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NEWS UPDATES

News updates from the Chairman will be published here

Please email John with any important news

10th June 2019

Hi all

My recent Whatsapp refers.

It’s the 3rd Saturday of the month on the 15th and so the city wide clean up. Something we haven’t participated in for a number of months.

The association below us has planned to clean up at Albert Street and Hendrik Potgieter and work down Albert street.
CKN will join them but we will do along our side of HP and the intersection.

Times from 8 till 10.
So to all those that say what can I do to help, I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
Please bring along gloves and black bags.

Stay safe

John


3rd June 2019

Hi all

Saturday turned out to be a great success and a great big thank you has to go to Liesl for all the arranging and the idea to have a CKN 21st get together.
It was great to see so many of our family on the day and to share many stories and meet the neighbourhood.
I am aware of many that came from outside of CKN as well. Many visitors commented on what a great day and they had never seen such support from an area.
Many street braai’s that they had attended were not as well attended.
We will do it all again soon.
CKN you make us all proud.

Then yesterday, sadly we had an armed robbery in Lichus Street. The incident is still receiving a lot of attention and the police are working on the robbery.
We are also assisting where possible.
In short, a number of suspects broke into the house and held the occupants at gun point. It appears they were after the guns in the house.
Thank you to Dowry, the police, Cynthia, Honeydew victim support and residents (lunch and supper) for all the concern and attendance.

A take away for me on the day is that in amongst all the trauma, many cannot remember details of phones, tracking companies, pass words etc.
Please use the form on our website to keep a record of such details and stick it somewhere safe, inside of a cupboard door is a good place.
When, heaven forbid, something does happen, we can activate tracking companies or trace cell phones.

Stay safe
John

PS If you have any photos from Saturday, please send them to Jenny. jenny@ckn.org.za


31st May 2019

Hi all

Just a reminder of the CKN birthday celebration, market, get together, tomorrow in Kroton Street Park. 9am to 2 pm.

Here are some of the stalls ....
FOOD
Braai, Cakes, Coconut Ice, Cup Cakes, Curry, Home baked goods, Honey (raw), Jams, Pancakes, Pickles and Relishes, Rusks, Scones and baked goods, Spices, Tea tasting.

CRAFT
Antiques / restored furniture, Art - paintings, Baby blankets, Bath salts, Bed linen, Bottled gifts, Candle holders, Ceramics - painted, Crochet goods - Moebius shawls, ponchos, beanies - etc, Frames, Handmade jewellery, Handmade necklaces, Jewellery - costume, Jewellery - semi precious stone bracelets, Journals, Kids - edible crafts, Kids - face painting and nail bar, Stained glass, Mini wooden bench condiment/sauce/knife & fork/ shooter holders, Plants, Pot and braai products / equipment, Pottery, Sockimals, Soft toys.

OTHER
Baby goods, Bee demonstration, Books, Business - Vox, Business networking, Car boot type sale, Cleaning goods, Dog demonstration 1pm, Dog products, Hand and foot products, Leather shoes, Make up, Music - violin, Nail bar, Perfumes, Rain jackets, Toys, Wellness promotion

Many of the stall-holders only take cash.
There will also be a drop-off point for animal charities. Please donate blankets, food, spare change.
Dowry will be looking after cars parked at the venue, as well as having guards around the park.

Please pop in and come and meet your neighbour.
Any changes and news will be communicated via WhatsApp.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Stay safe

John


24th May 2019

Hi all

Just a note to end the week on.

All quiet in the area but sadly, our neighbours to the west of Jim Fouche are having a bit of a torrid time so problems are close by.
Welties and surrounding suburbs also continue to experience daily problems. Stay alert and report anything suspicious. Test you alarm and panic buttons.
We’ll do some resident patrols tomorrow night, any volunteers?

The empty homes are all receiving attention and so a big thank to Shaun and his team.

Over the past weeks there have been a number of folk reporting their dirt bins have gone missing. Most are just “mistaken identity”. So to help get the bins home to their rightful owners I can get stickers made at R32 for a 30cm by 30cm with your street name and number on?
If interested , mail me but could I ask someone to compile a list of interested residents?

1 June is close. Please pop in on the day, see all the stalls (some 40 odd), meet the area and share a piece of cake.

The committee met on Wednesday night and minutes of the meeting will be posted on the CKN website shortly.

Think all for now.

Stay safe
John


17th May 2019

Hi all

Just a quick note to end off the week. Little to report on in the area. Hijackings remain a huge problem so please ensure you are not being followed home and you are aware of your surroundings when arriving home.

Theft out of cars at shopping centres and at home is on the increase. Do not leave anything in your car that is worth stealing no matter how a short a period you are away from your car.

The ease with which suspects gain access to properties via the main gate is most worrisome. This is really the soft spot for many homes. Make sure your gate motor is secure and your gate cannot be lifted.

Finally, please diarise 1 June and please pop in for our birthday celebration. See www.ckn.org.za .

Stay safe
John


7th May 2019

Hi all

All quiet and nothing reported over the weekend.

Just some house-keeping issues.
We need to buy the clean up team another heavy duty brush cutter, does anyone have any contacts or recommendations for same?
We need to finish our entrance at Albert street and so again, any recommendations to get cement stepping stones? The digging at the entrance for the cameras has also left the entrance tatty.

CKN resident vehicle stickers have arrived and I will have them delivered over the coming week.

I am finalising a date for a domestic watch meeting and thank you to Sharon who has raised her hand to help.

CKN is 21 years young this month, quite an accomplishment. Please diarise 1 June for a birthday celebration. More will follow soon.

Sorry just a quick note.
Stay safe

John

26th April 2019

Hi all

Just a weekly round up after an eventful two weeks.

But first some feedback from last night’s sector meeting. Crime is up, and in some instances substantially. We got quarter on quarter 2019 over 2018 and then March and April compared to January and February. The main focus being burglary, business burglary, theft of cars, theft out of cars, house robberies and hijackings. These categories all showed increases of the quarters and in March and April ths year.

Hijackings at 14th Avenue are a problem and seem difficult to police as this area is shared by Honeydew, Florida and Fairlands police.

House robberies presently occur mostly on Fridays and around midday and the early evening.

Burglaries occur mostly on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Midday followed by 22h00 at night.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday now account for some 50 percent of the crime. And largely between 16h00 and 20h00.

Crime on a Sunday is another concern as this was generally in the past a quiet day.

Rather depressing, and in my 21 years of being involved in Honeydew I haven’t seen so many reported crimes as now. It is also always questioned as to whether all crime is reported.

I usually have little to report and get teased when CKN does come up. Some associations had lists of crimes and some areas are really taking a beating.

I did mention our gate motor theft and the motorbike that was taken. This was a commonality for all associations.

So many crimes are committed by opening and lifting electronic gates. Please ensure your gate is secured, cannot be lifted and your gate motor is secure.

The need for domestic helpers to be in the know about crime and what to do was highlighted. I want to have a domestic watch meeting in CKN soon, but I need help with the organising.
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP.

Thank you to those that patrolled over the long weekend. It helped keep the area quiet. It would really be nice to grow the small group we have to many more. All we ask is an hour or two when we do dcide to patrol which is usually at random times and days. There is a separate WhatsApp group for this and we then also co-ordinate between ourselves.

I was going to do CKN membership boards this past Monday, but the rain got in the way. Will do the remaider over this weekend. Whilst patrolling this past weekend I did see some of the old boards. If payments are up to date these will be replaced. Old boards will be removed.

I also had a chat with Dowry Sales manager. We have some 7 or 8 homes and busineses connected to Dowry despite never joining CKN as they promised. These homes will now receive a cancellation notice and have the radio removed. So sad that some resort to this.

Please report pot holes hotline@jra.org.za.

Think that is all for now.

Stay Safe
John


17th April 2019

Hi all

After three gate motors were stolen on what appears to be the early hours of the morning of 17 April, a lot of concerns were raised about what we were to do about the issue. I will do my best to address all these issues and give you feed back on the meeting I had with Dowry management on the evening of the 17th.

I get very angry when anything happens in the area as we put a lot of time and effort into CKN. Few see the efforts of the few and how much is done in the area and I will also try and give you a bigger picture of what is done to prevent crime in CKN.

Admittedly it is a frustrating task as the criminal never lets up and we have to continually be alert and plug the holes. We try our best to be pro-active in our efforts and so to keep the criminal element away.

For many years now CKN has had a dedicated service provider and the story behind this is a long one. I am a firm believer in visible policing and many of you have bought into this. Concerns have been raised about the pro-active measures of patrolling lately, and I addressed this with the Dowry management. I have requested some staff be moved out of the area and this will happen in the next few days. Some of our dedicated officers have let us down. As such they will no longer be in CKN.

Patrol patterns, times of when streets are patrolled and how reporting is done will all change. Any car parked in the area will be checked and their details recorded and forwarded to me. If we pick up a registration that pops up often, it will be checked. I have the contacts to do this. If suspicious the police will be informed. Pedestrians will be stopped and asked where they are going but we will not overstep the law. We need you to be our eyes and ears.

We are and have introduced further crime prevention measures which will not be shared but I am sure you will see an immediate change in operations. Many believe, as do I, that our problems are largely coming from within the area. I have some suspicions and these have been shared with the police.

Residents have also expressed concern about the information that is shared on the groups and if any criminals have access to our posts. We closely monitor all our groups and we are confident that all receiving WhatsApp messages
and emails are members, but that does not mean info is not getting to into the wrong hands, hence I will not share all crime prevention measures.

Dowry have been tasked and challenged with two things, quick response times and visibility. We will work on these together and should you feel we can do more, let me know.I will also be getting regular mails of tracking on the cars.

Vehicle stickers will be distributed in the next few days so we can help identify cars and people that belong in CKN.
We all want to know that our homes and families are safe and we can sleep soundly at night.

As mentioned I get frustrated when we have issues. I know being crime free is not guaranteed but we will do all we can to make our neighbourhood a safe place.

Many have again requested the need for booming. I will put together a brief document on what needs to be done along with cost and get it to you in the next week or so. But if we are to go this route, someone will have to take on the task of completing the necessary.

Safety remains a huge concern and challenge in South Africa and whilst we cannot change the country, we can make that difference in our own streets.

We have to act together and so if you want anything addressed or have anything to add, please let me know, but please come to our meetings. I am happy to listen and challenge the police, who I sit with regularly, or Dowry.

I hope I have got to everything but if I think of anything more, expect a mail.

Finally, there has been a request for us to do some of our own resident patrols. As it is a long weekend coming, how about each of us doing a few hours. Please send me your cell number and we will do a Whatsapp group just for the 4 days. Procedures will follow under separate mail.

Going away, please let me know.

PS. If you want to assist me with any of the above, I would welcome the help.

Stay safe
John


2nd April 2019

Hi all

I have been promising you some news and time and life have eventually allowed me to sit down and give you a catch up. Once again let us remember why CKN was formed and some 21 years later we are still around. Crime remains a scourge and comes in many forms. We have to be pro-active in the fight, be constantly on our guard and only together can we make our places of work and living safer.

At the end of March we had experienced two crime related incidents. Our dedicated srvice provider had been tasked with bringing down the levels of crime we had experienced in 2018 and interventions appeared to be working. Then today, 2 April, we experienced an armed robbery in Boomgom Street. The feedback to me was that the suspects had arrived at the house, stated they were there to change the light bulbs and the domestic let them in. She was tied up and various items taken.

In light of this event, we will be having a domestic watch meeting very shortly. I await the venue to confirm availbility. Please urge your domestic to attend and the meeting will be open to all. Is there anyone who is at home during the day that will co-ordinate for me?

I attended the sector meeting last week and just some feedback. Stats for the previous month were not available.
Vagrants living in the sector remain a huge problem.
Empty homes are another challenge and so not unique to CKN.
Open spaces, commonly called green belts, are also a problem. They are not maintained and are also used for living. Our open areas are maintained and patrolled daily.
Do not employ people off the street.
Take care what you put out with your refuse. eg do not leave an empty box on the pavement that your new TV came in.

Burglaries have moved to between 04h00 and 08h00.
The theft out of cars at garages, shopping centres and schools is high. Do not leave valuables in your car, no matter how short the period you will be away from your car.

Over the past two weeks we have had a second bicycle in CKN as it was school holidays and as load shedding was still in place.
The open homes in the area are receiving attention and a committee has been formed to look into the empty homes. Feed back soon.

Jenny and Surine have been very busy with the database and the sending of invoices to all. If you do not agree with our numbers, please let me know. The majority of members pay the standard subs of R350, but many are not able to pay the full amount. In order to make our invoicing simpler I would like to request that your payments are in the following brackets: R100, R150, R200, R250, R300 and R350. Businesses in the area pay R400.

Thank you again to the many that have increased their contributions. We will also tell you soon as to how it is going.

I have been asked about the camera poles going up. This is a Vumacam initiative and I am making enquiries as to how this will benefit us and how we can be involved.

I hope I have covered everything for now. If not, please let me know.

PS please remember 1st June for our 21st birthday celebration.

Stay safe
John