Just a few hours a month can make a big difference in protecting and preserving the quality of life in our neighbourhood. Your eyes and ears are essential for helping keep (y)our neighbourhood safe and secure

As in any organisation there are a number of roles and responsibilities that need to be followed, without making the task of keeping (y)our neighbourhood safe

Duties of an MCSI member:
  • Never patrol alone.
  • Two (2) people can patrol by car or bicycle.
  • Three (3) people as a minimum for a walking patrol.
  • Always greet, never confront. Remember that Neighbourhood Watch members serve as eyes and ears only – they do not attempt to apprehend. That is the responsibility of law enforcement.
  • Call for help if you are worried, or if you see a crime taking place. The first point of contact is with Muizenberg SAPS (021 787 9000), then with the MCSI group.
  • Every patroller must carry an ID or driver’s license.
  • Always advise SAPS that you are patrolling, the number in the patrol and the means of patrol (foot, car, bicycle). Ask for an OB number from the SAPS controller.
  • Don’t patrol if you may be over the drink-and-drive limit.
Duties of an MCSI block co-ordinator:
  • Meet all residents in your block / streets.
  • Explain the purpose of MCSI.
  • Enlist residents to participate / join MCSI and to be aware of happenings in their immediate surroundings.
  • Explain the procedure for reporting suspicious activity or people to law enforcement or MCSI.
  • Assist residents in identifying their security needs.
  • Be aware of special-needs residents, and of city services maintenance needs.
  • Organise activities to support MCSI and neighbourhood interaction.
  • Co-ordinate patrols and reports.
  • Provide feedback to your block, and exchange important information to other blocks within MCSI.
Duties of an MCSI vehicle patrol:
  • Neighbourhood patrols are non-confrontational. Members are not to get out of their cars, nor attempt to apprehend.
  • Watch for suspicious activity around cars and houses.
  • If criminal activity is observed, the patrol team are to call Muizenberg SAPS (021 787 9000) and provide the details.
  • Always advise SAPS that you are patrolling, the number in the patrol and the means of patrol (foot, car, bicycle). Ask for an OB number from the SAPS controller.
  • Each vehicle will carry strong flashlights, notepad, pen, and a charged cell phone.
  • Every patroller must carry an ID or driver’s license.
  • Don’t patrol if you may be over the drink-and-drive limit.
What to watch for:

People looking at / into cars, houses, yards. People habitually hanging about on street corners.

Ask if you can help them. Are they new to the neighbourhood? Are they looking for someone or something? If they’re innocent you’ll be seen as welcoming and polite, even helpful. If they’re not, you will have done nothing to antagonise them, or to escalate bad feeling, but you will have made them aware that they have been observed.

Observe hard-to-change characteristics.

Take note of complexion, colour, hair, height, weight, walk, teeth, scars, tattoos, ears, age, etc. It’s fine to be seen looking! If they’re innocent neighbours,you ought to know them. If they are nefarious, it worries them to be recognisable.

Mode of transport – car, bakkie, scooter, bicycle.

Colour, make, model, registration number (if possible), age, general condition, characteristic sound, etc. It helps to know the local residents and regular visitors’ vehicles, whether innocent or not!

Make notes, before you forget.

Who? What? When? Where? How? It’s fine to be seen recording information, especially if it’s information about someone who may be a customer (of a drug dealer or prostitue). Remember, any case for which you need to give evidence is likely to come up after months, even years. One forgets!

Tell someone.

Tell the affected neighbour, the police, your local security provider, MCSI. An info system is being developed, and all information gathered could be of value in ensuring Muizenberg is a safe and secure environment.