Village Talk - 4 May 2016

Residential Crime
Houses are being targeted by criminals both on foot and in vehicles. There have recently been numerous reports about intruders on foot. These are opportunistic criminals that are brazen enough to chance their luck by coming onto premises to see what they can make off with.

Criminals in vehicles are targeting gate motor batteries and then driving off. Gates being derailed is still prevalent and when the criminals have made it onto the premises, they are bashing front or back doors down and then making it into and out of the house in a couple of minutes. It is advisable to have an alarm that triggers on the gate as well as gated main doors to the house, as this does slow down the entry time onto the premises and into the house.

In a recent attempted burglary (20h00) a man came to the assistance of his neighbour and was shot at by the criminals. Three shots were fired and fortunately missed the man. Please be aware that many criminals these days are armed and it is best to call for assistance if you are not sure about a situation.

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Village Talk 2 March 2016

Hi all

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.

URGENT information

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.

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Village Talk - 3 February 2016

Your change of cell number/s and email addresses
Please remember to alert our KSS Control Centre on 033 3305911 if you have changed your cell number/s or email addresses. We need to ensure that we have a current data base and are able to make contact with our clients. You can email this information though to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Valuable advice
There was some great advice given by the Community Crime Prevention Organisation in the Amanzimtoti area, and it is relevant for residents in all areas, including Howick.

1. Often children are targeted for their electronic devices. While walking to or from school, children are often seen totally preoccupied with their cell phones and are easy targets. Please advise children about the dangers of using their cell phones and tablets in public. They need to be aware of what is going on around them and not be focused solely on their device.

2. When a house is sold and it is going to be unoccupied for more than a day or two, it may be worth having a guard posted at the premises to prevent the theft of copper piping including the geyser. In a recent incident a house was stripped of its copper piping and geyser to a replacement value of more than the cost of posting a guard for a month. (NOTE: there have been a few incidents of vacant properties being broken into in Howick and the surrounds of late).

3. It has been noted that even though premises have electric fences, suspects sometimes gain entry by throwing a blanket or other item over the wires. An alarm can be connected to the electric fence to warn if it is breached or tampered with. Ongoing maintenance is very important. Contact your security service provider for advice on monitoring of electric fence lines.

On-going support for SAPS
We need to support our local SAPS. Report crime - no matter how trivial it may be. It is also wise to support the local Community Policing Forum’s (CPF). The following meetings occur during each month:

Mpophomeni CPF – first Thursday evening of each month at 5pm (4 February 2016)
Hilton CPF – third Thursday evening of each month at 6pm (18 February 2016)
Howick CPF – last Thursday evening of each month at 5.30pm (25 February 2016)

Contact your relevant local SAPS offices for more details regarding these meetings.
Mpophomeni 033 238 0078
Hilton 033 845 6500
Howick 033 239 9340

Power of team work
Collective relationships are crucial if we want to make progress in combatting crime. Your role as a community member is just as vital as our role (KSS) or SAPS in the community. Communication is key, and the past month highlights numerous success stories where good communication and team work have solved crimes and resulted in arrests being made.

KSS have solid and great working relationships with all community role players such as SAPS, RTI, fire department, SPCA, Municipality (water and lights), ambulance services, towing services, snake removals and many more. Our KSS Control Centre is able to assist you 24/7. KSS also work with other security service providers in Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands.

Recently a KSS client contacted our Control Centre from Pietermaritzburg as he had just witnessed a hit and run where a child had been injured. He contacted the KSS Control Centre out of desperation and KSS were able to dispatch ER24 and assist in facilitating the appropriate emergency response.

SA CAN
SA CAN epitomises “team work” and our relationship with SA CAN continues to grow daily. There have been many, many success stories where SA CAN and KSS have worked seamlessly together to help our Midlands community. The beauty of SA CAN though, is that it goes with you anywhere in South Africa and Southern Africa. No matter what your need, crisis or emergency is, SA CAN is there to assist. To join SA CAN please contact SA CAN admin on 0861623646 or go to www.sacan.org.

CCTV in the Howick CBD
Have we reached a stage where it should now be seriously considered that CCTV cameras are put up in the Howick CBD to monitor crime and traffic infringements. Your comments would be most welcome on this topic. Please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It needs to be made clear that a project like this can only get off the ground if it is supported and funded at Municipal level.

Village Talk - December 2015

Check your alarm systems
With the festive season approaching it is important to ensure that your alarm system is fully functional. Many people leave this to the last minute before they go away and it puts our KSS technical teams under immense pressure. Please do not hesitate to contact KSS should you need a service done or upgrades to be made. You can contact Keshen on 0833935265 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lock-up and Go
The last thing you want is a positive break-in while you are away on holiday. Here are a few things you can do before leaving for the holidays.

1. Alert your alarm company
Just switching on your alarm and jumping into your car is not sufficient. First ensure that your alarm is working, and then let your alarm company know that you will be away.
2. Proactive activity
Try to ensure that there is some activity in and around your home. Whether you have a friend or family member making regular pop-by visits to feed your pet or have someone staying the night. The little bit of activity will keep criminals at bay. You can also have a light, TV or radio on a timer to go on and off periodically during the night – giving the impression that there is someone home.

3. Social media
Don’t advertise your travel plans on any social media; rather share your details and upload photo’s when you get back.

4. A presence
Arrange for someone to be around if you have a garden or pool service coming by.

5. Hold your post/mail
One of the most noticeable signs that there is no one at home is a pile of post and newspapers. Consider hiring a post box, and tell the media company to put a hold on your daily paper. Failing that, get someone to collect your post and newspaper on a daily basis.

6. Lighting and fencing
Ensure that outside lights are also on a day-light timer and that the foliage is cleared along your fence line.
Gun Safes – HIGH ALERT
There has been a spate of house breakings where gun safes have been targeted. HOW SERIOUS ARE YOU about making sure that your gun safe is secure enough? If you are serious, then here is some advice:
1. The safe should be epoxied to the walls.
2. Then bolted to the walls and floor.
3. It should be rawl bolted and epoxied to at least TWO walls and the floor.
4. Further to that, it is highly recommended that the safe then be concreted in.
5. Is your safe robust enough to with stand a crowbar forcing the door open? If not then you need to reconsider getting a more robust safe if you are going to go to the measures that I have outlined above.
6. Monitoring of the safe can be incorporated into an existing alarm system or be monitored independently if needed.

If you need any further advice please contact the KSS offices on 033 3305911 and request that Gary make an appointment to see you.

Technical department
KSS prides itself in having one of the most skilled and experienced technical teams in the Midlands. KSS technical staff have over 96 years of operational experience in alarm installations, repairs, upgrades and advice.

There has been a definite shift in the industry to now include CCTV cameras, along with alarms installations and/or upgrades to existing systems. Please contact Gary on 0828947628 or Sashen on 0828700138 should you need any advice on CCTV systems.

Bobbies Project – Greendale Park and Eridene (Howick North)
We need more members! To join the Bobbies, please email Elaine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will send the membership forms and information regarding the project. Please remember that YOU, as a community, need to take ownership of this project and drive it. We at KSS are more than happy to manage and facilitate the project.

Stay safe this festive season. Contact the KSS 24/7/365 Control Centre on 0333305911 for ANY emergency that you may have and we will assist. Don’t forget about SACAN and the affordable membership rates … at the push of a button on your cell phone…One Number Nationally 24/7/365. You can contact SACAN on 0861623646 (Admin) or 0861672226 (Emergency).

REPORT, REPORT, REPORT, REPORT ANYTHING OR ANY ONE SUSPICIOUS. YOU ARE OUR EXTRA EYES AND EARS ON THE GROUND.

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