Monday, July 21, 2014

E-Conservation Home Energy Assessment and Retrofit Program

The new energy retrofit program,  E-Conservation Home Energy Assessment and Retrofit Program, offered by Durham County Cooperative Extension has fewer restrictions than NERP had.  To qualify, the home must be
·         less than 2200 sq. ft.,
·         built before 2006, and
·         be in Durham County.
Qualified homeowners get help with
·         air sealing and caulking cracks, crevices, window or doors frames,
·         replacing incandescent lights with CFLs,
·         insulating a water heater, and
·         repairing loose air ducts.
What qualified homeowners have to do
  • attend an E-Conservation workshop (and receive a free starter energy kit whether or not you qualify for the program),
  • agree to pay the first $100.00 of the overall $800.00 grant cost to the assigned energy contractor,
·         be present for the assessment,
·         allow the E-conservation program to monitor their energy use,
·         allow later check-up visits, and
  • sign a waiver. 
Step 1 - Register for the E-Conservation Workshop
Event:            E-Conservation Workshop
Time:              Monday, July 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Place:            South Regional Library, 4505 South Alston Ave.
Cost:              Free!
Register:        Go to, scroll down, and click on View full South Regional calendar.
**You can come to the workshop even if you don’t qualify for the E-Conservation Home Energy Assessment and Retrofit Program.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Car break-ins last night

Last night at least 15 cars in Hope Valley North (HVN) were riffed through and had cash and electronics stolen. The thieves went into unlocked cars all throughout HVN.

If you saw or heard anything last night please call the police department and let them know. If you discover your car was broken into, please call the police and report it. If we don’t let the police know what is going on, they can’t help us.

Lock your doors
While this piece of advice should be obvious, but 15 cars last night were targeted because the door was unlocked.
Don’t leave valuables in the car
If it’s not in the car, the thieves can’t take it from the car.
Conceal your stuff
If you do leave valuables in your car; stow your electronics and accessories well out of sight. The evidence alone might be enough to pique the interest of thieves, so hide that too, including power plugs, iPod adapters, and gps windshield suction-cup mounts.
 Park in your driveway and under a light
It’s more inconspicuous to break into cars on the street than to explain why you are in a stranger’s driveway at night.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


There was a break-in during the day at a house on Suffolk Street on June 19th. The homeowner came home to find several youth leaving the house through a back window. Items taken include: plays-stations, laptops, other electronics and jewelry. Police were called but suspects have not yet been caught.

Early the same week, there were two burglaries in the townhouses at the end of Colchester Street.

Durham Crimestoppers is offering a reward!! CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of persons wanted for felony crimes.  If you have information about this break-in, call Durham Crimestoppers at 919-683-1200. All information is confidential and callers will remain anonymous.

curbside recycling

From the city website:

Did you know that every year, North Carolinians throw away enough trash to circle the earth twice? Recycling is one of the best ways you can help to protect the environment. Recycling saves natural resources, keeps reusable items out of landfills, and provides the materials needed to make recycled products.
Here is a brochure on what you can and can not recycle: Recycling Brochure

Recycling is collected every other week. Click here for a schedule for our neighborhood:

Curbside Collection

• All containers should be rinsed and dry

• There should be no food residue

• All lids and caps go in the trash

• Place shredded paper in a brown paper bag before placing in the cart

• Place carts at the curb by 7 a.m. (6 a.m. during summer months)

• Contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Save the Date- NNO



You are invited to Hope Valley North’s third annual night out against crime!

DATE:       August 5, 2014

Time:       6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Winchester Ct

 Event Specifics:

·        Free Food

·        BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)

·        Leave your porch light on

·        If you want to volunteer to help, contact Mo at 919-632-3166

·        If you can donate food, contact Debbie at 919-210-1450

·        Parade starts at 6pm


National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen our communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners.  The goal is to heighten crime prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and most importantly, send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  It's also the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors even better.  SEE YOU THERE!



For more information, visit:

Friday, June 20, 2014

From the Durham PD regarding increase in burglaries

This is a forward from the PAC3 listserv:

My goal has always been to remain transparent regarding crime in our district while providing useful information to reduce the opportunities for criminals.  I am sharing a trend regarding burglaries which was beginning to decline and increasing again.

Since the beginning of the year, we have tracked an increase of juvenile participation in these crimes.  In January of 2014, juveniles totaled fourteen percent of the arrests for burglaries.  During the month of May of 2014, that percentage increased to forty percent.  And so far this month, we have arrested eleven individuals for burglaries and seven are juveniles.  In some crimes, the juveniles are accompanied by an adult.  Some of these offenders have transitioned to repeat offenders and becoming more brazen.  Investigators have obtained juvenile petitions for these individuals and after consulting with a court counselor with Juvenile Justice Center, they are usually released to their parents and provided a court date.  A juvenile petition is equivalent to a warrant for an adult.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of your phone calls.  Please continue to call 911 for suspicious individuals and activities.  Call for solicitors who do not have a license issued by the City of Durham.  Criminals are not subscribing to the stereotype of yesterday.  They are dressed nice and seem very pleasant.  They will scour communities during the day looking for easy residential targets.  Walking up and ringing your doorbell to determine if someone is home then if someone answers the door pretending to sale you something while looking past you into your home.  The alternative is walking up and ringing your doorbell, then when no one responds, walk to the rear of the residence and kick in the back door.  Your calls allowed us to reduce these crimes before and will do it again.  Before posting a suspicious person or activity on your neighborhood list serve, call 911.  This reduces the chances of the persons leaving the community
before officers arrive.

We are seeing more burglaries during the day verses evening hours.  Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays are the most common days for criminals to break into residences.  We have and continue to conduct operations which allowed us to gather more information about the criminals and make arrests but we need your help.  We need your calls.

I know working together we can bring these crimes down.   If you have not established a community watch or want a free home security survey, please contact Master Officer J. Fair at 919-560-4404, extension 29417 or email him at  We look forward to working with you.

Together, we are making Durham a safer community!

Captain David W. Addison
Commander, District Three
Durham Police Department
8 Consultant Place
Durham, NC 27707
919-560-4583 ext. 29352 desk
919-937-8844 cell
919-560-4827 fax

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Avoid Home Break-ins While on Vacation

Planning to travel over the weekend, or looking forward to a trip later this summer? Before you leave, take some simple steps to keep your home and belongings safe while you’re away. Burglars are always on the lookout for empty houses. Protect yourself by NOT sharing your travel plans on social media sites. If a burglar knows you’ll be away, your home could be an easy target. Once you’re packed and ready to leave, follow these safety tips to get your home ready:

 Make it look like someone is home. Leave lights on inside and out, or install motion-sensor or timer activated lights. Consider leaving a TV or radio on, or put them on a timer.

 Leave a car parked in the driveway, if possible.

 Check that all exterior doors and windows are securely locked. Don’t hide your extra house key where it can be found easily, such as near a door.

 Close the blinds or curtains on windows.

 Hide jewelry, cash and other valuables in creative places. Avoid the usual hiding spots like under mattresses and in dresser drawers.

 Don’t let mail, newspapers or packages pile up while you’re away.

Stop delivery or ask a neighbor to pick them up for you.

Ask a trusted neighbor, friend or family member to keep an eye on your home. By reporting suspicious people or vehicles to local law enforcement, they may be able to help prevent crimes.