Village Talk - 9 November 2016

URGENT - Cable Theft

We really need your help. When I say we, I mean not only KSS, but ESKOM, Rock Power, SPOORNET, TRANSNET and the SAPS. Cable theft (especially copper) is rife at the moment and is having a severe impact, not only on all of us personally and financially, but on work productivity in many local businesses, due to “down time”. Report anything suspicious to the KSS Control Centre on 033 330 5911 or to your local SAPS:
      Howick SAPS: 033 239 9340
      Hilton SAPS: 033 845 6500
      Mpophomeni SAPS: 033 238 0078

Hilton, Merrivale, Howick West and Howick have all been severely hit by these criminals, who are proficient in the electrical industry. The outlying areas of Balgowan, Ligetton, Nottingham Road and Mooi River have also been hit, especially the railway lines. Please also be aware that some cables that have been “freshly” cut may still be live. Please do not touch them – rather report and let the experts handle it.

Armed robbery
In the early hours of Saturday 8 October there was another business robbery in the Howick CBD. KSS responded within 2 minutes and there were 7 shots fired at one of the KSS vehicles and Response Officer by the armed criminals. Two bullets hit the KSS vehicles and fortunately no one was harmed. The criminals fled in a white BMW and there was also a second vehicle, a white VW Polo, involved in the incident.

NOTE: Numerous incidents have involved a white BMW and white VW Polo or white VW Golf of late.

Hijacking and attempted hijacking
The N3 between Merrivale and Lion’s River is a “hot spot” for hi-jackings and you are advised to be extra vigilant at the on and off-ramps between these areas. There were two recently reported incidents. The first occurred on the N3 near the Tweedie onramp to Howick at about 20h45. A white VW polo (new shape) NP 70811 with a blue light on the dash board and tinted windows was involved in the attempted hijacking of a truck. The VW Polo drove off when they realised they were being observed by another motorist.

The second incident occurred on Prospect Road just off the Midmar off-ramp into Howick. A Corsa was hijacked (with NR number plate) by 1 Black male and 2 Indian males in a Hyundai minibus. All the men were armed with firearms.

Con artists
This is an appeal, especially to the elderly residents in our area, to be very aware of con artists. Please don’t trust strangers who appear to be offering to sell goods or offering to “help” you. Hold onto your handbags tightly and advise them that you “do not need help”. Please don’t trust someone who has something “to good to be true” to offer you.

Petty opportunistic crime
Please be aware that criminals are looking out for “easy pickings”. Please don’t leave garden items, bicycles, clothing, toys etc… outside in view of the road. Please ensure that such items are locked away, preferably in an alarmed area.

General advice
Please remember to remain vigilant at all times. Whether you live in a free-standing residence or in a fenced / gated community estate, you need to be aware of your personal security. Security starts at home, with you! Take ownership, be aware and report anything suspicious to your security service provider.

Village Talk - 12 October 2016

General update

Please remember to remain vigilant at all times. Whether you live in a free standing residence or in a fenced / gated community estate, you need to be aware of your personal security. Security starts at home, with you! Take ownership, be aware and report anything suspicious to your security service provider.

This past month has seen more suspects apprehended and stolen items recovered. There has, however, been a spike in break-ins, especially at small businesses. Another concern is the number of incidents that have occurred while residents are at home - fortunately no one was injured in any of these incidents.

Residential estates and complexes are not immune to break-ins. There is no perimeter fence line that is not impenetrable and people still need to make sure they are aware and alert. Ensure that you have emergency contact numbers on hand (loaded onto your cell phone on speed dial mode).

Please also be aware of scams and con artists. Be wary of letting people into your homes / estates / complexes that you don’t know, especially if they claim to be selling a product. Rather tell them you are not interested. In this day and age you need to be wary of sales pitches that sound “too good to be true” from people you don’t know.

For any security advice pleased contact Keshen on 0833935265 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Armed robbery
In the early hours of Saturday 8 October there was another business robbery in the Howick CBD. KSS responded within 2 minutes. There were 7 shots fired at one of the KSS vehicles and Response Officer by the armed criminals. Two bullets hit the KSS vehicles and fortunately no one was harmed. The criminals fled in a white BMW and there was also a second vehicle, a white VW Polo involved in the incident.

House and business alarms
PLEASE set and use your alarm systems when you are not at home or work. It is your responsibility to ensure that you safeguard your possessions and premises with armed alarms. There are too many break-ins where people have neglected to activate their alarms.

Theft of vehicles
Please note that there was a spike in vehicle theft and attempted vehicle theft in the Howick area. Please be vigilant and make sure you lock your vehicles. Try and install a vehicle tracking system or a cheaper option is to get a gear lock or steering lock mechanism.

The Courtyard
Congratulations to Hurst Projects for reviving the old Celtiskloof Nursery into a new home and garden lifestyle centre called “The Courtyard”. The opening this past weekend was a huge success. KSS has a working display feature in the showroom, where clients and prospective clients can go and view some of the products KSS are able to offer.

Knight Cleaning Services (KCS)
KCS offers cleaning solutions for businesses, construction sites, shopping centres, estate agents (buying and selling houses), schools as well as domestic. KCS manages all the Human Resource (HR) aspects of the cleaning staff. KCS cleaning staff are supervised by a dedicated Manager, employed to oversee this division of Knight Security Solutions. You can employ KCS on a daily, weekly or permanent basis. Contact Alesha on 0828936076 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Village Talk - 14 September 2016

Suspects apprehended and stolen items recovered

KSS have apprehended over 6 suspects in the past 4 weeks. All these suspects were handed over to the respective SAPS stations for further prosecution. KSS also recovered numerous stolen items that have been returned to their owners / our clients. There are, however, two unclaimed items:
1. A bicycle recovered on the D292 in the Merrivale farming area.
2. A truck sail cover.
Both items must be clearly described and identified by the owners before KSS will hand them over.

Note: There is also still a lost gate/alarm remote at the KSS offices that needs to be identified. It was found in the Greendale Park area on the corner of Ridge Road and York Road a fortnight ago.

Suspicious vehicles
Always take note of as many details pertaining to the suspicious vehicle as possible, such as:
• The make and model
• Colour
• Registration number (really important to get this accurate)
• Distinguishing features (dents, stickers, tinted windows etc…)
• Details of the occupants - if possible.
KSS are able to communicate these details to various other security companies in the area, as well as SAPS, who will then also look-out for the vehicle.

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Village Talk - 10 August 2016

Village Talk
10 August 2016

Self-defence and domestic worker’s seminars
Thanks to everyone who supported our seminars in July. The self-defence seminar went extremely well, and although it was a small group, the feedback has been incredibly positive and the approach of Don Gold’s is so unique and enlightening. It is not all about how to physically get yourself out of a situation, it focussed on how to avoid getting into a dangerous situation in the first place.

Our Domestic Workers seminar was a resounding success and we had over 40 people that attended. The domestic workers, as well as employers that were there, have given us fantastic feedback. The gratitude was tangible and we have decided that we will need to hold another seminar later this year. One thing that I would really like to encourage is that more employers attend the next course with their staff.

Domestic fires
KSS has been directly involved with over 6 domestic fires over the past 9 months – some of which have been devastating. Please be aware of leaving electrical appliances on at night and also ensure that all your electrical wiring is safe and in good condition. Rats can also eat through wiring in the roof which may lead to fire hazards.

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