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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Village Talk - 6 July 2016

Personal Security Seminar including aspects of “self-defence” with Don Gold and Knight Security Solutions
C.A.R.M (Conflict avoidance, Resolution and Management)
Date: Tuesday 26 July 2016
Venue: Howick Community Church
Time: 8am – 1pm (BYO water and snack)
Cost: R100 pp (To be paid PRIOR to the course)
Payments made to: Knight Security Solutions
Bank: FNB Branch: Howick Branch code: 220725
Acc number: 62495641485
Reference: Name + self defence
No matter your age or strength – you will walk away from this seminar with practical skills.
Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0333305911 and ask for Monique.

Domestic workers safety and security workshop
A Knight Security Solutions community initiative alongside Don Gold.
Date: Wednesday 27 July 2016
Venue: Howick Community Church
Time: 2 – 5pm
Cost: FREE
Please join your Domestic workers. An interpreter will used.
Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0333305911 and ask for Monique.

Pepper spray
On sale from the KSS offices (2 Greenfields Place, Merrivale)
45ml – R75
60ml – R85
Pepper spray is the best “non-lethal” personal weapon in the world. You should have some accessible at all times.

Basic security advice:
• Always set your alarm.
• When you are at home, be aware of noises outside and pay attention to doors and windows left open.
• Be responsible for your OWN safety and security. Get to know your immediate neighbours. Community buy into crime projects or initiatives is usually only between 20 – 25%, so you really do need to make sure that YOU and your family are your number 1 focus.
• Make your property “less desirable” to break into than those around you. Deflect the crime away from you.
• Create extra layers of protection around your house. Put up security gates, glass “smash” sensors on large panes of windows, external beams that can be active while you are at home and gate tampering sensors linked to your alarm. All these options slow down criminals and also allow for early warning and detection.

Latest news - LED alarm status lights (little blue or red light)
The current security trend is to now make sure that the alarm status LED light is NOT visible from the road. With the status of your alarm being visible to the road, anyone driving past can establish if the alarm is set or not. For further innovative advice regarding this issue, contact Sashen on 0828700138 or Keshen on 0833935265.

Service your alarm system
Before you go away make sure that your alarm system is fully functional. Getting your alarm serviced should be something that you do annually to ensure everything is functioning as it should.

Overgrown vegetation
Clear vegetation along electric fence lines as this reduces the number of false alarms considerably. Also clear vegetation that may have grown over or is obstructing external beams.

Fence lines and alarms
Please be aware that we have had numerous reports of fences being cut (bonnox and palisade). The modus operandi is to neatly cut the fence and remove the cut-out portions with the hope that the homeowner / business owner does not notice. Then the criminals come back to the premises later on or the next day. Electric fences need to be regularly maintained. Ensure that no wires are damaged or touching. Also ensure that there is no overgrown vegetation along the fence line. Continuous false alarms take up valuable time. PLEASE CHECK YOUR ENTIRE PERIMETER FENCING REGULARLY.

Knight Security Solutions – innovative, proactive and always working with integrity.

Village Talk - 8 June 2016

School children

Please be advised that two high school girls were accosted near the High School this past month. Please be aware and brief your children on how to stay safe if they do have to walk home. Advise children to always walk in groups and try not to be distracted by playing on their cell phones. They must be alert and aware of what is going on around them. It is also a good idea to also give your children mace to carry in their bags.

Gate batteries
Gate batteries are being targeted again. Please make sure that you have a secured gate motor box. It is suggested that you also have a gate motor / gate opening tamper alarm. This can be linked to your house alarm system. The option of external beams linked to a buzzer in the house, as an early warning, is also a good idea. Please contact Keshen at KSS on 0833935265 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on both these options.

Opportunistic crime and intruders
There have been many reports of opportunistic intruders (and recently some serious incidents in Hilton involving armed intruders who are smashing windows to gain entry into houses). Please be aware, alert and report incidents immediately to KSS on 033 3305911. Please also don’t leave items in view of the road, keep garage doors closed during the day and set your alarms when you are not at home. Please also report your crimes to SAPS.

Overgrown foliage
Remember to clear the overgrown foliage in and around your property. Foliage makes good hiding places for criminals who can go unobserved by residents. Please also speak to your neighbours regarding this issue, as their overgrown foliage can adversely affect you as well.

Pepper spray
KSS have a supply of pepper spray at their offices. The 60ml sprays are R90 and the smaller 45ml sprays are R80. If you would like to purchase pepper spray, then please pop into our KSS offices at 2 Greenfields Place, Merrivale.

Watch this space – KSS Domestic safety and self-defence courses
During the latter part of July, KSS will be running safety awareness and self-defence courses in Howick for the public. The one course will be aimed directly at Domestic Workers, specifically on how to be safety and security conscious in their working environment, as well as when they are walking and travelling to and from work. The second course will be directed at anyone wanting to learn about basic self-defence. KSS have engaged with an expert in both fields and feel that these courses will have huge value for the community at large. Details will follow in due course.

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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