Radio Network

The OH Watch 2-Way radio system is, in fact, the glue that keeps the Neighbourhood Watch together. OH Watch has installed a complete 2-way radio communication system in Oranjezicht and Higgovale, but we need more members to support it by purchasing a radio.

Purchasing A Radio

Step 1: Register as a member on this site under Become A Member
Step 2: OH Watch uses the new Motorola DP1400 2 way radios. Please email info@ohwatch.co.za for a current quote on the price of the radio as they can be subject to change.
Step 3: We will order a new radio for you once the amount has been deposited. Thereafter an OH-Watch Exco member will make contact with you once your radio is programmed and ready to collect. Please allow up to 2 days to hear from us, otherwise contact us. Upon collection, you will receive an introduction to the radio and sign a radio protocol document. We highly recommend that you attend a radio training and check your radio regularly to make sure the battery is working well.

Radio Training

We offer regular radio training sessions to ensure that you know how to use the radio in an emergency and learn about the resources available on our channel. The communication on our dedicated OH Watch channel is an invaluable tool to be in touch with the community for all security related matters, the prevention of crime and apprehension of criminals.

The radios use a dedicated, ICASA assigned frequency to communicate with all OH WATCH members, South African Police Service (SAPS), City Bowl Armed Response (CBAR), ADT Armed Response and WatchCom (A Neighbourhood Watch 24/7/365 dedicated control room and communications hub sponsored by ADT).

Patrollers use the radio network to communicate with each other and coordinate operations. Take your radio on walks through the hood or up the mountain and keep it on as much as possible to learn about radio talk and to build and strengthen the relationships on the channel. Use the radio to share relevant community and security information and become comfortable to use it, which will greatly benefit you in an emergency.

Radio Checks

Radio Checks are conducted twice daily at 7am and 7pm, except for weekend mornings and Public Holiday mornings when the radio check is at 8am. Please check in regularly so that you know your radio is working and that you get to feel comfortable using the radio. Radio checks are a good way to check in with your neighbours and hear the latest updates from the area.

License Plate Recognition

We are very lucky to have access to License Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras in Oranjezicht, Higgovale and surrounding areas. The purpose of the LPR system is to flag suspicious vehicles or vehicles that have been involved in criminal activity when they enter or leave the area and for members to assist SAPS in tracking them down so that they can either be arrested or checked against any criminal records.

Please assist us by reporting any crimes that take place involving vehicles with the following information:

  • Car make and model
  • Vehicle registration number
  • Colour of the vehicle
  • The crime or activity that prompted its reporting
  • A case number if possible / relevant

If you would like us to search the LPR footage, you need to provide us with ALL of the following information:

  • The case number from SAPS after reporting the crime
  • The crime committed.
  • The name of the investigating officer
    A time frame (When did the incident occur).
  • The address where the incident took place.
  • A description of the vehicle / suspects if available.
  • The direction the vehicle went in if available.
  • These requests will need to be sent to cameras@ohwatch.co.za for approval and any footage or evidence will be handed over to the investigating officer.