25 October 2021 Facebook message from chairman New security cameras coming to Cape St Francis. Thank you to all who have signed up as contributors. If you haven't yet then please get in touch.
14 October 2021 Whatsapp message from chairman Good morning ☀️
Please find attached below the identified positions of the cameras with a brief motivation attached. Please note that we have successfully funded 66% of the project and will therefore be going ahead to install 66% of the planned poles - completing the rest when the required commitment levels have been reached. We will continue to campaign for more sign ups to ensure that the project can be completed, please help us reach the required commitment levels!
28 September 2021: Whatsapp message from chairman. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your commitments and patience in supporting the Cape Saint Francis CCTV initiative. This project is made possible by the awesome community that is willing to collaborate to prevent crime. We emphasise that this initiative benefits all members of the community equally - regardless of your home location and private security provider.
After much consideration from internal security experts and consultation with key role-players in the local community, we have decided to implement the portion of the CCTV system which has been successfully funded through the commitments received to date. Careful consideration has led us to advise that implementing 6 out of the 9 poles before the December season will combat a vast majority of the crime, contributing towards greater ease of mind during the festive season. We will continue to rally support for the CCTV initiative and as more outstanding commitments are received, each remaining pole will be erected and plugged into the existing network.
Private individuals have made a once-off donation towards the initiative with will cover the costs of two additional poles, allowing us to install 8 out of the intended 9 new poles. We will release the pole positions of Friday, 1 October 2021. Find the pole composition here
We look forward to fighting crime together! 17 September 2021: Whatsapp message from chairman. [08:42, 17/09/2021] SHAW Dane: Good morning, I trust you are all well. Just a quick update regarding the Smhart Security proposal. They need just 30 more contributors to get the go ahead for the project. If you haven't signed up yet (and please remember this is a different proposal to the Atlas proposal) then please get in touch with me and I'll send you the form. We are almost at the finish line in making Cape St Francis a secure village, please help us cross that line! A big thank you to all those that have already put their name on the list. Kind regards Dane Shaw - Civics Chairman
[12:34, 17/09/2021] SHAW Dane: Hello again, thank you for the great response this morning towards the cctv camera proposal. There are a few questions regarding the other security companies and their involvement. I have spoken to Chokka at Smhart and he assures me that they are willing to work with all security companies involved in Cape St Francis. The cameras will belong to the community, Smhart are the custodians and they will respond however we choose them to, within the ambits of the law of course. Once the final commitment is received a "Standard Operation Procedure" document will be prepared and agreed upon which will outline the sharing and reporting of incidents and whom is notified thereof. As far as we are concerned, the wider response is the greater response. Thanks again to all those that are involved.
7 July 2021 A letter from Smhart Security Camera pole positions We have taken decades worth of local knowledge, analysed our entire history of incidents, consulted with criminal trend experts to best predict future behaviour and relied heavily on our own internal intelligence to deliver the best positions of the camera poles. We have used a holistic consideration of facts to determine the locations of the camera poles that best serves the priorities of the community and deliver strategic advantage over opportunists. Smhart Security allows no undue influence from any party when determining these locations - these are objective best case positions.
The primary mandate of these poles are to protect and prevent incidents in Cape Saint Francis as a whole. The poles prioritise entry and exit routes for vehicles and pedestrians so that boundaries can be established and the village can become a “virtual estate”. The motion detection cameras will create a boundary that will trigger on pedestrian entry, while the license plate recognition cameras will screen vehicles entering the village. The goals of this method are for screening and preventative response.
The proposed network consists of 11 camera poles covered by the R140’s per month. (File on initiative fees.) However, there is currently a significant volume of additional camera pole purchases underway. Individuals have elected to purchase poles for their street or home, pay these fees upfront and donate them to the holistic network. Some of these private poles deliver strategic advantages to the network and results in our pole positions changing slightly, tightening security with every extra one. For example, we would not place a pole at a chosen position if private donors would like to pay for one in the same position, we then move that pole to be used better elsewhere.
It is important to remember that this solution aims to reduce incidents in Cape Saint Francis and not in a particular street or area specifically.
I hope that this answers some of the concerns regarding the positioning of the poles. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.
19 May 2021
Dear Community Members,
Firstly, thank you to all that have committed towards the security initiative previously circulated in April and again in response to the WhatsApp message sent out earlier this week. We have had a great response towards the proposed project; however we were unable to reach our target number of 200 contributors by 15th May 2021.
So what does this mean? There is clearly a need for security upgrades in our village and the security group driving this initiative has been approached by a second service provider, namely Smhart Security, with a similar proposal that we hope will get better buy in by the community.
Smhart Security has proposed the following: 9 Additional Camera Poles 3 Upgrades to existing poles Local camera monitoring and intelligence management Proactive camera event responses and Up scaled back-up support.
The total cost per month for monitoring, financing the camera project and SNIPR (LPR software) amounts to R 20 291.75 incl vat. In order to avoid any future shortfalls we propose aiming to raise an amount of no less than R 26 500.00 per month.
We therefore hope that those that have committed will be prepared to “re-commit” to this proposal and sign a new commitment contract directly with Smhart. Our apologies for the extra admin but it is appreciated. For those that have not committed yet due to financial concerns, we invite you to commit to any amount that you can afford. This project is for the community, whether you live here or not, as it promotes our safety and the values of our properties. We have a further option of once off or yearly donations so there is no excuse not to be involved…
Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you want to see the full Smhart Security Proposal, we will gladly circulate. Smhart will further be providing a contract letter for those that support this initiative which will be circulated on Whatsapp groups and emails.
We must thank Gumby and Craig Jarvis for all their help and assistance in getting this going and look forward to a safer Cape St Francis. Kind regards Dane Shaw Cape St Francis Civics Chairman
20 May 2021 - Whatsapp message from Chairman: After some some serious discussions and negotiations we have settled on a solution for our camera/monitoring/response upgrades. Smhart security came to us with a proposal that is very attractive and offers very good a-z service. They have the largest 'army' around us to assist over and above the dedicated vehicle in csf. Armed response, tactical unit, canine, high pursuit etc are all benefits that we gain along with a comprehensive network east and west and north of us that we tap into. They have also given us very attractive pricing and terms that we are very excited about and hope that all the home owners and residents will buy into. It is very important that we all commit and make an effort to rally others that are not receiving this information to also join. We need you all to help identify and loop these people in please. It brings the monthly costs down for all of us and also helps us add value with upgrades and shortening loan period. It is important to note that the price of this will not suddenly go up because someone decides to add a few camera's or something like that. If we do another phase it will be completely voluntary. Also, this is obviously not a guarantee that there will be no crime going forward, that is impossible to do but it will make a big difference and is a massive move towards a crime free village. This is a force multiplier and a leap frog step over the criminals that are still using their methods that haven't changed for decades.
20 May 2021 Whatsapp from SHAW Dane:The payments will work like this: When 200 people commit the contract will kick into place. The cost per commitment is R140 per month for 3 years. Some people have said they would pay more and that just helps everyone. This is VERY cheap for what we will be getting. It makes our town a very scary place to come to with I'll intention as it will basically become a trap with no way out. If more then 200 people commit (there are over 450 home owners here) then the price comes down. Please forward these messages around as much as possible and also the pdf and contract to follow. There might be some questions and I will try to answer as much as possible. PLEASE DON'T ask on group, keep for emergencies please. A representative from Smhart has been added here and he can introduce himself now. He will explain how payments will work and be able to help make things more clear. (see Chokka Trahms' letter below ) email@example.com The fact that this is going so well makes me super proud to be a part of a community like this. It is rare in the world and we will also be safer for it ✌️ Remember, join civics and also foster (this town isn't so special by mistake, it takes work) and forward to people that might not be seeing this. [12:57, 5/20/2021] SHAW Dane: Thank you to all that have committed to our first proposal, please feel free to contact myself or Gumby if you have any questions. Kind regards Dane [12:57, 5/20/2021] SHAW Dane: Thank you to all that have committed to our first proposal, please feel free to contact myself or Gumby if you have any questions. Kind regards Dane
20 May - Whatsapp from Chokka Trahms from Smhart
Good day ☺️
My name is Chokka Trahms and I manage the CCTV and Intelligence division of Smhart Security. Thank you for adding me to this group, I am excited to be apart of the solution in Cape St Francis!
As Gumby has already introduced, we have develop a holistic solution together for the town and look forward to using the camera network as an important resource in eliminating crime in the area. We have installed and managed several of these projects for other towns and have observed dramatic reductions in crime each time.
I have attached a Smhart CCTV division profile briefly outlining our services. I have also sent a sign up form which serves the following purpose:
1. A commitment agreement to contribute to the camera network initiative. 2. Capturing contributors personal information, preferred payment method and billing details. 3. Capturing residents vehicle number plates so that we can start creating the “white list” of “friendly” vehicles (saves the paperwork in the future). 4. Additional donation options that are available towards the project.
Please complete the paperwork (download sign-up-form.pdf above) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org for capturing. The forms can be completed digitally or printed and filled out in writing. A clear picture of the form is perfect (it does not necessarily have to be scanned). Once we have received all the required paperwork, an announcement will be made and we can commence the project in order to have the additional resource up and running as soon as possible.
Please feel free to message me directly if you have any questions, queries or concerns. I am often in town for work or a surf at seals - please feel free to reach out if you want to see me, I am always available.
We are so excited to get the camera network operational and look forward to working together!
Find the Trust account details here Banking details: STANDARD BANK, Albert Saunders Attorneys Trust Account, Account no: 281 401 551, Branch Code: 050015 (Humansdorp), Use Reference: Your name/C123 (NB!!! Very important to have these details for allocation purposes)
Donation received for security Phase 7 (more cameras and 24/h surveillance)
DA Jenkins (30/3/2021) D Herbst (3/4/2021) Verrips (16/4/2021) Klinkert (16/4/2021) Rodgers (19/4/2021) Wilson (19/4/2021) B Rheeder (20/4/2021) Meyer (21/4/2021) R Pike (21/4/2021) F Rigaard (22/4/2021) PW Moolman Beleggings (Pty) Ltd (3/5/2021) Ricky Ball (17/5/2021) Mike Morris (25/5/2021) De Oliveira (26/5/2021) Andre de Oliveira (28/5/2021) Paul Potter (9/6/2021)
Location - ligging
Country South Africa Province Eastern Cape District Sarah Baartman Municipality Kouga Area • Total 4.38 sq km Population (2011) • Total 342 • Density 78 sq km Racial makeup (2011) • Black African 3.5%, • Coloured 1.8% • White 94.7% First languages (2011) • English 55.6% • Afrikaans 42.1% • Xhosa 1.8% • Other 0.6%