Domestic Watch is a crime prevention and security awareness initiative aimed at training people employed in domestic capacities who are well placed to notice suspicious or unlawful activities in their area of work.

The Domestic Watch programme in Sandton offers monthly training sessions to domestic workers, gardeners and anyone else who would like to attend. The training topics cover all aspects of safety and security.

According to SAPS, there has been a positive impact on crime reduction in areas where this community-driven initiative has been implemented. The training sessions take place once a month and last for one hour. Different areas have their own venue and specific training dates and times.

Domestic Watch training modules include:    

  • Abuse is a crime
  • Anonymous SMS line 32211
  • Become the guard at the gate
  • Child protection
  • Contributing to the police
  • Crime methods – residential attacks
  • Crime prevention travelling tips
  • Drugs, alcohol and illegal shebeens
  • Emergency medical care
  • Fraud and corruption
  • Habits and Routines
  • Holiday season lessons
  • House breaking – a criminal’s profile
  • Household employees – are you serious about your role?
  • How to become a victim supporter
  • Inside information and house robberies
  • Know your neighbour
  • Let’s count our blessings
  • Rape
  • Reporting crime
  • Reporting crime procedures
  • Safe house keeping
  • Scams
  • Self defence
  • Serious and violent crimes and avoiding violence in an attack
  • Teaching others about crime prevention
  • Telephones – safeguarding personal and employers information
  • The choice – why committing crime is a personal decision
  • Volunteers – how to bring down crime
  • What do security companies do?
  • What do the police do?
  • What to do during and after a crime has occurred
  • What is the Flying Squad?
  • What makes you feel safe?
  • Your commitment to yourself – educating yourself about crime

A comprehensive Domestic Watch programme is written and presented by Penny Steyn, together with other volunteers from the community. Many Security Companies also offer Domestic Watch training. These programmes impart knowledge and skills development to attendees and are beneficial to employers for heightened security and safety at home.

Find out from your local Security Company about their local programme or contact Penny Steyn at / 082 461 6968 for venues, dates, times and costs.

Alternatively please email Louise Agar at the Sandton CPF at for more information.


The Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP) is a mandatory unit at all police stations in Gauteng. The objective of the VEP is to offer service and support to victims of crime.

The Sandton Victim Empowerment Programme, which operates out of the Sandton Police Station in Morningside, Sandton, is a dedicated team of over 40 volunteers who give their time; compassion and energy by offering free counselling to people who have been at the receiving end of crime.

SAPS, the Sandton Victim Empowerment Programme and the Sandton CPF work closely together to assist and support victims of crime.

The Sandton Victim Empowerment Programme includes trauma counselling given to victims of rape and domestic violence and also assists those who have suffered trauma as a result of witnessing a crime incident.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Sandton Victim Empowerment Programme on 082 774 7564 for assistance.

February 2018 - The Sandton Victim Empowerment Programme is appealing for volunteers to assist in the counselling of victims of crime. No background training or experience is required. Training will be provided at a non-refundable cost of R600 per volunteer, which includes tea, coffee and lunch. The training will include two one-day sessions on consecutive weekends on Saturday the 10 th and Sunday the 18th of March 2018. Volunteers must be at least 27 years of age, South African citizens, have access to email and their own transport. A commitment of 16 hours a month is required. As this is a volunteer position, no remuneration is provided.

Pre-training interviews will take place at 6pm at Sandton Police Station on 12th and 19th of February 2018.

Contact details:

·         Sandton Victim Empowerment - 082 774 7564

·         Isabel - 082 335 8593

·         Ros - 083 326 6473


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