All posts by Joe Garza

Copperhead Breeding Season

As we begin the change of the season from Summer to Fall we just wanted to remind neighbors that this is also Copperhead breeding season and Copperheads will be more active this time of year.

Copperheads are mostly nocturnal but they can be active day or night.  To humans their bites are serious though rarely life threatening.  To smaller pets they can be more serious.  As the day light hours are shortened and many of our neighbors like to get their walks and runs in the early morning or late evening it is highly suggested to use a headlight or some sort of illumination that will allow you to keep an eye out for a Copperhead that may be in your path.  We know a neighbor in the Yorkdale area recently experienced an encounter while walking their dog and it was good to hear the dog will recover.

There is no need to exterminate the snake since these snakes do play a vital role in keeping the population in check for other vermin such as rodents.  Simply give plenty of space between you and the Copperhead.

If you find one in your yard in an inconvenient location you can use a jet stream of water, from a distance, to move it in another direction.

They are obviously also well camouflaged so stay aware in any areas where grass or shrubs may not be as well maintained.

Person Looking for Unlocked Cars This Morning

Our RING camera videoed a person walking into our driveway at 5:23 AM and checking our cars for unlocked doors.  Fortunately our doors were locked but I can see on another camera that he opened one of our neighbor’s car doors.  A reminder to keep your car doors locked at all times as people are looking for easy targets.  With the mask initiative due to COVID-19 they are having their faces covered up more often.

Video can be seen at https://ring.com/share/f8c03495-461a-4582-b2f4-841e8d5953d2

Cryptic Flyer in Mailboxes

A cryptic flyer was left at three homes (see image).  Not certain if this was random or targeted.  Two (possibly all 3) of the homes are on Stanford Drive.  We are asking if any other neighbors also received the same note to please let us know.

Keys Found Near Corner of Yorkdale and Oxford

A key ring with a fair amount of keys was found near the corner of Yorkdale and Oxford.  The keys were left hanging on a pole at the drive entrance of 3010 Oxford but so far there has been no claims on the keys.  If you have any idea on who these keys may belong to please contact the owner to make them aware of where the keys can be found.

Stay safe everyone!

Intrusions on Yorkdale Reported

There has been a shared incident report from neighbors on Yorkdale.  There were two separate incidents from the same home owner.  On Wednesday a white male was beneath the house deck trying to enter the basement area.  The homeowners dogs alerted them to the intruder. The intruder ran away through the creek down Yorkdale towards the cul-de-sac.

Also last Sunday another intruder was confronted by the home owner while rummaging through items under the house deck.

Please ensure that all entry points to your home are secured as some people may be looking for opportunities.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors During Social Distancing

During this time of social distancing a group of thoughtful neighbors want to make sure those neighbors in a high-risk group in our neighborhood have assistance if it is needed.

If you are in need of assistance or if you are in a low-risk group and are willing to offer help please select the link below.  Complete the form and send to the contact information on the form so that neighbors can be matched up as best as possible.

Neighbors helping neighbors is what makes this a strong community.

Help for our University Estate Neighbors

Reported Robbery on 2500 block of Yorkdale

It was reported today that on Wednesday the 22nd between the hours of 9AM and noon a home on the 2500 block of Yorkdale Court was burglarized.  Entrance was gained via an unlocked 2nd floor window using the homeowners ladder.  Jewelry and watches were taken along with a backpack allegedly for holding the items.

If any neighbors have any information regarding the burglary or witnessed anything on that day please reach out to your block captain or contact us here.

Incident Reported Oct. 31

Reported by the Block Captain of 3000 Oxford Drive:

This morning, very early and while still dark, I was sitting on my porch when I saw a person walking along Oxford Drive (3000 block) with no flashlight. He turned and started walking down my driveway. I immediately turned on my porch light and asked what was he doing.  He said he was looking for his dog then went back up the driveway onto Oxford towards Bexley, now with a head light turned on. I called 911; for those who have video cams, please check for unusual activity that may have occurred this morning.”