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Historical security arrangement (prior to 2014)
- Back in 1980, the suburb of MX40 was approximately 80% built. However, there was no French School.
- In 1994, the suburb was experiencing a burglary a week.
- The community banded together and the MX40 committee was formed.
- Their responsibility included working with the police.
- A security patrol service was implemented.
- In 1997, a tragic event occurred when a member of MX40 was murdered. This led to fast tracking the application for the road closures.
In the last few years crime has generally increased in the surrounding areas. MX40 has managed to remain relatively safe. However, it is important to stress that one crime is one too many as no community member wants to be the victim of that one traumatic incident. As such it is imperative that as a community we remain vigilant and stay abreast with the latest crime prevention tools available in the market.
|Year||Armed Robbery||Burglary||Intrusion Theft||Hi-jacking||Vehicle theft||Total|
It is somewhat difficult to obtain absolute crime statistics for neighbouring suburbs. As such the table below is based on high-level investigations.
|Suburb||Incidences||Security set-up||Monthly cost|
|RIVERCLUB (CAP service provider area) (330 free-standing houses; 220 units, 200 houses contributing)||Average: Five to six per month Dec 2016: Five incidences including one murder||– No booms – No guards – Two dedicated patrol vehicles – No cameras||R1 200 AR per month (Unknown RA contribution)|
|RIVERCLUB (Golfcourse) (Was ADT, now 7 Arrows) (120 houses; 75% contribution rate)||– Dec 2016: 11 (with three hits in one evening) – Average: Five incidents per month||– Perpetrators gain easy access from the river – Two guarded boom entrances with push button – Cameras – One patrol vehicle||R950 per month (R600 RA + R350 AR)|
|DUXBERRY (InCity service provider) (259 houses; 90% contribution rate)||– Year ending Feb 2016: Five petty theft burglary incidences – Nothing since Feb 2016||– Two guarded booms with push button access – Cameras – Two patrol vehicles||R1 348 per month (R915 RA + R433 AR)|
|PARKMORE (24/7 service provider) (1 464 houses; 55% contribution rate)||– Prior to booms erected in 2015: 20 – 26 incidences per month – Post booms: 2016 = 10 – 12 incidences per month – 2017 down to five incidences per month with third week of March 2017 week being incident free first time||– Seven guarded boom access entrances – No cameras – Three patrol vehicles||R1 220 per month (R150 PCA +R720 AR +R350 RC)|
|MARIKANA ROAD CLOSURE AREA (InCity service provider) (57 houses; 80% contribution rate)||– No incidents in last two years||– Guarded booms with push button – Cameras – Semi-dedicated vehicle from InCity||R1 303 per month (R870 RA + R433 AR)|
|BENMORE ROAD CLOSURE AREA (InCity service provider) (120 houses; 88% contribution rate)||– No recent incidents||– Guarded booms – Cameras – Semi-dedicated patrol vehicle||R1 303 per month (R870 RA + R433 AR)|
Beagle Watch Security Provider(CSS Tactical was acquired by Beagle Watch Armed Response (“BW”) during 2017) During 2014, the security provider contract was put out to tender with an independent assessor determining which service providers ranked in the top three. CSS Tactical was placed joint first and CSS was awarded the contract based on being the most professional, cost effective and quality security service provider. On 27 March 2017 Beagle Watch Armed Response ("BW") acquired CSS Tactical. BW includes the alarm monitoring, armed response, public space responsibilities and guarding components in the CSS Tactical area of operation. BW are experts in CCTV surveillance, provide sufficient back-up resources and has an existing solid track record in Dunkeld, Hurlingham, Bordeaux South and Atholl. Beagle Watch also dominates Northcliff and the surrounding areas. The cost of individual membership per household: R350 per month if the resident is a paid- up member of the MX40 Residents Security Association ("RSA"). The cost of individual membership per household: R550 per month if the resident is not a paid-up member of the MX40 RSA.
CSS Tactical(now BW) control room contact number is 0861 911 119 (remains the same number even after the BW acquisition). Area manager: Raymond Miller Mieke Hall (CSS/BW sales). firstname.lastname@example.org
SA Police ServicesSandton Police Station: 011 722 4355 Sandton sector patrol vehicle: 071 675 6095 Crime Line: 10111
Individual membership per household: R900 per month (tax deductible – section 18A donation – MX40 is a PBO (registered public benefit organisation)).
Benefits of joining the MX40 Residents Security Association
- Permanently (day and night) guarded boomed access points with push-button at Springhill Road and Bauhinia There has been a noticeable documented reduction in crime since the introduction of the push-button in 2014.
- A dedicated patrol
- Digital, high pixel, CCTV recording cameras linked into iSentry security software, monitoring both booms and all pedestrian
- The lights at the vehicle and pedestrian entrances, booms, CCTV cameras and recording devices are on battery back-up. During power outages the equipment continues to function for up to four hours, ensuring our security is not compromised during these
- Committed BW* regional manager overseeing all security issues daily with effective and efficient response
- Co-ordination and provision of safety awareness training to MX40 domestic workers,
- Additional guard foot patrols during December festive
- Weekly iSentry security report distributed to MX40 RSA Chairman flagging unusual behaviour recorded by the cameras and documenting what action was taken to address such
- Enabling the MX40 RSA committee members (voluntary service) to address many MX40 community issues primarily focusing on security issues to ensure that MX40 is a sought-after suburb to reside. Eg intensive JRA road closure renewals every two years, constant monitoring of daily service delivery by BW, constant maintaining of cameras and booms, MX40 community communication, repairing potholes.Please note that SECURITY is our main mandate – we are not a homeowners association or ratepayers association but we do act as a conduit of information from the authorities to residents when necessary.
- The MX40 enclosure is JRA (Johannesburg Road Agency) approved – ie legally erected.
|Per month||Armed response(“AR”) only (BW* supplier)||AR(BW* supplier)+ MX40 levy||AR(other# supplier)+ MX40 levy|
|Security provider||R550||R350||R450 – R600|
|SUBTOTAL||R550||R1 275||R1 350 – R1 500|
|Tax deduction (45%) on MX40 levy||–||(R405)||(R405)|
|TOTAL||R550||R870||R945 – R1 095|
|Incremental cost of joining MX40||–||R320||R395 – R545|
(Subject to increased membership contributions)
Additional MX40 community membership contributionsCurrently (May 2017) MX40 comprises 204 households of which only 139 contribute ie 68%. Additional membership contributions will enable the MX40 Committee to improve security several fold:
- Connect all security cameras to the fibre network (MX40 RSA Committee has negotiated free fibre connectivity with MTN) and pay for real-time 24/7 monitoring of suburb activity – cost is in the region of R12 000 – R15 000 per month.
- Pay for the use of BW sophisticated LPR (license plate recognition) software that detects vehicle registration numbers that are listed as stolen, belonging to criminals, suspicious, etc and uploads into a cloud which is also populated by other road closure armed response companies. This information sharing then allows BW to react should a suspicious vehicle enter MX40.
- Mount additional digital, high pixel cameras at all key intersections within the suburb – this will be phased in as income permits.
- Enable a second dedicated vehicle to patrol the suburb – this is probably the lowest priority due to more cost-effective electronic measures to prevent crime. However, should contributions increase sufficiently, a second dedicated vehicle can be added to the security offering.
- With MX40 being a relatively large road closure community with 204 households, our road closure application has specific conditions that does not permit locking of pedestrian gates at night and as such extra membership contributions are required to improve our security from a technological and armed response perspective as highlighted above.
Please use the debit order facility. This is our preferred method of payment as it dramatically reduces our administration costs. The MX40 Treasurer, who has held the position for over five years, personally loads and checks the debit order batches i.e. it is not outsourced and therefore effortless to amend or cancel. Please email us for a debit order form and return this to our Treasurer. (email@example.com) Alternatively as a minimum, please set up a scheduled monthly payment on your banking account. The Association’s bank details for deposits and EFTs is as follows: Morningside Extension 40 Residents Security Association Nedbank Sandown Branch code: 1933 05 Account number: 1933 119 527 Please use your surname and street address as a reference on all deposits or EFTs made.