COMMUNITY ALERTS FROM AMARILLO POLICE DEPARTMENT
If you would like to receive community alerts from the Amarillo Police Department via email and/or text, you can register at http://local.nixle.com/register/. This is a great free service to keep you informed on police activities in and around Amarillo. I have been tuned into them for over two years now and have found their alerts very helpful, particularly when they involve The Greenways.
VERY IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING - FEBRUARY 28TH
Derrell Garner will be meeting with anyone who is interested in participating in the Neighborhood Watch Committee. The main focus for 2012 will be organizing Neighborhood Watch Block Parties. There will be a meeting on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00 pm at the Greenways Sales Office 6003 Tuscany Village. This committee will offer training and support for residents in organizing and holding their own Block Parties. If you are interested in helping Derrell with these activities, please attend this meeting!!
1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste... and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..
5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house.. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.
7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom - and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door - understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day off because of bad weather.
9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)
10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.
12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.
13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find itat http://www.faketv/.com/)
8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON'T TELL YOU
1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
3. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.
4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
5. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.
7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.
8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.
Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina , Oregon ,California , and Kentucky ; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs http://www.crimedoctor.com/ and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.
CASON DR. AND COBBLESTONE DR. BLOCK PARTY. Johnny and Becky Horton will host the first Cason-Cobblestone Block Party. Sgt. Brent Barbee will attend and speak to residents about crime prevention in their area and help them set up a Neighborhood Watch.
We have had several incidents of vandalism in the Cason Dr. area. Some teenagers have been seen pulling up outdoor lighting. The police have been notified and are keeping a look out in that area.
There was a meeting of the Neighborhood Watch Committee on Thursday May 20th. Those members in attendance discussed the upcoming Block Parties and the placement of the new Neighborhood Watch signs. These signs will be placed in accordance with the covenants and restrictions on existing sign poles with only one or two new poles needed. The committee will suspend their meetings for most of the summer due to members' summer activities. They will still be working on setting up Block Captains and Block Parties for the summer.
Two neighborhoods have Block Parties planned. Greenbriar Block Party scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2010 and the Norwood Dr./Southwood Dr. Block Party is scheduled for Sunday, May 23, 2010. Please contact us if you are interested in serving as a Block Captain and having a Block Party in your neighborhood.
The Neighborhood Watch committee met with 15 members present. The committee will be putting together a recommendation/request for permission to put up neighborhood watch signs in strategic locations around the Greenways. Also discussed was the need for lighting in the Park. They will be visiting with the City to find out exactly what we need to do to get lighting in place. One major focus of the NW committee is to appoint Block Captains and set up Block Parties throughout the Greenways. Several residents have committed to have block parties on their streets so you will be hearing more and more about these meetings throughout the summer. If you are interested in organizing a Block Party, please contact Annette Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALERT! We received the following report from Johnny Kincanon.....
"We live at 7711 Garden Oaks. Yesterday there was an old brown minivan driving around, looked suspicious. They came to our door and rang the bell, my wife did not go to the door as she was there alone. When they left, they stole the furniture that was on our front porch! She did not notice it for an hour. We need to watch out for this van. Thanks, Johnny Kincanon"
Greenbriar Dr. NW Block Party was held at Don and Donna Woolsey's home. Brent Barbee, Amarillo APD, was there to talk to the Greenbriar neighbors about Neighborhood Watch. Donna reports they had a great time. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and welcome two new neighbor families. Their next meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2010. Kuddos to these residents for making the effort to meet together and get better acquainted. Criminals and Vandals....you better stay out of this neighborhood. The residents are watching out for each other.
We talked about the people who have volunteered to be block captains for their streets and went over having the parties, what kind of parties you have and etc.
There was some discussion about the solicitors and how they are already out in force. Brent Womble said that they have to have a license by the city to do soliciting, so call the APD when you have more than your share and let them be aware of this. He said don't be afraid to call the APD when you see something that is not normal around your area, he mentioned the squeeky wheel gets greased the most!
We talked about the break in on Woodmont the day before our meeting. Brent said if at all possible keep your cars inside at night and if that is not possible, don't keep checkbooks or personal information in your car, thieves are looking for things like this for an easy buck.
We talked about the Neighborhood watch signs. Mike Price is in charge of getting prices on that and I heard back from him on that yesterday. Brent Barbee, the man that handles that is out of the office until Monday and he will return Mike's call when he gets back. He did get a picture of the sign and the cost and I will forward that to you. We will put that before the board to vote on.
The next committee meeting will be Thursday, April 22nd. Anyone interested in participating in the committee or in becoming a Block Captain, please free to attend the meeting or email me at email@example.com. ---Annette Butler, Chairperson