Tamboerskloof Neighbourhood Watch (TBKWatch) is a non-political broad-based community organisation of local resident volunteers who donate time, skills and/or resources to the benefit of all who live, work and visit here. We do not charge a fee; our infrastructure is supported by donations and sponsorships. All activities are voluntary. You are welcome to join us!
The organisation was formed in 2006 as a way of dealing with unacceptably high, sometimes violent, and increasing crime in the suburb. TBKWatch has since mentored and assisted in training other neighbourhood watches in the City Bowl and beyond. Via radio, phone and electronic devices, we are connected to each other and to SAPS, Metro Law Enforcement and local security support companies.
In 2010, a permanent admin office was implemented, to underpin the activities of the volunteers, collate data, manage crime information and - per the City of Cape Town's 'Broken Window' policy and training received by members - deal with municipal service issues. By this stage TBKWatch had volunteers involved in:
- Fire services
- Emergency medics (Community Medics)
- Social outreach
- Community events
- Park maintenance
- Mountain and street clean-ups
- Traffic interventions
- Council service oversight
- Street People Initiatives
In 2012, The Communication Hub was opened, with Watchcom 24hrs connected to SAPS, City (107), metro police, neighbourhood watch and emergency resources across the City Bowl, as well as other similar Hubs across greater Cape Town.
This gives all residents across the area the opportunity to report suspect or urgent issues to our connected network.
Following that, cameras – including LPR – were installed across the City bowl and connected to network responses.
TBKWatch has three Clusters - Crime Prevention, Civic and Environmental, Community and Social Outreach. Volunteers choose the activities that interest them, in between their own work, family and other commitments.
TBKWatch is fortunate to have a pro-active, forward thinking and inspired community driving it!