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update from HVCID

Dear Residents


Win a R5 000 alarm system or upgrade courtesy of ADT Security!

If you have an existing alarm with ADT, you can use the R5 000 for upgrades or if you don’t have a system, you can use the R5 000 to install a new security system at your property.

The winner must be an ADT client or sign a new service agreement with ADT Security if not an active client.

Competition entry forms will be available at the HVCID stall on the day of the carnival which is Saturday, 2 April 2016 in Second Avenue.

  • A specialised camera system designed for capturing & recognising vehicle registration numbers.
  • Once vehicle registration is captured, software uses a central database to determine if the vehicle is wanted in relation to crime in greater Cape Town.
  • The above is a pro-active system that happens in real time.
  • Each camera point is monitored by two cameras. A LPR camera and an overview camera.
  • The overview camera will allow the controller to view the complete vehicle and surrounding area. This is mostly used during investigations and is therefore a reactive part of the system.
  • The placement of the cameras will ideally be based on advice received from SAPS.
  • The LPR system is currently being used in many areas in the Cape, including Constantia, Tokai, Gardens, Fish Hoek, Tamboerskloof, Camps Bay, and Greater Durbanville.

ADT has offered to supply and install two LPR cameras in the Village if we can get 60 new people to sign up for the R399 option. These cameras are expensive and we should seize the opportunity to benefit from the support of a big company like ADT. Please spread the word and encourage your neighbours and friends in the Village to sign up here or email us for a form.

Of course Villagers can also still sign up for the R199 street patrol option. Both this and any R399 sign ups count towards our longer term goal of an additional patrol vehicle and funding.

Prevention of housebreakings

  • Keep all emergency numbers in your cell phone or at hand.
  • Keep keys in a safe place and never leave them in doors or gates
  • Ensure your burglar alarm is set when leaving home.
  • Ensure your alarm codes are kept confidential and are not accessible to outside parties.
  • When away from home for a lengthy period ensure your mail box is emptied and if possible have a neighbour to keep a regular eye on your property.
  • Advise your private security company when you are away with contact numbers and key holder details.
  • Before employing workers at your home conduct thorough background checks. Take a copy of their ID document and do a security clearance at the SAPS
  • Ensure you have either alarm beams or good outside lighting installed.
  • Ensure your sliding gate has an anti-lift device.
  • Ensure your sliding gate motor has a metal guard to prevent being removed.
  • Ensure your sliding gate motor has a metal guard to prevent disengaging the motor. 

Remember 70% of all housebreakings can be linked to inside information from staff, contractors, and other persons with knowledge of house contents and whether the premises is occupied. The vast majority of housebreakings occur during the day when the premises are unoccupied.

Domestic Employees
Statistically a high percentage of residential housebreakings can be sourced back to information being fed to criminal elements knowingly or unknowingly from domestic employees.

These include full or part time domestic employees and gardeners, or outside sourced window cleaners, tree trimmers, garden services, painters, builders, etc.

Employers should be aware any access to house keys, alarm codes, safe contents, etc., increases the risk of housebreakings.

It is essential pre and post-employment checks are conducted particularly on directly employed domestic employees.
Pre-employment screening:

  • Reference check on previous employment
  • Criminal background check

Post-employment checks:

  • Keep a copy of the employees ID book on record.
  • Keep a record of the employees address and other contact details on file.
  • Keep a list of the employee’s relatives and their contact details on file.
  • Have a regular annual review of the employee and update details listed above.

High risk indicators:

  • The employee has a criminal record.
  • The employee is unhappy in their job or has had a disagreement.
  • The employee is in financial difficulties and is trying to borrow money.

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