HVCID Newsletter July 2023

In Partnership with       
 Dear Residents of Harfield Village, 

I would like to share a few safety tips and crime trends with you.  Please take a few minutes to read some important information that may help prevent you becoming a victim of a crime.

There is an upswing in theft out of motor vehicles with the aim of accessing spare wheels and jacks in a number of sectors in Claremont. 
Please don’t leave valuables in cars – visible or in your boot.

Theft from Complexes: If you live in a flat complex please try form a WhatsApp group and include the janitor/groundman/board of trustees .
Don’t leave windows on the communal passage open nor balcony doors that can be easily accessed.
Put your electronic equipment such as laptops, iPad, tablets away before you leave home.
Don’t leave valuables near open windows and doors.
Look at weak access points and put security measures in place. 
Work together with trusted neighbours to stay safe.
Join your street WhatsApp groups in Harfield Village.

Theft of Cell phones: Please be vigilant on our streets and try not to use your cellphones outside as they become an easy target and so do you!

Fraud: There has been a huge increase in cases opened at Claremont SAPS for online fraud. Please see a message from the CPF in the link below

If you are the unfortunate victim of a crime or attempted crime, no matter how small, please:
– post the incident on our HVCID Crime Alert WhatsApp Group ASAP. If you can, take note of as much detail as possible. 
If a vehicle is involved – give a *partial* vehicle registration (I.e. CA123 xxx), color, make, model. You can send me the full registration number. 
Number of occupants, gender of occupants, location and what direction they are travelling in. 
Give a comprehensive description of the individual/s (eg. W/male wearing red hoodie with a green bag and white takkies.) Any distinct markings?
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.
Please WhatsApp me the case number on 081 412 6109. 
No posting of pictures, but please forward them to me, your Security company, your Neighbourhood watch or SAPS. 

Stay as safe as you can and please be aware!

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 – 30 June 2023
– Theft of cellphone – Wessels Road
– Theft from trailer and Arrest – Matthew Road 
– Attempted theft with a weapon other than a firearm – 3rd Avenue
Mileage per vehicle for June 2023: 
D19:  1108,   973, 1017,  2246
D20:  1215, 1059, 1127,  2315
Callouts per vehicle for June 2023: 
D19:    12,  27,  23,    69
D20:    71,  58,  64,  298

Incidents reported to SAPS: 1 – 30 June 2023
– Burglary at a school – Imam Haron
– Burglary at residential premises – 1st Avenue
– Attempted theft out of motor vehicle – Gordon Road
– Fraud – 3rd Avenue, Derby Road
– Theft out of motor vehicle – Gordon Road, Kenilworth Road, Mathew Road, 1st Avenue, Oxford Street
– Crimen Injuria – Derby Road
– Malicious damage to property -3rd Avenue
– Theft general – Surrey Road, Mathew Road (Arrest), Imam Haron, 2nd Avenue, Purley Street, Roseville Road

W/O Botha on the left (Sector 4 Manager covering BECA, Claremont Village and Kenilworth Village). Next to him Constable Naidoo (Sector 1 Manager covering Lynfrae, Sunnybrae and Harfield Village) 

Both these officers are serious about combating crime in our area and have plenty of arrests under their belts. 
Thank you for all you do to keep us safe!

NB! 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 1312020, so 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 reduces the opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness and with daily patrols of our area.
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

I hope you stay dry, warm and safe!
Kind regards,
Jen Rowe and the HVCID team

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