Monthly Archives: December 2013

Neighborhood Christmas Lights

Check out this slide show of some of the Christmas decorations around the neighborhood. If you have a photo of holiday lights you’d like to share, you can post it to our Facebook page.

Photography by Eric Hause.

Public Safety Update 12/17/13

This from Civic League member Sharon Schloss on December 6, 2013

“Did you know that a 13 & 16 year old boys were spotted stealing boxes on the porch on a house on Meadowlawn Dr. on Wed (12/4)?

Someone tried to brake into Rob &  Audrey Gutterman’s house on Longdale last week. Her alarm went off.”

Let’s Start a Neighborhood Watch Program

nw_1At our November civic league meeting, we engaged the Norfolk PD in a discussion about starting a Neighborhood Watch Program (NWP). The discussion centered on the fact that there have been an increased number of break ins and vandalisms lately. We also discussed the fact that  there are many residents on our neighborhoods who are at home during the day and evening, and we have the manpower to possibly launch a NWP in conjunction with the Norfolk PD.

Below is how the Watch program works. If you are interested in serving in any capacity on the Watch program, please email us.

Neighborhood Watch (NW) is a program designed to promote security concerns and awareness in your neighborhood. This program encourages you and your neighbors to cooperate and watch out for unusual and suspicious activities in your area.

Police participation is involved through patrolling and informing residents about effective home security techniques.

Police officers may not recognize strangers in your area, but your neighbors would. An effective learning tool in Neighborhood Watch is the Crime Prevention Triangle formula. It simply states that in order for a crime to occur all three of these triangle elements must exist: Desire, Ability, and Opportunity.

If we can eliminate any of these elements a crime cannot occur.

To start a Neighborhood Watch group:

  • Coordinate a date, time, and location for your neighborhood’s initial meeting with a Norfolk Police Crime Prevention Officer. During this meeting, the officer will offer tips on home security, crime awareness, Operation Identification, and procedures on reporting suspicious activities.
  • Elect the following NW officers:

    1. Watch Coordinator to help lead the group and report suspicious activity to Police

    2. Block Captains to represent individual neighborhood blocks and report suspicious activity to Police

    3. Block Watchers to report suspicious activity to Police

    4. Separate Committees to address specific issues or tasks if needed

  • Operation Identification involves engraving your valuables with identification numbers to help deter thieves from stealing something that can be easily traced to a rightful owner.

    Operation ID warning stickers indicate to burglars that property within the premises is marked. Electric engravers can be borrowed from the Crime Prevention Section to be returned within three days. Upon returning the engraver you will receive Operation ID decals which warn burglars that valuables in your home have been marked and can be traced by police. Display the decals on front and rear doors at eye level where burglars can see them.

    Mark all portable & re-saleable items (e.g. VCRs, TVs, radios, cameras, etc.) Care should be taken when marking property such as silver or antiques so as not to devalue them. Your ID number should be visible to police, so mark items in a conspicuous place. Don’t mark on a removable part, or on a part that is not essential to the item. If possible, mark item in more than one place. If the obvious number is removed, a less conspicuous number can still be used to trace the property. Use any number format that you can easily track and identify (e.g. ACL27899).

Trash Pickup

Reminder of the rules:

1. Trash and garbage cans are not to be placed at the curb before 5pm the night before pickup.

2.  DO NOT place any items at the curb during the week.

3.  If you have items that will not fit in your green can, call for a special pickup.

4.  Recycling Cans:  if you need an additional blue recycling can, call the number listed on the label on the can.  One will be delivered to your home and there is no additional cost.

So Many Leaves!!

It is that time of year when the leaves fall and homeowners are busy cleaning them up.

Here are a few reminders:

1. Don’t blow the leaves into the street!  The leaves will clog the storm drains !

2.  Use only CLEAR bags for the leaves.

3.  You may place up to 20 bags at the curb on garbage day – Public Works will not take any bags over 20!

4.  Bags may be placed at the curb no earlier than 5pm the night before garbage pickup.

December Civic League Meeting

We will have our meeting on Monday, December 9th starting with a social time at 6:30pm.  The social time will be a cookie swap – if you bring a dozen cookies, you can pick a dozen cookies to take home!

At 7pm, our speaker, Michael Nentwich, will discuss trees.  He is the City Forester for Norfolk.  Come and learn about all our beautiful trees in the neighborhood.

The civic league has a speaker system to use for the meeting, so we ALL can hear the presentation.

Come one, come all and bring your friends and neighbors.