Village Talk 2 October 2019

Village Talk 2 October 2019

Crime update
KSS crime statistics have shown a decrease in incidents since the erection of the UCSI SNIPR camera mounted gantries, along with Community Neighbourhood Watch proactivity and SAPS policing. To date 11 UCSI SNIPR gantries have been erected in our uMngeni Community with 3 more planned to go up in Hilton before the end of October. Well done to all community role-players concerned. A real TEAM effort and KSS remains committed to supporting community projects and making our communities safer.

Invest in your holistic community safety with the UCSI
If you would like to make a capital donation towards the erection of the next 10 strategic UCSI SNIPR camera mounted gantries, please contact the ucsi on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Keegan on 0630689652. The UCSI would like to have all the access and agrees points into our uMngeni Municipal spaces covered before the Festive Season. Not only will this deflect criminals, but it will also facilitate the successful apprehension of criminals – as has successfully happened during the course of this year so far.

The UCSI is a registered Not-for-Profit Company and is able to issue a Section 18A for all donations made. The UCSI is also BBBEE level 2. To benefit from the services of the UCSI and ensure sustainability in our community, please affiliate and contribute a monthly membership fee. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get a membership form emailed to you.

Gate batteries
Please be aware that gate batteries are once again a target. You can get your gate linked to your house alarm. For more information on securing your gate, gate motor and gate battery contact Gary on 0828947628 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Keshen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0833935265.

Rotary Club of Hilton and Howick Bicycle Project
KSS is very proud to be a part of this uplifting community project. The Rotarians and Community volunteers have been assembling bicycles at the KSS offices and it is so rewarding to be a part of sharing such happiness in our community. Thank you to The Rotary Club of Hilton and Howick.

Fire safety
Almost 99% of all fires are caused by human negligence. They are mostly caused by electrical faults or carelessness. Cigarettes, matches and lighters, candles, heating appliances and open braai fires can all cause fires if not carefully monitored. But it is not only human error that causes fires, environmental factors such as changing weather patterns and urban spread increase the risk of fires, with the effects and level of damage often being felt more severely.

To prevent the loss of lives and property, everyone needs to be aware of the dangers of fire, especially during fire season this winter. Here are some tips to stay fire safe:

• Always extinguish fires and safely dispose of hot ash, coal and cigarettes.
• Ensure that your electrical appliances are correctly wired.
• Don’t overload power points and switch off appliances when not in use.
• Make sure gas appliances are correctly installed.
• Keep the area around your home and business clear of flammable materials (dry bush, scrub etc…)
• Never leave an open fire unattended (braai, in the fireplace at home, garden refuse etc…)
• Always make sure that you are alert in the kitchen when cooking and don’t leave the stove unattended.
• Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan.
• Clean the lint filter of your tumble dryer each and every time you use it.
• Take extra care when using heaters and electric blankets. Do not leave them on unattended.
• Always work in an open, cleared area when working with power tools.
• Make sure your business fire safety plan is clear and that you have your fire extinguishers serviced regularly.
• Buy a small fire extinguisher from a reputable dealer to keep in your home.
• Familiarize yourself with emergency numbers in the event of a fire.

KSS 24/7 Control Room
The KSS Control Room is manned 24/7 with highly competent staff that are trained to deal with emergency situations. Remember, you can call KSS not only for crime related issues, but also fire, medical, snakes, SAPS assistance etc… We are here to help. All calls made into or out of the KSS Control Room are recorded. Save 033 330 5911 on your speed dial or as a “favourite” on your cell phone. You can also phone KSS directly on the following two premicell numbers: 081 250 7256 or 081 451 5984.

Remember …. You are Safer with Us!

The Howick Herald - 14 November 2018

Security tips for the Festive Season by Knight Security Solutions

Remember to plan for a safe and secure holiday season. The festive season unfortunately sees a rise in criminal activities. By simply preparing, being sensible and cautious, you can enjoy the festive season more. Here are our most effective tips for holiday safety and security:

1. Install an alarm
An important layer of defence to your home is an alarm system. Ensure that if you do have an alarm system that it is in good working order. Take responsibility and test your alarm system at least 4 weeks before you go away.

2. All locked up
Even if you are going out for a short time, lock your house and windows. Make sure that you also set your alarm.

3. Don’t provide cover for would be criminals (cut back foliage)
Deter criminals from targeting your house by ensuring you cut back trees and bushes. Investigate installing movement sensor lights and report broken street lights. KSS also suggest making sure your house number is visible for the fastest response if you need to call for help.

4. Upgrade your defences
Make sure that broken locks or doors and windows that have been damaged or tampered with in are repaired. Make sure that you have strong gates on doors and burglar guards on windows. External PIR beams are also an effective early warning system. Also ensure that your perimeter fence is an effective deterrent.

5. Monitor all out-buildings
Garages, out-buildings and garden sheds are often targets for criminals who can then use your tools or ladders to gain access to the main house. Linking these outside areas to your house alarm system or installing a movement sensor light can be a useful deterrents, along with keyed locks.

6. Don’t make you house or business an obvious target
Ask friends to collect your mail and to stop junk mail from building up in your letterbox while you’re away from home. A neighbour parking in your driveway can also help signal the house is not unoccupied. Other measures could include internal lights or a radio set on timers and organising for someone to mow your lawn.

7. Guard your keys
Most people know not to hide keys somewhere in the house but also make sure that you don’t lend out your keys. Keys are easily copied and can provide criminals with fast access to your house.

8. Store valuables in a safe
Ensure that your safe is correctly installed. Here is some advice:
• The safe should be epoxied to the walls.
• Then bolted to the walls and floor.
• It should be rawl bolted and epoxied to at least TWO walls and the floor.
• Further to that, it is highly recommended that the safe then be concreted in.
• 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 outlined above.
• Monitoring of the safe can be incorporated into an existing alarm system or be monitored independently if needed.

9. Don’t advertise valuables
Take a look at your house from the outside and see what is visible from the road. Don’t leave valuables lying around outside or inside your house that are within view from the road. Many criminals are opportunistic and will quickly steal items left lying around.

10. Make friends with your neighbours
In tight knit communities, people look out for each other. Neighbours can report suspicious activity at your home and help when you’re away – and you can return the favour.

If you need any further advice please contact the KSS offices on 033 3305911 at any time of day or knight. For further security advice you can contact Keshen on 083 393 5265 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also contact Gary on 082 8947 628 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Village Talk - 26 September 2018

Village Talk
26 September 2018

Remote Jamming
Make sure that your vehicle is locked before you walk away from it. There have been a number of recent incidents. Report remote jamming immediately to centre security, SAPS or call Knight Security Solutions on 033 330 5911.

Personal Safety Presentations
Debbie Preston has been invited to numerous schools recently to talk to the learners and provide them with some really simple, effective and powerful information to ensure that they are better mentally aware of their own safety. Debbie is available to do presentations for schools, businesses, residential estates, staff development etc… on Personal Safety. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 083 775 6296. There is a cost involved.

Apprehending criminals
KSS Reaction Officers and Operations staff have apprehended over 85 criminals in Howick, Hilton, Merrivale and the surrounding areas so far this year. This is 70% higher than this time last year. The main reason for this success is the proactive, dedicated KSS staff that care about YOU. There are also a number of other contributing factors that include more community participation and communication in terms of reporting suspicious people or vehicles.

Increase in opportunistic crime
There has been an increase in petty crime and intruders. The perpetrators are small groups of males between the ages of 18 to 30. These men are looking for any items of value lying around outside houses or visible from the road. They are also targeting un-alarmed houses, outbuildings and vehicles.

Please report suspicious people and ensure that you get accurate descriptions of the suspicious person/s and vehicles. There are guidelines of what to look for (people and vehicles) on our Knight Security Solution’s website www.knightsecurity.co.za and Facebook page.

Response to Incidents
Please note that WhatsApp and social media are not formal mediums through which security companies dispatch an Armed Response vehicle. Security company structures are far more complex and the dispatch of an Armed Response vehicle is primarily through alarm and panic activation signals, as well as direct phone calls to the Control Room.

Please report anything suspicious to our 24/7 Knight Security Solutions Control Room on 033 330 5911. Please report all incidents of a criminal nature to your local SAPS as well.
SAPS Howick 033 239 9340
SAPS Mpophomeni 033 238 0078
SAPS Hilton 033 845 6500 / 033 845 6521

Take Ownership
You have to take responsibility for your personal security at home and be vigilant when you are out and about. Even if you live in a secure complex/estate, YOU have to make sure that you lock and secure your garages, doors and premises at night or if you are not at home. Also ensure that, if you have an alarm, that you set it when you are out during the day and then again when you go to sleep at night.

Home Security
Be proactive and ensure that your home and outbuildings are well secured with an alarm and external beams as an early warning systems. CCTV cameras are also effective. For all your security needs and professional advice, call Gary on 082 894 7628 or Keshen on 082 326 5672. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember – You are safer with us!

Village Talk - 15 August 2018

Remote Jamming
Don’t just walk away from your vehicle – double check it!

Knight Security Solutions is ever aware of safety and security concerns raised by the community. Remote jamming is one such crime that deserves attention as it is still occurring in our areas.

What is remote jamming?
When you leave your vehicle and push the remote to activate the locking system, a criminal nearby pushes a similar remote at the same time, effectively blocking the signal of the locking remote. This causes the person to believe their vehicle is locked but it is actually left open for the criminal to freely access.

How does remote jamming work?
Many modern remote controls work with radio waves that use an allocated radio frequency, hence they are vulnerable. Most remote controls, including those for motor vehicles, gate, and garage automation operate on a frequency of 433MHz, and understandably, this frequency has become very busy.

When a remote control button is pressed, it sends a message (command) on the allocated frequency to a receiver (in the vehicle) to perform an action: lock or unlock the vehicle. At the other end, the receiver is “listening” for a specific message that it can interpret to perform a required action.

But, when a button of another remote is pressed in close proximity, the receiver receives (hears) two messages simultaneously. The two messages are then scrambled, the receiver cannot interpret the message and therefore no action is initiated (the vehicle’s doors are not locked).

Thieves often use a standard frequency gate or garage remote control to jam the signal sent by a car remote control. To make matters worse, there are also now “professional” jamming devices available that function on a range of frequencies and that have much higher signal power. These devices can influence a vehicle’s remote control from a much greater distance.

It should be noted that these remote control and jamming devices cannot unlock your vehicle. They can only stop your remote control from working properly when trying to lock the vehicle.

How to avoid becoming a victim of remote jamming?
• Never push the remote locking whilst walking away from the vehicle.
• Check that the vehicle is locked by testing the door/s before walking away. Then PHYSICALLY double-check that your car has been locked. Do this every single time you lock your car!
• Ensure the boot is also locked.
• Park your car in a secure parking area.
• Be aware of the surroundings at all times.
• Take note of suspicious persons or activity in and around the parking area. Report suspicious activity to security
• Do not leave valuables in an unattended vehicle or keep items out-of-sight.

By being vigilant and minimising the appeal of your car as a target, you will more than likely avoid becoming a victim of remote jamming theft. YOU have to take ownership of your own safety and security.

Emergency

Our 24/7 control room number is 033-330-5911

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Mon - Fri: 7.30am to 4.30pm

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5 Old Main Road

Merrivale
Kwazulu-Natal
3291

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