“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.
The Bike Bus from Muizenberg to Open Streets Cape Town on Bree will take place on the 17th January 2016. Riders will meet at the False Bay train station car park at 9:00am and cycle along main road all the way to town! The total distance is 26km.
Riders will join the Southern Suburb arm of the Bike Bus to Open Streets Bree 2016 at Josephine Mill in Newlands at 10am, and will cycle the rest of the way with them.
Information from Bicycle Cape Town’s Bike Bus page:
What you need to bring
– A bike in working order (take it to the bike shop for a check up if it hasn’t been ridden lately)
– Helmet and lights (if riding at night)
– A lock to secure your bike at your destination
– A pump + tube/repair kit
– A sense of fun and some friends too
* Please note that riders are responsible for their own safety while riding with the group, however one of the best things about the bike bus is safety in numbers. The more people who ride together, the higher the visibility the bike bus has, combined with careful route choice, responsible and alert riding, and the knowledge of more experienced cyclists, a bus can make riding to work pretty safe compared to cycling alone.
The City of Cape Town is currently implementing Level 2 Water restrictions. This is due in part to the low dam levels. It is everyone’s responsibility to save water.
Here are some usefill tips on how you can save water:
Save water throughout your home
- Ensure all taps are fully closed – a dripping tap at 1 drip per second wastes up to 30 litres a day – that is equivalent to 10 000 litres a year.
- Replace tap washers regularly and fit tap aerators to restrict and spread the flow. This saves water yet feels like you are using the same amount of water.
- Ensure your plumbing system is regularly checked for leaks and engage a plumber when necessary.
Save water in your garden
- Water your garden before 09:00 or after 16:00 (or even later on hot summer days). Avoid watering during windy periods and only water your garden when necessary.
- Re-use your bath and sink water to water plants and lawns. Professional greywater recycling systems are also available for purchase.
- If you have an overflow pipe that drips into the garden, place a bucket beneath the drips and use the saved water to water pot plants.
- Mulching flowerbeds keeps down the weeds and holds moisture in the soil for longer.
- Use a mulching lawn mower that allows clippings to be finely cut and blown back into the lawn.
- Don’t mow lawns below 4 cm in length, as this reduces root depth and lawns are more likely to burn in summer.
- Use a trigger nozzle with automatic shut-off on your hose when you wash your car, and use short bursts of water – this can save up to 300 litres each time. Or, to save even more water wash your vehicle using a bucket of water.
- Use a trigger nozzle with automatic shut-off on your hose when you water your garden.
- Check and maintain your irrigation system regularly, to ensure no water is running to waste, or that paved areas are being watered.
- Adjust your irrigation system for the season and switch it off during rainy weather – even if it is borehole or wellpoint water.
- Watering the garden less frequently, but deeper (for longer) encourages a deeper root system, which results in stronger plants. This practice can make water-wise plants out of most established plants.
Save water in your kitchen
- Ensure washing machines or dishwashers have a full load before running them.
- Rinse glasses, cutlery and vegetables in a basin of water, rather than under a running tap, and reuse the water for pot plants or in the garden.
- Rinse water can be reused for the next cycle of washing up before being discarded.
- Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge so that you don’t run lukewarm water down the drain when waiting for it to cool.
- Run tap water into a bottle when waiting for it to heat up.
- Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, sunlight or microwave rather than placing them under running water.
Save water in your bathroom
- Close the tap when brushing your teeth. This saves up to 20 litres per month. Use a mug of water to rinse your toothbrush.
- Plug the sink when shaving rather than rinsing your razor under running water. This saves up to 45 litres per month.
- A half-filled bath uses about 113 litres, a 5-minute shower uses about 56 litres. Shower rather than bath, if you have to bath make it a shallow one or share it.
- Reuse bath water in your garden.
- Install a new water-saving toilet or put a clean, sealed plastic container filled with sand in the toilet cistern. This could save you up to 7 300 litres each year.
- A toilet leak can waste up to 30 litres an hour – check if your toilet is leaking by adding a few drops of food dye to the cistern. If the colour seeps into the bowl, you have a leak, which should be fixed as soon as possible.
- Install a water-saving shower head, take shorter showers, don’t run the water at full force and turn off the shower when soaping or shaving.
Save water in industries, businesses and schools
- Automatic flushing urinals are the ultimate water wasters. If they cannot be replaced immediately, turn off the water after hours and over weekends – schools doing this have saved up to R5 000 on their annual water bill.
- Flush valves should flush for just two to four seconds and urinals for six to eight seconds.
- Regular maintenance of toilet fittings will save unnecessarily flushed water.
- Ensure your plumbing systems are regularly checked for leaks.
- Use a broom to sweep forecourts and other paved areas. Do not use a hose for this purpose.
- Potable water must not be used to dampen building sand or other building material to prevent it from being blown away.
Original Source: Cape Town Green Map
Up until now every Bon Soir show has been sold out but tonight 10 tickets are still available. Book quickly! They won’t be available for long.
A stimulating compilation of specialty acts to titillate your senses; UV illusions, optical contortions, strength adagio, comedy sketches and more. Six multi-talented artists seamlessly boast one unbelievable performance after another. Strung together with comedic antics and flawless vocals, this slick and sexy show, has enjoyed sell-out runs and rave reviews. Featuring the famous Big Boys, Ash and Bradley Searle; the power couple that is Lucy and Alex Tops of Bar None fame; and the beautiful and sinuously acrobatic Nadine Theron and Ruby Burton of Another Day. Bon Soir parades some major eye candy and extraordinary skill. This is a festive feast of a show for the whole family that is not to be missed.
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.
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The Muizenberg blog and Chas Everitt would like to wish all the Muizenberg residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
The City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee has approved the implementation of level 2 water restrictions.
The proposal will be deliberated at a council meeting on 10 December. The city imposes level 1 restrictions, which is a 10 percent saving at all times.
The City of Cape Town says the water restriction proposal comes because dam levels are about 15 percent lower than the norm for this time of year.
Level 2 restrictions equate to a 20 percent saving. That means residents could pay more for water.
The city says if customers reduce consumption by 10 percent, their bill should remain similar. However, if consumption stays the same, residents can expect to pay more for water if the proposal is approved by council.
Free allocations will not be affected.
LEVEL 2 RESTRICTIONS: WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU
– Residents may not water or irrigate their gardens between 6am and 6pm or fill up their swimming pools.
– Hose pipes may also not be used to wash cars or paved areas.
– Although water will still be available around the clock, pressure in the city’s taps will be reduced.
– If the situation worsens, more restrictions will be imposed, including supply cuts.