HVCID Newsletter – December 2023

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Dear Residents of Harfield Village,

This has been a challenging year for a lot of people.  I hope that you get to have some time out and that you recharge and manage to spend some quality time with your family and friends.

I encourage you to venture out into nature and explore this beautiful City we are privileged enough to call home!  Exercise is so good for us and our mental well being. 

If you do, here are a few tips from Fidelity ADT:
Carry some ID – Carry some form of identification on you, so that any bystanders will know who you are and who to contact in case of an emergency.
Safety in numbers – Try not to run or cycle alone. Rather join a group of people who can look out for your safety and also offer encouragement along the way when muscle pain or cramps set in.
Tell someone – Another good idea is to ensure someone you trust, knows that you are headed out for a run or cycle, has an idea of the route you plan to take and when you expect you will return. In this way, they can quickly raise the alarm if you do not return as planned.
Be visible – Wear reflective clothing to make sure you are visible to other road users.
Run/walk against traffic and cycle with traffic. This makes you even more visible to others. If you can, make use of pavements or any designated cycle tracks.
Vary your routine – Changing up your route and training time makes it difficult for any would-be criminal to anticipate your movements. The change in scenery can also make the physical exertion more bearable.
Charge your phone battery – Make sure your cell phone battery is fully charged so that you are able to call for help in case of an emergency. It is also important to save the correct emergency contact numbers on your phone, so that you can quickly contact the police, your security company or your neighbourhood watch when you need them.
Mobile tracking – Find out from your security company if they offer a mobile tracking app which can be downloaded on your cell phone. This is an effective way of alerting emergency service providers when you need them while also giving them your accurate location, especially if you are running or hiking along a mountain path or in a forest.
For Emergencies call FADT on 086 12 12 301 

A heartfelt Thank You to all the role players in our area who work so hard, many of them volunteers, to keep us safe.  I appreciate your dedication and commitment to the Community so much more since joining the HVCID and being witness to your efforts on the streets.  You all deserve our respect and Thanks!

These are important reminders and notices, so I am leaving them in the Newsletter each month.  Please keep reading them as this helps with being part of a solution in our Community.  We need everyone to help create a better Village for all of us.

A reminder:  If you are the unfortunate victim of a crime or attempted crime, no matter how small, please take note of as much detail as possible and open a case at SAPS, as soon as you can. The quicker you go to SAPS, the easier it is to hopefully apprehend and arrest the suspect/s.
Take note of the vehicle registration, colour, make, model, number of occupants, gender of occupants, location and what direction they are travelling in.
Give a comprehensive description of the individual/s (E.g. W/male wearing red hoodie with a green bag and white takkies.)
And please WhatsApp me the case number on 081 412 6109.

The HVCID Crime Alert WhatsApp Group is a no-chat group used to alert us to current crimes and suspicious activities in the Village.  It is monitored by Fidelity ADT and our Armed Response Officers.
If you would like to join the Group please send me an email on admin@hvcid.co.za

Vacant homes, buildings and pieces of land are attracting criminality into our area. This includes residential and industrial property. Please log your concerns and complaints on the link below. Go to the safety and security category and log the property concerned.
Also call SAPS and alert them and your Private Security Providers, so they can do regular checks.
Our 2 dedicated F-ADT vehicles are also doing patrols in Harfield Village every day.  
CRIME REPORT :  (Please note that we are not allowed to report specifics)
The two dedicated F-ADT response vehicles for Harfield Village are D19 and D20.
Reported by Fidelity ADT: 1 – 31 October 2023
– Housebreaking – Roseville Road, Surrey Street

Mileage per vehicle for 1 – 31 October 2023:
D19:   1225(1st-12th), 984, 1199
D20:   1160(1st-12th), 962, 1103
Callouts per vehicle for 1 – 31 October 2023: 
D19:      22, 23,  21
D20:    125, 81,159

Incidents reported to SAPS: 1 – 31 October 2023
– Burglary at residential premises – Surrey Street, Roseville Road, Surrey Street, Cornwell Street
– Assault GHB – Cornwell Street
– Common Assault – Dingle Avenue, Imam Haron (Arrest)
– Common Robbery – 3rd Avenue, Kenilworth Road
– Theft of motor vehicle – 3rd Avenue
– Theft out of motor vehicle – Surrey Street, Bell Road, Oakfield Road
– Theft general -Devon Street, Imam Haron, Bell Road, 2nd Avenue
-Possession of presumed stolen property – Imam Haron (Arrest)
– Possession of drugs – Hereford Road (Arrest)
– Fraud – 3rd Avenue

Reported by Fidelity ADT: 1 – 30 November 2023
– Housebreaking – Hereford Road
– Armed Robbery – 2nd Avenue

Mileage per vehicle for November 2023:
D19:   632, 659, 719, 685
D20:   565, 593, 652, 612
Callouts per vehicle for November 2023: 
D19:    20,   25,  17,   28
D20:    91, 113, 111, 187

Incidents reported to SAPS: 1 – 30 November 2023
– House Robbery – 2nd Avenue, Roseville Road
– Burglary at residential premises – Wessels Road
– Burglary at Business premises – Albert Road, 2nd Avenue x 2
– Common Assault – Dingle Avenue
– Common Robbery – Imam Haron
– Theft from motor vehicle – Princes Square
– Theft out of motor vehicle – 1st Avenue, Wessels Road, Bell Road, Imam Haron
– Theft general –  2nd Avenue x 2, Purley Street, Hereford Street
– Possession of drugs – Imam Haron (Arrest)
– Possession of a dangerous weapon – 2nd Avenue (Arrest)
– Fraud – Bell Road, Wessels Road, 2nd Avenue
– Drunk Driving – Bell Road (Arrest)
– Crimen Injuria – 1st Avenue
– Malicious damage to property –  Suffolk Street
– Trespassing – Edward Road (Arrest)

Please note: The new outbound F-ADT number, that will appear on your phone when you receive a call, has changed.
Please save the new number 087 131 2020, so that you know it is not spam!

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).
Law Enforcement: 021 480 7700, From a landline: 107

Police (National): 10111, Police (Claremont): 021 657 2250
Police Sector 1 Manager – Constable Naidoo: 079 894 1555 / 084 215 4749 – WhatsApp only.
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

Report, Report, Report any areas of concern to the City If the issue persists, please keep logging your complaint as areas are given priority by the number of complaints received. So the more you log, the more chance there is that something will be done!  If they do not respond, please send me an email, with your reference numbers to follow up!  

Har-Lyn Neighbourhood Watch 
You can make a difference in your community by giving a couple of hours of your time a week to patrol, or a donation would also be so appreciated. 
Please contact Penny Owens for more information on 072 252 8571 or email: secretary@harlynwatch.org.za or info@harlynwatch.org.za

  Merry Christmas and best Wishes for the Festive Season!
Stay safe, stay aware and try reconnect with nature during this crazy time of the year…
It’s good for you!

With thanks
Jen Rowe and the HVCID team

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