10 July 2021

Dear residents,

This is first of our weekly newsletters.

As you know, Doringkloof crime prevention is built upon the understanding that

“Criminals seek out victims in an environment which enables crime”.

Therefore our response to crimes must be 3-fold:

1) Respond massively and immediately to crime in progress, arrest suspects and

bring them to justice.

2) Educate householders on threats, interventions and habits to avoid becoming

unwitting “soft targets”.

3) Alter the environment to inhibit crime (ie mend fencing, maintain public open

spaces for clear sight-lines, etc).

Let us start with the first point. Each resident is the neighborhood watch.

If you see something, say something immediately on the radio. If you hear of

something nearby, support it immediately, even if you just go out with a radio and

witness an incident. It takes neighbors 20 seconds to support each other, but it takes

5 minutes or more for “someone” from other-side Doringkloof to come support your

own next-door neighbor.

If neighbours don’t help each other, the average Doringkloof house is without aid for

at least the first 5 minutes of a crime. With a 5-minute response, our chances of

identifying and detaining suspects are poor. When only a few people respond, those

chances become alarmingly poor and crime levels escalate alarmingly.

The purpose of this newsletter is to make householders aware how criminals are

operating, and advise them what actions to take. This changes them from “soft

targets” to “tough targets”.

We always advise residents to tidy up gardens and public open spaces for a reason:

To establish clear sight lines, allowing detection of intruders and breaches more

easily… especially at night.

Here are 3 incidents that took place in the last month, each carry lessons:

Incident 1: Remote jamming

A lady went shopping at the local mall. Upon returning to her car, she found

valuables missing (laptop included).

Remote-jamming happens several times a month in Doringkloof. They favour busy

places with lots of traffic, even places manned by smart/alert security guards and

equipped with CCTV! This includes Shops, Schools and Creches.

Remote-jammers typically sit in parked cars, waiting. They have an uncanny ability

to assess likely victims, radio-jam the locks, quickly exit their vehicle, open victim’s

door, drive away with the valuables…it’s all over in about 5 seconds. We have seen

cases with a victim chatting to a friend 10m away, whilst a remote-jammer took

valuables from her car.

There are two lessons here:

 The lady left valuables visible in the car. Do not leave valuables or trinkets

visible inside your car. Put them in boot before arrival.

 She left her car without confirming her doors were actually locked (“clunk”

noise, lights flash). When locking your car, watch and listen for the signs it’s

locked. If in doubt, try it out…pull the door-handle.

Incident 2: Theft of outdoor Infra-red alarm sensors

Residents in Doringkloof and surrounds have reported increasing cases of burglar

alarm outdoor IR sensors stolen from outside of houses. The brand of these beams

is ironically called “TAKEX” (and they were taken).

The theft is only noted when the alarm misbehaves. It’s unclear if these beams are

valuable or if objective is to disable the perimeter alarm, as preparation for a later


When crooks start to steal your alarm system, it’s generally a bad sign. The dwelling

has no effective perimeter protection, the alarm’s probably not installed optimally,

and it’s not being used properly.

There are 3 lessons here:

 Your perimeter is not secure if your teenager can skip the fence because

he/she locked himself out. Such perimeter security is called “an ornament”

and trespassers love it. Good perimeter security requires respect and special

ladders to breach.

 It should not be easy to approach a sensor without causing an alarm. Outdoor

IR zones should be ideally be installed with overlapping zones, so any

approach to a sensor requires passing through the detection zone of another


 It should not be possible to remove a sensor because alarm system is in “off”

mode. Outdoor zones should be set to “chime” during the day and “sleep”

mode during the night.

Incident 3: Attempted break-in

About 04h30 one morning, a resident in Zambesi street heard a dog barking, and

went out to look. He saw 2 men (with car) tampering with a neighbours rolling-gate,

possibly trying to steal a 4×4.

The man shouted and thieves departed at high speed.

There are 4 lessons here:

 Remove the “prize”. Park Cars in garages or out of sight.

 On cold winter’s nights, dogs sleep inside or curl into tight balls, reluctant to

check out noises. If you hear dogs barking early-morning this time of the year,

the cause is often substantial. It’s time to take a look.

 Crooks are not “bulldogs”. When the alarm is raised, they quickly lose appetite

and seek escape.

 Many perimeter breaches start with tampering of a rolling gate. There’s no

substitute for motor-protection, crowbar-proofing, lift-proofing or alarming your

rolling gate.

Why you should avoid using WhatsApp Groups to report crime

 If it’s time-critical, typing is a lot slower than speaking on our radio system.

 Most persons mute big Whatsapp groups, so they don’t know when there’s

new messages.

 During the day, workers work. At night, sleepers sleep. Neither one reads

messages instantly.

 “Instant messages” can be delayed hours over the internet.

In summary: Instant message is not instantly read message.

Please report urgent matters by radio only. This will ensure you get the instant

widespread support we spoke about earlier, the fast and massive support…. That

enables arrests and reduces crime.

Please give us a detailed report of crimes/criminals you have become aware of by

email to crime@doringkloof.net. Your email is routed direct to our coordinators,

patrollers and crime intelligence.

Please bear in mind, whilst we’re in 3rd wave of Covid, it is legal to go out and

respond (with Covid precaution) to security and other emergencies during curfew.

Doringkloof needs Patrollers to keep crooks off the streets. If you wish to join us,

please contact our patrols coordinator (Phille, 083 506 0777) for an introduction.

Patrollers must have a radio.

We have recently updated all the emergency contact numbers on our

www.doringkloof.net website, they are also in the hands of our DNW radio

coordinators, who’re on-duty 24/7, always ready to take the emergency calls.

Doringkloof needs volunteer radio coordinators, because no matter how much

they love excitement, they also need a break. If you’d like to help out with radio

coordination, please contact our coordinator representative (details on


These are very tough times, it’s cold… with scattered anarchy & pestilence.

Let us support each other at household, street and community levels (in that order).


DNW Team