Umngeni Community Safety Initiative blog


  • UCSI NEWS 20 MAY 2020

    UCSI NEWS 20 MAY 2020

    Dear UCSI Supporters
     
    The UCSI welcomes the addition of the Boston Farmers Association SNIPR camera mounted gantries to the UCSI network of 25+ gantries in the KZN Midlands, from Hilton through Howick to Karkloof, Lions River and Curry’s Post.
     
    The UCSI, along with SAPS and affiliated security companies have recorded TWO wonderful success stories over the past fortnight.

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  • UCSI News 05 May 2020

    UCSI News 05 May 2020

    Dear UCSI Supporters
     
    The UCSI continues to add value and support to SAPS and the crime-fighting initiatives in our communities.
     
    UCSI Update 15 April – 5 May 2020

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  • UCSI NPC LOCKDOWN UPDATE

    UCSI NPC LOCKDOWN UPDATE

    Dear UCSI Supporters and Community members
     
    The UCSI continues to support SAPS, Law Enforcement and Security Service Providers. Our Operations team is working 24/7 to make sure we stay on top of things. Even with reduced traffic flow all over the country, the UCSI have been able to follow up and facilitate the apprehension of some perpetrators.
     
    You will notice in the report that there are still gaps in the UCSI SNIPR Network. These gaps can only be “plugged” once enough Capex is available to do the installations, but more importantly more community members and business entities come on board with monthly contributions, to ensure the financial sustainability of our not-for-profit community project.

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  • UCSI 21 DAY LOCKDOWN NOTICE

    UCSI 21 DAY LOCKDOWN NOTICE

    The UCSI will continue to operate and support essential Law Enforcement Officials during the 21 day lockdown. 

    The UCSI is ultimately information driven through the use of SNIPR ANPR camera technology, hence our ability to work remotely.   

    The UCSI is committed to making our communities safer and ensuring credible and reliable information is obtained from our network of cameras, and used to support SAPS and local, affiliated Security Companies in combating crime. 

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  • UCSI NEWS 20 FEBRUARY 2020

    UCSI NEWS 20 FEBRUARY 2020

    Dear Community Members
     
    The UCSI NPC in conjunction with SACAN TrackBox Technologies, SNIPR, SAPS Law Enforcement Officials, uMngeni Traffic Officials, uMngeni Municipal Role-players, DOT and numerous other local organisations held an Operations Demonstration on the 28th November 2019 to showcase the role the UCSI has had on vehicle-related crime prevention in the uMngeni Municipal area over the past year.

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  • UCSI NEWS

    UCSI NEWS

    Dear UCSI Supporters
     
    The UCSI is going well and we continue to have a positive impact in our community. The UCSI membership is growing, and we really need to encourage more local businesses, shopping centres, estates, security companies and schools to come on board. Support a wonderful, local initiative.
     

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  • UCSI NEWS 9 JANUARY 2020

    UCSI NEWS 9 JANUARY 2020

    Dear UCSI Supporters
     

    Welcome to 2020.
     
    Thank you for making 2019 a success in our community fight against crime. This festive season has been a fairly quiet one, with crime right down and the UCSI staying on top of any suspicious vehicles coming into the area.    
     
    It was a successful 2019 year for the UCSI, with well over 40 arrests being made and vehicles impounded. The UCSI also saw 16 SNIPR enabled gantries erected and numerous other gantries linked to the UCSI network of cameras. This was all made possible through community funding and support.
     
    The network of gantries and SNIPR information becomes more powerful as it grows and is effectively managed and responded to. This is what makes the UCSI so unique and successful. Partnerships with SNIPR and TrackBox Technologies SA CAN are incredibly important and play a HUGE role in the success of the UCSI.
     
    The best part of 2019 was the tangible excitement and support from our local SAPS. It has been a pleasure to empower them with valid SNIPR information and in return have unquestionable support and action. This is how we make a difference in our Community, Province and Country.
     
    The UCSI plans to strengthen relations with the uMngeni Municipality and in 2020, and aims to have more gantries and CCTV cameras erected in the community. Safety and security is how we ensure socio-economic growth and investment in our community.
     
    The UCSI goes into 2020 with Frans Labuschagne joining the team as the Operations Manager. Frans comes with an exceptional track-record and relationships in the Law Enforcement and security industries sectors.
     
    The UCSI Board of Directors would like to thank Debbie Preston for investing the last 15 months into the establishment of the UCSI and ensuring its success. Debbie will be taking up a full-time teaching post at Epworth School in January 2020 and we wish her all the very best. Debbie will remain on the UCSI Board of Directors, and will continue to guide and advise the UCSI team on-the-ground. 

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  • UCSI Newsletter 12 December 2019

    UCSI Newsletter 12 December 2019

    Dear UCSI Supporters

    The UCSI is working hard. November and December so far have proved to be busy and successful, but somewhat frustrating as well. There are still gaps in our network that we need to close. We can only do this with your support. CAPEX donations go towards the physical erection of the gantries, but OPEX is the most critical as this is the monthly income that keeps the UCSI sustainable.

    The UCSI continues to work alongside and build relationships with Law Enforcement Officials and affiliated security companies, namely Knight Security Solutions, Ballid Security and PMB Security. Herewith is a summary of recent successes and alerts.

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  • UCSI NEWSLETTER - 2 DECEMBER 2019

    UCSI NEWSLETTER - 2 DECEMBER 2019

    Dear UCSI Supporters
     

    The UCSI NPC is making its mark. On Thursday 28th of November, a delegation of JB Marks Municipal Officials from Potchefstroom and Ventersdorp (North West Province) come to our uMngeni Municipal area to see the uMngeni Community Safety Initiative (UCSI) NPC and related SNIPR, TrackBox Technologies, SAPS and Law Enforcement entities in action.  Local uMngeni Municipal Mayor, Cllr Sokhela and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Buthelezi, along with Jerome Nzimande (Manager of Protection Services) and other Municipal Officials welcomed them to our community.
     

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  • UCSI - Newsletter 4 November 2019

    UCSI - Newsletter 4 November 2019

    Dear UCSI Supporters

    The UCSI now has 16 UCSI gantries feeding through to the UCSI Operations Manager and the SNIPR TrackBox Control Centre. This has all been done through Community funding and support.

    The 3 latest UCSI gantries have gone up in Hilton at the Anew Hilton Hotel (funded by Fogden Properties, Voigts Group and Anew Hilton Hotel), Crompton Road on Dennis Shepstone Drive (funded by Cowan House and The Hilton Ratepayers Association), and then at the Rotunda (funded by J Leslie Smith Attorneys and Rotunda).

    We still need to “plug some holes” – especially in Merrivale, Merrivale Rural, Cedara, Howick West and Mpophomeni, and we need to grow our monthly contributions towards the UCSI from the community.

    How can you get involved?

    Please join the UCSI as a contributing member. The UCSI will not be sustainable without monthly community support from business entities and private individuals. Email ucsi@ucsi.org.za for more information on how to join and make a contribution. Private individuals from R50pm and business entities from R300pm.

    The UCSI is making a difference and herewith from Hilton SAPS - “At the Hilton Police station we have already noticed a reduction in our reported crime which there is no doubt that the Umgeni Community Safety Initiative {UCSI} has played a major role towards”.

    Recent UCSI successes and updates

    2019-10-14 The UCSI received information about three vehicles in the area using false plates and involved in malicious damage to property. A SAPS case was opened and the vehicles were loaded onto the UCSI SNIPR database. SAPS are investigating the case further.
    2019-10-18 The UCSI received information about a white VW City Golf which had been stolen in the Howick area. Through networking with local SAPS, neighbouring SAPS, TrackBox and affiliated Security Companies the vehicle was located abandoned in Estcourt. SAPS are investigating the case further.
    2019-10-20 The UCSI received a positive alert for a gold VW Polo with an Umlazi SAPS case number wanted for hijacking. Howick SAPS and affiliated security companies were informed and dispatched. The vehicle was located by KSS. Howick SAPS took both the driver and vehicle to SAPS. The hijacking case was dropped and a case of attempted murder was opened. SAPS are investigating the case further.
    2019-10-20 The UCSI received a positive alert for a gold Toyota Run X with a Rustenburg SAPS case number. Howick SAPS and affiliated security companies were advised and dispatched. The vehicle could not be located and must have exited the uMngeni area where the UCSI do not have a gantry erected yet.
    2019-10-23 The UCSI received a positive alert for a white Toyota Hilux with an Umhlali SAPS case number. Howick SAPS and affiliated security companies were informed. The vehicle was located by KSS. Howick SAPS took both the driver and vehicle to SAPS. SAPS are investigating the case further.
    2019-10-29 The UCSI were requested by SAPS to assist with an incident at Howick Falls where a vehicle had been abandoned. The UCSI Operations Manager ran the plates through the UCSI SNIPR system and were able to provide SAPS with the information they required. The case is still under SAPS investigation. The UCSI receives numerous alerts on a monthly basis. These alerts include “watch and monitor”, “misreads” and legitimate “positive alerts” (generated through the SAPS CAS database which is linked directly to SNIPR). The UCSI manages all these various alerts and follows-up to make sure that each one is dealt with accordingly.

    Who are the affiliated Security Companies?

    • Knight Security Solutions
    • Ballid Security
    • PMB Security

    These affiliated security companies have “bought” into holistic COMMUNITY safety. Has your security company affiliated? To become an affiliated security company they need to register with the UCSI and make a monthly contribution in order to receive information about “alerts” generated locally, so that they can assist Law Enforcement with criminal incidents and man-power in the area.

    Be a part of a “Best Practice Model” community project and help make a difference, locally, in KZN and South Africa.

    Yours sincerely
    The UCSI Board of Directors

    Themba Ndulini (Chairperson), Thandeni Zondi (Vice-chairperson), Debbie Preston (Secretary), Krish Ramkuber, Kevin Wright, Terence James, Whyona Sithapersad and PJ Myeni.

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  • October 2019 Newsletter

    October 2019 Newsletter

    Dear UCSI Supporters

    Brace yourselves – this is a very interesting newsletter. 

    Welcome new Operations Manager

    The UCSI is managed 24/7 by the UCSI VCAT* TrackBox SNIPR Control Room platform which is headed up by Keegan Naidoo. Keegan started working full-time for the UCSI on 1 September 2019 and also takes on the role of managing any priority crimes that are committed in the KZN Midlands. Currently Keegan is assisting Hawks and Crime Intelligence with a murder and farm attack that occurred in our area. Both incidents involve vehicles that came into our uMngeni area. The UCSI also assisted SAPS with another murder and an incident of poaching over the past month. Both of which are now cases closed. * Violent Crime and Technology

    Invest in the holistic safety of your community with the UCSI

    If you would like to make a capital donation towards the erection of the next 10 strategic UCSI SNIPR camera mounted gantries, please contact the ucsi on ucsi@ucsi.org.za or call Keegan on 0630689652. The UCSI would like to have all the access and egress points into our uMngeni Municipal spaces covered before the festive season. Not only will this deflect criminals, but it will also facilitate the successful apprehension of criminals – as has successfully happened during the course of this year so far. Since March 2019 the UCSI has been involved in over 30 successful cases and assisted law enforcement at local and provincial level.

    The UCSI is a registered Not-for-Profit Company and is able to issue a Section 18A for all donations made. The UCSI is also BBBEE level 2 and registered with PSIRA. To benefit from the services of the UCSI and ensure sustainability in our community, please affiliate and contribute a monthly membership fee. Please email donate@ucsi.org.za or ucsi@ucsi.org.za to get a membership form emailed to you. 

    The UCSI is making amazing progress in our communities, and as quoted by Captain Sikhakhane who is the Station Commander of Hilton SAPS “We are making magic”. 

    The UCSI is now also involved in advising a community from the North West Province of South Africa, who heard about what we are doing as a community. They are coming through to meet with the UCSI Board and role-players to see how we have rolled out our project in partnership with our Municipality and Department of Transport as a Best Practice Model.

    Business update

    The latest businesses to come on-board being: Howick Districts Landowners Association, Fairfield Dairy and Farm, Falcon Equipment, The Voigts Group, J Leslie Smith Attorneys, Rotunda, Fogden Properties, Cowan House, Hilton Rate Payers Association, Hilton Hawks through the HCSI, Wedgewood Nougat, Frosties, Broadacres Estate, Sakabula Estate and Midmar Building Supplies.

    Do you want your business to be a part of those leading the way in terms of community Safety Responsibility? 

    Gantry update

    To date twelve (12) UCSI gantries have been installed. There is another gantry in the Curry’s Post area coming on line soon, and then 3 more gantries in Hilton by the end of October 2019. 

    When these afore-mentioned gantries are erected, it will take the UCSI gantry number to 16 gantries that have been funded by our uMngeni Communities and fall under the Management of the UCSI. 

    Another 4 gantries are pending and should be feeding through by end of November 2019. On top of this there are an additional 4 privately owned gantries that feed through to the UCSI and then another 11 from surrounding areas also feeding through to the UCSI. In total, by the end of November 2019, the UCSI envisages over 35 gantries feeding through to the UCSI Control Room platform. 

    Some gantries are awaiting final funding and if we can get the capital (CAPEX) to complete those then that would be awesome. It must be noted that each gantry must have the required monthly operational costs (OPEX) committed to by the community before erection, and these costs are covered though community affiliation / membership contributions.  

    OPEX is collected on a monthly basis through fee paying community members (business entities and private individuals) and goes towards the payment of:

    • SNIPR Fees 
    • Data Fees 
    • Tamper Monitoring Fee 
    • Insurance (Comprehensive) and liability
    • Maintenance
    • Administration
    • Fuel / Cell phone
    • Technology / Hardware / Internet
    • Stationary / Marketing
    • Office rental, lights, water
    • Internet
    • Staffing

    These operational expenses are pivotal to the success of the UCSI in empower Law Enforcement and deterring criminals from our communities.

    Urgent attention

    Some serious attention needs to be placed on the following areas:  

    1. R617 / Mpophomeni  
    2. Midmar exit from N3 going into Howick 
    3. Merrivale exit from N3 going into Merrivale 
    4. Merrivale Rural on Cedara Road 
    5. Howick West 

    Attention also needs to be placed on the Howick CBD and Howick Falls Precinct. The UCSI is in a position to assist the uMngeni Municipality with the erection and monitoring of 24/7 CCTV cameras in the Howick Falls area.  

    Interesting Statistics

    Some interesting statistical information for the months of August and September 2019. These figures show the number of vehicles that passed under some of the gantries in our areas (note these are bi-directional stats):   

    • Worldsview (Hilton): 167423 vehicles in August and 116140 vehicles in September.
    • Life Hilton Private Hospital (Hilton): 250714 vehicles in August and 239147 vehicles in September.
    • Knight Security Solutions (Merrivale): 366249 vehicles in August and 303477 vehicles in September.
    • uMngeni Bridge (Howick): 294216 vehicles in August and 354482 vehicles in September. 
    • Lower Karkloof Road (Howick – Yard 41): 264558 vehicles in August and 219245 vehicles in September.
    • Lower Curry’s Post (Eagle Ridge): 69591 vehicles in September.
    • Natal Forest Nursery (Tweedie): 204634 vehicles in September.
    • Karkloof Club intersection: 52330 vehicles in September.

    These are significant figures and with the festive season approaching there are still gaps where gantries need to go up.  

    The CAPEX funding received goes towards the physical erection of the gantry and the cameras, and is a once off donation, while the OPEX (Operational) funding goes towards the on-going monthly expenses incurred by the UCSI in order the effectively and professionally manage the UCSI SNIPR gantry network. 

    The UCSI continues to meet with local, Cluster and Provincial Law Enforcement Officials (including Hawks and Crime Intelligence) to ensure that the protocols and procedures followed are professional. The UCSI has also met with the Senior Public Proctors of the Pietermaritzburg and Durban Regional High Courts. The UCSI is working successfully alongside SANRAL, N3TC and Transnet. 

    The UCSI Board of Directors wishes to thank the uMngeni Municipality for all the support to date. This public-private partnership is proving to be a success and leading the way in active crime fighting in communities. The UCSI is a flagship project that can be considered as paving the way in “best practice” for other Municipal areas.

    Yours sincerely

    The dedicated UCSI Board of Directors

    Themba Ndulini (Chairperson), Thandeni Zondi (Vice-chairperson), Debbie Preston (Secretary), Krish Ramkuber, Kevin Wright, Terence James, Whyona Sithapersad and PJ Myeni.

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    NOTE: Download the UCSI TrackBox App 

    The UCSI TrackBox Vehicle Check Centre App is now available at the Play Store or iStore. Download TrackBox and then select the UCSI as your ERPC (Emergency Response and Prevention Centre). You can also report ALL crimes as well as vehicle related crimes through this App

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  • UCSI Newsletter

    UCSI Newsletter

    The UCSI has made its mark on crime in the Howick, Hilton, Merrivale and surrounding areas. The gantry mounted ANPR SNIPR cameras are proving to be successful and under the professional management of the UCSI, the right information is getting to the Law Enforcement Officials and affiliated Security Companies to effect the arrests or assist with investigations. With over 26 successes and assists since March 2019, the UCSI has also been able to guide and assist numerous SAPS investigations from all over the Midlands.  

    To date nine (9) UCSI gantries have been installed with donations from the local business community and entities. Howick has been the area where the support and uptake from the community has been most favourable with all 4 access / egress routes now being covered by ANPR SNIPR CCTV mounted gantries. Along with other community role-players (SAPS and NHW) crime in general has been reduced in the Howick area. We now need to focus our efforts on getting the other strategic locations in Howick West, Merrivale, Merrivale Heights, Cedara, Birnamwood, Hilton and Mpophomeni covered.

    A huge thank you to the surrounding areas of Curry’s Post and Karkloof for also coming on-board and joining the UCSI network. Mention must be made of the affiliated security companies in our area that have aligned themselves to making a positive change in our communities. Ballid Security, Knight Security Solutions and PMB Security are all contributing to the success of the UCSI and working together to make the Midlands a safe place. Has YOUR security company invested in your community and your safety? The UCSI wants to work with ALL security role-players to make our uMngeni Municipal area a safer place.

    June and July were once again successful months for the UCSI, as we continue to grow and make inroads into dealing with crime. Some success stories include:

    7 July: The UCSI received a hit on the Worldsview gantry (Hilton) for a Mazda pick-up sought on a Hartbeespoort CAS number. Hilton Saps were advised along with affiliated security companies. The vehicle was stopped in Hilton and driver and passenger were taken in for questioning.

    10 July: The UCSI received a hit on a UCSI fed gantry in the Midlands about a vehicle reported stolen on 9 July on a Bethlehem CAS number (Free State). The vehicle was heading into the Howick area on the R103. Local affiliated security companies and Howick and Hilton SAPS were advised. The vehicle was monitored and then intercepted by Hilton SAPS on Cedara Road in Hilton. Two suspects were apprehended and the vehicle recovered. Real teamwork effort from key UCSI role-players.

    12 July: The UCSI received a hit on a Howick based gantry about a red Nissan bakkie which had been reported stolen in February this year. Howick SAPS and local affiliated security companies were immediately informed, mobilised at speed and searched the Howick area. The vehicle was spotted and pulled over. Two suspects were escorted by Howick SAPS to the Police station for further processing.

    These successes are attributed to dedication and hard work, but it costs money to set-up and keep the UCSI SNIPR camera project going. The UCSI needs to grow its financially contributing membership and the community is encouraged to come on-board. You can go to the UCSI website at www.ucsi.org.za or visit and like our awesome Facebook page. For as little as R50 per month for individuals and R300 per month for business entities you can become part of the solution.

    The UCSI would also like to thank the following entities that have contributed to the establishment of the 9 gantries in our local areas. They include: Greendale Superspar, Greendale Acres centre, Howick High School, Howick Prep School, Natal Forest Nursery, Amber Valley, Amber Ridge, Amber Lee, Amber Lakes, Amberglen, Yard 41, Harvard House, Mediclinic Howick, Eagle Ridge Estate, Amberfield, Howick Village Pharmacy, Protea Gardens, Karkloof Security, Knight Security Solutions, Colenbrander, Shell Hilton, Smarter Business, Hilton Harcourt’s and Life Hilton Private Hospital.

    There are numerous other contributors that have donated and will be mentioned when their gantries have been erected. There are another 9 gantries imminent and these will help grow the UCSI network, making it even more effective. If you would like to make a capital donation towards a gantry in your area and have your business name on the signage please email the UCSI at ucsi@ucsi.org.za. The areas needing the gaps filled urgently are Merrivale urban, Merrivale rural, Howick West, Hilton and Mpophomeni. Capital contributions of R20 – R30k will go a long way to getting these areas covered. The UCSI is a registered not-for-profit company and is able to award a Section 18 A certificate for any donations made. The UCSI is also BBBEE level 2.

    The UCSI Board of Directors wishes to thank the uMngeni Municipality for all the support to date. This public-private partnership is proving to be a success and leading the way in active crime fighting in communities. The UCSI is a flagship project that can be considered as paving the way in “best practice” for other Municipal areas. 

    Kind Regards

    The UCSI Board of Directors

     

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