13 August 2021 Newsletter

Dear Residents,

We have some great news!! The HVCID has upgraded all our existing cameras. The new cameras have a high level of analytics that will assist with our off-site monitoring. The cameras will detect human and/or vehicle movement and alert the off-site Fidelity ADT controller and appropriate action will be implemented.

This change has now escalated the camera system to pro-active functions, instead of being reactive only, which will help with better visibility and a safer community.

It is important to note that the cameras are recording all activity 24/7.
Har-Lyn Neighbourhood watch also has access to our cameras which creates even more visibility.

Please note that according to CoCT CCTV Policy, and the POPIA act, footage can only be released with a SAPS case number.

We are very excited about this upgrade!

Some information on the journey of a U-turn Voucher

Vouchers are the kindest way to assist someone in need on the street and enable you to give responsibly.

Money fuels addiction – we know that over 70% of people facing homelessness struggle with addiction – and providing food and money causes dependency. It doesn’t enable the person to change their situation, but rather makes them dependent on you.

By giving someone a U-turn voucher, you provide them with basic needs, like food and clothing, and most importantly you also put them in touch with support services and a rehabilitation programme with a very high rate of success. And you support one of the few programmes in Cape Town with a long-term developmental approach.

The story of Max, is a great example of how vouchers can empower a person to leave the streets. Max was a car guard for over 20 years and an addict when he joined the U-turn programme. Today, Max is completing his articles at a law firm.

If Max had not been put in touch with U-turn, he may still be a car guard struggling to overcome addiction instead of fulfilling his dream of becoming a lawyer.

You can watch Max’s story and other similar stories here: https://homeless.org.za/what-we-do/#stories

Tuesday 17 August: 2 – 3pm.
U-Turn and Harfield Village residents meet to help clean up.

The Meet-up point is under the covering outside the U-turn Charity Shop on Imam Haron Road.
Duration: 1 hr
Everyone is welcome!
Please bring your own gloves, plastic bags and a spade

If you would like to hear more about the clean-up plans going forward and would like to help, please give me a call on 081 412 6109.

Here’s to a safer, cleaner Village.

REMINDER: Please help us be the eyes and ears in the community.  If you see a broken or missing street sign, potholes, or broken pavements, dislodged paving stones or a road in need of resurfacing, street lights not working, dumping, litter, squatting… please log these requests with the City. 

Please keep your reference number handy in case it is not attended to and you need to follow up.  Thanks so much!

Please follow these basic guidelines if you need help or need to alert someone urgently…

Call: Police 10111 and Fidelity ADT Emergency: 086 1212 301
Also call Har-Lyn Neighbourhood Watch: 071 802 2454 (Please hold on the line if no-one answers right away, as it will forward through to F-ADT).

Police (National): 10111, Police (Claremont): 021 657 2250
Police Sector 1 Manager – W.O. Colin Geneke: 079 894 1555
HVCID Manager – Jen Rowe: 081 412 6109 (9am – 5pm Mon to Fri) / admin@hvcid.co.za

City of Cape Town Emergency Services (When life or property is endangered by fire, accidents, natural disasters etc.): From mobile: 112; From Landline: 107
Metro Police & Traffic: 0860 765 423

Please always phone to check the credentials of people saying they are from the Council before letting them in! Tel: Leandre Layman 0624606906

Links to places where you can donate to people who are in need:
U-Turn Vouchers
U-Turn Donation
Give Responsibly: Non Profits you can support in 2021
Western Cape Department of Social Development

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