Showing posts from December, 2012

Fire on Buckingham

In case you are wondering about the smoke and sirens, there is a house on Buckingham (one street behind HVN toward the golf course) that has been on fire twice today.

BEWARE...people offering to paint house numbers on the curb

Many neighbors received notice of people coming through the neighborhood tomorrow painting numbers on the curb. Numbers on the curb are NOT requirement from the city and this service is often a scam. A crew offering this service in Woodcroft last year took cash in advance and never came back to paint the numbers. EMS and Police cannot see numbers on the curb at night. If you want to be more visible reflective house numbers are a far better way to do it.

As always, if a stranger comes to your door offering a service…BEWARE.

Below is a response from the Durham PD when another neighborhood asked about this
I want to thank you for bringing this to the attention of PAC3. However, I want to make everyone aware of a scam using this same technique which occurred last year. Several homeowners did not receive anything for the monies that were paid. I am not aware of any City of Durham requirement regarding this topic and encourage everyone to employ precaution when solicited for services sim…

Safety Tips from the Durham PD

Burglary Basics:
Make your home look occupied/lived in and make it difficult to break in.

Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors!

Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.

Keep your garage door closed and locked.

Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.

Arrange for the outer perimeter of your home to be maintained if you are going away for an extended time.

Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.

Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors. Install double key locks on doors that contain glass.


Front Entrance

Hopefully you have all noticed the new signs at the front entrance. Many thanks to Martha Wilaby and Debbie Lidowski for researching and writing the grant to Keep Durham Beautiful that helped pay for part of the renovation. Thanks to all those who came out and helped dig up plants, power wash the wall, sand, prime and paint the wall, fix cracks in the brick, deal with Bull CitySigns in getting up the new signs as well as racking leaves and supplying water for the pressure washer.