Crime update: 13 May – 19 May 2014

The following includes crimes reported to Parksec and CORTAC

Parkhurst – Total : 5 incidents  
Type Location Date and time
House robbery (1) 1. 21st St 1. 19 May – 13h40
Common robbery (2) 1. Cnr 4th Ave & 6th St
2. Cnr 4th Ave & 13th St
1. 14 May – 03h28
2. 15 May – 22h31
Theft of motor vehicle (1) 1. 5th St 1. 17 May – 17h00
Theft from a motor vehicle (parts / accessories) (1) 1. 7th St 1. 17 May – 21h25
Parktown North – Total : 2 incidents  
Type Location Date and time
Hijacking (1) 1. 12th Ave 1.19 May – 12h30
Attempted residential burglary  (1) 1. 11th Ave 1.13 May – 05h00

We aren’t receiving stats from SAPS any longer so please ensure all incidents are reported to Parksec so we are aware of the latest crimes and modus operandi in our area.

Over the last week there have been a few follow-homes from Hyde Park Shopping Centre – one to a home in our area and then others in neighbouring areas . There are allegedly spotters within the centre who alert fellow-suspects of people leaving the centre, wearing expensive jewellery / driving a car they are after. The victim is then followed home and held up as he/she arrives home. Be alert when in this, and other shopping centres, and also when driving home. If you suspect you are being followed, phone your security provider immediately and make your way to the nearest police station.

On the 19th May there were 3 incidents which are believed to have involved the same gang in a white Mercedes C Class. These incidents occurred in Parkhurst, Dunkeld and Saxonwold. Suspects either force open gates or make their way into properties where gates / garages are left open, or when the resident is arriving or leaving home. They also approach construction workers and force them to open the gate. They usually leave with jewellery, phones and laptops/tablets.

The common robberies which took place in Parkhurst involved the theft of cell phones and suspects fled in a white Toyota Corolla at the one incident and in a white VW Polo at the other incident.

All runners and walkers need to be alert in the early mornings and late afternoons when it is dark. Be especially careful around Zoo Lake, the spruit, Emmarentia dam and the botanical gardens.

If you are having a function at your house, let your security provider know so they can arrange extra patrols or arrange a security guard for the duration of the event.

If you are a victim of crime in the area, drop us an email (info@parksec.co.za) with the details so we can warn other residents and, wherever possible, avoid similar incidents from occurring. The reporting of incidents also assists Cortac in flagging keys areas to focus on.

The street/block WhatsApp groups used for instant security communication in our suburbs, are up and running. Each street has its own WhatsApp group made up of all the residents in the street. A big thank you to all of you who have volunteered to be the WhatsApp administrator for your road.

This Parksec security initiative is proving to be very effective in making everyone in the street aware of suspicious people/cars, new scams, stolen water meters, power cuts, etc. so we really do encourage all residents and business owners to participate. Let’s try and avoid posting things from neighbourhoods which aren’t adjacent to ours else there are too many updates which are overwhelming and can cause unnecessary paranoia. We are still looking for Little Chelsea volunteers to administer groups. For those of you who don’t know what being a street WhatsApp administrator involves, it requires that you set up the WhatsApp group using the cell numbers that Parksec provide, for your particular road. Thereafter open communication can start between the residents within each road. Should Parksec receive lookout /security information which relates to everyone across both suburbs, then Parksec will send the info on to the street administrators, who will then pass the information on to their street groups. Let us know if you would like to be part of this initiative (email your physical address and cell number to info@parksec.co.za) and also let us know if you would like to be the WhatsApp administrator for your road.

Guidelines for WhatsApp groups: – Administrators remember that those on the WhatsApp admin group are from both Parkhurst and Parktown North so be sure to specify the suburb you are referring to when reporting an incident. – When reporting incidents state the road name and the nearest corner or the state which block the incident occurred but let’s not use specific house numbers. Specific addresses can be sent to Parksec separately if necessary. Also include the date and time of the incident. If it relates to a car theft or theft from vehicle please include the colour and make of car and where it was parked (on the road or in a driveway/garage). For burglaries or robberies it’s also interesting to know how suspects gained access to the property. If CCTV footage is available then you can pass on lookout vehicle information to the group. Descriptions of the suspect/s is also helpful. – Refrain from circulating photos of suspects and avoid posting these to Facebook, Twitter and other platforms as this can jeopardise the conviction of those photographed.

Many streets have expressed an interest in street remote-site monitoring via CCTV security cameras. For a free assessment of your street, please contact Cortac: Dave Thomas – 083 785 5161 – dave.thomas@cortac.co.za Darren Greenberg – 079 368 6084 – darren@cortac.co.za Benefits of remote-site camera monitoring include, among others –  vehicle tracking, public space monitoring and surveillance of suspicious foot traffic.

Follow Parksec on Twitter  and like our Facebook  page for news flashes and lookout information as the information becomes available.

Please email Parksec (info@parksec.co.za) with the details of incidents you are involved in.

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 control room (086 126 7822) you can also SMS Cortac with details of the suspicious activity (including the location) to 079 502 2750. Please save these numbers to your phone. (You don’t need to be a Cortac subscriber to call in suspicious activity).

Lookout:

These vehicles have been involved in incidents in either our area or neighbouring suburbs:

  • White C Class Mercedes
  • Black 7 series BMW
  • Black Golf 5 GTi

Although these vehicles are flagged, be on the lookout for all cars with suspicious occupants.

Safety tips provided by Cortac:

  • As cell phones and tablets are frequently stolen, we encourage smart phone and tablet users to download the relevant “find my phone” applications. This way your device can be quickly and efficiently traced. Cortac are having increasing success in recovering stolen goods due to this application which pin points the area in which criminals are residing. Send us an email if you require help setting this up on your smart phone or tablet. Make sure you know your “find my phone” application password by heart so Cortac can instantly track your device after an incident.
  • In another CORTAC area, a driveway armed robbery occurred after a client and his driver returned from a bank. The client’s driver has subsequently been polygraphed and failed the polygraph test twice which indicates he may be implicated in the incident. This incident highlights the importance of properly vetting current employees as well as prospective employees. Cortac offers this service by use of Polygraph tests and CORCHECK.
  • CORCHECK, a division of CORTAC, provides commercial background security and legal compliance services. Current employees/prospective employees screening and verification is a process where a current employee’s/prospective employee’s information is vetted against available sources and validated to ensure that information supplied is correct, which enables CORCHECK to calculate an employment Risk Factor.

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!

Some of the things that Cortac are involved in to proactively reduce crime in the area:

  • Intensified focussed proactive patrols. Focus areas: street corners and loitering
  • Clean-up operations with SAPS: remote areas and river area
  • Disruption: Stop and search of suspicious persons and vehicles

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

Special offer: Cortac offers special pensioner rates so give them a call for details.

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:

  • 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 0861 267 822 / 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 would like to find out more about the Parksec security initiative, please email us on info@parksec.co.za Keep safe and be aware!

The Parksec Committee

www.parksec.co.za

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