REPORT and again REPORT your crimes. KSS meets once a week with Colonel Sokhela (the Howick SAPS Station Commander) and monthly with the respective CPF’s (Howick, Hilton and Mpophomeni) to stay abreast with crime and discuss recent crime incidents.
The CPF meetings are there for the public to VOICE their concerns. On average there are only about 20 people present and this includes SAPS and Security Company personnel. There are only a handful of actual residents in the community that attend.
THE PUBLIC NEED TO ATTEND CPF MEETINGS IF YOU WANT YOUR COICE TO BE HEARD.
• Mpophomeni – 1st Thursday of the month at 5pm. Next is on Thursday 3 March at Mpophomeni Tourism.
• Hilton – 3rd Thursday of the month at 6pm. Next is on Thursday 17 March at the Hilton Police Station.
• Howick – Last Thursday of the month at 5.30pm. Next is on 31 March at the Howick Police Station.
Lifting the gates off the rail
There are several options that residents can consider when it comes to this issue. The most cost effective means is to weld anti-lift brackets to the existing gate. Other methods are:
• A wired or wireless system with an industrial magnetic contact.
• An automated gate alarm unit (stand alone or linked to your current alarm system) housed within the motor casing of the gate motor and permanently armed.
Erroneous vehicle identification report
Please note that the vehicle reported to be involved in a crime on 3 February 2016 in Mansfield Road (Howick) was a CIVILIAN vehicle of a Howick Resident. The black two door Audi Reg no. NR 24456 WAS NOT involved in the crime.
Sales at Knight Security
Community Bobbies Patrol Project (Greendale Park and Eridene)
Please remember that the KSS Control Centre can help you or advise you with any emergency. Please call 033 3305911 any time day or night.
Please ensure that you know exactly who has access to your premises (work and home) at all times. There was an ‘inside job’ this past month and the perpetrators knew how to bypass and deactivate the alarm and CCTV camera systems.
The KSS K9 unit is going incredibly well and the risk of crime on the sites that now have patrol dogs and K9 trained Security Officers on site, has decreased considerably. This has been a wonderful initiative and credit to the KSS K9 unit staff for their dedication to making the unit run smoothly and caring for the dogs like they do.
It appears that bicycles are being targeted again. Please make sure that bicycles are kept in a safe, locked and protected room or garage.
Crime Stats and newsletter
On an end note…
KSS has started a cleaning division – Knight Cleaning Services. We do cleaning for:
• Shopping centres and businesses
• Newly built houses that need to be cleaned before being handed over to the new owners (builders clean)
• Houses that have been bought or sold (estate agents or the buyer/seller needing cleaning done)
• Domestic cleaning