2020 Recap

Our final newsletter for the year 2020!

To all our non CKN members, we would love to have you as a member. Please consider joining us in the new year.

There are many that still tell us they do not know what CKN is and or that we exist.

So just in short, after almost 24 years in existence, we have had one main focus, that of preventing crime in the area. The police cannot do it on their own, security companies are largely reactive and so that leaves a large gap in our security. It is up to you and I take a stand. Everyone in the area will have seen the dedicated Dowry patrol, paid for by the residents and they are marked CKN 1 and CKN2. We also have a guard on a bicycle.

2020 has been a very quiet year in CKN and one we can be extremely grateful for considering all the crime around us. Full stats on our website.

Our other area of focus recently has been area maintenance. Council are failing us in the upkeep of our area, so we have employed a team of three that clean in CKN weekly. Have you noticed the cut grass, clean gutters and lack of litter?

Your CKN contributions go to keeping the area safe and clean.

Just briefly, on 15 December the three gents and I tackled the entire intersection at Albert Street and Hendrik Potgieter. We cleaned the drains, cleaned the gutters, picked up litter and removed illegal signs. A tiering exercise and but very rewarding. Sad to say, you then walk back into the area only to discover pavements that haven’t seen any attention in months. As soon as we get back to work in the area, we will cut their pavements. We will also continue to tackle the intersections that lead into CKN.

The new year will also see a renewed “fight” on the empty and unkept homes in the area. This is our neighborhood and I know the majority take pride in it and want a clean and neat suburb.

What we did this past year.

Our main focus as stated above is crime fighting. Whilst we were not crime free this year, we did have a very good year and the crime related incidents in CKN were very few. Please see our website for a breakdown of incidents.

There was a very successful arrest by Dowry of a hijacker along with arrests for the theft out of a car and for burglary.

Despite the challenges of Covid, we kept our two and bicycle on the road. Not for one day did Dowry let us down.

Thanks to the generosity of many in the area, we fed a number of families due to job losses or income being cut. CKN, you made you made yourself proud.

We launched a new web site.

Joy and her team kept CKN neat and clean.

Many residents got involved in the “dump fire” and made a huge difference in getting the matter resolved. A more sustainable solution is still sought.

Again, many residents chased up service issues like Pikitup doing what they are mandated to do. Service issues remain a huge challenge and the City needs to be held to account. They are failing us.

We found and returned many lost animals to their homes.

Held a successful Christmas market.

Many estate agents use the efforts of CKN to sell homes in the area and I receive many requests around do I know if any homes are going to be sold?

2020 was a challenging year to all. It was a year many will remember as the year brought many unexpected challenges, and many got used a new “norm”, but we adapted and overcame.

In closing, I want to thank each one for their support over the past year. The list of those than contributed to the smooth running of CKN is a long one and I do not want to leave anyone out. You know who you are I so great big thank you. I must add, that when ever there was help needed, someone was always there to raise their hand.

Have a happy new year and may the new year be a prosperous and peaceful one.

Stay safe John

Honeydew and CKN crime statistics – Apr 2019 to Mar 2020

The crime statistics for the last financial year were released this morning. Herewith just a quick breakdown of what happened in Honeydew and then also, how CKN contributed in this period.

This is probably one of the best ways to evaluate our efforts in our neighborhood in the fight against crime

Honeydew did not fare well and I have also noted where the police station falls nationally. The period in question is April 2019 to March 2020.

I have only listed the main crimes but a full list will be posted to our website or you can go to www.saps.gov.za

https://www.ckn.org.za/crime.html

Murder Honeydew – 60 CKN – 0 not in top 30

Carjacking Honeydew – 173 CKN – 1 up by 35 percent – number 8 station in the country

Home invasions Honeydew – 341 CKN – 4 up by 3.6 percent – number one station in the country

Burglary Honeydew – 1 175 CKN – 3 down 7 percent – number 2 station in the country

Theft of car Honeydew – 670 CKN – 1 + 2 bikes up 1 percent – number 4 station in the country

Theft out of car Honeydew – 1 250 CKN – 1 up 17 percent – number 7 station in the country

Kidnapping Honeydew – 46 CKN – 0 up 70 percent – number 17 station in the country – this is just bizarre

When I have time I’ll do another mail of the policing areas around Honeydew.

Newsletter 1st October

Be Aware

Just a quick catch up. Violent crime has certainly been on the increase and house robberies and hijackings are a big worry. Please report anything suspicious and take the utmost care when coming home. Dowry constantly find open gates on their patrols. Please ensure your gate are closed at all times and the same goes for security gates.

Criminal Records, How do I check?

I have been asked how can one ensure the person you are employing does not have a criminal record? The police are happy to check ID’s numbers so we can do two things. You can contact the police direct or you can send me the person’s name and ID and I will ask on your behalf.

Help Us Help You

I have requested this before but if the house next to you is empty, please let me know so we can try to find out what is happening. The same goes for unkept properties. We do have some that are so overgrown it is beyond belief. We will ask the health department for help.

Then a request from a resident. When you walk your dog, please pick up behind them. Let’s do all we can to keep our neighborhood clean.

Newsletter 4th September 2020

Just a quick catch up.

Crime Update

Considering all the crime that is taking place and more importantly the violent crime, CKN is quiet and it is heartening not to have to report on regular crime incidents. Some areas close to us are certainly having it rough.

Please take care at all times as crime comes in so many forms.

So more house keeping this week than crime reports. We have been asked to have a CKN get together before the end of the year so a market will be organised for a date in November.

Neighbourhood Clean Up

Then we will use September as a time to give our neighbourhood a bit of a makeover. Joy and her team are doing a great job in the area but I am asking that you please maintain your pavement and sweep your gutters. I am sure we all want a clean and tidy neighbourhood. Litter seems to be everywhere, especially with the present ad-hoc refuse collections.

The properties that are standing open are receiving our attention and in some cases, we will have to involve the health department as the yards are very overgrown and I have reports of rats.

Also, our park needs some extra maintenance. I am asking for some help on Saturday 12 September to tackle the weeds and clear the brick paving. So to all those that say let me know when you need help, I am taking you up on your offer. If we can meet at 10h00 for two hours we can make a difference. Let’s get our park ready for summer.

Flower Pots Needed

Finally, do you have a large flower pot you want to get rid of? I am looking for one or two to put by the guardhouse at Kroton Street as we want to also make the entrance more attractive.

If there is anything you want tackled in the area, please let me know.

We welcome Athelie to the committee. She will be assisting Surine and Lloyd with the finances, and also thank you to Roxanne who will be taking over the CKN website. As soon as it is migrated to a new host, there will be a lot of photos to share.

Newsletter 10th August 2020

Thankful

Finding time for all the CKN admin is not always easy but today I found a gap to do some catch-up and got to go through our database and bank statement. It is so heartening to see all the members we have and their continued support of the area. Thank you for the ongoing support as we continue to try and make CKN a safer place for all that live here.

Welcome to the new members that joined us in the last two months. Our membership remains high and it is something we can be proud of. We do have some work to do to get those that are not members as yet to join us. There are not that many but we do have room to grow some more.

Thank you to Sharon in Kroton Street who painted the pillars to the park at both entrances. All these small things make the area smarter.

I have been walking my Great Dane daily lately as we lost his sister recently and we go through the park. It is quite an experience as everyone on the walk wants to “talk” to him. It’s also been great to meet so many people. The park is well utilised and someone told me they come from outside the area to use it as it is neat and tidy.

We have to thank Joy and her team for all the work in the park and area. The team picked up litter last week along Hendrik Potgieter, 21 bags!

Stay Aware

Last week a car was stolen overnight in Okkerneut Street. Again, the gate was lifted or the gate motor over-ridden. One’s electronic gate or motor remains one of the weakest points of access to your property. Please ensure your gate motor is secure and your gate cannot be lifted.

I was asked a question about the latest crime stats that were recently released. Does number one mean Honeydew is the best? No, it means for the category we are the worst! 2, second-worst in the country etc. This is out of some 1200 policing areas. I have been involved with the Honeydew police for some 21 years and things do not get better. Sad to say but it leaves us with no choice but to continue our crime-fighting efforts in the area.