Crime Update: 19 – 25 January 2014

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

Parkhurst – Total : 10 incidents  
Type Location Date and time
Theft from a motor vehicle (parts & accessories) (3) 1. Cnr 11th St & 4th Ave
2. 15th St
3. 8th St
1. 22 Jan – 12h00
2. 22 Jan – 18h00
3. 23 Jan – 04h03
Theft out of a motor vehicle (goods) (5) 1. Cnr 6th St & 1st Ave West
2. Cnr 6th St & 1st Ave West
3. 16th St
4. 10th St
5. 12th St
1. 22 Jan – 14h34
2. 23 Jan – 08h50
3. 24 Jan – 19h00
4. 24 Jan – 21h00
5. 25 Jan – 02h00
Residential burglary (1) 1. 2nd Ave 1. 25 Jan – 06h30
Attempted burglary at residential premises (1) 1. 18th St 1. 21 Jan – 20h00
Parktown North – Total : 3 incidents  
Type Location Date and time
House robbery (1) 1. Sutherland Ave 1. 20 Jan – 19h45
Business burglary (1) 1. Cnr 7th Ave & 3rd Ave 1. 24 Jan – 16h00
Residential burglary (1) 1. 1st Ave East 1. 22 Jan – 04h49

Parkhurst and Parktown North residents and business owners
Last week, on the 23rd January, there was an attempted theft of a car radio from a car in Parkhurst. Cortac spotted the suspect and an arrest was made. Well done Cortac!

At the weekly security briefing we were told by SAPS that a very high percentage of robberies in the Parkview precinct involved suspects simply walking in to the premises, not having to break any gates or doors to gain access. In one instance the victim was even told by the suspect that she had left the gate open. Please be more vigilant when it comes to closing and locking garages and gates. Opportunistic criminals are always looking for an easy in.

Just to clarify, the difference between theft out of a motor vehicle (goods) and theft from a motor vehicle (parts and accessories) is as follows:
– Theft out of a motor vehicle (goods) refers to sunglasses, bags, wallets, laptops, tablets, phones, etc.
– Theft from a motor vehicle (parts and accessories) refers to car radios, speakers, wheels and other fitted parts.

Once again we need to emphasize how important it is that no valuables are left in your cars. We say this all the time and yet each week another few laptops are stolen from cars in the area. The community needs to be more responsible. Alert your visitors and neighbours too.

If ever you see someone suspiciously either removing a number plate or putting one on their car, please call Cortac immediately. Most criminals are constantly swapping number plates.

We are aware of some complaints regarding the car guards in Parkhurst. Sometimes there is intimidation and drunken, inappropriate behavior. In order for action to be taken the police require statements from members of the community stating when the incident took place and where. Please let us know if such an event occurs and email us the details so we can remove the car guards who are not operating as they should.

Ensure that everyone residing at your property knows where all the panic buttons are in your house and which panics sound an alarm and which are silent. It is a good idea to give your domestic worker a panic button to keep on her at all times. Make sure these panic buttons are all tested monthly.

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


Please be on the lookout for the following vehicles that have been involved in robberies in our area / surround areas:
– Purple 3 series BMW
– White VW Polo – VWK810GP
– White/Silver Mitsubushi involved in follow-homes
– Blue Mazda 5

(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.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Wherever you are on the street, in an office building or shopping malls, driving, waiting for a bus, stay alert and tuned into your surroundings.
  • Try not to walk in remote places at night.
  • Know the neighbourhood where you live and work.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Inform someone of your destination beforehand no matter the distance or time you expect to be gone for.
  • Limit your trips at night or at least take someone along with you.

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.

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



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

  • Tactical Solutions, including Proactive Policing
  • Armed Reaction
  • Alarm and CCTV Installations and Monitoring
  • Logistics and Technology Modelling and Implementations

 Contact Cortac at or 0861 267 822 for further information.


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