There is a Neighbourhood Watch meeting next Wednesday November 27th, in the Smuts Centre at St George’s Grammar School in Richmond Road from 7-8:30pm. We will be explaining how all the different organisations in the area including the NHW work, introducing block co-ordinators, getting to know each other and making sure neighbours have each others’ contact details. This is especially important as the summer holidays approach and many of us will be away — we all need to look out for each other!
If you can’t attend, please make sure that at some time in the next few weeks you get in touch with your block co-ordinator to swap phone numbers and other details. We will circulate a list of block co-ordinators after the meeting.
While you’re at it – if you don’t already have phone numbers for your closest neighbours, now would be a good time to go over and introduce yourself 🙂
If you need any incentive, please note these news snippets via Gill Lanham of the Rosebank NHW – one showing the risks, and the other the benefits of having alert neighbours:
1. Hijacking last night: “We unfortunately had an armed hijacking outside our house tonight: (Thursday) At 8.10 pm we had a visitor to our house park her car in Annerley Road. As she got out the car she was approached by three African males. One took out a gun & asked her to hand over her keys & bag. She threw these towards him & backed off across the road. They took the keys & jumped into her White Polo sedan & sped off towards the common & turned right towards Claremont.
She then rang our bell & shouted she had just been hijacked – we let her in & pushed a panic button. ADT phoned & we asked them to come immediately which they did. We also tried to call the sector 2 van number 079 894 1466 but this rang & then went to voicemail? We then phoned the Mowbray police station who took our details & the police arrived shortly afterwards. Thank the Lord nobody was hurt or injured.”
One other important point: just before it happened, the lady who arrived at our house & was hijacked, saw a blond young man walking his small dog down Annerley Road. He might have seen the hijackers arrive, either in a car or walking. He was walking down Annerley Road away from the Common towards the direction from which the hijackers arrived – they came up Annerley Rd towards the Common.”
2. Alert Bergvliet resident leads to arrests in Rondebosch (thanks to RCID for this)
“A wide awake Bergvliet resident who reads her emails from her neighbourhood watch, made an urgent call to the Constantia Valley Information Centre radio control. She reported that several b/males in a light coloured Mercedes had just rung her door bell, asking for a guest house. Having read that this profile and modus was typical of the crowbar type burglars, she was concerned. Radio control put out an alert and voluntary patrollers responded. Registration plate details confirmed that the vehicle was from out of town.
The vehicle was followed all the way into Rondebosch. After going through several red traffic lights, reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road, the driver fortunately but mistakenly turned into a cul-de-sac. The 4 suspects abandoned their vehicle and jumped into the fast flowing Rondebosch canal. SAPS vehicles from Rondebosch and Mowbray assisted to search the immediate area, and 2 suspects, very wet ones, were apprehended.
Items found inside the unregistered and hot-wired vehicle included a large sledgehammer, gloves, caps, cell phone and other incriminating evidence.
It has since been established that this vehicle and occupants are specifically wanted on a Cape Town Central case for a burglary in Tamboerskloof on 7th November, and is highly suspected as being involved (due to witness sightings and reports), in burglaries in Kuilsriver, Brackenfell, Oranjezicht and our area. The vehicle was taken to SAPS specialist units for forensic analysis. Detectives and crime intelligence from all affected areas have been informed so that they can work together to establish links and collation of evidence. “