HVCID Newsletter April 2023

Dear Residents of Harfield Village,

Winter is on it’s way!  For South Africans, one of the most daunting risks is load shedding, which can have a severe impact on home security systems and your protection.  In addition to power cuts, it gets darker earlier in the afternoon and light later in the morning in winter and the risk of fires is also greater. Please make sure your security systems are working.  Contact your security provider and put the alarm and panic buttons on test.  Book a technical service call if necessary.
Link smoke detectors to your alarm system too. Fires during winter can be caused by heaters, electrical appliances or the fireplace left burning when you go to bed.
Start at the perimeter of your property and work your way in. Think like a criminal and evaluate whether your fencing or wall, garden, windows, doors, shed, garage, etc. have weaknesses a criminal can exploit.

1. Check your curb-side house number is still visible in case of an emergency. This can save critical minutes for the response team in the event of an emergency.
2. If you bring your dogs inside, ask your security company to partition your alarm system in such a way that it still offers an early warning system with pets in the house.
3. Ensure backup power supplies are in place to keep lighting, non-functional gate motors and security systems in working condition at all times.
4. Set external beams in the early evening once everyone is home.
5. Be vigilant when leaving and arriving home. Criminals take advantage of the longer hours of darkness in winter and are not afraid of the cold.
6. Ensure your security service provider has the most up-to-date key-holder contact details.
As we prepare to spend more time indoors, have peace of mind your security routines are as prepared for winter as you are.
https://adt.co.za/load-shedding-understanding-the-impact-it-has-on-home-security-systems/
For more information contact Fidelity ADT 086 12 12 300  
Fidelity ADT Emergency: 086 1212 301www.adt.co.za




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

OTHER IMPORTANT CONTACT NUMBERS:
Police (National): 10111, Police (Claremont): 021 657 2250
Police Sector 1 Manager – W.O. Wilkins: 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 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 something will be done!
If they do not respond, please send me an email, with your reference numbers to follow up!  
https://eservices1.capetown.gov.za/coct/wapl/zsreq_app/index.html

Remember Har-Lyn Neighbourhood Watch. 
You can make a difference by giving a couple of hours of your time a week…

If you are interested please contact Penny Owens on 072 252 8571 or email secretary@harlynwatch.org.za or info@harlynwatch.org.za



CRIME REPORT :  (Please note that we are not allowed to report specifics)
FIDELITY ADT PATROL CARS:
The two dedicated F-ADT response vehicles for Harfield Village are D19 and D20.
Reported by Fidelity ADT: 1 – 31 March 2023
No incidents reported.
Mileage per vehicle for March 2023: 
D19: 612, 519, 500, 682
D20: 578, 507, 473, 510
Callouts per vehicle for March 2023: 
D19:    38,   26,   26,  21
D20:  156, 104, 104,  78

Incidents reported to SAPS: 1 – 31 March 2023
– Attempted Burglary at Business Premises – 2nd Avenue
– Burglary at residential premises – Durham Street
– Robbery with a firearm – Kenilworth Road
– Attempted common robbery – Surrey Street
– Common Robbery – 2nd Avenue
– Common Assault – Derby Road
– Fraud – 2nd Avenue 
– Theft General –  Dingle Avenue, 3rd Avenue  
– Theft out of motor vehicle – Imam Haron, Kenilworth Road, McBride’s Avenue
– Malicious damage to property – Derby Road
– Possession of presumed stolen property – Greenwood Road

As always stay safe, warm and dry!
Kind regards,
Jen Rowe and the HVCID team

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