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.

Village Talk - October 2015

Festive Season
Why am I starting on this already…? It is only October. Well, based on past experience MANY people leave their security requests for installations, upgrades and services right up to the last minute before they go away. We are always willing to help, but last year KSS still had technicians running around doing last minute jobs on Christmas Eve. Please plan ahead and get hold of our sales team early this year. You can email Keshen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

Advice
ALWAYS set your alarm system – even if you are just popping out for 5 minutes.

School kids – please be careful
A 16 year old Howick High School boy was involved in an attempted mugging. Please speak to your children if they walk home. Advise them to walk in groups and always be alert to what is going on around them. Give them our KSS Control Centre number 033 3305911 to put into their cell phones on a speed dial so they can call for immediate help if they need it.

Arrest of criminals
NPS vehicle Good news – the NPS vehicle was stopped the occupants arrested. It appears that they are linked to a number of crimes. Herewith is the information sent to me by SAPS:

“Hi. We arrested three suspects from Kwa Mashu area with a white Ford Bantam. They broke in at Fraser Street. Our Office is investigating the case and I know u have on numerous occasions circulated a white Ford Bantam with NPS plates. These guys came up from Durban with ND plates and changed it to NPS when they were in Howick, Hilton or Town Hill area. If there were any victims in your area who were robbed by these guys and saw them, we would like to possibly link them to that case by ID Parade. We believe they were responsible for a lot off break-ins in your area. It would be great if people can come forward that saw this individuals on their premises and could maybe ID the suspects”.

Please contact Frans from the KSS investigations unit if you have any information that could help KSS and SAPS with this case. Frans can be contacted on 0836120603 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Medical Emergencies
KSS continues to build strong working relationships with the local Emergency Medical Ambulance service providers. ER24 continues to provide a professional service to our community and this, coupled with the fact that they have Advanced Life Support (ALS) back-up, is a real positive. ER24 also provide ALS back-up to the smaller, local service providers. Howick and Midlands now also have the service of the newly launched Midlands EMS Ambulance, which is owned by Mark Winterboer. Our community is now safely in the hands of numerous service providers and KSS are able to facilitate a response to any medical emergency for you from any number of service providers. You can however contact the following service providers directly:
ER24 – Midlands Operations on 0796206661 or Midlands EMS on 0741497911.

Security and safety tips to consider when away from home:
1. Beware of remote jamming. Always check that you have locked the car with your remote by actually double checking – try the door handle and ensure that it does not open.
2. Keep your keys handy when returning to your car – you don’t want to be fumbling in your handbag looking for them and then not be alert to your surroundings.
3. Keep your handbags and wallets close to your body.
4. When driving, keep your handbags, wallets and other valuables out of sight, preferably locked in the boot of your car.
5. ATM withdrawals – stand close to the machine and keep your pin protected. DON’T let anyone disturb you. If you feel uncomfortable, cancel the transaction and retrieve your card. Report the incident to bank officials immediately.
6. Don’t draw attention to yourself if you have a lot of cash on you.
7. Carry pepper spray - this is useful when warding off an assailant. KSS have pepper spray for sale at their offices.
8. Carry a whistle – if this is on your key ring it is useful and easy to access if you have your keys in your hand.
9. Try to go out with a “buddy” or let someone else know you are going out and when you are likely to return home.

Meet some more of the KSS Team
Elaine O’Farrell – Financial assistant. Elaine has been with Knight for over 10 years and is a real asset to our operation.
Louise Nel – Human Resources. Louise is incredibly diligent and dedicated. We could not ask for a better HR person to assist with managing our staffing.
Yolande (Joe) Dreyer – Debt Collecting. Joe carries out her function at KSS with focus and determination. It is not a nice job to perform but she is commended on her efforts.
Monique van Deventer – Reception and Personal Assistant. Monique performs critical functions in the business like, stats collection, weekly calls to guarding clients and a number of other necessary functions (like baking cakes for birthdays). Monique is organised and diligent with her responsibilities.
Lungi Nzimande – Human Resources assistant. Lungi’s knowledge of the security industry is vast and she is a key role player in assisting management and HR with staffing.
Zanele Mvelase – Receptionist. Zanele has been promoted from our Office Assistant and Cleaning lady to our new receptionist. This is a lovely opportunity for her to continue growing in our organisation.
Jaco Ronquest – Site Supervisor. Jaco is the kindest, most helpful person you could ever meet. He takes his job function seriously and is a real asset to KSS.
Brad Wardell – Dog Unit Supervisor. Brad’s passion for dogs and knowledge of working with dogs has afforded KSS to opportunity to establish and now manage a fully functional K9 unit. What a difference this has made to the safety and security of the sites we guard that have our dogs on-site.

Drakonteur Newspaper - September 2015

Knight Security Solutions (KSS) started trading as Knight Alarms (1990) and Knight Force (1998) before it became Knight Security Solutions in January 2014, when Gary Preston purchased Knight Alarms. Gary had started with Knight Alarms in 1990 as an alarm and radio installation technician and now, 26 years later, Gary and his wife Debbie are working together to make the Midlands a safer place.

KSS currently employs over 210 people from our local community and offers 24 hour Alarm Monitoring from their Control Centre, 24 hour Armed Response, 24 hour Guarding at estates, business and industrial premises and a Technical Department that do new alarm installations, CCTV, repairs and upgrades to all makes of systems.

KSS also now has a growing K9 unit, consisting of a trained tracking dog and trained patrol / attack dogs (Rottweilers and Boerboels). The tracking dog assists KSS with follow-up investigations after break-ins have occurred, while the patrol dogs have proven to be an asset when securing a site.

The Community Bobbies Patrol Project in the Greendale Park and Eridene areas of Howick North has been running successfully with an Armed Response Officer patrolling the area in a vehicle.

KSS believes in team work and is actively involved in the newly launched Combined Security Reaction Team (CSRT) in Howick. KSS along with the SAPS, SA CAN and other local security companies are focusing their collective efforts on combating crime together and an effective communication system has been set up to facilitate this process.

KSS prides itself in developing relationships with other credible and professional organisations or service providers. KSS has been working side by side with Together SA CAN for two years now. SA CAN is an organisation that specializes in managing emergency situations and ensuring that their members receive the appropriate emergency response. SA CAN is able to assist you anywhere from “at home”, to on holiday or work in South Africa and the surrounding Southern African countries.

SA CAN is officially linked to 96 organisations, including animal welfare, wildlife, medical & advanced life support, crime and medical flight operations, fire, police, private security, missing persons, land, sea and high-angle search and rescue operations, crisis centres, legal advice, business, farm and neighbourhood watches, Recoveri Microdot, vehicle tracking and tracing, VCAT PBO (Violent Crimes and Technology support) to name the main categories, all at the press of a button on your cell phone. To join SA CAN contact them on 086 1623 646 or go to their website www.sacan.org

SA CAN also provide a back-up service to all domestic workers. The following cell number can be given to your domestic workers: 083 799 1916. They can send a free "Please Call Me" to the Duty Manager, who will then contact them and assist. SA CAN is available 24/7 to assist.

KSS are also working side by side with ER24 Medical Emergency Ambulance Services. ER24 Midlands ambulance crew and Advanced Life Support (ALS) are based at the KSS premises. The KSS Control Centre is able to dispatch ER24, as well as other medical emergency service providers, to attend to medical cases in the Midlands. You can contact the ER24 Midlands Operations on 079 620 6661 directly.

Recently, Mark Winterboer joined the Knight Team. Mark was previously the Director of Berg Protection in Howick and has been a key figure in the Midlands over these recent years. Mark is known for his passion in the fields of security and particularly emergency medical response. This is a positive move for our community in that two key role players in security, namely Gary Preston (Owner of KSS) and Mark (formerly from Berg Protection Services), are working together in the best interests of the community. The focus in the months to come will be in ensuring even better service delivery to all our clients in Howick and the surrounding areas.

The security industry is governed by PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority) who set the standards and protocols for all security companies to adhere to. Last week PSIRA conducted an on-site inspection of the KSS operation. The gentleman from PSIRA who conducted the inspection said that in his 8 years of working for PSIRA he has never scored a security company 100% on an inspection...Well... last week was his first. KSS scored 100% compliance. This is an amazing achievement and attributed to all our amazing staff that work tirelessly to keep our community safe.

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