The next date for the Neighborhood Patrol Training:
February 25, 2020
6:15 PM to 7:15 PM CST
Southwest Division-Oklahoma City Police Department
5501 S. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
**The Hefner Patrol Station is closed until March of 2020.
The link to sign up is at:
Good day to all,
This class is for new members for your neighborhood watch patrol program. This is a mandatory class for those who will participate in their neighborhood watch patrol. The Oklahoma City police Department values and appreciates all those who volunteer their time and efforts to make our community a safer place to live. The class last for 1 hour and will be interactive. I strongly encourage greater involvement in our neighborhood watch patrols as we enter the Holiday season. Generally our burglaries rise during this time. An active neighborhood watch patrol program will certainly act as a deterrent to the would be thief! Each of you are recruiters for your neighborhoods and we continuously need to be sharing our vision in order to motivate and generate interest for those who sit on the side lines and watch.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
MSgt Bob Skalla # 1035
Police Community Relations officer
Hefner division 297-1150
The Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma publishes a monthly newsletter and crime watch report (http://nacok.org/crime-reports). In the current report, one of the statistics we want to see perpetually repeated is “Total incidents reported for Neighborhood Glenhurst = 0.” In addition to the Neighborhood Alliance, another excellent resource to research crime reports in the Oklahoma City area is News 9 Crime Tracker (http://www.news9.com/category/161407/crime-tracker). The Crime Tracker provides easy access to historical information, and is more graphical and easier to select a specific watch area.
While it is nearly impossible to stop crime, the Glenhurst Neighborhood Patrol is one of the most effective measures to discourage crime in our area. There is a dedicated group of individuals that share the responsibility to watch over our community. The patrol’s job is basically just to make prospective vandals or burglars aware that we are watching. On average, there should be at least 10% participation from residents in the Neighborhood Patrol program. There are a number of new homes and neighbors in our community. However, new participation in the Neighborhood Patrol has been very slim. We need more volunteers to share this important duty.
If you want to join the Glenhurst Neighborhood Patrol or just want to find out more information, please contact Steve Smith. The requirement for participation is a one-hour training program conducted by MSgt Robert Skalla of the Oklahoma City Police force. (See Letter Below)
Patrol teams consist of two adults who have attended the training session.
From MSgt Bob Skalla, Hefner Division
Can crime prevention through environmental design help reduce the risk of home burglaries or business burglaries? Absolutely yes! I attended my first crime prevention through environmental design class at the Hubbell Lighting Headquarters at Greenville, South Carolina in April. I now have a new vision for combating and reducing burglaries and crime in general that takes place in our social environment. Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) is a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. CPTED strategies rely upon the ability to influence the offender’s decisions that precede criminal acts. Natural surveillance is the placement of physical features, activities, and people in a way that maximizes visibility. Such areas can be created by designing landscapes that allow clear unobstructed views of surrounding areas.
As I drive through our neighborhoods, I have seen trees that are over grown and obstruct street lighting along with house lighting. Shrubs and hedges that are severely overgrown create areas of concealment for would be wrong doers. Implement the 6’ by 2’ rule -- trees need to be trimmed up to a minimum of 6 feet high and all shrubs/hedges to a maximum of 2 feet high. This is critical! Criminals go through a selective decision process and landscaping plays a huge role in that process. Territorial boundaries need to be established between public properties to semi-public property to private property. Streets to sidewalks or curbing to your property, i.e. your lawn or breezeway entrance to your house. A properly maintained property is less likely to be burglarized. A good white light source is the number one deterrent to night time crime. L.E.D lights work the best! Remember criminals do not like the light, they desire to commit their crimes in darkness, so their chances of being observed are greatly reduced.
Remember: We are smarter than the average criminal. We must protect our assets by conducting site assessments at our homes and businesses.
Crime prevention through environmental design can reduce your risk of being a victim of crime.
MESSAGES FROM STEVE SMITH, SECURITY
In the last two months, we have had multiple groups and individuals soliciting door-to-door, ignoring the signs posted at the entrance ways to our community. On two separate occasions, I have personally confronted them. In both cases, the individuals claimed they were exempt from Solicitation Laws and continued to work. The second individual was very brash and there were at least two calls to the Oklahoma City Police to report him.
After the second event, I sent an e-mail to MSgt Bob Skalla, our Hefner Police Community Relations Officer. His response was the individual or group is authorized if they have registered with the city and display a valid identification. Sample click here.
Even though they are authorized, as individual citizens:
1. You do not have to open the door for anyone soliciting.
2. If you feel threatened or if the individual does not have the proper identification, you should call the Oklahoma City Police.
Please let me know if there are any questions.
Glenhurst Neighborhood Patrol
The disclaimer is this is my personal thoughts and if you feel you need more information, please seek professional assistance.
I am very sad to report that the Glenhurst community has been the victim of several house break-ins. This note is just a reminder that everyone must continuously stay vigilant. Please keep your ears and eyes alert, not only while you are at home, but while you are out and about in the neighborhood. If you see or hear something that raises your suspicions, please take notice. If you sense a legitimate threat, please call 911.
Locks: Please make sure you secure your house. Check your doors and windows to ensure they are not left open. Criminals are opportunistic and if a door or window is left open, there is no resistance.
Garage Doors: I’ve posted information in the past. Leaving a garage door open just a few inches is enough for a criminal to gain access to your garage and your belongings. Once inside, they are protected from street view.
Alarms: Not everyone has an alarm system, but engage the system while you are not at home, at night and consider whenever you are at home but not going into and out of the house.
Security Cameras: Again, this is an advanced method for deterrence. Please remember to review the camera data. Early detection of criminal activity may be accomplished by identifying criminals who are not trying to break into houses, but surveying the neighborhood and choosing future targets of opportunity.
If you become a victim of a crime, the simple act is very violating. If you have weapons or valuables, make sure to secure them if possible.
Another item that is high interest is a laptop or computer. If a criminal gets your computer, they have a second threat. Just a few thoughts that immediately come to mind of computer theft:
Identify Theft: Personal information, taxes, and applications like Family Tree Maker have so much information stored in them. Consider registering to an online Identify Theft Monitoring Service.
Passwords: Consider everywhere you have a password stored to automatically log into an account. Each of those accounts is vulnerable.
Account information: Areas of concern are e-mail accounts, bank accounts, credit cards and automatic payments.
Wireless access: Change the wireless access password and network password. Even if you change your account information, the computer is still trusted on your network until the wireless access is changed.
Feel free to reach out and contact me if you would like any information.
Steve O. Smith
Glenhurst HOA, Neighborhood Patrol
GLENHURST NEIGHBORHOOD PATROL