Do you live in a Burglary Hot Spot or a Suburb Safe Zone?

neighbourhood“If property owners do not take collective action as a neighbourhood community, the affect on everyone’s property values in that neighbourhood could be very negative”, says Cape Town real estate broker, Andre de Villiers from Cape Town.

De Villiers was previously a Neighbourhood Watch Chairperson for a popular Cape Town coastal suburb. “My experience is that there are far too few residents prepared to get involved in neighbourhood security unless there is a dramatic spike in crime or a violent attack. The majority of residents it seems are only too happy to leave the collective security concerns to someone else”.

“As the owner of four real estate offices in Cape Town, I can confirm that buyers are increasingly asking agents for more details about security issues in the neighbourhood of the house they are interested in. The focus on the individual house’s security is correctly seen as something that can be resolved by the buyer, but the area’s reputation and crime statistics are a greater concern, as a buyer knows this will probably be an issue that falls outside their immediate control.”

There is certainly a demand for reliable data but this is not as easy to obtain as some may think. Many smaller incidents are not reported to the police and many private security services treat their information as confidential and many neighbourhood watch groups are understandably concerned that their neighbourhood could suffer if their efficiency in keeping records resulted in a negative message!

“I think any professional estate agent should have some reasonable methodology to answer security questions from buyers objectively about the neighbourhood. We can’t put our head in the sand over this issue and a lack of access to reliable data is certainly a challenge,” said de Villiers.

The message to property owners is to ‘buy in’ to the responsibility of keeping their neighbourhood safe and crime free through collective action, and thereby collecting a ‘collective security dividend’. “Imagine if you will, a pocket of houses that is able to claim and where the seller or agent can statistically show, that the subject area is the safest area in this suburb! If that’s not a great selling feature then, as a real estate professional with over thirty years experience, I am not sure what is!” said de Villiers.

Water Saving Tips

Cape-Town-Water-RestrictionsThe City of Cape Town is currently implementing Level 2 Water restrictions. This is due in part to the low dam levels. It is everyone’s responsibility to save water.

Here are some useful tips on how you can save water:
Save water throughout your home
  • Ensure all taps are fully closed – a dripping tap at 1 drip per second wastes up to 30 litres a day – that is equivalent to 10 000 litres a year.
  • Replace tap washers regularly and fit tap aerators to restrict and spread the flow. This saves water yet feels like you are using the same amount of water.
  • Ensure your plumbing system is regularly checked for leaks and engage a plumber when necessary.
Save water in your garden
  • Water your garden before 09:00 or after 16:00 (or even later on hot summer days). Avoid watering during windy periods and only water your garden when necessary.
  • Re-use your bath and sink water to water plants and lawns. Professional greywater recycling systems are also available for purchase.
  • If you have an overflow pipe that drips into the garden, place a bucket beneath the drips and use the saved water to water pot plants.
  • Mulching flowerbeds keeps down the weeds and holds moisture in the soil for longer.
  • Use a mulching lawn mower that allows clippings to be finely cut and blown back into the lawn.
  • Don’t mow lawns below 4 cm in length, as this reduces root depth and lawns are more likely to burn in summer.
  • Use a trigger nozzle with automatic shut-off on your hose when you wash your car, and use short bursts of water – this can save up to 300 litres each time. Or, to save even more water wash your vehicle using a bucket of water.
  • Use a trigger nozzle with automatic shut-off on your hose when you water your garden.
  • Check and maintain your irrigation system regularly, to ensure no water is running to waste, or that paved areas are being watered.
  • Adjust your irrigation system for the season and switch it off during rainy weather – even if it is borehole or wellpoint water.
  • Watering the garden less frequently, but deeper (for longer) encourages a deeper root system, which results in stronger plants. This practice can make water-wise plants out of most established plants.
Save water in your kitchen
  • Ensure washing machines or dishwashers have a full load before running them.
  • Rinse glasses, cutlery and vegetables in a basin of water, rather than under a running tap, and reuse the water for pot plants or in the garden.
  • Rinse water can be reused for the next cycle of washing up before being discarded.
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge so that you don’t run lukewarm water down the drain when waiting for it to cool.
  • Run tap water into a bottle when waiting for it to heat up.
  • Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, sunlight or microwave rather than placing them under running water.
Save water in your bathroom
  • Close the tap when brushing your teeth. This saves up to 20 litres per month. Use a mug of water to rinse your toothbrush.
  • Plug the sink when shaving rather than rinsing your razor under running water. This saves up to 45 litres per month.
  • A half-filled bath uses about 113 litres, a 5-minute shower uses about 56 litres. Shower rather than bath, if you have to bath make it a shallow one or share it.
  • Reuse bath water in your garden.
  • Install a new water-saving toilet or put a clean, sealed plastic container filled with sand in the toilet cistern. This could save you up to 7 300 litres each year.
  • A toilet leak can waste up to 30 litres an hour – check if your toilet is leaking by adding a few drops of food dye to the cistern. If the colour seeps into the bowl, you have a leak, which should be fixed as soon as possible.
  • Install a water-saving shower head, take shorter showers, don’t run the water at full force and turn off the shower when soaping or shaving.
Save water in industries, businesses and schools
  • Automatic flushing urinals are the ultimate water wasters. If they cannot be replaced immediately, turn off the water after hours and over weekends – schools doing this have saved up to R5 000 on their annual water bill.
  • Flush valves should flush for just two to four seconds and urinals for six to eight seconds.
  • Regular maintenance of toilet fittings will save unnecessarily flushed water.
  • Ensure your plumbing systems are regularly checked for leaks.
  • Use a broom to sweep forecourts and other paved areas. Do not use a hose for this purpose.
  • Potable water must not be used to dampen building sand or other building material to prevent it from being blown away.

Original Source: Cape Town Green Map

Help Rebuild PlumPets Animal Shelter

PlumPets Animal Shelter in Plumstead urgently needs funding to rebuild their facilities after a devastating fire claimed the lives of 7 rescued pets.

plumpetsOn Tuesday 1 December PlumPets Animal Shelter/ Plumstead Animal Hospital suffered a devastating fire in the early hours of the morning (5 AM). The fire broke out in the building used as the cattery, store room and housing facilities for fragile animals. It was an electrical fire that started in the area where we were housing a Mommy dog who had just been rescued from neglect and abandonment and found in a field in Epping with her five small puppies. Tragically the Mommy dog, her puppies and our parrot Polly all died in the fire despite the incredible efforts PlumPets owner, Paultette Bousfield who went to to try and save them. Paulette Bousfield sleeps on the premises to look after her nearly 40 animals during the night and rushed to the fire when she heard the Mommy dog barking for help. Unfortunately the Mommy dog would not leave her babies behind and Paulette was unable to save her before the fire took over the entire house. Nova, one of the two dogs who were being trained to be domesticated in the same building, passed out in the fire but was able to be resuscitated and is now looking for a foster home with her BFF Riley, where she can recover in peace with special attention, love and care. All the cats in our cattery were rescued by the fireman. We now need all the support we can get from our surrounding communities and international donors to rebuild our shelter.Donate-ButtonThis tragedy came just months after another terrible event shocked our organisation.

In September 2015, our only vehicle was involved in a horrible car accident when a speeding tow truck collided with us on Victoria Road in Plumstead. Our vehicle was on its way to take 4 dogs to the forest for their daily off-lead walks – the happiness part of a PlumPet’s day! The driver of our vehicle, beloved kennelman and friend Eston, died in the accident and another kennelman was severely injured and is still overcoming the incident to this day. Luckily all four of our dogs survived but with left injured and are still experiencing PTSD from the crash. We now have no vehicle making it impossible to take the dogs on daily off-lead walks and no vehicle for emergencies.

Currently, we are desperately trying to raise funds to rebuild our shelter as well as home as many animals as possible in this tragic time. We are also looking for permanent homes for our animals in a time when we need it most. If you’re available to adopt a dog, cat or kitten from us, please get in touch via our Facebook page or website at www.plumpets.org

You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PlumPets/ for all the details, photos and updates regarding the fire we suffered.

Please get in touch with any assistance you can offer!

Original Source: GivenGain

Show Time in Plumstead

Plumstead PropertyThis upmarket and trendy home has excellent finishes. Tiled patio with wooden door leads to lounge with fireplace. Three bedrooms two bathrooms the main bedroom has an en-suite. Open plan kitchen with breakfast nook. Undercover parking for four cars in tandem, garage with automated doors. Braai area is perfectly situated to entertain friends. Garden is manicured and security is at its best. Read more about this Plumstead property for sale.
 
 

Plumstead PropertyBecome the proud owner of this beautiful home in the heart of a family orientated community. Entrance hall leads to sun filled lounge with fire place. Separate dining room with french doors leading to a private patio; pool and braai entertainment area. Read more about this Plumstead property for sale.

 
 
 

81MilfordThree comfortable bedrooms and two bathrooms of which the main has an en suite. The kitchen has a cottagey feel and is open plan to the family room where in you enjoy gourmet meals being prepared. The entertainment area has sliding doors which leads into the paradise in your back garden. Read more about this Plumstead property for sale.

Contact Chas Everitt agent Franlize Fourie on 083 701 6534 or email franlize@everitt.co.za.

Showhouses are this Sunday, 10 January 2016 from 2pm – 5pm.

8 Home Security Mistakes you’re Making

mistakesEvery day we make mistakes that leave our homes vulnerable to a break-in. A burglar will always choose the easiest target and that’s good news for you – it means you have a lot of influence on whether you become a victim or not.

  • Hiding keys by doorways – leaving keys near door ways is very risky as you risk someone duplicating your key and breaking in whenever they want.
  • Leaving out mail – an overflowing mailbox is a good sign that no one is home as well as it allows criminals to steal your mail and gain personal information.
  • Open windows – windows are often the easiest entry point for burglars to access your home as doors can be sturdy and deadlocked.
  • Leaving valuables in sight – valuables should be left out sight so that burglars and stored away as expensive items signal that you have money and is a clear indicator to a burglar that your home is worth targeting.
  • No visible security – securing your home with burglar bars and visible security measures is a huge deterrent to burglars.
  • Not maintaining your yard – a messy yard is a signal to a burglar that you are an easy target as untrimmed trees and hedges make for potential hiding places.
  • Updating social media – avoid using social media to let strangers know your whereabouts as you never know who is following you online.
  • A lifeless home – leaving lights and the TV / Radio on a timer can signal to a burglar that someone is home.

Download eBook: 8 Home Security Mistakes you’re Making

Resource: Cammy

Cammy is an Australian company that captures motion detected events only, saving you from searching through meaningless footage.

Make a Difference this MOVEmber

ChasEveritt-300x300Movember is all about raising awareness about men’s health!

As an individual agent Franlize Fourie is offering a R2500 donation towards The Movember Foundation on all her  listings taken in the month of November no matter when the property is sold.  
Chas Everitt is prepared to support Franlize in this fund raiser and has agreed to contribute equally to her donation, so together make a donation of R5000 towards this worthy cause for every ‘Movember’ listing!
The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising R5.7 billion and funding over 1,000 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

Franlize Fourie will make the donation in your name, no matter when she sells your property.

Read more here:  https://za.movember.com
Contact Chas Everitt agent Franlize Fourie on 083 701 6534 or email franlize@everitt.co.za to make a difference today!

Guy Fawkes Day in Cape Town

Don’t get caught on the wrong side of the law, there are safe sites to discharge and enjoy fireworks on Guy Fawkes Day 2015 in Cape Town!

On Thursday, 5 November 2015, we celebrate Guy Fawkes Day (or Guy Fawkes Night) in Cape Town with explosive displays of fireworks (at designated areas).

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CELEBRATING GUY FAWKES DAY IN PLUMSTEAD

In recent years in South Africa it has become illegal to discharge fireworks displays in backyards for safety and regulatory reasons; however, City of Cape Town officials have deemed certain parks and public areas safe locations for setting off certain sparklers and crackers.

Members of the public are urged to purchase fireworks from registered suppliers who can produce their permits issued by SAPS. Shop-bought fireworks discharged at approved locations are done so at the owner’s risk.

PLACES TO WATCH & DISCHARGE FIREWORKS FOR GUY FAWKES DAY 2015 (BETWEEN 6PM AND MIDNIGHT ONLY!)

·  Tourism Centre, Athens Road, Table View beachfront

·  Wesfleur sports field, Reygersdal Drive, Atlantis

·  Bishop Lavis sports field, Lavis Drive, Bishop Lavis

·  Metropolitan sports grounds, Melkhout Street, Bonteheuwel

·  Delft Central sports grounds, Main Road, Delft

·  Swartklip sports complex, Swartklip Road, Mitchells Plain

·  Athlone Stadium parking area (eastern side), Klipfontein Road, Athlone

·  Maiden’s Cove parking area, Victoria Road, Camps Bay

·  Strandfontein Pavilion, Strandfontein

·  Sarepta sports complex

·  Blue Downs sports field

·  Macassar Beach parking area, Macassar Road, Macassar

Citizens are urged to not use so-called Chinese lanterns. These candle-powered airborne lanterns are not only illegal but also considered a fire hazard. What’s more, the floating lamps resemble that of emergency flairs, which the NSRI is required to investigate and thus is a waste of valuable and expensive resources.

Law enforcement agencies will monitor the aforementioned sites.

To report fireworks that are being illegally discharged, please notify the Metro Police Control Centre on +27 (0) 86 076 5423, or the SAPS Emergency Control Centre on 10111.

In the event of a fireworks-related emergency, contact the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre on 107 (or +27 (0) 21 480 7700 from a cellphone).

Bongos Restaurant

20151029_154833“If you looking for a down to earth welcoming local restaurant Bongos is the place to be at on 31st October Saturday from 7pm till late.
Prices are very reasonable, portions are generous and the food is delicious. Fiono Fourie is the owner and she is extremely gracious and really fills the restaurant with great energy.  We felt right at home.”20151029_155223_resized
~ Franlize Fourie
BONGOS

28 Pluto Road, Plumstead
021 76107823