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)

Male Ringing Doorbell at Midnight

Greetings neighbors.  We have had a report for the area of Oxford and Princeton that at midnight on the morning of September 21 an African American male rang a neighbors doorbell and was asking for money.  The male is described as young (possible 20s) and was wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

The homeowner called 911 to report the incident and learned from the police that it was the second reported incident for the same male description.  Police did not find the person when the neighborhood was patrolled.

Please be aware of the incident and continue to call 911 if you or your home are also approached.

Curbside Collection Delayed by One Day Due to Hurricane

The City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department suspended all curbside collection services on Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14 due to Hurricane Florence. Curbside collections are still planned to resume on Monday, September 17, at which time garbage and recycling customers not collected on September 13 as well as yard waste and bulky services customers not collected on September 13 and 14, will be serviced.

This schedule shift next week means that collection for all curbside services, including solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky services, will also be delayed by one business day for the entire week as follows:

· Monday customers – Tuesday, September 18 collection
· Tuesday customers – Wednesday, September 19 collection
· Wednesday customers – Thursday, September 20 collection
· Thursday customers – Friday, September 21 collection

Additionally, the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Transfer Station), located 2115 E. Club Boulevard, closed at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12. The City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center will re-open under normal operating hours on Monday, September 17.

Neighbor Help – Hurricane Florence

Greetings Neighbors.  I hope everyone has done their due diligence for weathering the approaching storm.  Although it appears that Durham will be outside of the worst of the storm let us not drop our guard as there could still be possible reprecussions to manage during and after the storm.  With this in mind I believe it is important for neighbors to help neighbors should some “non-critical” assistance be needed once the storm has passed.

Any neighbor who may need a helping hand to help clear some debris that may be blocking your home entry or something similar can reach out by posting comments here or in the event of a power outage tie a rag to their mailbox post. After the storm has passed we will try to make a few rounds in the neighborhood to see what can be done to assist a neighbor until professional services can be arranged by the homeowner.

Neighbors are not likely professionals so anything to large to manage will need to be addressed by a professional.  Any critical emergencies should be address by calling 911.

Electrical outages can be reported to Duke Energy 1-800-769-3766.

Blocked roads can be reported to Durham One Call 919-560-1200

Water treatment plants are 24/7/365 with backup power so as long as water flows from your taps it is safe to drink.

More information available at alertdurham.com

Best of luck to everyone.

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