Dear Bushman’s Residents and Holiday Visitors,

Introduction

We saw an unpleasant increase in crime in our area since during 2019 and more particularly since September. For various reasons we encounter a further increase in crime over the holiday season.  Working in conjunction with the SAPS, BRRAG and other community organisations run additional safety and security projects over this period.  These projects are primarily focussed on preventing crime.  BRRAG’s main project over the Christmas holiday period is the deploying of additional security guards to patrol the areas where we have sufficient participating residents/homeowners.

Patrols have been employed in both the Old Village and Riversbend. In Riversbend the night watch members are very active with regular patrols by community members in all areas.  Additional resources over the holiday season will ensure that crime is kept to a minimum.

Despite the predicted increase in crime, over the December 2018 to January 2019 season no house or vehicle burglaries were reported in the areas where guards were deployed.

Costs

For the December 2018/January 2019 period security guards cost BRRAG R 150 000. BRRAG originally planned for eight guards, but due to the excellent response from members in the Bushman’s Old Village, it was possible to increase the number of guards.

Preliminary planning is again for eleven guards from 13 December 2019 to 5 January 2020 to cover our area. However, if BRRAG does raise additional money, as it did last year, we will again add additional guards.

Any funds raised from members in the Riversbend area will be held separately and used exclusively for that area. The number of guards will be dependant on how much money is raised.

The initial areas to be allocated/patrolled by guards are as follows:

  • Night shift: There will be seven guards patrolling the Bushman’s Old Village at night. The patrol routes will overlap to provide the most effective coverage.
  • Day shift: There will be a guard at the slipway area and one guard at the beach car park area.

BRRAG appeals to all residents, owners and prospective tenants, to once again please make any donation towards this worthy project. Please deposit your donation into the following bank account:

Account name:  BRRAG
Bank:  Standard Bank
Branch Code: 051117 Kenton on Sea
Account Number: 281116393
Reference: Name.December

Please send an email notification to bushmansratepayers@gmail.com to help us identify the correct houses that are contributing towards this very worthy protection plan.

Markings will be placed in the street outside the houses that contributed for easy identification by the guards.

Membership Fees

We appeal to all members that have forgotten to pay membership fees of R350 for 2019, to please do so as soon as possible. Those who would like to pay membership fees for 2020 of R350 (or any amount in excess of this would be greatly appreciated), may also do that now. Please notify us if your membership subscription is for 2019 or 2020 when sending the payment to us. All fees received are put to good use in maintaining the Village.  Click here for more details.

Keeping Safe

Even if you are in the house, please be security conscious and keep doors locked and outside beams on. Do not leave valuables on display in vehicles or in places readily visible from the street. Please report any suspicious activity to HitTec at 046 648 1032.  Crime must be reported to the SAPS at Kenton-on-Sea telephone 046 648 1222 or 082 911.

As always BRRAG will be doing its share to keep everyone safe, so we ask you to please carry their share. Thanks again to all those who contributed to our security fund last year and we are sure you all will again contribute and support such a worthy community project.

Kind regards

Lötter Wepener
Chairperson: Executive Committee
Bushman’s River Mouth Ratepayers’ Organisation