Do you live in a Burglary Hot Spot or a Suburb Safe Zone?

neighbourhood“If property owners do not take collective action as a neighbourhood community, the affect on everyone’s property values in that neighbourhood could be very negative”, says Cape Town real estate broker, Andre de Villiers from Cape Town.

De Villiers was previously a Neighbourhood Watch Chairperson for a popular Cape Town coastal suburb. “My experience is that there are far too few residents prepared to get involved in neighbourhood security unless there is a dramatic spike in crime or a violent attack. The majority of residents it seems are only too happy to leave the collective security concerns to someone else”.

“As the owner of four real estate offices in Cape Town, I can confirm that buyers are increasingly asking agents for more details about security issues in the neighbourhood of the house they are interested in. The focus on the individual house’s security is correctly seen as something that can be resolved by the buyer, but the area’s reputation and crime statistics are a greater concern, as a buyer knows this will probably be an issue that falls outside their immediate control.”

There is certainly a demand for reliable data but this is not as easy to obtain as some may think. Many smaller incidents are not reported to the police and many private security services treat their information as confidential and many neighbourhood watch groups are understandably concerned that their neighbourhood could suffer if their efficiency in keeping records resulted in a negative message!

“I think any professional estate agent should have some reasonable methodology to answer security questions from buyers objectively about the neighbourhood. We can’t put our head in the sand over this issue and a lack of access to reliable data is certainly a challenge,” said de Villiers.

The message to property owners is to ‘buy in’ to the responsibility of keeping their neighbourhood safe and crime free through collective action, and thereby collecting a ‘collective security dividend’. “Imagine if you will, a pocket of houses that is able to claim and where the seller or agent can statistically show, that the subject area is the safest area in this suburb! If that’s not a great selling feature then, as a real estate professional with over thirty years experience, I am not sure what is!” said de Villiers.

Fire: Main Road, Fish Hoek Closed

Elsies Peak on fire, Main Road closed off between Fish Hoek and the Glencairn Expressway.

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The fire broke out on train opposite the Glencairn Quarry.
Fire EpNow spread to Glencairn heights above gun club and is burning surrounding vegetation.
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Spreading rapidly around to Cockburn Close, Glencairn Heights

Show Time in Fish Hoek

Beautifully presented:

9DunesideWell maintained, immaculate North facing cottage is located in a exclusive and sought after gated estate. The property is accessed via an intercom control at the gate and once on the property visitors are welcomed by an ornate lush and private sunny garden and patio. Read more about this Fish Hoek property for sale.

 

 
 

Expect to be envied:

FishHoekPropertyWell-appointed cottage is positioned in the tranquil setting of popular Silverglades. Offering delightful mountain views and neat as a pin, this beautiful cottage is the ideal starter home. Read more about this Fish Hoek property for sale.

Contact Hazel Tappan on 072 698 1313 or Sandra van der Merwe on 083 235 5351 for further queries.

*Showhouses are this Sunday, 17 January 2016 from 2pm – 5pm.

Fish Hoek Living

Fish Hoek offers a family lifestyle in a village community with top class schools, shopping malls and some of the most beautiful scenery in the False Bay region. The lifestyle is slow and relaxed and is perfect for anyone who is scaling up, slowing down or just wanting to enjoy all the benefits of raising a family along the coast.

Spacious Townhouse:

Fish Hoek - new listingDesigned to encompass space, the open plan living areas of this single storey town house, are generous and open to a covered entertainment patio and good sized garden. Situated in sought after Silverglades area, it is close to all main scenic routes, sport clubs and schools.  Read more about this Fish Hoek property for sale.

Contact Sandra van der Merwe on 083 235 5351 for more information.

Water Supply Disruption for Fish Hoek

water-interruptionThe City of Cape Town has warned Fish Hoek residents that their water supply will be disrupted from seven o’clock this evening due to emergency maintenance. It will affect the water supply to all avenues below Main Road. Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation, Farouk Robertson, says the repair of a 300-millimeter valve will take place this evening due to heat conditions experienced during the day. Farouk has urged residents to store water for domestic use in clean, sealed containers before the repairs take place. He says two mobile tankers will be made available for residents, one at False Bay Hospital and the other will be positioned based on residents needs.

8 Home Security Mistakes you’re Making

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Every day we make mistakes that leave our homes vulnerable to a break-in. A burglar will always choose the easiest target and that’s good news for you – it means you have a lot of influence on whether you become a victim or not.

  • Hiding keys by doorways – leaving keys near door ways is very risky as you risk someone duplicating your key and breaking in whenever they want.
  • Leaving out mail – an overflowing mailbox is a good sign that no one is home as well as it allows criminals to steal your mail and gain personal information.
  • Open windows – windows are often the easiest entry point for burglars to access your home as doors can be sturdy and deadlocked.
  • Leaving valuables in sight – valuables should be left out sight so that burglars and stored away as expensive items signal that you have money and is a clear indicator to a burglar that your home is worth targeting.
  • No visible security – securing your home with burglar bars and visible security measures is a huge deterrent to burglars.
  • Not maintaining your yard – a messy yard is a signal to a burglar that you are an easy target as untrimmed trees and hedges make for potential hiding places.
  • Updating social media – avoid using social media to let strangers know your whereabouts as you never know who is following you online.
  • A lifeless home – leaving lights and the TV / Radio on a timer can signal to a burglar that someone is home.

Download eBook: 8 Home Security Mistakes you’re Making

Resource: Cammy

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Love Your Guide Dog

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Fish Hoek residents are invited to join a fund-raiser in aid of SA Guide Dogs.
SA Guide Dogs are celebrating their love for their working dogs. Come along and meet Janice Salthouse’s new working dog, the first standard poodle service dog in South Africa.

SUSTENANCE:
A Mediterranean style platter will be provided.
Please bring your own beverages as there will be no bar.

WHEN:
Friday 26 February 2016 at 19:30

WHERE:
Fish Hoek Civic Centre

COSTS:
R160 per person
There will also be two R20 raffles drawn on the night – please consider buying at least one ticket for each.

ENTERTAINMENT:
SA Guide Dogs are thrilled to announce that our emcee for the evening will be Sandra Prinsloo and we will again be entertained by Michelle Botha and her Guide Dog Panda.

BOOKINGS:
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Show Time this Sunday

FishHoekPropertyWell-appointed cottage is positioned in the tranquil setting of popular Silverglades. Offering delightful mountain views and neat as a pin, this beautiful cottage is the ideal starter home. Read more about this Fish Hoek property for sale.

Contact Hazel Tappan on 072 698 1313 or Sandra van der Merwe on 083 235 5351 for further queries.

*Showhouse is this Sunday, 20 December 2015 from 2pm – 5pm.

Protecting your home over the festive period

Protecting your home over the festive period

Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, but ensuring your home is properly protected against festive crime should be made a priority.

Christmas is a time when many of us are spending time away from home visiting family or travelling abroad. It is also a time when the house is full of valuable items such as gifts, food and wine. Because of this, Christmas traditionally sees a sharp increase in domestic burglary, with criminals targeting houses when they are at their most vulnerable.

To avoid being a victim of festive theft, take a look at these tips for protecting your home this Christmas.

While out shopping:

  • Try to avoid doing most of your shopping  in one trip as you may struggle to carry all your bags therefore you will be distracted, making it easier for a thief to steal from you.
  • Keep your handbag closed and hold all bags securely to make it more difficult for the pickpockets.  Keep mobile phones out of sight. Try not to keep too much cash and keep your cheque book and credit card separate.
  • Try not to go back to your car in the middle of the shopping trip to put gifts in the boot, thieves may be watching car parks for this opportunity.
  • Always ensure that Christmas shopping/gifts is placed in the boot of the car and out of sight. Check that  all windows and doors are shut and locked. 

Celebrations:

  • During the month of December we have many Christmas celebrations and social events to attend: remember pubs, restaurants and other venues are often crowded.
  • Don’t leave bags over the back of your chair where its easy for thieves to run off with them. Keep your bag zip closed and your wallet and mobile safely inside.
  • If you will not be driving to the place make prior arrangements as to how you will get home. Make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you will be back.
  • Avoid any potential distraction on the street and don’t get too drunk as you could become an easy target.

At home:

  • Try to avoid putting Christmas gifts under the tree until Christmas Eve!
  • If you go out in the evening make sure that some lights are left on to make it look like someone is home. However, do not leave your Christmas tree lights on when you are out of the house, as these are a frequently the cause of domestic fires
  • If you are going away for Christmas put an automatic timer on lights and ask a trusted friend to watch the house for you. Don’t forget to cancel newspaper .
  • After Christmas, when taking your rubbish out, make sure that the boxes of your Christmas gifts are not easily visible… burglars will be on the look out to see who received top of the range equipment, worth breaking-in for.