UCSI continues to share information with Law enforcement and affiliated security companies with the assistance from all our members of the community. We have some ideas to move forward with technology and to assist our Municipality with safety and security for all.
We do need funding to implement though.
A very big thank you to the Members of HDLA (Howick Districts Landowners Association). Upgrades to Gantries and some new "toys" to add to our information gathering.
UCSI Operational Stories
February was a quiet month on the cameras.
4 Feb: A vehicle was stolen out of Lenmed Howick Hospital. Unfortunately by time vehicle was reported to UCSI our last camera hit was shown to have already left the area towards Sweetwaters. Only positive outcome was that we were able to give law enforcement information about possible suspect vehicle.
5 Feb Evening: I received a request from Sompisi Protection services. A quantum vehicle was hijacked in Mpophomeni. Again we had a negative result. Night time photos are difficult to identify vehicles in the dark.
7 Feb: I received a report that a vehicle was behaving strangely in the Hilton area. It matched a possible suspect description in the Mpophomeni case. I loaded to Snipr system so we could keep an eye on it for 3 weeks. After observing movement for the 3 weeks it was deemed not a problem and removed from the watch group.
9 Feb: Another stolen vehicle in Howick. Unfortunately we received report about vehicle at13h50. Vehicle was seen already going into Sweetwaters area at 13h18. Again only positive, we were able to find a possible suspect vehicle that SAPS were already investigating.
11 Feb: A missing person from PMB was reported with a vehicle reg number. A search on cameras provided a clue to where person could be in the area. All information given to SAPS and security companies who conducted a search for the missing vehicle. UCSI involvement ended.
18 Feb: A stolen vehicle reported in Verulam (Durban) activated a camera in Howick. The information was loaded to the response group. Vehicle found in Howick CBD area by member of Knight Security. Suspect vehicle taken to Howick SAPS and impounded.
22 Feb: An attempted theft of motor vehicle from Cowan House in Hilton, Suspects not caught but possible suspect vehicle investigated.
22 Feb: A suspected poaching vehicle from Karkloof was flagged by Magma members. We have kept a watch on it and Magma members have intercepted in Howick before entering Karkloof.
23 Feb: Vehicle stolen from Howick and again we were not able to get information fast enough. Suspect vehicle under investigation.
26 Feb: A suspected stolen vehicle activated cameras in Hilton. A Magma member found vehicle in CBD area and escorted to Hilton SAPS. Vehicle Impounded.
A great response from our Affiliated Security members who assist all Law Enforcement in responding to Your information shared by UCSI
If you are a donor to UCSI in any form and you do not receive an email direct from UCSI please contact me. I would love to hear from you and more importantly, say a personal Thank You. Details below.
How can you get involved?
The UCSI is not be sustainable without monthly community support from business entities, shopping centers, hospitals, schools, estates, security companies and private individuals. Please join the UCSI as a contributing member. There are still some critical gantries that need to be erected – primarily in the Merrivale and Mpophomeni areas. We are funded by the community for the community.
We will even use our contacts to assist with off camera incidents as well.
The UCSI is also able to issue Section 18A certificates for CAPEX and OPEX donations of any amount.
Stay safe – we got this!
Deon Tegg Operations Manager
The UCSI Board of Directors
Themba Ndulini (Chairperson), Krish Ramkuber and Terence James