Message From The Chairman

Dear Residents, MCF and CPF Members,

I would like to personally take this opportunity to thank all members of the Mulbarton Community Forum and our Community Policing Forum for their persistent and dedicated selflessly assistance while giving of their personal time support the Mulbarton Community as a whole, I want to also take this opportunity to personally thank all the residents that have continually supported us during previous years and this year as well.
It has been a busy 2017 to date with our MCF and our local CPF being committed to assisting in making a positive difference for our communities through numerous events and projects as listed below:
• The MCF Committee donated 600 books to our Public Library in Glenanda.
• MCF assisted with a clean-up of our Kibler Park Fire Station.
• The MCF hosted various blood drives on a 58 day cycle throughout the year.
• Initiated an ongoing awareness drive to “Introduce your Neighbors” to assist in growing the support of our community safety as a whole.
• Multimedia upgrades on our MCF community website, facebook page and a welcomed What’s App based notification for contributing members of our community.
For your information, the MCF and local CPF as a nonprofit organization rely solely on donations and your related much appreciated and needed contributions, as these are put to good use to subsidize and pay for related expenses, to cover expenses incurred for subsidizing necessary training, community communications mechanisms and also various community driven projects.

We are currently in the process of adding an annual advertising facility on our website for contributing local businesses at an annual cost of R1200.00 per year (the first 5 local businesses to sign up will get the facility for a reduced R1000.00 for the first year.)
With the end of 2017 upon us it is that time of the year again with November and December being a prefer period for your welcomed contributions towards an annual subscription and or contributions that are set at an affordable R25.00 per month or a preferred annual once payment of R300-00 Below please find banking details: this will allow for us to budget and set aside the required funds to assist with identified projects that will benefit the community as a whole, the MCF and local CPF definitely appreciate your support, contributions and/or donations into:

Account name: Mulbarton Community Forum
Account number: 1385088869
Branch Code: 138537
Type: Nedbank Current Account

We are currently maintaining and updating our related community data base and will appreciate your co-operation, please register, confirm and or supply us with your current details by sending them through to us at our e-mail address: info@mulbartoncommunityforum.co.za

Please visit us at: http://www.mulbartoncommunityforum.co.za to sign up, add comments and your welcomed feedback.

“Here’s wishing you and your families a peaceful and well deserved rest over the festive season and also a Healthy and Prosperous 2018”
For and on behalf of Our MCF and local CPF
Craig Tsakos
Chairman

12 June 2017 Newsletter

The year is already coming to a close, so we would like to take a flashback into the successful achievements of the community in this year.

MCF has donated 600 books to the Glenanda Library.

The committee assisted in helping to repaint the communities fire station.

We hosted a blood donation drive which was more successful than last year and more people came forward to donate. 

MCF participated in The Broads Open Day to spread the awareness and encourage community people to be a part of the community.

Together with the CPF we assisted in the arrest of many criminals and did joint operations with SAPS.

 

Successfully relaunched our website which is informative about our initiatives and activities for the community. We encourage new members to sign up on the website. As a platform to boost the businesses in our community, we are offering advertising space on our website. The first 5 businesses can advertise for an annual amount of R1000, thereafter it will be R1200. Please contact Steve for advertising on 082 571 3776.

Bullhorns Safety Tip : Plan how you want to React

If you’re involved in a crime, try to stay calm and cooperate.

Every crime and every criminal are different. This makes it difficult to be specific in terms of advice. What is always true is that we make better decisions when we remain calm. And the best way to do that is to mentally prepare how you want to behave in advance.

So rather than provide answers which vary according to your circumstances, in this email we’re asking the questions that we think you should consider ahead of time. It’s easier to put your head in the sand than confront the reality of these situations with your loved ones. But we’d suggest discussing these questions with your family and anyone else living on your property.

Before we ask the questions, here are some general thoughts

•Get the priorities right. Nothing is as important as you and your family’s safety, no matter its price or even sentimental value. So if it comes down to letting the bad guys take everything but leave you alone, make that decision in advance. Home insurance can make this decision even easier.

•Don’t try to be a hero. Criminals are increasingly professional – they know what they want and if they hurt you the seriousness of the crime (and therefore the effort put into catching them) goes up several notches. So do what you can to help them leave with the minimum of fuss.

•Don’t do anything unexpected which can lead to surprises and the situation deteriorating rapidly. This includes physical movements – try to keep these slow, smooth and predictable. Also, if you’ve called armed response, let the bad guys know.

•Raise the alarm without putting yourself at risk. For example: do it if you hear signs of intruders outside but potentially not in front of them because this will anger them. That’s why having a panic button on your phone which you nearly always have nearby is very powerful.

•Try to keep family close by and stay calm for each other. But if it is night time and someone hasn’t woken it might be better to leave them alone. If someone wakes but is separated, it might be better for them to stay quietly where they are. This does depend upon the layout of your house, the ages of family members and many other factors but do think about it in advance.

•Give them what they want. Don’t take unnecessary risks pretending you don’t have smartphones, TVs, computers and tablets. They know probably have a safe as well and if you don’t you should perhaps get one just to have one to show them. By the way, some people have two safes, one where they keep enough to give to criminals to keep them happy, the other with items of substantial, especially sentimental, value.

So here are the questions we think you should discuss:

•What should we do if we think we hear an intruder outside the house? In daytime? At nighttime?
•What should we do if there’s an intruder inside? In daytime? At night time?
•Which room should we go to? When? Under what circumstances?
•Should we try and escape?
•Should we hide our valuables?
•What are our valuables that criminals might be interested in and where are they kept?
•Should we scream for help?
•If someone attacks our car when we are in it, what should we do?
•If a child gets lost, what should they do?
•What is the most important thing to think about and focus on in such a situation?

Bullhorns Safety Tip : Getting the most out of your Armed Response

Here’s the logic: you can’t put a price on your family’s safety so you pay a massive amount every month for armed response. This brings some peace of mind and hopefully helps keep the bad guys away, but are they working as hard for you as they could? Here are some tips to make sure they do:

•Understand their operational rules of engagement in the event of an emergency on your property. Many, especially the national brands, will not enter your property even if they know there is an intrusion underway. They will wait outside for the police to arrive. There are many reasons for this including that they don’t want to risk escalating the violence where innocent people could get hurt and take legal action against them later. Some of these are very valid reasons, but you need to understand what will happen and make sure you’re happy with it. Some, especially the local companies, are more proactive in such circumstances.

•Are they truly proactive or reactive? Every security company says they proactive in the fight against crime. But does your company really mean it? Do they stop and question unknown people acting suspiciously, even if they are outside a competitor client house? Do they encourage you to call in anything that doesn’t look right even if it means more man-hours for them to investigate? Do they encourage you to use a meet-and-greet service when you’re nervous returning home late or charge you extra for it?

•Negotiate collectively with your community to get enhanced protection. For example get 40 other houses in the surrounding streets to say they will use the armed response company that commits to putting in a permanent guard, a boom, security cameras or just increased patrolling. If you can make the maths good enough,
these profit-driven companies will often make these investments to win or retain business.

•Do they cooperate with local SAPS stations, CPFs, Neighbourhood Watches and even competitors? A good armed response company, with the communities interests at heart, will happily have constructive relationships with all of the above including regular meetings for sharing of intelligence.

•Do they use new tools to help share intelligence? Your armed response company should be participating in community WhatsApp, BBM and Facebook groups to, for example, post “BOLO alerts” (Be on Look Out), crime patterns and outcomes. They should do this in an open, constructive and non-commercial way.

•Have they assessed your property and do they know it? Every house and every garden is different. Your armed response company should visit it, know the layout and who lives/ works there. They should also be able to offer advice on any points of security weakness (which are often from neighbouring properties rather than the street).

Bullhorns Safety Tip : Deterrence is the best form of Attack

Put yourself into the shoes of a prospective criminal for a second. You’re about to break into someone’s property. Your life and liberty are at risk. Would you leap over that wall without thinking what might be waiting for you on the other side? Of course not.

Most attacks on residential properties are not opportunistic but are highly planned. So you need to do what you can to convince the bad guys that you are not an easy target and that they should go and pick on someone else.

•How does your visible security compare with your neighbours? Walls? Height of walls? Electric fence? CCTV?

•If you have armed response or belong to a neighbourhood watch scheme, make sure their signage is clearly displayed.

•If you have dogs make sure that everyone knows you have dogs. For example a sign on the front of the property or keep them in the front garden if this is visible (although this may increase the risk of poisoning). If they don’t already, consider making them sleep outside. Dogs are a major deterrent to criminals. If people visit your house, make sure they see your dogs but if your dogs are friendly, don’t allow them to experience that.

•Add a spotlight to your front wall. Solar-powered lights are cheap and easy to install. If you are so well equipped here, the criminal may think, then you’ve almost certainly got a top of the range security system with camera etc.

•Add something to make them think again. Criminals hate uncertainty… they like to think they can predict outcomes. If you add, for example, a flashing red light to the front of your wall or house this may cause them to think again. They needn’t know it might be “dumb” and be unconnected to anything else.

WhatsApp Rollout

We are currently in the process of migrating from SMS Alert system to a new fast & efficient  WhatsApp Broadcast system.  

Please ensure that your annual contributions are up to date to ensure you are added to this new alerts platform. 

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Bullhorns Safety Tip : How to Avoid Follow-Home Attacks

Bullhorns Safety Tip : How to Avoid Follow-Home Attacks

Follow-homes crimes are the fastest-growing type of crime on members of the public in South Africa. These are where criminals follow you home, often from a mall or bank after seeing signs of wealth such as expensive jewellery or cash withdrawals, and attack you on your driveway. These can be particularly frightening because you may have children in the car and there’s also a risk they enter your property.

•Create a mental “flag”. Select a location that you drive past on your way home and train yourself to use that as a reminder to do some anti-follow home checks (see below) every time you go past it. Pretty soon this will become automatic.
•As you make the last few turns to your home, see if the same car is following you. If you think they are, keep moving but do a loop around a block. If they were following you, this will tell them you’ve spotted them.
•If someone is behind you as you drive down your street and you are suspicious, indicate and stop a hundred meters before your house (without turning into a driveway so you can keep moving forward if you want) and allow them to pass.
•Don’t turn into your driveway until the way is clear, for example, your garage is open. You are most vulnerable when you’ve turned in but can’t go forward because criminals can pull up behind and trap you.
•If you believe someone is following you and you’re worried about a car-jacking, keep moving and drive to a public area where there’s likely to be CCTV cameras and/or controlled entry and exit, for example, a petrol station, paid parking or a SAPS station.
•If you have to get out of your car to open your garage, keep your engine running unless you have children in the car in which case the keys are a useful negotiating tool – “I’ll give you the keys when my children are out of the car”.
•Try to stay calm. Practice in your mind how you want to react in these circumstances so hopefully, your body can go into auto-pilot if it were ever to happen.

Welcome To Mulbarton Community Forum

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Hello Mulbarton Community!

“Mulbarton Community Forum, bringing the community together, providing belonging, family unity as well as safety and a sense of pride to our suburb.” – MCF Committee.

Welcome to the Mulbarton Community Forum (MCF). We fall part of the Mondeor Sector 1 Community Policing Forum and are here to make you aware of crime trends in Mulbarton as well as enable you to communicate with the CPF and the South African Police Service, keep you abreast of what’s going on in the community and provide a platform to communicate to all Mulbarton residents.