Do you live in a Burglary Hot Spot or a Suburb Safe Zone?

neighbourhood“If property owners do not take collective action as a neighbourhood community, the affect on everyone’s property values in that neighbourhood could be very negative”, says Cape Town real estate broker, Andre de Villiers from Cape Town.

De Villiers was previously a Neighbourhood Watch Chairperson for a popular Cape Town coastal suburb. “My experience is that there are far too few residents prepared to get involved in neighbourhood security unless there is a dramatic spike in crime or a violent attack. The majority of residents it seems are only too happy to leave the collective security concerns to someone else”.

“As the owner of four real estate offices in Cape Town, I can confirm that buyers are increasingly asking agents for more details about security issues in the neighbourhood of the house they are interested in. The focus on the individual house’s security is correctly seen as something that can be resolved by the buyer, but the area’s reputation and crime statistics are a greater concern, as a buyer knows this will probably be an issue that falls outside their immediate control.”

There is certainly a demand for reliable data but this is not as easy to obtain as some may think. Many smaller incidents are not reported to the police and many private security services treat their information as confidential and many neighbourhood watch groups are understandably concerned that their neighbourhood could suffer if their efficiency in keeping records resulted in a negative message!

“I think any professional estate agent should have some reasonable methodology to answer security questions from buyers objectively about the neighbourhood. We can’t put our head in the sand over this issue and a lack of access to reliable data is certainly a challenge,” said de Villiers.

The message to property owners is to ‘buy in’ to the responsibility of keeping their neighbourhood safe and crime free through collective action, and thereby collecting a ‘collective security dividend’. “Imagine if you will, a pocket of houses that is able to claim and where the seller or agent can statistically show, that the subject area is the safest area in this suburb! If that’s not a great selling feature then, as a real estate professional with over thirty years experience, I am not sure what is!” said de Villiers.

8 Home Security Mistakes you’re Making

mistakesEvery day we make mistakes that leave our homes vulnerable to a break-in. A burglar will always choose the easiest target and that’s good news for you – it means you have a lot of influence on whether you become a victim or not.

  • Hiding keys by doorways – leaving keys near door ways is very risky as you risk someone duplicating your key and breaking in whenever they want.
  • Leaving out mail – an overflowing mailbox is a good sign that no one is home as well as it allows criminals to steal your mail and gain personal information.
  • Open windows – windows are often the easiest entry point for burglars to access your home as doors can be sturdy and deadlocked.
  • Leaving valuables in sight – valuables should be left out sight so that burglars and stored away as expensive items signal that you have money and is a clear indicator to a burglar that your home is worth targeting.
  • No visible security – securing your home with burglar bars and visible security measures is a huge deterrent to burglars.
  • Not maintaining your yard – a messy yard is a signal to a burglar that you are an easy target as untrimmed trees and hedges make for potential hiding places.
  • Updating social media – avoid using social media to let strangers know your whereabouts as you never know who is following you online.
  • A lifeless home – leaving lights and the TV / Radio on a timer can signal to a burglar that someone is home.

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Diep River Police Forum Quarterly General Meeting

Safety-Matters-300x225We wish to invite you to the next meeting of the Diep River Community Police Forum Committee.

The Diep River CPF General meeting will take place on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 at 7pm in the Southfield Library.

Speakers will be:

  • Councillor Bew on vagrants, and what is done about the problem
  • Miss Niki Venter on Trauma, and how it is handled
  • Warrent Officer Chandler on the problem of drugs in our precinct, what was done, and how to handle it

Please set this date aside, and join us for a cup of coffee or tea and a rusk after the meeting. Call Michael for information: 083-236-0387 / 021-79708355.

CPF public meetings are often poorly attended, yet this is a way to interact with, and find out from your local SAPS about current issues. Please make every effort to attend.

Crime Stop

Crime Stop

quoteSouth Africa’s trusted tip-off service since 1992.
In two decades the anonymity of not even one informer has been compromised. We all have a responsibility to make South Africa safer for our children and every law-abiding citizen.

If you have information that can assist in exposing people involved in illegal activities, please contact us anonymously when you know:


Remember, the detectives are keen to follow up your information. Please give as many details as possible.


Community Talk | Defend Yourself

Combat Force

Over the past few months the security company Combat Force has sponsored various presentations by ACT Personal Safety and are now going ahead with the next in the series of talks. They have already discussed how to defend oneself in one’s home and businesses and what to use. But can you do it? Do you have the courage and the knowledge? The annual SAPS crime statistics shows a marked increase in home invasions, muggings and driveway hijackings. This is not a talk to miss and should be a lot of fun. Please join them and bring your friends and neighbours. Security will be on hand to keep an eye on your cars and they shall serve coffee and tea after the talk.

Date                                        : Tuesday 28 October 2014

Venue                                      : Plumstead Preparatory School, Totnes Road, Plumstead

Time                                        : 6.15pm to 7.30pm

More info: Colin Reeves, CEO Combat Force, 021-706-7775

Scrap Dealers Band Together

stolen goodsSecondhand goods dealers in Diep River are establishing a platform through which they will be able communicate with one another every day. This is to reduce the prevalence of people selling stolen goods and preventing armed robberies.

The secondhand goods dealers who have businesses in Westlake, Diep River, Southfield and Plumstead met at the Diep River Police Station last week.

Warrant Officer David Brown of Diep River police says: “We have to look out for these people as the goods they try to sell may be stolen and usually if they do not get to sell it at one place they move on to the next.”

One dealer explained a situation where a family member will, for example, sell a bicycle and later on in the day another family member will claim the bike was stolen and report it to the police.

The bike is then taken from the secondhand goods dealer and they lose out financially.

Brown says incidents like these are a regular occurrence. He says that in such a case, the bike is supposed to remain in police custody until it is presented for evidence in a court case, but if the family member withdraws the case the dealers can have the bike back.

“There are many people who try and scam secondhand dealers, but it is their duty to ensure they have the proper documentation at hand when making a deal.

Dealers are advised to insist on asking the seller to provide them with their ID, a copy can then be made and kept on record in case the item is reported stolen.

In this way, police will have the person’s personal details to follow up on.

“We strongly advise all secondhand dealers to ensure that they adhere to the law of the Secondhand Goods Act to avoid getting the short end of the stick,” he says.

Acting station commander Major Sandra Jonathan says it is important for secondhand goods dealers to share information between each other and with police, as in this way crimes can be solved by establishing links between events.

“We have to keep on communicating with one another and I call on secondhand goods dealers to attend this meeting where we share vital information and knowledge of our experiences and also to find solutions to the problems experiences by the dealers,” says Jonathan.

To share information with the police, phone (021)7107367/25 or the sector vehicle on 0825222625.

 Original Source: People’s Post