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.

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.  

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

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 equipment to trade in can still purchase electric models at the events, but with a smaller discount.
For more information on mower models and prices, and to pre-register to reserve specific mowers, visit Pre-registration is not required; however, event organizers cannot guarantee a particular model will be available without pre-registration.
All gas-powered equipment brought in to be recycled must be drained of fluids before being dropped off. Used motor oil can be dropped off at the City of Durham’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, located at 2115 E. Club Blvd. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
For more information about this event, contact Sustainability Specialist Megan Carroll at (919) 560-7993 or by email at
About the Durham City-County Sustainability Office
The mission of the Durham City/County Sustainability Office is to help protect and improve Durham’s environment through wise use of natural resources by providing guidance and resources to City and County employees, businesses, and residents. For more information visit, like at, and follow @GreenerDurham.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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.

Bring your trash cans in. No pick-up this week.

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