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Pringle Bay Crime Alert
We wish to alert all residents and visitors to be particularly vigilant and undertake appropriate safety precautions following recent crime incidents.
Over the past month there have been two incidents of people being held hostage by assailants while a house is robbed. The most recent occurred in the early hours last Friday night / Saturday morning. A visitor was accosted outside the house whilst smoking and then physically restrained inside while it was ransacked. He was subsequently able to activate the alarm and summons help once the intruders had departed.
Incidents of this nature where people are physically threatened indicate a different type of crime to the usual break-ins and are cause for concern. Local residents have also expressed concern at the regular presence of Poaching spotters who spend their time observing what is happening around the village.
A joint meeting of the Pringle Bay Ratepayers’ Association and the Pringle Bay Street Watch agreed to the following actions.
1. Communicate the need to take precautions and advise visitors or guests appropriately. Guest House owners and letting agents will be requested to publicise PBSW safety pamphlets. (Please join the PBSW should you wish to receive regular updates on local crime patterns)
- Ensure that your alarm is activated at night - don’t wait until you go to bed
- Ensure that doors and insecure windows are locked even when at home
- Exercise caution when going outside at night
- Ensure that you do not leave valuables lying around or visible through windows.
3. A Public Meeting will be held towards the middle of October to discuss the crime situation and review recommendations for future action.
Introduction & Background
For some time efforts have been made to establish an effective Street Watch for our village. A professional and an inclusive approach has subsequently been undertaken by several dedicated volunteers who, with the guidance of the Government’s Department of Community Safety (DoCS), the South African Police Service (SAPS), the local Community Police forum (CPF), lawyers, and others have founded our Neighbourhood Watch (NHW). The newly formed watch is now known as the Pringle Bay Street Watch (PBSW).
For effectiveness, Pringle Bay Village has been divided into nine sectors each with its own sector head/coordinator and street coordinators who manage their sectors and sector WhatsApp groups of which you are expected as a member to participate in. For effective communication on this platform, a smartphone with the WhatsApp app installed is recommended. We also have a Facebook security page that you are welcome to join via your sector head or coordinators. All members are expected to act as the “eyes and ears” of the PBSW as this plays a vital role in making our village secure.
Advantages of Membership
- Ongoing awareness of suspicious activities in the village, including suspicious people and vehicles.
- It is free. If any funds are required in future, they will be voluntary donations.
- No rosters or duties. Patrols and/or reaction will be voluntary. We would appreciate your “eyes and ears” though.
- There were 14 burglaries reported over Easter 2017 in Pringle Bay. There has been a large increase in building and renovation. Apart from normal crime escalation, as populations grow, these building activities are also known to contribute to crime in an area. We are not immune.
- We encourage property owners, residents, and holiday home owners etc. to join the group. We need to grow to be effective and we need to take collective responsibility for our own safety and security.