Showing posts from June, 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…

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 mattresse…

Break-in today in our neighborhood

There was a break-in today on Suffolk Street. A neighbor came home to find several youth leaving the house. Police were called but suspects have not yet been caught. Please keep an eye out and if you see anything suspicious to call 911!!

Tour de Fat bicycle parade and festival this Saturday, June 21

This is a reminder of the Tour de Fat bicycle parade and festival this Saturday, June 21, on the DPAC lawn in downtown Durham.   This event is sponsored by New Belgium brewery as a fundraiser for several bicycle groups in the Triangle.    The bike parade starts at 11am, and the festival runs from 12-5pm.    Costumes
and bike decorations are highly encouraged.   The event is FREE, but proceeds from beer and t-shirt and souvenier sales will benefit the local biking groups.  

This is the fourth, and probably final, Tour de Fat in Durham.   New Belgium is opening a new brewery in Asheville in 2015, and it is likely that they will move their NC stop to Asheville.   So, you don't want to miss this opportunity to attend one of the most fun and creative events in Durham this summer.

General Meeting Tonight

Please attend the general meeting tonight at 7pm on the Shelly Place cul-de-sac. Hotdogs and snacks will be provided. Bring your own chair.

Durham Hosts “Get Your Grass Off Gas” June 21

Durham Hosts “Get Your Grass Off Gas” June 21 Opportunity to Purchase Deeply-Discounted Electric Yard Equipment DURHAM, N.C. – With mowing season underway, area residents have an opportunity to trade in their old gas-guzzling mowers and other yard equipment and take advantage of steep discounts on cleaner and greener electric versions. The 4th Annual “Get Your Grass Off Gas” event will be held in the parking lot at the corner of East Main Street and Queen Street on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will be held rain or shine. Hosted by the Durham City-County Sustainability Office, this event provides residents with the opportunity to purchase discounted electric yard and garden equipment to help get polluting gasoline-powered equipment “off the grass” and into the recycling bin. Discounts will range from 17 to 35 percent depending on the model. Available equipment includes lawnmowers, trimmers, edgers, blowers, vacuums, and loppers. Residents who do not have older…

Solid Waste Collection Summer Schedule

Durham Announces Solid Waste Collection Summer Schedule Earlier Collection June 9 through October 6

​DURHAM, N.C. — To help employees who work outside all day avoid the risk of heat-related illness and injury, the City of Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department will begin collecting solid waste, yard waste, recycling, and bulky items earlier each day this summer.

Starting Monday, June 9 through Monday, October 6, the department is asking residents to place their carts and bulky items on the curb the night before their normal pick-up day since work crews will start collections at 6 a.m. instead of 7 a.m.

Solid waste collectors will make every effort to complete their regular routes each day. However, during times of extreme temperatures, it may not be possible. If a pick-up is missed on a regular collection day, residents should leave their carts at the curb and contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 to report the missed pick-up.