Crime Update: 22 April – 28 April 2014

Parkhurst and Parktown North residents and business owners

The following includes crimes reported to CORTAC

Parkhurst – Total : 8 incidents  
Type Location Date and time
Residential robbery (1) 1. 15th St 1. 28 Apr – 18h45
Residential  – attempted burglary (1) 1. 7th St
Theft of motor vehicle (3) 1. Cnr 4th Ave & 11th St
2. 21st St
3. 13th St
1. 26  Apr – 16h36
2. 27 Apr – 03h00
3. 27 Apr – 16h00
Parktown North – Total : 2 incidents  
Type Location Date and time
Attempted residential robbery (1) 1.5th Ave 1. 24 Apr – 15h06

We aren’t receiving specific stats from SAPS so it is extremely important that you report all incidents to Parksec so we are aware of the latest crimes and modus operandi in our area.

Parkview SAPS have arrested 2 males who they think are linked to the armed robbery in 15th St on Monday, 18th April. These men were found with ammunition on them but none of the stolen goods were recovered. SAPS will be arranging an ID parade and will contact those involved in the incident.

Cortac were involved in the arrest of a male who was involved in trespassing in Parktown North

There was also a cell phone theft which took place recently between Parkhurst and Victory Park. Please alert those that use this bridge to be extra careful and avoid the area after dark.

All of the reported car thefts were that of VW Polo’s – some of which are owned by residents / visitors and others that are rental cars. We urge all Polo drivers to please park these cars off the roads – behind gates or in garages.

Ensure your domestic worker carries a panic button on her at all times. There was an attempted armed robbery where a domestic worker was approached as she returned from the shops and other incidents have occurred as dustbins are brought inside  – at these times it is important to have a panic button at hand.

Each week we talk about closing gates and garages. It is equally important that front doors and garage doors are closed even if your main gate is shut. If suspects access the property they must not be able to make their way straight into your house via open garages and front and back doors.

We have heard of more incidents at the Dunkeld West Shopping Centre ATM. Please be extra vigilant when withdrawing money at the centre.

On the 24th April SAPS and Cortac visited some construction sites in the area to make sure all building staff had the necessary paperwork. Should you wish for them to raid other building sites in the area, please let us know the details. For those of you about to embark on building, please insist that your builder provides the correct documentation for each of the workers that will be on site. We can arrange for SAPS and Cortac to be involved in the process to make sure everything is in order before work begins.

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.

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.
Some roads have many people who are keen to be part of the initiative but we still need administrators to come forward before the WhatsApp groups can be set up. 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.

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 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).

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

Lookout:

These vehicles have been involved in incidents in neighbouring suburbs:

  • Silver Toytoa Yaris – 3 coloured males
  • White C Class Mercedes invovled in a business robbery
  • White Subaru Forester CJ 50 WF GP – different registration may be used

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

Safety tip provided by Cortac:

  • In the build up to the elections next week, make sure that you do not open your doors to anyone who is handing out pamphlets or requesting further information about your vote.

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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