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).

Neighborhood Crime Report

During our last civic league meeting, the police department reported that there have been four burglaries in our  neighborhoods.  Two were committed during the daylight and two at night.  Please lock your door and set your alarms even if you will be away from your home for a short period of time.

The latest news in this regard is that one of the burglars  has been arrested and a warrant has been issued for a second suspect.  A third suspect is still at large. If you see a suspicious person who does not belong in our community, please call the police at 911 or the Second Patrol Headquarters 664-6900.

Visit the Norfolk Police Department’s interactive crime tracking web site where you can see the types of crimes and dates they were committed in our neighborhoods.


November Civic League Meeting

Save the date for the November 2013 meeting of the Lake Whitehurst West Civic League meeting.

When: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Where: McKendree United Methodist Church

Our speaker will be David Rosenthal, manager of Lake Whitehurst with the City of Norfolk, who will talk about environmental issues confronting the watershed, of which our neighborhood is a part.

We’ll also talk about the future direction of our new web site.

For more information, contact one of our officers.