Happy 2018 Town Creek & Forest Meadow Residents!
I am pleased to report that we finished 2017 with crimes down by 35% from 2016 in our patrol coverage area. 2017 was the best year in several years in terms of reduced numbers of criminal incidents in the neighborhood. Likewise, we had better coverage from members placing calls regarding suspicious activity in the area, and additional eyes on the neighborhood with our VIP Program. We would like all of these trends to continue for a very long time.
In the chart below, you can see the improvement over last year, as well as the data going back to the last three quarters of 2012:
I would like to point out that there is a strong correlation between phone calls made to our patrol officers regarding suspicious activity and reduced crime in the neighborhood. We have taken note of this trend for some time now, and it correlates very strongly when you look at the data on a monthly basis as well as an annual basis, so keep making those calls!
There continue to be people that walk through the neighborhood day and night looking for easy opportunities. This activity will likely taper off somewhat now that the holidays are behind us, but please do not make it easy for them by keeping all of your doors and windows locked, yard gates locked, garage doors closed, and please park your cars in the garage overnight if possible. There were quite a few open garage doors reported in December.
In recent years there has been an unfortunate increase in hit and run vehicular damage in the neighborhood. Years ago, the frequency of such incidents was very low, but it has become more of a problem in the last few years.
We have discussed this trend on occasion, and many believe that the increase is due to texting while driving, although there is no way to truly confirm that to be the case. Most of these incidents occur during the day, although there have been a few at night. The best way to ensure that you do not become a victim is to park your car off the street in your garage or in your driveway.
Town Creek / Forest Meadow Criminal incidents in December:
December 1, in the 9500 block of Timberleaf, hit and run accident
December 7, in the 8600 block of Middle Downs, theft
December 28, in the 8600 block of Middle Downs, stolen package
Calls to Crime Watch Officers in December:
Suspicious Persons – 14
Suspicious Persons Located and Asked to Leave – 9
Open Garage Doors – 1
False Alarm – 2
Nuisance in the area – 2
Other notable incidents in the neighborhood:
December 13, on Flint Falls, solicitor questioned. They did not have a required permit and they were not part of a 501(c)(3). They were asked to leave the neighborhood.
December 13, on Arbor Park, solicitor questioned. They did not have a required permit and they were not part of a 501(c)(3). They were asked to leave the neighborhood.
December 16, near Heatherdale and Meadowknoll, solicitors that said they were working for an energy company. They did not have a required permit and they were not part of a 501(c)(3). They were asked to leave the neighborhood.
December 30, Loma Vista, crime watch patrol officer made contact with two males sitting in a car with fogged up windows. The two men were identified by the patrol officer, they did not live in the neighborhood, and they were asked to leave.
As noted above, this month several door-to-door solicitors were identified in the area and found non-compliant regarding required permits and allowable hours of operation. Those identified by our patrol officers have been asked to leave the neighborhood. This continues to be a problem in the area.
Please never hesitate to call the Crime Watch officers or 911 to report suspicious activity. Notifying Crime Watch or 911 of suspicious activity can help prevent problems before crimes are committed, and it sends a message to any people with bad intentions that this is not a neighborhood for criminal opportunity. Everyone stay safe, stay vigilant, and have a wonderful new year!
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