NEWTON PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

   WHATSAPP GROUPS  

 

POSTED - 9th May 2018

 

Newton Park is a large area and for better control we’ve formed 6 Whatsapp Groups to cover the area. It is divided as follows:  

 

Group 1 and 2 are on the left-hand side of Cape Road, when you are heading in a westerly direction. These two groups are split at 3rd avenue.

Group 1: 1st Avenue to 3rd Avenue.

Group 2: 3rd Avenue up to William Moffett.

 

On right-hand side of Cape Road

Groups 3 & 4:  - mainly split along lines of residential & business premises

 

Group 5: Adcockvale Extension (Adcockvale has their own group).  

Group 6: Greenacres Villages

 

We have “admins” and “certain members” who are on all the groups or on more than one group and when necessary will share important posts with other groups.

 

The focus of these Groups is to report on CRIME TAKING PLACE. These are NOT SOCIAL GROUPS and is not for discussions nor posts of unrelated or past events. While we appreciate that many people feel that animals are their children and a lost animal can be a really traumatic ordeal we have created this group for CRIME TAKING PLACE ONLY. If you do not like our rules, please come to our monthly meetings and come put forward your proposal. We are a democracy and nothing is cast in stone.

 

We have had far too many people posting all the wrong things on these groups and we intend to get stricter on our allowances and will start removing repeat offenders. Those people posting items commenting on these wrong posts must realise that we admin PRIVATE MESSAGE these members trying to educate them. This is an ongoing job and is not easy.

 

RULES OF THIS GROUP:

STRICTLY NO UNNECESARRY CHATS ON THIS GROUP

We don’t want the group get cluttered with non-Crime related postings

NO: “thank you”, "noted", “thumps up”, "How is the traffic on..." messages

 

STRICTLY NO:

- Chats, debating, arguing, posting of roadblocks, traffic cameras and/or police operations reports unless we are community participants at the time

 

- advertising, swearing, sexual and racial comments, inspirational messages or pictures and politics will not be allowed on this group

 

- chain or hoax messages

 

- posting of links of other groups will be allowed

 

- criticizing, judging or bad opinions of SAPS or Essentials Services Members will be tolerated. We are here to assist their efforts.

 

- prayer requests, personal opinions or preferences, derogatory statements, racists posts, anything with pornographic content.

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Members doing the above mentioned will be removed immediately WITHOUT ANY WARNING

 

ADDING NEW MEMBERS

Get the person to SMS or Inbox one of the admin’s directly with that person’s name, surname and number – NO INVITE REQUESTS on the group directly. Once the person has been raised they will be expected to post a PHOTO of themselves with their name, surname and physical address immediately.

 

VERIFIED POSTINGS

Only post messages that have been verified by yourself or from a reliable and trustworthy source. Anything you are not sure of ask one of the admins in a PRIVATE message...NOT ON THE GROUP.

 

If you not abide to any of these rules you stand the risk of being deleted and you will not be re-added to the group

 

Remember if you feel unsure of what you want to post, send it to one of the ADMINS and let them make the decision for you.

 

When reporting an incident please be very descriptive don’t be afraid of stating what you see.

i.e. it is not racist to state “two black males”, “one coloured lady”, “a white male and an Asian female”. This is what you see and will help those attending or responding to the event. A good description of their clothing, shirt colour, pants, jacket, shoe or tackies. Then if any blatant features, a scar on the face, a beard, Rasta type hair style, missing teeth etc.

 

Herewith are some posts we have placed into two categories, the first is POSITIVE POSTS and the second NEGATIVE POSTS.

 

Please read them to get an idea of what we are trying to achieve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to Post on this Group:

Please be advised that this is a Crime Alert & Awareness Group, not a Chat Group. Share Information related to Suspected or known Crime / Criminal Activity that is currently relevant to our daily lives. We have SAPS, Law Enforcement, Security Response & Other Essential Services Members here, who can’t be disrupted with non-relevant response information.

Suspect vehicles must include the best possible description, including colour, make, registration number & any possible identifying signs i.e.: left brake light broken.

The same will apply to Suspect Persons activities.

Please also take Note that Identifying Photos of Persons Alleging Criminal activity is Illegal & can lead to Criminal or Civil Prosecution. Be careful what You post & think before You allege any Criminal activity, unless it is clear & Our Law Enforcers are able to make a definitive Apprehension.

This Group is here for sharing of Information to assist Our Authorities, as We act as the 'Eyes & Ears' in the 'Fight Against Crime'.

 

Please acknowledge your reading & agreeing with this post, so that our Law Enforcers know where they stand with Us & this Group.

 

#TogetherWe_Can Make_a_Difference

 

SOME REMINDER POSTS TO FOLLOW FOR REPORTING

 

Missing Persons, Suspicious Persons & Suspicious Vehicles. 

This is the minimum requirements to be provided when reporting.

MISSING PERSON, to confirm the validity of such an incident, before distributing:

CHECK POINTS

•  Is the FAMILY of the suspected missing person aware of the incident?

• SAPS CASE No.?

(If not, ask yourself, why not, and there is NO such thing to wait for 24hrs before such case may be reported to SAPS.)

● Is a clear image/photo available?

● Date & Time the person went missing: A.M. / P.M.

● Place the person went missing: Town & Province

● Age:

● Date of Birth:

● Identity no: if available

● Gender:

● Height:

● Weight:

● Hair length and colour:

● Eyes:

● Build:

● Specs:

● Piercing:

● Tattoos:

● Clothes:

● Colours Top

● Pants:

● Shirt:

● Hat:

● Shoes:

● Bags:

● Scarf:

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Information required by SAPS & Missing Persons' Organisations before any notices are published.

SUSPECT PERSON

CHECK POINTS

● Date & Time the suspect person spotted: A.M. / P.M.

● Exact Location suspect spotted (Street, House Nr, Area)

● Ave Age:

● Gender:

● Height: (Short/Med/Tall)

● Hair length and colour:

● Build:

● Spectacles

● Clothes worn

● Colours Top

● Pants:

● Shirt:

● Hat:

● Shoes:

● Bags:

● Scarf:

● Race

 

SUSPECT VEHICLE

CHECK POINTS

● Date & Time vehicle spotted: A.M. / P.M.

● Exact Location Vehicle spotted (Street, House Nr, Area)

● REGISTRATION NO

● VEHICLE BRAND

● MAKE/MODEL

● COLOUR

● OCCUPANTS

● SPECIAL MARKINGS (i.e. Bumps, different colour panels etc.)

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Basic Information required by SAPS & SCF's