HVCID Newsletter – January 2024

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Dear Residents of Harfield Village,

May 2024 be a year of active citizenship.  We live in a beautiful City with so much potential.  Let us not get complacent or look to others to solve the problems (of which there are a few!).  Let’s work together to protect what we have and to make our Village a safe, clean and community based space that we all feel proud to live in.  We can do this if we all work together and volunteer some time to help in whatever form we can!

Please see our HVCID Chairman, Bruce Burmeister’s, AGM report

AGM 2023
Good evening All and welcome to our presentation on behalf of the HVCID, for those that still don’t know who we are- it is the Harfield Village Community Improvement District- and no, we are not a formal CID but rather a voluntary CID, that only looks after security. We are sponsored by FADT and have 2 vehicles in the immediate area. Should Harfield move towards a formal CID, we would disband, and that CID would take over, but that is probably a few years away still.

From a camera perspective, we installed 3 new cameras this year and now have 15 overview cameras and 3 LPR’s in Harfield Village. 2 cameras, sponsored by FADT and 1 by the HVCID. D19 and D20, the 2 ADT cars are on the HVCID Crime WhatsApp group and that reduces reactive time to incidents. The FADT armed response have cellphones which allows for rapid reaction and contact. Nic Ansell, our new South Branch manager started with FADT this year and has already made a difference by decentralizing FADT to a more local base in Plumstead.

Then clean ups– and here, our manager, Jen is at the forefront as usual. Regular cleanups on a Thursday occur and every week SAPS Social Services and solid waste are involved especially in from of Telkom and SAPS. Jen constantly is in contact with our Ward Councilor, SAPS, Social Services, and U-turn most days. It’s an uphill battle and it changes everyday but Jen soldiers on and without her, we would have a massive settlement booming with vagrants.
Peter, our gardener, who works for both ourselves and FOHP cleans mainly in the area of SAPS and the Post Office.
The HVCID had a Dream Clean on Sunday the 11th of June and the turnout from the City, Prasa, and our U-turn helpers assisted but very few residents contributed, which was disappointing. We had a combined street spring-clean on Heritage weekend with HVA and FOHP calling on residents to assist to clean the village, but it was not successful. 

The HVCID continues to sponsor U-turn R1500 per month and they do clean ups once a week.

HVCID, SAPS projects:
• We sponsored the upgrade of the SAPS boardroom.
• We sponsored the painting of Colonel Louw’s office and the staff room.
• We gave SAPS another vacuum cleaner.
• We assisted in lowering the kerb to enable the SAPS station to be wheelchair friendly.

They are an amazing asset to our Village and patrol on a regular basis. They are struggling to get patrollers to do active duty and the HVCID donated R 45 000 this year to assist them with their radios upgrade.

• Are sponsoring the upgrade of the noticeboard in Hampstead Park.
• Placed a trailer and guard in 2nd Avenue during the day for a few months.
• Becoming more and more involved in our area- they ensure that the gate at Harfield station is opened and locked every day.

And then Jen- well- what does our manager do?
1. Manages the HVCID Crime Alert WhatsApp groups for residents.
2. Manages the Harfield Community Notice WhatsApp group to share information.
3. Produces a monthly newsletter.
4. The HVCID website gets regular updates.
5. Attends weekly task force and CPF meetings monthly.
6. Attends law enforcement/ crime/ hot spot group, chaired by Derek Bluck of Harlyn on a weekly basis. This is proving very successful.
7. Attends HVA and FoHP meetings once a month.
8. Patrols with Harlyn NW.
9. Liaises with FADT and residents on crime, camera footage and areas of concern.

So, to my Committee, I have been a relatively absent chair, but my committee had made sure that the wheels still turn and to Caryn, Arthur, Monique, and Shane, my thanks to all of you.

Lastly my thanks to SAPS, Harlyn, and you, the residents, for your support.
So ends my Chairperson’s report for 2023.
These are important reminders and notices, so I am leaving them in the Newsletter each month. 

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 December 2023
– Housebreaking – York Street, Roseville Road x 2
Mileage per vehicle for 1 – 31 December 2023:
D19:   712, 695, 2214 (13-31st Dec)
D20:   691, 715, 2168 (13-31st Dec)
Callouts per vehicle for 1 – 31 December 2023: 
D19:      31,  11,   80
D20:    131,125, 261

Incidents reported to SAPS: 1 – 31 December  2023
– Burglary at residential premises – Wessels Road, Roseville Road, York Street
– Common Robbery – 2nd Avenue
– Theft out of motor vehicle – Harvey Road
– Theft general –  Imam Haron
– Fraud – Rutland Road
– Possession of drugs – Imam Haron x 3 (Arrests)
-Possession of presumed stolen property – Imam Haron (Arrest)
– Malicious damage to property –  2nd Avenue, Imam Haron (Arrest)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

Stay safe and stay aware!
You are welcome to call me and we can discuss where we need help.

With so much thanks
Jen Rowe and the HVCID team

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