Crime Update: 6 May – 12 May 2014

The following includes crimes reported to Parksec and CORTAC

Parkhurst – Total : 4 incidents  
Type Location Date and time
Business burglary (1) 1. 6th St 1. 07 May – 06h00
Theft of motor vehicle (2) 1. 15th St
2. 7th St
1. 06 May – 21h56
2. 08 May – 13h46
Trespassing (1) 1. 17th St 1. 09 May – 01h00
Parktown North – Total : 1 incident   
Type Location Date and time
Residential burglary (1) 1. 11th Ave 1.10 May

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

Arrange an escort to see you safely home if you plan on withdrawing large sums of cash from banks. There have been many follow-homes from banks where victims have lost a lot of money.  Better still – avoid withdrawing large sums of money altogether!

Be aware that there are people posing as City Power employees, trying to gain access to properties in our area. Make sure your domestic worker knows not to let City Power / Telkom / Joburg Water etc in unless your security company have verified their credentials.

Should you be involved in a contact crime (a crime where you come into contact with the criminal/s), remember that Parkview Police Station has a Victim Support Unit (VSU) who offer free counselling to those involved. SAPS should automatically put you in touch with these volunteer counsellors, but if they don’t, please enquire. It is really important and helpful to seek professional help after a traumatic incident. The VSU’s role includes the following:
– they are called to the scene of a crime by the Parkview police to assist the victims by calming them, supporting them and dealing with practical matters such as phoning family members, calling a locksmith, stopping bank cards, cell phones and explaining police procedure.  This is done as soon after the incident as possible.
– they also offer trauma debriefing which is best done 3 to 6 days after the event as this is the most beneficial time for counselling intervention. The Unit does not offer long term counselling, but refers victims to professionals for further counselling or debriefing.
At the scene they will spend much time talking to victims, getting them to retell the story of their “incident” and helping them identify and be aware of the emotional and physical after effects that trauma can produce.
The types of scenes they assist at, are: robberies, hijackings, assaults, domestic violence, rapes, murders, natural deaths, drownings, some road accidents, lost children and ID parades.

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 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 either our area or neighbouring suburbs:

  • Silver and White C Class Mercedes

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.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
  • When driving, always be aware of the cars travelling behind or in front of you. If you think you are being followed, drive directly to the nearest police station or contact the CORTAC Control Room so they can arrange for an escort.
  • Don’t leave or enter your property if there is a vehicle outside with multiple occupants, call the CORTAC Control Centre.
  • Lock your car with your key, or if you must use electronic means – physically check the doors before leaving.

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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