Crime update: 13 January – 19 January 2014

Parkhurst – Total : 5 incidents  
Type Location Date and time
Theft of a motor vehicle / cycle (4) 1. 11th St
2. 7th St
3. 17th St
4. 21st St
1. 13 Jan – 14h20
2. 17 Jan – 13h00
3. 18 Jan – 18h00
4. 19 Jan – 00h30
Theft out of a motor vehicle (goods) (1) 1. Cnr 5th St & 4th Ave 1. 13 Jan – 08h30
Parktown North – Total : 3 incidents  
Type Location Date and time
House robbery (1) 1. 6th Ave 1. 16 Jan – 10h50
Residential burglary (1) 1. 7th Ave 1. 16 Jan – 19h00
Common assault (1) 1. 11th Ave 1. 14 Jan – 21h45

These crimes are the crimes that are reported by SAPS and crimes reported to CORTAC

Parkhurst and Parktown North residents and business owners
This week’s crime update includes feedback from the monthly CSF (Community Safety Forum) meeting so please read the whole newsletter for the full update.

Firstly, we would like to extend our condolences to the Parkview Police for the tragic loss of Captain H.G. Knoetse who will be sadly missed for his efficiency, integrity as his ever helpful nature. Our thoughts are with all of those who worked with him and knew him.

Please be extra careful when accepting deliveries. In Parktown North criminals gained access to a property while a courier was making a delivery. This same modus operandi has been apparent in other areas too. We suggest you contact Cortac and ask them to be present before you open your doors and gate to accept such deliveries.
When you have plumbers, electricians and other workmen visiting your property, be sure to close your gate or garage as soon as they have entered to avoid anyone else slipping in behind them.

Suspects involved in armed robberies may sometimes be in a car but be aware that other times they are on foot (having already been dropped off by their getaway driver). When in a car there are often 5 men involved but they may be hidden. If you have had to look twice or have an uneasy feeling, call it in.

Say your goodbyes to your visitors inside your house –  do not linger on the pavement saying goodbye as this gives opportunistic criminals an easy entry to your property.

A resident in Parkhurst had 2 Indian men gain access to his property, claiming to be from an insurance company. Do not let anyone onto your property unless you specifically called them and asked them to visit. Ensure your domestic workers know this too.

When visiting shops, no matter how brief your visit, make sure your car is locked and no valuables are left inside.

Make sure you and your domestic worker have a panic button on hand at all times and test these buttons regularly.

Should you be employing someone new to work at your house or on your property, Cortac can provide security checks on the individuals.

Please continue to report any suspicious activity / individuals in the area so we can stop crime before it hits. Remember that aside from the Cortac phone line (086 126 7822) you can also SMS Cortac with details of the suspicious activity (including the location) on 079 502 2750. Please save these numbers to your phone.

Follow Parksec on Twitter  and like our Facebook  page for news flashes and lookout information.

Report any crime in the area to


There have been armed robberies in our area as well as surrounding areas. Please be on the lookout for the following vehicles:
– Purple 3 series BMW
– Red Range Rover
– Silver Mazda 6
– Silver Volvo
– Silver BMW
– Blue Jetta
– 2 men on a motorbike
– Black Audi TT reg XDW 630 GP (fake plates)
– 2 men in a white Honda Jazz were involved in the vandalism of the Parktown North bus station on the corner of 7th Ave and 3rd Ave. If you know anything more or witness further graffiti’ing in action, please report it to Cortac immediately.

(Note that although we do sometimes supply registration plates to lookout for, these criminals are constantly switching registration plates so you won’t necessarily see the plates we have flagged).

If you’ve had to look twice at anything, please call it in to the Cortac control room 086 126 7822. (You don’t need to be a Cortac subscriber to call in suspicious activity)

Safety tips provided by Cortac:

  • As cell phones and tablets are frequently stolen, we encourage smart phone and tablet users to please download the relevant “find my phone” applications. This way your device can be quickly and efficiently traced. We are having increasing success in recovering stolen goods due to this application which pin points the  area in which criminals are residing.
  • If in doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice.
  • Never resist attack especially if there is a weapon involved.
  • Activate your house and car alarm not matter how long you are leaving your house for.
  • Do not wear extravagant jewellery.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of money
  • If an unmarked police vehicle signals for you to pull over, activate your hazards to acknowledge that you are aware of them, slow your vehicle down and proceed in the direction of the nearest Police Station. Try calling that police station stating there is a vehicle trying to pull you over, take note of the registration of the vehicle and let the police confirm if it is indeed a police registered vehicle. If it is not follow the steps that the police officer will give you and remember to stay calm and vigilant.

For those of you who aren’t yet signed up with Cortac, the more people contributing to the proactive patrolling of the suburbs, the more vehicles Cortac can have patrolling 24/7. Sign up today!

 Special offer: CORTAC are currently offering free transmitters to new armed response clients so please call Cortac now for details.

Regular security meetings
Parksec continues to attend weekly security briefings at the Parkview Police station and will pass on any lookout information as well as new modus operandi that we are aware of. In order for us all to be aware of new strategies and scams, please make sure that any criminal activity in the area is reported to us so we can pass the necessary information on to other residents. Also remember to report all incidents to the Parkview Police – if they are not aware of incidents there is little they can do to stop them happening again.

The Parkview police run weekly operations, with the help of local security companies, to address criminal activity in various areas in the precinct.

There are monthly CSF (Community Security Forum) meetings that take place on the last Wednesday of the month at the Parkview Police Station (6pm in the boardroom upstairs). These meetings are chaired by the CPF (Community Policing Forum). There are representatives from the various suburbs in the precinct and from security firms. If you have any issues you would like to raise, you are welcome to attend. Alternatively, if you would like Parksec to raise something on your behalf, please let us know.

Feedback from the 22 January 2014 CSF (Community Safety Forum) Meeting 

  • There is a high incidence of theft from vehicles in the area. Residents and visitors are requested not to leave anything of any value in their cars.
  • Wherever possible avoid parking cars in the road overnight
  • House robberies are taking place when couriers arrive, domestic workers are taking bins out or bringing them in and while gardeners are working on the pavement. Please be extra vigilant at these times so criminals do not gain access to your property.
  • Some residents are leaving gates and garages open which is grossly negligent and they aren’t always grateful to SAPS or security firms when their open gate is brought to their attention.
  • Sometimes gates are shut but not locked.
  • SAPS have requested that everyone tightens up their security. If your house is visible from the road, make sure your curtains aren’t left open at night giving passers by a chance to have a good look at your home.
  • SAPS arrested a man selling dagga at Zoo Lake.
  • January 2014 crime in the Parkview precinct was compared to that of January 2013. While theft out of vehicles, theft of vehicles and common robberies have increased, car-jackings and residential break-ins have declined.
  • When looking at December 2013 crime, the priority crimes were residential burglary and theft of and from motor vehicles.
  • Most criminal activity occurs between Friday and Tuesday and between 12h00 and 24h00.
  • In December 2013, Parkhurst was the area most affected by crime in the Parkview precinct – the majority of which was vehicle related crime.
  • SAPS said the following: Don’t say it won’t happen to me. We need to own our streets. Know your neighbours.

Domestic Watch and Crime Stop Meetings
Parktown North:
Penny Steyn runs Domestic Watch meetings once a month at the Parktown North Methodist Church on 7th Ave.
Meetings are from 12h00 to 13h00 on the last Wednesday of the month and cost R30 per session. For further information Call Penny Steyn 082 461 6968 or email

Parkhurst Crime Stop meetings take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 2pm at St Paul’s Church, 12th Street. They are open to anyone who works in the area – gardeners, domestic workers etc. Contact: Jenny 082 882 2700 or, Nombulelo 083 858 5688. Costs are covered by Kings Estates. Jenny is looking for someone to take over this initiative. Please contact her if you’re interested.

Signage for Cortac subscribers
We want to make sure that all Cortac subscribers have the correct signage outside their homes. If you are a proactive subscriber (meaning that you contribute to the 24-hour patrols throughout the area) then you should have a Parksec sign on your wall. If you are also a reactive subscriber (meaning that Cortac responds when your alarm is activated) then you should also have a Cortac sign up outside your house. Please let us know if you are missing a sign.

The SAPS sector vehicle (sector 2) responsible for Parkhurst and Parktown North can be contacted directly on 071 675 6062/3 Parkview Police Station contact numbers are as follows:

  • Switchboard: 011 486 5000

  • Ops Room: 011 486 5057/8

  • Front Desk: 011 486 5038

  • Sector Manager for Park Sector (Parkhurst and Parktown North) Constable Masupa: 082 534 4857

Please report any suspicious activity by:

  • Calling CORTAC Control Centre on 086 126 7822 / 0878 030 040

  • Sending a “Please Call” message to *140*079 502 2750# (domestic workers)

  • SMS’ing details of the suspicious activity to 079 502 2750


If you have any questions or concerns around safety, or if you would like to join the Parksec proactive security scheme, do not hesitate to contact us on

Keep safe and be aware!

The Parksec Committee



CORTAC specialises in the implementation of Tactical Proactive Security as well as Operational Solutions for Residential, Corporate, Industrial and Mining environments.

  • Tactical Security Solutions
  • Alarm/CCTV Monitoring
  • Guarding
  • Tracking
  • Investigations

 Contact Cortac at or 0861 267 822 for further information.

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