HVCID Newsletter – May 2024

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Dear Residents,

Winter is arriving…soon we hope!  Fires will be lit, candles too if load shedding arrives and heating ramped up.  To help avoid any fires please see a ‘Fire Safety Checklist’ from Fidelity ADT to help identify any vulnerable spaces and fire hazards in your homes. 
Smoke alarms – Smoke detectors are an excellent idea to install around your home and where you have an accumulation of electronic equipment that needs recharging
Fire extinguishers – Ideally one should have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and garage. It is also useful to consider adding a fire blanket with the fire extinguisher in the kitchen
Electrical safety – Ensure all electrical cords and plugs are in good condition without frays or damage; electrical outlets should not be overloaded with too many plugs
Heating appliances – Heaters should be placed at least 1 meter away from flammable materials, like curtains, furniture, or bedding and if you have a fireplace, the chimney and vents are cleaned and inspected annually. If any heating appliances (and this includes hair curlers or other such devices) were switched on when load shedding started, please switch them off to avoid any unattended devices catching fire when the power comes back later
Kitchen safety – Stoves and ovens should be free from grease buildup and all flammable items like dish towels
Candles and open flames – Ensure candles are placed on sturdy holders and kept far away from curtains, bedding, and other flammable materials. They should be extinguished before bed.
In the event of a fire, ensure you and your family have an escape plan. You should have at least two ways to exit a room in your home in case of a fire and ensure there is a safety door. The keys to the door should be placed at a predetermined centralised spot.
Store any important documentation and emergency contacts in a fireproof safe.

Lastly, we warn that dealing with lithium-ion battery fires can be particularly dangerous. Lithium-ion batteries have proven to be very well-suited for inverters because of their long life and high voltage, but such a fire cannot be contained by water or other traditional measures. Lithium-ion fires don’t burn cleanly and can vent toxic gases into the surrounding area. If you have installed an inverter at home, we ask that you investigate whether your fire protection measures are adequate and whether they are suitable for lithium fires. Importantly these require a lithium fire extinguisher which should be placed close to your inverter or your battery bank. Accredited lithium fire extinguishers are provided by Fidelity SecureFire, a member of the Fidelity Services Group.

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Please could you take a few minutes to read about the various associations that work for you in Harfield Village.  It takes a Community to make an impact and we want to highlight the different roles we cover within the Village.
Please have a look at the HVCID website for more information about our role in the Community.

For the other role players in our Community please see the links below for more information:
Harfield Village Association(HVA) – https://harfieldvillage.org.za/
Friends of Harfield Parks(FoHP) –  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100079170056365
Har-Lyn Neighbourhood Watch – https://www.harlynwatch.org.za/    

Please join in the fun at Hampstead Park tomorrow!

A call for help!
We are recruiting for a Patrol and Call Out Officer whose main function will be to patrol and respond to any cart horse related issues on the road in the areas where the cart horses work.
If you are interested, please follow this link and complete the application form. 

Megan White
Major Funding and Development Officer 
Phone: +27 (0) 21 535 3435
Email: megan@carthorse.org.za   Website: www.carthorse.org.za

REPORT CART HORSE ABUSE to 082 6 599 599
Your donation will make a difference to the lives of working cart horses! 
Nedbank Account 104 639 5998 | Code 104 609  | NPO Number: 005-761    

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 April 2024
– House break-in – Durham Street
Mileage per vehicle for 1 – 30 April 2024:
D19:  835, 898, 765, 751
D20:  892, 925, 831, 811
Callouts per vehicle for 1 – 30 April 2024: 
D19:     17,   9, 17, 23
D20:     47, 66, 38, 73

Incidents reported to SAPS: 1 – 30 April 2024
– Burglary at residential premises – Durham Street
– Theft from motor vehicle – Gordon Road
– Theft general – Princes Road, Stafford Street, Imam Haron, Mathew Road, Imam Haron x 2
– Intimidation – 2nd Avenue
– Common robbery – Surrey Street
– Possession of dangerous weapons – Kenilworth Road, Imam Haron x 2 (Arrests)
– Possession of drugs – Imam Haron, (Arrests)
– Possession of house breaking implements – Imam Haron(Arrest)
– Used a motor vehicle without consent – 2nd Avenue
– Malicious damage to property – Imam Haron    

Please take a minute to read some 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!  

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  
Please follow these 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.

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 warm, safe and please stay aware!
Jen Rowe and the HVCID team

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