July saw the attempted burglary and an armed robbery. This after one incident in the previous six months. The week after the armed robbery we put an extra car and guard in the area and this has had the desired effect. All in all, we have had a good year, especially when I compare ourselves to other surrounding associations.
Feedback from the sector meeting on Thursday night when we as chairpersons meet with the police is that overall crime is down in the sector but the theft out of cars at shopping centers remains high. Please, ensure your car is locked when walking away and that you do not leave valuables in your car at any time. Fridays in July were the highest crime day of the week followed by Thursdays and Sundays. Peak times are between 18h00 and 21h00. Allansek has the highest crime as an association for the month.
We were urged to keep open areas clean to ensure we do not have “displaced people” living in our area or along our borders. Another reason for clearing open spaces was to prevent runaway fires. Have you noticed the hard work done by Joy and her team along Hendrik Potgieter?
It’s the end of the month. Please can you ensure you are up to date with your CKN contributions? It makes our lives easier in not having to follow up on outstanding contributions. Thank you as always for your ongoing support.
Then after the recent hiccups in CKN, the issue of booming the area was again raised.
I am not going to give your breakdown of what the requirements are but I am going to ask that you please visit the Johannesburg Road Agency website – https//jra.org.za/policies-
Its called Security Access Restrictions Policy
All that needs to be done to apply for booming etc is there. But I will provide some indication of pricing. This will be a monthly cost and does not include the initial setup costs of the guard houses, toilets, and electricity.
Please Note, that the guards have to have access to water, electricity, and sewage.
I have worked on a project plan on costs to boom three entrances to CKN, that is Albert Street and both ends of Constantia Drive. As always there will be many who will benefit that will not be contributing. In the plan, I have only included costs of the guards. To install three booms we will need a minimum of nine guards (we may need 12 as Constantia Drive is a double-lane road).
The cost of employing nine guards is estimated at R 129 365 per month. With this cost in mind, it will mean that with booms and guards, there will be no budget for the dedicated CKN cars. Adding onto this, to cover the extra expenditure, CKN member fees will also have to at least triple based on the current number of paying CKN members. Armed response, supplied by Dowry, will be in addition to the higher member fees. It is important to note that this does not include the added monthly cost for sewage removal.
Booming is not an easy process to implement and as you can see, is not a cheap one either. If there are streets that wish to pursue booming, the aforementioned policy can give you guidelines.
If you would like to provide constructive feedback to the above, please feel free to mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org