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Durham Big Sweep and Neighborhood Cleanup Update

Durham’s Annual Big Sweep Litter Cleanup Set for October 6

Volunteers Needed for Cleanup Sites Across Durham

DURHAM, N.C. – Recent rains from Hurricane Florence have left litter strewn along creeks and roadsides throughout Durham. Residents ready to help protect fish and wildlife from harmful litter while also boosting the appearance of the community are invited to volunteer now for Durham Big Sweep 2018.

Last year’s annual fall cleanup removed more than 30,000 pounds of trash and recyclables that would have otherwise washed downstream into drinking water reservoirs. Volunteers can sign up now at www.durhambigsweep.org to join an existing cleanup or to register a cleanup site with their own group. If volunteers cannot participate on Saturday, October 6, they are encouraged to pick another day in September or October to roll up their sleeves and help clean up Durham.

According to Keep Durham Beautiful Executive Director Tania Dautlick, 5,100 volunteers have picked up over 160,000 pounds of litter since the inception of Durham Big Sweep in 2000. “We can reduce litter,” said Dautlick. “We are a community that takes tremendous pride in everything Durham. We can all do our part to transform litter hot spots into green spots.”

The Durham Big Sweep 2018, coordinated by the Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District, Keep Durham Beautiful, and the City of Durham Public Works Department Stormwater & GIS Services Division, focuses on removing litter before it can negatively impact water quality and harm wildlife.

Volunteers will receive supplies including gloves, trash bags, litter grabbers, and vests. Additional support for Durham Big Sweep 2018 is provided by the Durham County General Services Department and the City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department.

For more event information and volunteer opportunity details, contact Keep Durham Beautiful at info@keepdurhambeautiful.org or (919) 560-4197

About the Durham County Soil & Water Conservation District
The Durham County Soil & Water Conservation District seeks to conserve, enhance and promote the natural resources of Durham County by providing technical assistance, environmental education information and economic incentives to County citizens and by exhibiting a diversified program to meet its changing needs. For more information, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

About Keep Durham Beautiful

Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County to encourage residents, businesses, and community organizations to protect the environment and enhance the appearance of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, waste reduction, and educational activities. To learn more, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Instagram, flickr, and Twitter.

About the Public Works Department Stormwater and GIS Services Division

The Stormwater and GIS Services Division with the City of Durham Public Works Department is guided by the City’s Strategic Plan goals of stewardship of the City’s physical and environmental assets and innovative and high-performing organization. Activities include storm drainage design and plans review; inspecting and maintaining City-owned drainage systems; enforcing stormwater ordinances and regulations; education and outreach; stream monitoring, restoration, and watershed master planning; maintaining multiple layers of the City’s geographic information; and stormwater billing. To learn more visit the division’s web page, like on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

District 3 Criminal Investigations Weekly News Alert.

Greetings,

Phillip Wayne Brewer 8/8/64

Donald Ray Brewer 1/27/69

 District 3 Investigators obtained warrants on Phillip Brewer and Donald Brewer charging them with one count each of Felony Breaking and Entering, Larceny After the Breaking and Enter and injury to Personal Property for a Breaking and Entering that took place in the 1000 block of Chapel Hill Street. Phillip Wayne Brewer in in the Durham County Jail under a $10,000.00 secured bond. Donald Ray Brewer is still at large and should be considered dangerous. If you see him DO NOT attempt to apprehend this guy, just call 911 and tell us where you saw him and what he is wearing and we will take it from there.

 Our vehicle break-ins are trending downward and suspicious vehicle and persons calls are coming in to us. Keep them coming! Thank you for securing your vehicles and taking care of your neighbors. However, we are still getting vehicle break in calls where loaded firearms are being stolen.

Alert: We are also trending citywide in Carjacking cases. So far, in the last two weeks we have had three. One incident in the 800 block of Burch Av, we had an incident in the 1800 block of Snowcrest Trail and one incident in the 5600 block of Woodbury Rd. In each case one or two black males approached the victims as they were getting out of their cars brandishing firearms and demanded the victims keys, money and cell phones. All of these crimes took place between the hours of 4:00pm and 11:30pm. Keep aware of your surroundings. If you don’t feel safe getting out of your car call us or call a friend and above all keep your vehicle locked while driving.

Call me or email me if you need me.

That’s all for now…

Until next time…stay safe.

Keith

Sergeant K.L. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
District 3
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707
919-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)
919-907-9810 (City Cell)

PAC3 | District 3 Crime Trends 8-1-18

Good Morning,

This is an update on the trends we are seeing in the district in regards to Motor Vehicle Thefts and Larcenies from Motor Vehicles.

We are seeing an increase in the number of vehicles that are reported stolen in which the vehicle was left running while the driver went into a business or residence.  Additionally we have reports of vehicles that had spare keys left in the car allowing for the theft. 

Tip: Simply, if you have to run in to a business or residence turn off the car and take the keys with you.  Do not leave spare keys in vehicles.

Over the last month the vast majority of Larceny from Motor Vehicle cases were reported with no forced entry and items left in plain view.  There have been numerous inquiries on the ability of a criminal to utilize an electronic device to unlock vehicles.  In a few of our cases investigators have not been able to determine the method of entry as the complainants have been adamant that the vehicles were locked.  While district investigators have not physically come across such devices during the course of our investigations, it is possible, although not conclusive, that such devices may be in use in the district.   Investigators have seen several surveillance videos from incidents in which it appears that a suspect unlocks a vehicle while approaching it.  Again, investigators have not confirmed the usage of these devices. 

These devices act like repeaters or range extenders for the signals.  While we do not have enough information on this technology, you can take a few simple steps that may be effective. 

Tip: Store key fobs and keyless remotes as far away from the parked vehicle as practically possible.   In older vehicles you could remove the remote batteries and just use the key, in newer models this would be impractical with the advent of keyless ignition.  There are commercially available storage/lock boxes and bags that block radio signals. 

Ultimately, we still stress for all to lock their vehicles and remove items from the interior of the vehicle that can be observed from the outside.  

Items that have been stolen recently include:  laptops, cell phones, purses, wallets, firearms, sports equipment, book bags and loose cash and coins. 

Captain Brian D. Reitz
District 3 Commander
Durham Police Department
(919) 560-4583, ext. 29352
Brian.Reitz@durhamnc.gov

National Night Out celebration Update

Hello Neighbors, 

Unfortunately due to a lack of interest, our annual NNO gathering will not happen this year on the 06 August 2018. This would have been our 9th annual celebration.

Many factors, but primarily an  overall lack of interest in having the event, have resulted in the event being cancelled. It takes time and participation in order to plan and coordinate for those who have worked on NNO event committees the past 8 years. 

This national celebration is also celebrated during the hottest time of year for us and on a Tues evening as well.

All is not lost however. We were thinking of having a neighborhood picnic in early October perhaps when the weather less hot and on a Friday or Sat evening. Feel free to comment with thoughts, interests and suggestions.

Stay cool and enjoy the rest of the summer.

UE Durham Community Watch Team.

Crime Update Re: Vehicle Break-ins

From the Durham Police Dept:

We are still experiencing a spike in vehicle break-ins where loaded firearms are being left in the car. In some cases the victim has no idea what the serial number is for the firearm: 

Tip: Please, please secure your firearm before you leave your car. We are also trending with the spare key fobs being left in the cars and the cars are being stolen. A good idea is to keep your spare key fob in an a secure area in your home. And take pictures of your serial numbers and valuable items.’

 

Be safe,

UE Durham Neighborhood Watch Team

District 3 Criminal Investigations weekly newsletter

Greetings;

Over the past two weeks we have experienced an uptick in motor vehicle break-ins on the Southeastern area of the district. In the Hope Valley, Highgate, Montclair and Falcon Bridge communities for example.  District 4 has experienced similar crimes. We are currently working with the District 4 Investigators to develop a suspect. We believe that the suspect(s) are either riding a bike or moped or possibly being dropped off by car in to the neighborhood unnoticed.

The modus operandi or criminal method the suspect(s) are using is the same in both districts. The suspect(s) enter the neighborhood under the cover of darkness often after midnight and walk against the tree line or the foliage undetected. And after the suspect(s) are reasonably sure that they are not discovered they perpetrate the crimes by looking for unlocked vehicles and ransack them by going through glove compartments and under the seats. In some cases the suspect(s) will throw a rock through the windows especially those with valuables in plain sight. But there is a more dangerous problem, people are still storing loaded firearms (2 more so far this week) in these vehicles which makes for adverse consequences for the good guys. Right now we have no suspect or suspect vehicle information.

With that said, over 97% of these cars were unlocked.

Tip: So two things, please call 911 when you see any suspicious vehicles or people in your neighborhoods. Secondly, please do not leave any items of value in your car and take your firearm in the house when you leave your car for the evening.

Finally, people are still leaving their garage doors open during the night with their spare keys located inside their cars. We have cases where the suspect(s) entered the garage and then the residence before stealing the victim’s car. Put your garage door down when you are home and especially before going to bed and don’t leave any spare keys in the car.

That’s all for now…stay safe and practice good crime prevention.

If you need me, call or email me.

Until next time,

Keith

Sargeant K.L. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
District 3
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707
919-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)
919-907-9810 (City Cell)

Crime investigations NewsLetter_18 May 2018

Hello All,

During the past two weeks, there has been a rise in vehicle break-ins in the Highgate/Hope Valley communities. In the majority of these cases the vehicles were unlocked with items of value in plain sight. With that said, we have also noted and tracked at least two cases where the garages were left open and unsecure at night and the thieves gained entry to unlocked vehicles which had spare keys in the console. In both cases the vehicles were stolen and in one case the thieves made entry into the residence before stealing the car. Right now, we have no suspect descriptions. The vehicles were recovered..

Finally, there have been two catalytic convertor thefts in the 900 block of Constitution. The thefts seem to have been committed with a dull saw blade. There is no suspect vehicle description.

The weather is changing and of course, these types of crimes are on the rise. You can help us catch these guys by reporting all suspicious persons, vehicles and activities in your communities. We have investigated at least 2 burglaries where 2 to 3 black males were seen walking out of the woods adjacent to a house where a break-in had occurred and they were holding items  (possibly from the break in) but the police were not called.

You will never know how much your calls help us to solve crimes.

[Side note to all neighbors: The police would rather check out something that does not look right and they encourage us to call 911 at the time you are observing/experiencing something. DO NOT EVER CONFRONT anyone you believe is suspicious, just call the police.]

Tips:

1) Secure your valuables and lock your cars. Close your garages when you turn in for the night.

2) Please call the police. If it doesn’t look normal or just does not look right…at 911. 

2) One last thing, do not leave loaded firearms in unlocked vehicles. I don’t have to tell you when the good guys come up against a stolen loaded firearm in the middle of the night.. Take it in the house and lock your car.

That’s all for now…until next time…be safe and don’t be an easy target…secure your stuff.

Keith
Sergeant K.L.. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
District 3
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707
919-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)
919-907-9810 (City Cell)

22 Feb Weekly Crime Newsletter Alert

Hello all,

We have noticed a trend of armed robberies taking place in the Nation Av, Bedford Street, Hope Valley Road and Meadow Run communities. The suspects (3 black males) usually approach the unsuspecting victim(s) from behind in dark parking lots and brandish firearms and rob the victims of money and cellphones. The cellphones are usually recovered. Right now the offenses are occurring between the hours of 9:00 pm and 1:00 am and the suspects are described as three black males wearing hoodies travelling in a dark colored SUV or a dark colored car. We think that they are getting out of their car and walking through the neighborhood and selecting their victims. We would really like to catch up with these guys so if you see any suspicious persons or activities in your neighborhood, please DO NOT attempt to APPROACH or DETAIN them or even FOLLOW them. These guys are to be considered armed and very dangerous. If you see something, call 911 immediately and tell us what you saw. I will send more information as I get it. You will see high visibility patrols in the area until we catch them.

 TIP’S***Please park in well-lit areas, look around the parking lot before getting out of your car. Keep your key in your hand on that red button until you get to your door.

Well, until next time, be safe and call me if you need me.

Keith,
Sergeant K.L. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
District 3
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707
919-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)