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 email@example.com. 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.
The UCSI Board of Directors