INCREASED SECURITY MONITORING FOR ROOIELS
RESA has been very active since the start of the year on a number of fronts. One of the very positive outcomes of this activity is that there is going to be significantly enhanced CCTV surveillance camera monitoring of the village access points before the end of February. The RESA Ops Comm has engaged extensively with the suppliers in order to get the best solutions for surveillance monitoring for Rooiels. After a thorough process of assessment and discussion by RESA Ops Comm the placement of additional cameras for Rooiels has been agreed on and installation will be going ahead shortly. Cameras will be placed at the Porter Drive entrance which will also cover the Klein Rooiels entrance, at Roella Road entrance, at the smallholdings gate, at the south end of Ocean View Road, at the lagoon to cover access from the road and at a position overlooking the main beach. These 6 additional camera points add considerable surveillance monitoring capacity to the village and are an important addition to the security infrastructure in Rooiels. Once again a big thank you to those that have contributed to the RESA sponsors fund. Your support has made this all possible.
A meeting has also been held with ASK Management as part of the ongoing engagement and review process of the service contract between ASK and RESA. These meetings are held several times a year and are an important part of the process of ensuring that security services are being provided as intended in the agreement between RESA and ASK. The recent communications sent out by ASK in respect of the Key Service fee and the survey about a patrolling service were also discussed to get clarification on them. ASK have initiated a fee for their key retention service as they have found that a considerable amount of the response officers time was being taken up on key administration and this was impacting on their duties. They have taken on staff to administer the key retention service and alleviate the response officers of this responsibility. The result is that the ASK key retention service is now a fee paying service. RESA is in the process of initiating a key retention service for Rooiels homeowners and this will be a service to members at no cost. The key safe has been installed and the process for key management is in place. It will be a convenience service and will not be accessible at all times but arrangements made in advance will facilitate key access outside of the usual RESA office hours. The RESA key retention service will start by the end of February.
The ASK survey about a dedicated patrolling service was just that. It was aimed at seeing what response and interest there would be in a dedicated patrolling service in the Overstrand villages where it provides security services. Any such service would be a cost over and above the response monitoring fees that homeowners currently pay for. It will only be introduced if it is financially viable for ASK. RESA’s view is that such a service will not be feasible in Rooiels so it is not been factored into any of the security enhancement plans for the village.
RESA does however strongly believe that the volunteer patrolling services being undertaken by the patrolling group are a significant deterrent to unwanted intruders in the village and this has contributed to the very low number of incidents of crime we have had over the past few months. Those homeowners that can and are willing are encouraged to participate in the patrolling schedule even if on an occasional basis when in Rooiels.
The Rooiels radio system is operational and RESA does have a supply of radios for those who would like to purchase one and be part of the radio system. It is an important part of the overall security strategy for the village and it is now important that the radio system becomes fully functional 24/7. Please contact Ina van der Sandt at the RESA office for the details.
Thank you to all homeowners who have paid their 2017 RESA member fees. Your ongoing support enables us to continue working towards our objective of making Rooiels a safer place.
Safety and security is our priority.
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