HVCID Newsletter August 2023

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Dear Residents of Harfield Village,

An advisory from Fidelity ADT…
Shopping is a fun and relaxing activity for many people, but it can also expose us to some safety risks if we are not careful.  Please be vigilant at malls and shopping centres and be aware that criminals are opportunistic and always looking for opportunities to strike.
Here are 5 common mistakes we all make when shopping and how to avoid them:Being distracted by our phones, music or conversations. This can make us lose sight of our surroundings and our belongings, and make us an easy target for thieves or scammers. Make sure your phone is out of sight either in a zipped-up bag or in a front pocket.Not checking if your car is locked or if the windows are rolled up. This can invite criminals to break into your car and steal your purchases or personal items.  Make sure you don’t leave anything visible in your car no matter where you park!Wearing expensive jewellery, watches or accessories. This can attract unwanted attention and make us look like a wealthy target for robbers.Carrying too much cash or using unsafe payment methods. This can expose us to the risk of losing our money or having our card details stolen.Leaving our bags unattended or open. We should always keep our bags close to us and zipped up, and never leave them on the floor, on a bench or in a cart.  If someone does try to snatch your handbag, let it go. Do not resist or fight

Two of our Fidelity ADT Officers.  On the left: Sinethemba Mana and next to him Dumisani Mhlonyane.  Thank you for helping to keep us protected.

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 (I.e. 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 July 2023
– Housebreaking – Edward Road, York Street
– Church Break in – Roseville Road
– Theft of cellphone – Princes Road
Mileage per vehicle for July 2023: (in 2 week blocks)
D19:   2123,  1519  
D20*:      65,  1229
Callouts per vehicle for July 2023: 
D19:      43,     32
D20:    159,   122
* D20 vehicle had to go for service and repairs in July.

Incidents reported to SAPS: 1 – 31 July 2023
– Burglary at residential premises – 3rd Avenue, Roseville Road, Kenilworth Road
– Attempted carjacking – 2nd Avenue
– Theft from motor vehicle – 1st Avenue
– Theft out of motor vehicle – Leicester Street
– Fraud – Greenfield Road
– Crimen Injuria and common assault – Imam Haron
– Assault GBV – Imam Haron
– Possession of presumed stolen property – Imam Haron
– Malicious damage to property – Worcester Street
– Theft general – Hereford Road, Albert Street, Princes Road    

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

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 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.zaStay alert and stay safe!

Kind regards,
Jen Rowe and the HVCID team

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