Objectives/Nature of the OH Watch
1. What is the OH WATCH?
• The Oranjezicht Higgovale community standing together against crime.
• Jurisdiction: Upper Buitenkant Street/Gorge Street/Sidmouth/Bridle and west Via Glencoe/Higgo to Kloof Nek/Bellevue and to the bottom of Kloof Street.
• 6 Sectors within OH-Watch: A Sector Map is available
• Voluntarily working and communicating with SAPS and the City Improvement District (a non profit organisation contracted by SAPS to assist in the policing of various areas within the CBD) 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 poorly equipped police with large case loads
• Need to ‘track’ ‘catch’ & ‘prosecute’
• Police must focus primarily on violent crimes as opposed to property related crimes
• As The OH-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
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
• Get your neighbours involved!
• Please let us know of any special skills or qualifications that you may be able share or contribute eg medical, Desk top publishing, web-related, legal