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Tamboerskloof Neighbourhood Watch (NW)
1. What is the TBK WATCH?
  • The Tamboerskloof community standing together against crime
  • Jurisdiction : Kloof Nek Rd from Military Rd to de Hoop Ave.
  • 5 Zones within Tamboerskloof : see Zone Map.
  • Voluntarily working and communicating with SAPS and the Armed Response Operators to manage a swift, co-ordinated and EFFECTIVE security network
  • Observe – communicate – co-ordinate via 2 way radio’s
2. Why do we need a WATCH?
  • Unacceptable crime rate – increasing over festive season
  • A siege mentality does not work nor is it desirable
  • To create safe neighbourhoods for everyone to enjoy
  • Understaffed and under-equipped police with large case loads
  • Armed Response Operators need ‘eyes & ears’ to apprehend criminals
  • Need to ‘track’ ‘catch’ & ‘prosecute’
  • Police must focus primarily on violent crimes as opposed to property related crimes
  • As The TBK Watch becomes more effective this will free up SAPS such that they too can be more effective in their more serious cases
  • Good communication with emergency services means swift effective reaction not only to crime but to other emergencies such as fire, accident etc
3. What legal liabilities are involved?
  • No legal liability to State or the NW structure
  • Totally voluntary
  • Same powers as the normal citizen on the street
  • Have the right to make citizen’s arrest like any other person
  • Have the right to protect themselves or other persons regarding the use of firearms
4. What is expected from the Watch?
  • ONLY observation
  • No arrests or chasing after suspects
  • If and when arresting a suspect, use only reasonable force
  • Performing duties only in your own neighbourhood
  • Duties can include patrols by : vehicles, bicycle, foot, etc.
  • MAIN MISSION : focused & effective communication between residents and security / emergency services personnel
5. What is expected from a Watch Member?
  • Some of your time to help conduct community patrols
  • If you cannot partake in patrols then static observation from home
  • Concerned about crime but can do neither of the above –there are various other tasks that need to be fulfilled to make this initiative work – please volunteer
  • Get your neighbours involved!

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