Mugging: Silvermine, 18 June 2017

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Mugging: Silvermine, 18 June 2017

Post by MargheritaIntrona » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:15 pm

Hello fellow mountain lovers…

Just a heads up... I was mugged in Silvermine yesterday, Sunday 18 June at around 1:30pm on the trail between Elephants Eye and the Sentinel Viewpoint. The trail was busy with many other people about. As I turned to head back I was suddenly surrounded by 3 men who came out of nowhere. They demanded I give them my bag. They were armed with a very large knife and so I dropped my bag and ran away. The only thing of “value” was my iPhone, which was locked and so useless to them.

I caught up with a couple that were ahead of me and they told me that they had also been mugged. The lady was wearing her engagement ring and both were wearing their wedding bands. They were an older couple and had never removed the wedding rings for nearly 50 years. The lady told me she was struggling to get her ring off and the muggers threatened to cut off her finger if she did not get it off. Luckily she did! They also took their phones and wallets, but did not want anything else in their bags.

I have been walking this path every week for nearly a year and this is the first time I have come across any issues. Strangely enough it was the first time I have ever seen rangers in this area as well. I had passed them as I was hiking up the trail. After speaking with the other couple who were also mugged, I then ran about a kilometer to the rangers and signaled for help. They radioed various other ranger teams to hopefully catch them as they had headed over the mountain to the Hout Bay side. Unfortunately it seems they were unsuccessful in catching them.

I went to the Hout Bay Police Station this morning to report the case. As I have an iPhone with the ‘find my iPhone” feature activated, I was able to show the officers on my laptop where the phone was. Two cops were eager to go see if we could “nail the bastards” as one put it. I was able to track my phone and the cops managed to find it. Unfortunately the cops were unable to track down the guys who mugged me as they tossed the phone and disappeared as soon as they saw the cops.

I am not concerned with any “valuables” that were taken. These can be replaced. I am just heartbroken that yet another piece of freedom that has been stolen…

Stay safe out there!

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Re: Mugging: Silvermine, 18 June 2017

Post by Taddersandbadger » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:48 pm

Thanks for the warning, glad you are ok. What a harrowing thing to go through. As you say they took more than just a phone......
Paul

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Re: Mugging: Silvermine, 18 June 2017

Post by Justin » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:27 am

Thanks for the report! Glad to hear that no one was hurt!

I have whole bag of mixed feelings on how mountain crime should be (could have been) combated. Even with rangers in the area, the guys are able to operate (and escape).
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Re: Mugging: Silvermine, 18 June 2017

Post by Brent » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:13 am

I am dismayed to hear yet again of another attack. Very glad that you are physically unharmed, M. But yes, something very valuable indeed was taken, and we share that loss with you.

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Re: Mugging: Silvermine, 18 June 2017

Post by Dragon » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:59 am

Please everyone download "Namola" app even though you are not Gauteng. When all the stakeholders buy into this it is on the right track to something along the lines of a response that will be quick enough to be useful. Check out the Carte Blanche episode for more info

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Re: Mugging: Silvermine, 18 June 2017

Post by Justin » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:26 am

Thanks Dragon.

Here is an article on the Namola App --> http://www.criticalhit.net/technology/d ... ne-police/

Here is the Carte Blanche report --> https://carteblanche.dstv.com/namola/

Download the App here --> http://namola.com/
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Re: Mugging: Silvermine, 18 June 2017

Post by Justin » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:39 am

I just watched the Carte Blanche episode (always nice to watch a happy episode of Carte Blanche!).

I see the app working very well where vehicles can be used, however it will take time for support/help to come to people in more remote/mountainous areas. That said I heard a rumour that SANParks may start using their own drones to fight crime.
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Re: Mugging: Silvermine, 18 June 2017

Post by Dragon » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:52 am

Agreed things are much more challenging in the mountains, but all the more reason to get an accurate plot and broadcast for help sent out immediately and widely. If the Rangers bought in they could respond on foot, the police helicopter that happened to be flying over the suburb below, could divert and be there in less than a minute. The police on Houtbay side could be waiting in ambush for the suspects to come down off the mountain etc etc. With development, other nearby mountain users could be alerted and at the very least supply visual assistance or first aid.

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Re: Mugging: Silvermine, 18 June 2017

Post by mokganjetsi » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:57 am

the namola app is a good idea but not of much use to make the mountains safer imho, but may help to catch the perpetrators.
what would be useful is a system similar to the farming community-police service where there is a system that connects people in an area. an app or device that will alert other users within a certain radius from you will give the best opportunity for quick response - not sure if there's anything like that out there (will be useful for more than muggings btw; also for medical emergencies, people getting lost etc.)
other than that: stay alert, move in groups and do not give the mountains to these f%*&#@s.

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Re: Mugging: Silvermine, 18 June 2017

Post by Dragon » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:29 pm

If we had "community user rights" on Namola, we would effectively have exactly as you have described the farm style system. It is not the current setup on Namola, but like I said this is something that is on the right track to a solution for us. Perhaps one of these farm systems is a better starting point for development, I don't know? I do know that Namola has most of what we need and just needs tweaking. Importantly it has police buy in. The bottom line is that any of these gps based networking realtime apps will give us the strength in numbers advantage, with speed and coordination. Together we stand a chance

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Re: Mugging: Silvermine, 18 June 2017

Post by emile » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:39 pm

We have a community policing forum going in Centurion using Zello - works pretty damn good. The police quite simply take too long: the community members are always first on the scene (usually only a few minutes) with some impressive team work.

Take look at concernedcitizens.co.za

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