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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Abtihighjack Trust


It’s mid-year and mid-winter!  …. As we enter into the last half of 2015 let’s make it as safe as possible. We need to always have a good security plan in place whatever the season.  A plan that’s becomes second nature and is carried out on a daily basis as part of your routine by all members in the home, workforce & team.

These reminders are to keep you AWARE, ALERT and on your GUARD at all times.

 

In August we have a long weekend which we all look forward to, so make sure you have all your alarms, remotes, sensors and backup systems in good working order so that the weekend can be a pleasant one with no ‘AFTER’ regrets. In this check, make a secure plan for your domestic animals to be well looked after in your absence ….. trauma and distress caused by the injury or loss of our pets is devastating to say the least

 

 Please be extremely careful when parking in any public car park … make sure your vehicle has locked by checking the handle manually.  There have been cases of no break and entry into the vehicles, it may mean that the thieves have a ‘jammer’ that confuses and therefore blocking the locking mechanism from your hand devise be WARNED and take the time to check.

 

It is noted that many of the major traffic lights are being manned by the Traffic Police in the absence of power …. This is a great assistance to the motoring public, and seems to keep the traffic flowing well in all directions.  We still need to assist by obeying these officers, do not try jump the queue as this causes unnecessary confusion and accidents. Keep off mobile phones whilst travelling, to use them whilst driving is an offense …. Let’s be more thoughtful, to just stop with the hazard /warning lights flashing to answer a call is also an offense if you must answer get completely off the road and out of the moving traffic from both sides. The best solution is to call back once you have reached your destination.

 

Let’s ALL fight this crime together  - stay ALERT and SAFE !

 

ANTIHIJACK TRUST: Email: hijack@mweb.co.zw or hijack@zol.co.zw
Phone : 0772221921 or your nearest Police Station

LORRAINE PATERSON


Death Notice: LORRAINE PATERSON passed away on Monday 27th July. Beloved wife of John and sister of Barbara Burrell. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. A Celebration of her Life service will be held at the Borradaile Trust Chapel  in Marondera on the 4th August at 2.30pm. No flowers by request. Donations to Borradaile Trust .  Bank Details...The Borradaile Trust: CABS: a/c number  1002679729:   Ref :Paterson Donation

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lional Searle and others


Death Notice: Lionel George Searle passed away on the 30th April. Beloved husband of Lis, loving father of Sue and Nikki, precious grandfather of David, Justine, Jamie, Katie, Greg and Drew, and great grandfather of Anthony and Chloe, now at peace. Gone to join his children Andrew, AJ and Sally, and his great granddaughter Zara. He will be greatly missed. Please join us in a celebration of his life at 194 Dandaro on Friday 8th May at 3.30 for 4pm.

 

Death Notice: "KUZNIAR Patricia (Pat/Patsy) passed away peacefully on Thursday 30th April  2015. Cherished Mother of Angela & Bill, Janet & Colin and David & Charlene and Special Grandmother of Michael & Hannah.  She has gone to be with Steve.

Memorial Service at MOTH Cottages on Thursday 7th May at 10.00 am."

 

Death Notice: GRIMMEL, Johnnie.  10.10.1934 – 2.5.2015.   Passed away in Gloucester UK from complications of diabetes.  Father of Belinda and Chloe.  He will be missed by his family and many friends around the world.


Death notice: Gilbert, Sheila beloved wife of the late John, died suddenly in Devon, UK on Tuesday 28th April 2015. Dearly loved sister of Max and Judy and aunt Sharon, Bryony, Bruce and families. Sheila will be sadly missed by us all and Trevor, Jenna, Jenny and the Gilbert Family.

 

Death notice: Stephen Maxwell Cowton passed away on Friday 1st May. He is sorely missed by his wife Mary, his brother and sisters and many many friends. Funeral / services dates will be advised at a later stage
 

Fake notes


In the Msasa area there is a group of 3 men driving a black Honda Jazz, trying to offload fake $100 and $50 bills. They tried to buy something of small value from me using these fake notes, thankfully I could tell they were fake so refused to accept them. On my refusal to accept their fake cash the men promptly left my premises. Please can other business operators in the Msasa area be on high alert and check every note accepted as payment.

 

Watch out


It is disturbing to report that a group of young men are going around on foot in the neighbourhoods and are targeting elderly peoples houses, flat and places of residence, they call the elderly people to their gates and inform them that the insurance company is carrying out free jewellery valuations on pensioners jewellery as they are the most targeted age group, this was reported to Club 50 this evening after a 70 year old lady from Famona was visited 3 times last week by this group of men, on the third visit she gave in and said well “I’m destitute and I have no money or precious jewellery the only jewellery I have is my wedding band which was her late mothers ring, the gentle men said they could appraise it while she waits they took the ring and went and huddled a few paces away they then returned and charmingly informed her that their scale and tester was not working, they would go to Bradfield to get new batteries and while there they will polish and return her ring…………………………… well they did not return and neither did her wedding ring.  She refused to make a police report as her elderly husband had already screamed and shouted at her and she was too embarrassed to go to the Police Station.

 

Please please inform the elderly not to fall victim to any of these scams and definitely do not allow such criminals into their yard or home where these elderly folks may open their safe and bring out their valuables………… please circulate and caution all ELDERLY PEOPLE  and if you have family or friends in the old age homes or retirement villages please kindly warn them – there is no such insurance research taking place – this is purely a criminal element of THIEVES!

Tm breakins sorry no date


Yesterday evening at around 6pm I was at TM supermarket.My 22 year old son was in the car while I was shopping.When I returned to the car he informed me that he observed about five men break into a couple of cars that were parked directly opposite to ours.He did not want to make a scene as there were a number of them who had a arrived in a Mercedes benz.

These guys opened the vehicles without any fuss.No alarms sounded.They did not appear to get away with anything but I have heard that this is a hot spot for these thieves as there are no guards manning the area.

 

As we were leaving we spoke to the security who seem to be more available near Butchers kitchen Millers area and obviously cannot see whats happening down the other end.

People need to be very careful when parking there as these guys seem unperturbed by how busy the place is and just go about taking peoples property.

 

Jacqui

 

Bulawato awareness


Thank you goes out to so many people who were asking what had happened to the updates.  I have been here and very busy with counseling but my computer is on it’s last fragment of space and have a total of 6% space left on the computer, even after deleting so many emails and old updates.  So I hope you manage to receive this update.  I am desperate for anyone to donate a new hard drive to this organization, so please help where possible.

 

PEDESTRIANS & CYCLISTS

 

I cannot believe how there seems to be people everywhere you drive who just walk all over the road.  What is happening?  If you hoot to warn them, they either saunter across to the other side of the road, or they threaten you or some motorists have had children who are walking, pick up stones and throw them at the cars.  Pedestrians should not be walking in the middle of the road, even if it is quiet.  Walk on the right hand side and not in a broad line with friends across the road, you must walk in single file, so you can see cars coming and also be aware that cars are trying to avoid pot holes, so they could veer towards you.  Be more vigilant in how you walk on the roads.

 

With the situation of no lights on streets and the sun setting earlier, please will those people who have to walk or ride home, wear bright, reflective clothing, or buy a reflector vest. Motorists not only have to worry about on coming traffic, pot holes and bright lights on some cars (drivers whose cars have spot lights DO NOT use them on roads, these are for bush roads) and it is incredibly difficult to see pedestrians and cyclists wearing black or dark colours. 

 

Cyclists, please ensure you have the correct reflectors on your bikes and have a light at the front – I do believe those laws have not changed; just that everyone has got too lax in adhering and enforcing the law on their friends.  Also cyclists MUST use the cycle paths provided and not ride on the main road.  This is causing too many unnecessary accidents!

 

VENDORS ON VERGES NEAR HOMES

 

There are a number of vendors putting up their little tables on corners of suburban streets.  All very well, everyone is trying to make money somehow, but it is frustrating to see when a group sits around chatting to the vendor and the fences and walls of homes become the nearest toilet they use.  This is horrendous as not only when the rainy season starts and washes this away, it could very well wash into your home where your children want to play in the mud.  The worst I have seen with a vendor and her group of friends who sit on the road is by Fitch and Weir Avenues in Hillside, yet again.  The other is at Morningside Shops where the people go behind the shops and do their personal business there.  It stinks and is horrendous.

 

WEATHER IS A CRIMINAL’S ADVANTAGE

 

As stated so many times before, weather plays a very important role where the criminal is concerned.  They know we like to stay in doors when it is so cold or rainy.  If we hear a noise, automatically we wait to see if we will hear it again.  Criminals know our psychi – how we think and react.  If you hear a noise, investigate carefully – DO NOT WAIT to hear it a second time, it could be too late - even if it is cold or rainy.  Don’t go running outside with a knob Kerrie thinking you are safe, the criminals do lie in wait for you and will hurt you.  Remember their eyes are adjusted to the darkness and will see you better than you will them, as they are also ready to attack, you on the other hand are just assuming and not fully prepared. 

 

Rather always look around from the inside of your home, switching on all outside lights whilst remaining dark inside.

 

KNOW  THE  ENEMY  AND KNOW YOURSELF

 

Taken from The Lowveld Against Crime July 2008 RSA

 

Everyone should use OODA.  This I have put into practice every time I go out of my home.

 

Observation:

Observe your surroundings at all times – at work, while driving and at home – and whenever something is out of place, you should recognize it immediately.

 

For Example:

Stopping at a traffic light – already area scanned and suspicious looking people noted.

Vital to teach your family to observe and what to look for, and what is considered suspicious.

That is, if a person is armed, what clothes they are wearing.

 

Also observe your pets’ behaviour.

 

Orientation:

At any given time you must be orientated with your surroundings and know what possible decisions can be made if something unfortunate had to happen.

 

Always have a contingency plan in place.  For example when driving, if you have to stop you already should have several options to choose from as to where to go.

 

Decision:

This phase is the psychological impact that leads to action.  The decision is based on the facts that have been gathered during the observation and orientation phases.

 

Here you make a decision that could either save your family or place them in unnecessary danger.

 

With many contingency plans in place, the trick will be to choose one and make a decisive decision on which of these to follow.  Experience goes a long way in this phase, but if you have taken all factors into account in advance, then your choice will be a clear one.

 

Always have a plan B!

 

Action:

This phase is based on the decision that has been made and will ensure the protection of yourself, family and property.

 

When you have made a decision, do not hesitate to put it into action.

 

The potential hijacker next to the road will now have to wait a little while longer to steal someone’s car, as you’ve foiled his plans with the successful implementation of OODA.

 

 

 

CONCLUSION:

This cycle can be executed within a second.  It is a countermeasure on the psychological aspect for the element of surprise.  If you counter the surprise, you negate initiative and take away freedom of action from the criminal.  If a person executes the cycle and the wrong decision has been made, it can be rectified within a split second after applying OODA again.

 

 

RECENT INCIDENTS – BULAWAYO

 

I have been informed there is an increase in the Montrose area – this will also include the “old Hillside” area as mentioned a few updates previously.  Be vigilant at all times, as we tend to drop our guard when we have not heard of any serious attacks!

 

RECENT INCIDENTS – HARARE

From the Anti Hijack Harare

 

In May we have had reports of smash & grab incidents in the infamous sites around the city.  The lights at Churchill Rd/2nd street extension (Sam Munjoma Rd) still an ongoing happening.  Now that winter is drawing in and it starts getting dark earlier, please be on your guard … the thieves are still out there. Keep all valuables out of sight.

 

Gate motors etc. still being taken … so there is still a lot of theft in and around Harare.  Do not leave doors open for pets to come in and out, this is extremely dangerous and an invitation to the perpetrators to enter.

 

LATEST TREND IN SOUTH AFRICA

 

There is a new number plate hijacking trend. Hi-jackers follow you to a parking lot, after you leave your vehicle, they remove your number plate and wait. When u come back and drive off, they follow you. They then overtake you, displaying your number plate out of
their window as if you just lost it and they want to give it back to you.


When you stop to get your number plate back, guns come out and they take the car. Maybe even take you and your car. It's a very well rehearsed and organised plan and everything happens very quickly. Other motorists may not be aware what is happening as you stopped the car yourself.

 

CLAMPING AND TOWING

STATUTORY INSTRUMENT 63 OF 2015 [Bulawayo City Council Clamping and Tow

Away] By-Laws, 2015. GOVERNMENT GAZETTE Vol.XC111, No.37, 15 MAY, 2015

Wheel clamping and tow away

4(1) Any authorised person may, if he or she has reason to believe that a violation of traffic bylaws referred to in the schedule has been committed-

(a) Immobilise or cause such motor vehicle to be immobilised by way of a wheel clamp; and

(b) If the motor vehicle has not been claimed and the relevant charges incidental thereto paid, subsequently remove and tow away the motor vehicle to a secure compound after a period of at least two hours has lapsed.

2(1) Where the motor vehicle is obstructing traffic, an authorised person may not clamp the

vehicle first but shall immediately remove and tow away the motor vehicle to a secure compound.

4(4) A motor vehicle removed to a secure compound shall be released upon payment by the

owner of such motor vehicle of-

(a) The prescribed fine; and

(b) Wheel clamping, tow away and storage charges specified in the schedule.

Unclaimed vehicles

5 (1) Council shall publish in any newspaper circulating within the Council area a list of vehicles immobilised and advise the owners to claim the vehicles within a period of thirty days.

(2) Council shall sell by public auction any vehicle that remains unclaimed thirty days after a notice has been published.

Offences

1(5)(d)(i) Passenger boards passenger service vehicle/vehicle or any motor vehicle at an undesignated zone USD5.00.

8 1(8) Park motor vehicle (during normal working hours) which does not display a valid prepaid parking disc or failure to display a valid prepaid parking disc USD10.00.

24 2(3)f Throw litter out of motor vehicle USD5.00

32 2(12)1 Taxi cab carry more than three passengers at the back seat(s) USD5.00 per

extra passenger.

Members of the public are hereby advised to avoid inconveniences by abiding to the By-

Laws and displaying valid pre-paid parking discs. Discs are on sale at the Municipal Revenue

Hall at the following prices:

· Quarterly Pre-Paid Parking disc (3 Months) US$36.35

· 30 minute zone booklet US$20.00

· Hour zone booklet US$17.00

· 2hour zone US$13.00

 

COUNSELLING AVAILABLE

 

There are still a number of people getting beaten up in home robberies or whilst walking on the roads, children getting traumatized from the break-in or violent attack.  Remember children suffer just as adults, and victims need to talk it out.  So if you are a concerned parent, please organize for the child to see me or someone who will listen.  Please do not hesitate to contact me for counseling or a shoulder to cry on.

 

Crime Awareness is into its 15th year of operation in Bulawayo and I am into my 18th year since being involved with the Anti Hijack Trust in Harare.  Years of experience and I have managed to guide a number of people around Zimbabwe into operating business-like affairs in conjunction with Neighbourhood Watch etc.

 

I do not charge for counseling victims – they are survivors in my eyes – so naturally I still need a great deal of donations and support from the communities that I hold dear to my heart.

 

WISH LIST

 

If any company or individual wants to donate something towards Crime Awareness Bulawayo, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

 

Please assist where possible

 

·         URGENTLY REQUIRED – New COMPUTER hard drive, keyboard and mouse – mine is just too old and very nearly ready to pack in!! WHICH YOU WILL KNOW WHEN THE UPDATES STOP ALL TOGETHER………

·         Stationery – new printer cartridges for Canon being black 512 and colour 513, and any other stationery – especially as I need to print out my updates and have hard copies!

·         Payment towards ADSL - only US$ 25 a month

·         Fuel is always needed

 

 

THANK YOU to REGULAR SPONSORS

 

I have the following companies and individuals to thank for donations and services already received this year and going to continue: 

 

Acacia Insurance

Apollo Tyres (originally Dunlop Zimbabwe and they still make Dunlop Tyres)

Comp-IT

Compu Pro

Farm Fresh

Fawcett Security

Femina Garments

Iway Africa (Mweb)

Mine Machines

Safari Insurance Brokers

Safeguard Bulawayo

Trentyre Bulawayo

Toyota Bulawayo

Whitehead

 

All the people who give me words of encouragement and support THANK YOU.

 

 

CONTACTS FOR THE FOLLOWING

 

I have contacts for the following:

·         Latest Alarms and installations

·         Various Lighting Advice and imported LED lighting – note South Africa is banning all incandescent lighting as from 2016 – replace your lights now with LED’s. 

·         Flood Lights in LED 10W, 20W and 50W is available, plus flood lights that change colours, all done with remotes to set up in gardens etc.  Lowers all electricity costs considerably.

 

HOT LINES

 

Crime Awareness Tracey Conway-Burns BULAWAYO direct:  0712-701 323

 

EMRAS  (Emergency Ambulance Services) in Bulawayo: 09-62611

 

MARS (Medical Air Rescue Services Ambulance) in Bulawayo: 09 – 64082

 

POLICE

24 Hour Instant Hijack Reaction Team in Bulawayo: 09-885479 (Stops Camp)

CID Central Police Station Bulawayo: 09-75168 (Wk Hours)

CID Central Police Station Bulawayo: 09-66306 (24 Hours)

They are fully armed.  Call them if you have been hijacked as soon as physically possible.

24 hour National Complaints Line (04) 703 631

 

Childline Bulawayo (child abuse, rape etc)  :09-888891 or (toll free) 882761

 

The Haven Trust (a transitional home for abused women and their children) 09-242071

                          Fax No:  09-286151 Mobile Nos:  0712-231 309 / 0775-174 443

 

Musasa Project Bulawayo (abused wives and families, rape):09-880112 or 09-882888

 

24 Hour Clinic - Margaran House S. Pairienyatwa between 9th and 8th Avenues.

Dr C Sururu or other doctors are on duty every day and night

Tel:  (09) 60952

Cell: 0712 - 881 439

 

Know your police station numbers for your area.

 

GUEST SPEAKER

 

Please contact me for any talks for schools, companies, groups or questions on individual security, etc on crime@mweb.co.zw or cell phone no: 0712-701 323, for your bookings or questions so that I can place it in my diary.

 

POSTAL ADDRESS:

 

P O Box 9161

Hillside

Bulawayo