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Our Neighborhood Watch
June 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
I called a Five Oaks Community meeting, and invited the Durham Police Department to speak to us. Sixty concerned residents came to that first meeting – an incredible turn out. Because of that turn out and a huge interest in our safety, we were on our way to forming the Five Oaks Neighborhood Watch program. The Police shared with us many safety tips, and informed us about issues that put our Communities at risk, i.e. bad lighting, overgrown bushes, and much more. They worked with us to bring Five Oaks to a knowledge of safety. New concepts were locked doors, porch lights on (criminals hate light!), security systems, window safety alarms, safety devices, and much more!
Block Captains signed up at that meeting to watch sections of homes within the four Five Oaks Communities. Block Captains reported several incidences that resulted in apprehending criminals – one actually carrying a Safe down one of our streets. A resident had installed a camera, and through ignorance, the intruder looked straight into it. It was shown on WRAL News – very effective to catch this culprit. Safety has increased significantly. since that first meeting in 2012. Although we can still improve in areas, such as leaving car doors unlocked with valuables in sight, we’ve come a long way with locking doors, keeping Pin Oaks garages closed, trimming bushes, porch lights on, and internal and outdoor camera monitors.
I have been involved in PAC3 (Partners Against Crime for District 3 (our Police District with offices off MLK by Harris Teeter). Check out the DPD website at https://durhamnc.gov/205/Distr
And to further promote our neighborhood’s safety: National Night Out (a national event), has been a huge success here in Five Oaks, drawing over 100 residents to learn more about our safety, as well as an opportunity to meet our super great District 3 Police. It’s also a great opportunity to socialize and meet other neighbors, and all for a good cause. This event is usually held the first Tuesday in August, and this year it’s scheduled for August 7, 2018. We expect to draw huge crowds once again. There are many give aways (restaurant certificates, gift cards, Five Oaks Neighborhood Watch branded materials, such as pens and jar openers. In previous years, we’ve had food trucks, sheet cakes, and as mentioned above, lots of goodies, and should be repeated this year. This is an event you’ll want to attend or maybe even help organize. We encourage all the Five Oaks Communities to join in this once a year event. Community involvement is the best way to keep our Community safe! We need your support to make this event, as well as our Neighborhood Watch program, a success. We are also calling upon our Block Captains to once again get involved….we need you
Our next Neighborhood Watch meetings are listed here:
June 4th: First kick off meeting for National Night Out;
July 23th: Second kick off meeting for National Night Out;
August 7th: National Night Out event;
October 6th: CPR Training Night;
December 10th: Neighborhood Watch Appreciation Night,