HVCID Newsletter February 2023

Dear Residents of Harfield Village,

I hope you had a good Festive Season and that 2023 finds you safe and as ready for the year ahead as you can be.  I returned from the UK and I am so grateful to live in this beautiful, complex country.  It is Community, Family and Friends that make this home…We as South Africans are so resilient and that is something most people in other Countries pay to learn and understand!

* Please remember to 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!  

An appeal for us to reduce water consumption…

As water usage continues to climb to pre-drought levels, Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has urged residents and businesses to unite behind the City’s proactive water savings target of using less than 850 million litres daily. Cape Town experienced below-average rainfall during the 2022 hydrological year, and dam levels are now 62%, which is almost 25% lower than they were at this time last year. Besides the risk of another below-average winter rainfall season ahead, sustained high stages of load-shedding can disrupt drinking water production and reticulation, which may affect high-lying residential properties in particular. Let’s be water-wise and work together to use less water now. Please click on the link for more information.

NB!!  City hosting online meeting about beetle threat. 

The City of Cape Town is hosting an online public meeting about the invasive Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer beetle (PSHB). The beetle poses a serious threat to our urban forest as infested trees have to be chipped. Residents are encouraged to get involved in preventing this pest from spreading even further. Some trees in Newlands, Rondebosch, Mowbray and Claremont have been infested already, with the Liesbeek River being identified as a priority pathway.
Details of the online meeting:

In 2023 it would be wonderful for us to work together to make our Village as safe as we can.  One way to do this is to become part of the Har-Lyn Neighbourhood Watch. 
They do amazing work in the Community and are a vital part in our fight against crime. Har-Lyn needs more patrollers!  NO patroller is asked to put themselves at risk and there is solid back-up from armed responses in the area.
If you are interested please contact Penny Owens on 072 252 8571 or email secretary@harlynwatch.org.za or info@harlynwatch.org.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

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

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 December 2022
No incidents reported.
Mileage per vehicle for December 2022:
D19: 1043, 832,   916, 1011
D20: 1212, 987, 1176, 1345
Callouts per vehicle for December 2022: 
D19:    41,  31,  37,  88
D20:  163,117,180, 354
Reported by Fidelity ADT: 1 – 31 January 2023
D20 Medical response for a child in the park who fell.
Mileage per vehicle for January 2023:
 D19:  865, 717,  973,  766                  
 D20:  909, 828,1470,1528
Call outs per vehicle for January 2023: 
 D19:     35,   33,   23,   33
 D20:   125, 157, 146, 135

Incidents reported to SAPS: 1 – 31 December 2022
– House Robbery – Surrey Street
– Robbery with a weapon other than a firearm – Princes Park 
– Robbery with a firearm – 1st Avenue
– Assault with purpose to inflict bodily harm – Princes Road
– Common Assault – Cornwall Street, Stafford Street
– Trespassing – Roseville Road
– Fraud – Harvey Road, Imam Haron, Suffolk Street
– Driving under the influence of alcohol offense – Imam Haron
– Theft General – 2nd Ave x 2, 3rd Ave x 1, Imam Haron, Greenwood, Roseville and Princes Road, Leicester Street
– Theft of motor vehicle/motorcycle – 1st Avenue

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