HVCID Newsletter – February 2024

In partnership with

 Dear Residents of Harfield Village,

It is Leap Day!  Do you know why Leap years exist?

Leap years happen because of a “mismatch between the calendar year and Earth’s orbit,” according to NASA. While we think of one year as lasting 365 days, it actually takes a little longer — approximately 365 days and 6 hours — for the Earth to orbit the sun. That extra quarter of a day has to go somewhere, so around every four years, we add 24 hours — or four times six hours — to the calendar.
The extra day keeps calendars and seasons from gradually falling out of sync.  Without Leap Days, in 100 years, calendars would be 24 days off.

Another LEAP you may not know about is the Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) in the Western Cape.  This is a collaborative initiative between the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town. It aims to contribute significantly to regional safety by curbing severe crime in areas identified as crime hotspots.  It is operational in 13 murder hotspot areas in Cape Town.  In October 2023 alone, LEAP officers made over 1,100 arrests and confiscated 24 firearms,
522 illegal firearms have been taken off of the streets since the inception of LEAP. It is estimated with every firearm that is confiscated; 14 lives are saved.
Collaboration for Safety – LEAP also synergizes its efforts with various other law enforcement bodies, including the South African Police Service (SAPS), neighbourhood watch groups (NHWs), Community Policing Forums (CPFs), and other relevant stakeholders. The more collaboration there is, the stronger their chances are of making a significant impact in crime-fighting endeavours and making communities safer.

Important reminders and notices.

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.

Report, Report, Report any areas of concern to the City And 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!  
https://eservices1.capetown.gov.za/coct/wapl/zsreq_app/index.html

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

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
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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 January 2024
– Housebreaking – 19 Leicester Street
Mileage per vehicle for   1 – 31 January 2024:
D19:   2327 (1-23rd Jan), 664 (24-31st Jan)
D20:   2264 (1-23rd Jan), 641 (24-31st Jan)
Callouts per vehicle for  1 – 31 January 2024: 
D19:   125,  34
D20:   287,123

Incidents reported to SAPS: 1 – 31 January 2024
– Burglary at residential premises – Surrey Street, Princes Road, Leicester Street, 2nd Avenue, Gordon Road
– Burglary at business premises – 3rd Avenue
– Robbery with a firearm – 3rd Avenue x 2, Peffers Street
– Robbery with a weapon other than a firearm – Princes Road
– Theft out of motor vehicle – Devon Street, 1st Ave, Kenilworth Road
– Theft from motor vehicle – Bell Road x 2
– Theft general –  Worcester Street, Wessels and Derby Roads, Albert Street, Imam Haron, Bell and Norfolk Roads
– Fraud – Wessels Road
– Common Assault – 2nd Avenue
– Possession of drugs – Kenilworth Road (Arrest)
– Assault GBH – Imam Haron (Arrest)
-Possession of stolen property – Imam Haron (2 x Arrests)
– Intimidation crimen injuria  – Lincoln Street

To Note!  Last week over 4 nights there were 25 Arrests made in our area.

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 – Constable Naidoo: 079 894 1555 / 084 215 4749 – WhatsApp only.

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

HVCID Manager – Jen Rowe: 081 412 6109 (9am – 5pm Mon to Fri) / admin@hvcid.co.za

Stay safe and stay aware!
Jen Rowe and the HVCID team

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