Monday, June 27, 2016

Attempted Home Invasion

Over the weekend, there was an attempted home invasion. Someone tried to kick in the backdoor of a house while the occupants were at home (asleep at night). A home security system alarm woke up the home owners who called the police.

While Hope Valley North is general a safe place, there has been an increase in crime over the past few months from unlocked cars being rifled through, to locked cars being broken into, to the burglary of a house while no one was home to an attempted break-in at night with the family at home.

Please beware of your surrounds and call the police if you see anything suspicious.  

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Google woork in HVN

Gigabit Fiber Construction

Construction Overview 
Private utility companies such as AT&T, Google, and Time Warner Cable are constructing new and upgrading existing communications infrastructure. The work includes the installation of Gigabit Fiber throughout Durham (which should bring more services, capabilities, and choices for those living and doing business in our community.

The City of Durham is not performing this work. The City is responsible for inspecting the work in the public rights-of-way to ensure it is restored to an acceptable condition. A private consulting firm was hired by the City of Durham to assist with the project management and inspections associated with this work (see below for contact information).

What to Expect: 

Contractors 
Informational door hangers should be distributed in advance of construction in your neighborhood. Most of the utility companies contractor's use sub-contractors to perform this work. Sub-contractor vehicles/equipment are generally not marked with the contracting company’s name. Google authorized sub-contractor vehicles should have a "Bechtel" or "S&N" logo on each vehicle.

Markings 
Blue, purple, green, orange, yellow, white and/or pink paint markings will be sprayed on the ground several weeks before construction. The paint tells contractors where existing underground utility lines are so that they can be avoided when digging. The paint typically disappears in a few weeks.

Rights-of-way 
Work on public streets or in rights-of-way is governed by a Utility Excavation Permit issued by the City of Durham or an Encroachment Agreement from the NC Department of Transportation, depending on which entity maintains the road. 
A public right-of-way area is designated between most streets and the adjacent private property. This is where service providers are allowed by law to place their fiber along with water/sewer/electrical lines. Typically, the rights-of-way include the area from the curb towards your home for about 8 feet (or about 3 feet of grass or 5 foot-wide sidewalk).
Contractors should receive permission from property owners before working on private property (ex: Home Owner's Association, Town Homes, & Condos).

Time of Day 
Work typically occurs weekdays 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; however, sometimes permission is given to expand this schedule on a case-by-case basis. While construction noise can be as loud as necessary during these permitted times, you should not be bothered by noise in your home or business outside of these times.

Post-Construction 
In most cases and weather permitting, private property should be restored to original condition within 3-5 business days once construction is complete. 
Companies are not required by law to coordinate their activities, which means that even after one company is finished and the property is restored, other companies can come through the same area and start the process over.

Construction in your area does not mean that new or improved service will be available to you. It could be up to one year or not at all. The areas of service are determined by the utility provider.


If You Have Construction Concerns or to Report Damages: 

For questions or concerns about construction in your area, call the number on the vehicle, door hanger or the below numbers for assistance. Call 911 immediately if you believe there is a danger threatening life or health.

        Kimley-Horn & Associates (City of Durham Consultant for Private Utility Project Mgmt. & Inspections Services for Gigabit Fiber Installation) - Please email Todd Ireland with Kimley-Horn or call 919-677-2042.
        AT&T: Call 919-873-9143 or email.
        Google Support/Construction Line: Call 877-454-6959 or visit the website.
        Time Warner: Call 919-595-4892.

If you’re not sure which company is responsible for the work or if you’re not satisfied with the company’s response, please call Durham One Call at 919-560-1200 weekdays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or Todd Ireland with Kimley-Horn and Associates.

Filing Formal Complaints 
Register complaints with the State by contacting the NC Attorney General’s Office and/or the NC Utilities Commission.

Service Questions 
Use these contacts if you have questions about new service or want to report problems with existing service:

AT&T - 855-786-3920

Google - 866-777-7550

Time Warner - 800-892-4357


Thursday, June 16, 2016

HVNNA General Meeting -June 21

The June general meeting will take place on 6/21 at 7:00 pm. It will be held at Piper's Deli. Please come out and meet your neighbors.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

another car break-in

Last night, we had another car break-in. A few weekends ago, someone went through the neighborhood opening unlocked cars and stealing items. But last night, someone broke into a locked car on Suffolk Street. Please be aware of your surrounds and watch out for your neighbors.

Call 911 if you see anything strange.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

crime alert

We had a break-in last night in our neighborhood. It took place in the evening between 6pm and 8pm while neighbors were home after work and it was still light outside. The homeowner was out of the house for less than 2 hours and came home to find the house broken into through the backdoor.

We also had cars broken into two weekends ago.

Please keep an eye out and report anything suspicious to the police.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Trash pick-up; recycling and yard waste pick-up Memorial Day week

City of Durham trash, recycling and yard waste pick-up will be delayed by one day city-wide due to Memorial Day holiday on Monday.

Monday, May 23, 2016

more info on car break-ins

If your car was broke into, EVEN IF NOTHING WAS TAKEN, please report it to the police so they have an idea of the true scope of the problem. Of at least four people in HVN who had their cars broken into, so far only one person actually reported it to the police.



-------from the Durham PD----------------------
Good Soggy Morning to Everyone:

Over the weekend, we had 7 vehicle break-ins around the Hope Valley area. 2 of those were done when the vehicles were actually sitting in the garages. At this time, none of them had any signs of forced entry or damage. District 3 Investigators are currently following up on leads in these cases.

Just a few tips:

1. Do not leave anything of value in your vehicle.

2. ALWAYS lock your vehicle- no matter where it is parked or how secure you think the area is. Yes, lock your car while in the garage......

3. If you are not currently in your garage, secure the doors. It is spring time and many of us are doing yard work, gardening, etc and leave our garages open. Suspects will take advantage of the situation.

4. As we always stress, you know who belongs in your neighborhoods. Call 911 if someone or something seems out of place. We would be happy to investigate it for you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you.

Lt. Mark Morais

Assistant Commander- District 3
919-560-4583 x29354
mark.morais@durhamnc.gov