URGENT CRIME WATCH COMMITTEE AREA ALERT
MEADOWS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
THIS IS NOT ADVERTISING OR JUNK MAIL! PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION THAT FOLLOWS:
Due to the number of reports of criminal activities in and around local residences in recent months, the Meadows Neighborhood Association is fully activating the Crime Watch Committee (“CW”). (URGENT CRIME WARINGS: see next page, “Criminal Activities Reports”)
WHO WE ARE: The Crime Watch Committee is composed of volunteer residents from each block, and two volunteer co-coordinators, Julie Montillaro and me, Joanne Aronoff.
WHAT WE DO: The primary purpose of CW is to promote neighborhood safety through a crime prevention information and communication system within the Meadows neighborhood. CW works for ALL residents, whether or not the household subscribes to any security services of First Watch.
HOW WE FUNCTION:
1. We maintain close contact with area residents, the Dallas Police North Central Patrol Division
(we are designated as Crime Watch Area 1061), First Watch, and adjacent neighborhoods.
2. We now have a telephone alert system with a number (972 -282 -8073, The Meadows NA main number, OR DIRECT TO CRIME WATCH: 972- 282-8068) . Call to hear Crime Watch bulletins with updated information about local security issues. When URGENT CRIME ALERTS are needed, signs, similar to “for sale” signs, will be posted at major entry ways to the neighborhood. The phone number to access the alerts is printed on the signs, which are purple, green and white. Voice mail is always active, so you can call any time to leave a message regarding questions or issues of neighborhood security. Your call will be acknowledged by a CW coordinator. We suggest you call now to listen to the current message and familiarize yourself with the system.
3. Residents are now able to contact CW directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org as well as through the Neighborhood Association website shown at the top of this page. Please note that the site is in the process of being updated.
4. A Neighborhood Crime Watch newsletter will be distributed door-to-door and by email about every two months. Please WATCH for it and READ it. Because we are just getting the CW system fully activated, news updates may come to you more frequently for a short time. They will contain further information on how to use the system and how to stay in touch with the committee. Postal regulations prohibit us from putting your newsletter in your outdoor mailbox, so it will be attached to your doorway or tucked under the edge of your door mat or dropped in your mail slot. If you wish to receive your bulletins via email, and have not already provided your email address to the neighborhood association, please do so at www.themeadowsna.org or by direct email to email@example.com.
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YOU CAN HELP! CW NEEDS PEOPLE POWER! Residents are already volunteering to be part of Crime Watch, but, as yet, NOT EVERY BLOCK IS COVERED. We need residents from a couple of households on each block who are willing and able to do just two things: (1) help distribute the newsletter on their respective blocks every couple of months and (2) provide input to the co-coordinators regarding block concerns or questions having to do with neighborhood security.
It’s NOT necessary that volunteers are subscribers to either First Watch Alarm Monitoring or Patrol Services. NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME WATCH OPERATES IN BEHALF OF ALL NEIGHBORS. Volunteers can refer residents interested in information about First Watch to me. I’ll be happy to provide answers to questions and, if they wish, put them in touch with our First Watch neighborhood liaison, Bud Angwin, a very personable, professional, knowledgeable gentleman.
YOU LIVE WITHIN 2 or 3 HOUSES OF THE INTERSECTIONS OF
NEED MORE INFO BEFORE DECIDING TO VOLUNTEER? FEEL FREE TO CALL ME AT 214-739-3279.
To all volunteers, we express a BIG THANK YOU! You are each an integral part of the success of the Crime Watch communication system. Your efforts will help to maintain the safety of the homes and people in our neighborhood, as well as to enhance the property values by preserving the desirability of the area to prospective buyers.
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CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES REPORTS: In the future, these news bulletins will provide area crime statistics in a chart format, showing the date, block/street and type of incident. For now, we can provide the following list of Area 1061 criminal activities, reported by the police and local residents in the first half of 2006: (1) residential and vehicular break-in with theft of personal property.; (2) vehicle theft; (3) theft of property from driveways, yards, garages; (4) trespassing by suspects attempting to avoid police apprehension; (5) attempted residential access based on fraudulent purposes;
(6) vandalism; (7) DRIVEWAY ROBBERY……….CONTINUE READING:
WARNING: On Friday, June 30 at about 1:00 a.m. a Meadows resident, driving home alone, was robbed in her driveway. It was reported that she thought she had been followed to her residence. A similar incident was recently reported in a nearby neighborhood, but, in that instance, the victim KNEW she was being followed and tried to park and get inside her home. She was hit in the face with a gun and robbed. Reports of the same type are becoming more frequent. If you think you are being followed, drive to the nearest busy, well-lighted area. Use your cell phone to call the police, when it’s safe to stop your car. No phone? Honk your car horn repeatedly and shout for help. Familiarize yourself with area 24-hour supermarkets with big, well-lighted parking lots. First Watch Patrol subscribers can call the office 20-30 minutes in advance (214-630-9300) and arrange for an officer to meet them and escort them to their residence door. MORE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOUR HOUSEHOLD:
Ø Keep garage doors closed, even if you’re out in the yard. If possible, use a locking mechanism at night or when you’re away. Park inside if possible. If not, be sure to remove all valuable items from your vehicle, including garage door openers, toll tags, CD’s, etc. Be sure the vehicle is locked and the alarm system engaged if possible.
Ø Don’t leave yard and garden equipment, bikes, strollers, toys, etc. unattended in open areas, even for a short time. Theft of these items increases greatly in the summer.
Ø Put some interior light, a radio or TV on timers to make your home seem occupied when on vacation, or even when away for the day or evening. Have someone open draperies in the day and close them in the evenings, get the paper in the morning and the mail later in the day and remove all advertising materials from the front door.
Ø Put the porch lights and yard lights on timers. Outdoor lights that are on all day announce to the world that you’re away. Timer devices can be screwed into light bulb sockets or wired into switches and are readily available at hardware stores.
Ø Put locks on yard gates or manually operated gates to alleys.
Ø Drive cautiously in alleys and area streets as there are many walkers, joggers, bicyclers, pets, children, landscapers, repair technicians and others who can move into your path unexpectedly.
Ø Carry credit/debit/ATM cards, cash, ID’s in a front pocket, not in purses or easy-to-pick pockets. Do NOT wear expensive-looking jewelry or clothing to do routine errands….you could be inviting somebody to follow you home. Do errands in daylight whenever possible. Watch for suspicious persons or vehicles in parking areas, but walk with an air of confidence and determination. Criminals seek out those who look easiest to target.
CRIME PREVENTION RESOURCES: The Neighborhood Association and the Crime Watch Committee have on-line information “flyers” that you can download. These contain tips that you can use to improve the security of your home, vehicles and personal property, as well as household residents, whether they are at home or elsewhere. You can contact me by phone, at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.themeadowsna.org to obtain these. Also, the Dallas Police Department has links at its website to find more information.
Have a safe and happy summer! Questions? Comments? Need more info about volunteering? Call me at 214-739-3279 or email email@example.com.