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MEMBERSHIP FORM

Register now to become part of this community initiative.

Receive regular updates and information. Even if you are not able to actively patrol by becoming a member you are recognising all the hours of work that people are able to give to make our neighbourhood a safer one. Membership is voluntary and free.  By submitting your form below, you confirm that you agree with the constitution and code of conduct as published on this website. Gardens Watch is a voluntary organisation and cannot be held liable for any members actions or consequences.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

* To be a member of Gardens Watch you must be a business, home owner or tenant in the Gardens Watch area (See map) and acknowledge that you will abide by its Constitution and Code of Conduct.  Gardens Watch reserves the right to approve or refuse membership at its discretion.

* All Gardens Watch applicants who wish to patrol will be required to be screened by SAPS as part of a criminal background check.

* A Gardens Watch ID Card will be issued to vetted Gardens Watch members after passing a criminal background check by SAPS, and after completing basic patrol training. 

* Only persons over the age of 18 may apply for membership.

MEMBERSHIP FORM

Last Name / Surname
First Name/s
ID / Passport Number
(For your membership ID Card)
Cell phone number
Home number
Office Number
Email address
Street Address  
Street Name:
Vehicle Licence Plate Number/s  (In case your car is broken into or stolen and we need to inform you.) Vehicle 1     /  Vehicle 2 
Are you a resident or business in Gardens?
Would you like to be added to our Whatsapp Group? (Joining allows you to send and receive immediate alerts.)
In what way are you able to assist the Gardens Watch? Participating in Patrols (free training will be provided)
Administration
Purchasing a 2-way radio
Financially (making a donation or fundraising)
Which Armed Response company do you use?
(if any)
I agree with the Gardens Watch Constitution and Code of Conduct as available on this website and that it is subject to amendments. I agree


 


EVERYONE COUNTS - BECOME A MEMBER

There really aren't any excuses - we need everyone!

See how the arguments below overcome some excuses. No matter who you are or what you do, you can surely act as the "eyes and ears" of our community to make it a safe place to live.  Think about it.

I can’t help!
Of course you can help! Our members are of every age group, income bracket, race and gender.  Anybody can join Gardens Watch.

It's far too dangerous.
We act as “eyes and ears” only for the police.  As a Gardens Watch member you are not expected to intervene in any dangerous situations.

I don’t have the time!
You can volunteer to do patrols day or night, weekdays or weekends. A lot of our members run their own businesses, consultancies and guesthouses and still take the time to look after YOUR house! Patrol times are flexible and you can choose when it suits you. Give something back to your community.

I don’t want my husband patrolling at night and leaving me alone!
Why don’t you patrol with your husband as a team? Or patrol with a friend while your spouse takes care of the kids, and then swap out on the next duty and let him or her patrol with a friend. And you’re not alone - other members are only a call away.

I’m too old!
You’re never too old! Many of our members are pensioners, and some are extremely active in both patrolling and administrative roles.

I don’t need the Neighbourhood Watch as I live in a secure block.
Gardens Watch helps to maintain the status of your area by discouraging crime.  Living in a secure block is no guarantee that you won’t be a victim of crime.  It’s not only about your walled or fenced complex - Neighbourhood Watch is about the neighbouring areas too!

I've been living here for twenty years and never had a problem...
You’re very lucky, but that’s no guarantee that it will always be like that. As time progresses your odds are reducing at a fast pace. Perpetrators of home attacks and burglaries have become more brazen.

Crime is down at the moment - so why join Gardens Watch now?
Crime isn’t “down” - sometimes it merely moves to adjacent suburbs that are considered easier targets. We’re being watched, and when things lighten up, crime will move back into Gardens due to our complacency.

I don’t know how to shoot a gun...
Most of us don’t either - you’re not expected to “provide protection”, we merely need your eyes and your ears.

I pay my taxes... the police are supposed to protect me
Yes... and they do. But they’re also struggling with reduced budgets, insufficient manpower and inadequate equipment, so they sometimes find it difficult to be everywhere at once.

I do enough for the community already
A number of our members serve with community service-based organisations and institutions. Being involved takes up little of your time and you can choose when to spend that time.  Gardens Watch is not just about protecting the community but also yourself and your loved ones.

I’m out of town a lot...
While you’re away your neighbours look after your property. So any help you can give us while you’re here is much appreciated.

I don’t like social clubs
The Gardens Watch isn’t a social club – but you get to know your neighbours and you can decide just how much socialising you want to do.
You can choose your own level of involvement.

Be involved….. show you care….. do your bit….. make a difference

 

GARDENS WATCH PRIVACY POLICY  At Gardens Watch we are committed to protecting your privacy and to ensure that your personal information is collected and used properly, lawfully and transparently. We will use your personal information only for the purposes for which it was collected, namely to keep in contact with you and to assist in our mandate set out in our Constitution. No personal information is shared with any other persons besides authorised Gardens Watch administrative staff and patrol coordinators in case of an emergencies.

 

 

 
Founding Documents
Constitution
Code of Conduct