30 November 2014

It's hard to keep caring.

It's hard to keep caring.
Terrill Caplan, PPO, PI
Chief Security Officer - Law Enforcement Support Division
Top Contributor - By Lt Daniel Furseth [Oct 13, 2014]

Today, I stopped caring about my fellow man. I stopped caring about my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today because a once noble profession has become despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted.

I stopped caring today because parents refuse to teach their kids right from wrong and blame us when they are caught breaking the law. I stopped caring today because parents tell their little kids to be good or “the police will take you away” embedding a fear from year one. Moms hate us in their schools because we frighten them and remind them of the evil that lurks in the world.

They would rather we stay unseen, but close by if needed, but readily available to “fix their kid.” I stopped caring today because we work to keep our streets safe from mayhem in the form of reckless, drunk, high, or speeding drivers, only to be hated for it, yet hated even more because we didn’t catch the drunk before he killed someone they may know.

1 October 2014

An Obituary printed in the London Times

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- And maybe it was my fault.

28 July 2014

NW Radio Workshop – City of CT Safety & Security

On Saturday 26th July we were invited to participate in a Mass Information Session. Hosted by Alderman JP Smith, this was presented to over 100 CPF (Community Police Forum) and Neighbourhood Watch representatives from across the greater Cape Town area. Presentations were also made by SPEARS on the technical aspects of radios, and a very informative session from Datadot.

26 March 2014

Funding reductions to City of Cape Town's Safety and Security Directorate and the impact

Dear Friends

I generally resist the need to communicate to a large group on matters of community safety unless it is a matter of major importance and in sending this email I believe this requires your attention. In reviewing documentation from the City of Cape Town I discovered an inconsistency which will further negatively affect service delivery from the various departments in the Safety and Security directorate, which requires our intervention. Please take a few minutes to allow me to explain.

17 February 2014

What is required for Find My iPhone to track or find my iPhone?

Q: What is required for Find My iPhone to track or find my iPhone?
A: You must have previously configured the Find My iPhone service, Location Services must be enabled for Find My iPhone, the iPhone must be powered-on, the iPhone must be able to acquire a GPS signal OR location triangulation via cell-towers or Wi-Fi, and the iPhone must be in a 3G service area or be connected to Wi-Fi.

Q: My iPhone was lost (or stolen) but I never setup an iCloud account or Find My iPhone - can I still track the location of my iPhone?
A: NO - Find my iPhone must be configured BEFORE your iPhone or device gets lost or stolen

Q: My iPhone was lost (or stolen) but location services was turned off - can I track my iPhone or enable location services remotely?

16 January 2014

Jamming: are you at risk?

The South African Intruder Detection Services Association (SAIDSA), has issued a crime trend warning on the ease of jamming of radio signals on equipment operating on the 433 MHz frequency. While this crime trend has been prevalent in many countries for years now, more frequent instances of this method of jamming are appearing in South Africa.

18 November 2013

Open letter from Constantia resident

I was very impressed when, in the early hours of Saturday 16th November, I phoned Constantia Valley Watches Control Room in Bergvliet to report the flooding of a neighbour’s house to be told that it had already been reported by a patrolling vehicle and passed on to Metro Control for assistance.


22 October 2013

Tired of those unwanted spam emails?

A colleague provided me with this very useful piece of advice. Save the information below, then just reply to the email and copy/paste the information below into your reply.


In terms of section 45(4) of this Act, this message serves as notification that I do not wish to receive any further communications from you. Failure to comply with this request constitutes a criminal offense in terms of the ECT Act.

Additionally, I hereby request that you immediately disclose where you obtained my contact details, as per section 45(1) of the ECT Act. Failure to respond to this request also constitutes a criminal offense.

 Optional paragraph:

I note that your original message did not provide me with an option to cancel my subscription to your mailing list, as required by section 45(1) of the Act. This means that you may already have committed an offense in terms of section 45(3) of the Act, and may be subject to prosecution.
Should you wish to familiarise yourself with the relevant legislation, or check my facts, a copy of the ECT Act is available on-line via the Government's web site: http://www.gov.za/gazette/acts/2002/a25-02.pdf or http://www.polity.org.za/pdf/ElectronicCommunications.pdf or http://www.internet.org.za/ect_act.html#Unsolicited_goods_services_or_communications

28 August 2013

Final message from CEO of PRISON BROADCASTI​NG NETWORK - Unjustifie​d end to a 16 year journey

This will probably be my final letter to you as the Founder and CEO of Prison Broadcasting Network so I’d appreciate it if you could lend me your ears (and eyes) for just a few minutes….

It has been a long hard road travelled for Prison Broadcasting Network and for myself and my family over the past 2 years. The unexpected suspension of our services in Pollsmoor in July 2011 under the guise of “the necessary renewal of our service agreement” was immediate and came without any warning. This dragged on for 6 months during which time we were not permitted to continue our services. Despite imploring the Directors of Pollsmoor to expedite the process (and later the Regional Directors of Correctional Services to step in) on a continual basis on numerous occasions, nothing was forthcoming.

19 July 2013

What would you do?.... you make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn’t one.

My question is: Would you have made the same choice ? At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: 'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection’. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?' The audience was stilled by the query.

22 June 2013

Safe as houses: what do we know about home robberies in South Africa?

Home robberies barely make the news anymore in South Africa, unless someone is seriously injured. For example, a short article from SAPA on 17 April 2013 with the headline ‘2 injured in Daveyton robbery’ provides little detail about the two people who were shot and badly injured when intruders broke into their home to steal their television set. According to the 2012 National Victims of Crime Survey (NVCS), half of households surveyed feared this type of crime. ‘Home robbery’, unlike ‘house breaking’ (burglary), is regarded as a violent crime because people are at home when it takes place. This puts people at risk of personal injury and emotional trauma in the place where they should feel safest. This is why home robbery fuels fear across many communities.  But what do we know about home robberies in South Africa? Much of what we do know comes from data collected by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the National Victims of Crime Surveys (NVCS), undertaken by Statistics South Africa.

6 June 2013

Citizen’s Arrest

Very Interesting read from source acknowledged at end of article:

This topic relates directly to every member of the community, but especially to Street or Neighbourhood Watches. It is a serious topic so take my warnings as they are read.
The first thing I have to talk about is American television. NOTHING you see on TV relates to real life here, now in South Africa. Not the laws, not the criminal procedure and especially, the South African Police Services do not have “badge numbers”, so don’t ask for one.

You must understand that if arrested here, a suspect can shout, “My lawyer will have me out of here in five minutes!” as much as he likes. It won’t happen. If he thought he would walk the case because he hasn’t been read his “Miranda Rights”, he needs to know that the concept of "Miranda rights" was enshrined in US law following the 1966 Miranda v. Arizona Supreme Court decision. It doesn’t apply here. What does apply, I will explain later.

26 May 2013

The DNA Project

“You have until the 30th May 2013 to stand up and be counted in South Africa’s fight against crime. Every day innocent people needlessly become victims of violent crimes in our country. Most of these are committed by repeat offenders. By sending a strong message to the South African Government to pass legislation that enables law enforcers to collect DNA from arrestees and convicted offenders we can catch criminals sooner. That means you can prevent most of these crimes, save more lives, and provide more protection to the innocent. Sign up today to show that you believe that the proposed DNA legislation, officially known as The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill B09-2013 currently before Parliament should be made law. If passed,… this law will revolutionise crime scene investigation in South Africa in line with best international practice and increase the number of convictions.”
Please visit this link - http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Pass_DNA_Legislation_in_South_Africa_1/?cWXCWcb

20 March 2013

The silent death of the private sector

Communists in South Africa must be popping the corks of their champagne as they witness the dream of a state-run economy coming true. Socialists must be wearing a wry smile as, despite their belief in a mixed economy, they do have reservations about the profit motive. Why all this celebration? Because the big picture suggests that, with some illustrious exceptions, the decline and fall of the private sector is happening before our eyes.

5 March 2013

Report on armed hijack of Tokai Resident in Bergvliet

Hi to fellow Tokai and BKM Community members. In January my wife had a gun to her head at the dentist’s’ driveway and lost R 11 000 cash, a car and other personal possessions. While she remains rattled she was not hurt or shot. As always there are lessons to be learnt and some insights as to how it could well have been prevented. These are now shared with you all to build our collective resistance to such awful incidents. If more detail would be of value do not hesitate to contact.