(Shared from Neighborhood President, Jaci Maguire)
I hate to inform you again that there are individuals wandering our neighborhood checking for open cars again. This has been turned over to the police department and I have requested additional patrols during the early morning hours. If you recognize the individuals in the video below, please let us know or if they show up on any of your cameras.
Please keep valuables out of sight if they have to be in your vehicles. Make sure the doors are locked. Light up the neighborhood and keep your outside lights on. While out on patrol we have started to notice only a few houses have lights on at night and some streets can be very dark. Criminals don’t like lights. We have had several garage doors left open but we do not have everyone’s contact information to call you and let you know. Patrollers are not to get out of their vehicles and go to your doors. We are only allowed to call you, so please make sure we have your information. I know it happened to me when we first moved in years ago, thinking I closed the garage but something was in the way and it went back up. We were thankful, my neighbors contacted us and let us know.
We have also had several complaints about a solicitor coming by and asking information about your home and your neighbors regarding cameras. He is very aggressive and does not take no for an answer. If you do answer the door, the first thing is to ask for their permit. It is against the law in OKC to solicit without one. If they have one you can still tell them you are not interested and to leave. This individual has been reported to the police. He asks questions about who on your street does not have cameras. It is suspicious since we had not had issues until he came into the neighborhood. It could be just a coincidence. Regardless, you need to be careful and not disclose information about your home or your neighbors. They might look and act like really nice people but you never know.
Sadly, we at OCPD read too many Auto Burglary reports, which reflect personal property left in plain view in the victim’s unlocked car parked in their driveway overnight. Some items listed in recent reports are cash, car and house keys, wallets, purses, laptops, cell phones and chargers, government computers, personal computers, guns, and medication. The best you can do is offload your valuables and lock your car doors overnight.
The trend is for groups of auto burglars (2 to 4 individuals) to walk driveway to driveway and lift on door handles to see which ones are unlocked. In meetings, I’ve been told by people, “If you lock your doors, they will just bust your window out.” Of course, it’s possible, but I see on the Ring Neighbors Video App, auto burglars try car doors, and if they are locked, they go to the next car until they find an unlocked vehicle and burglarize it. We hardly get auto burglary reports with an actual break-in anymore. Please remove your property from your vehicle overnight and lock your doors.
Master Sergeant Michael W. Loruse
Police Community Relations Officer
Oklahoma City Police Department, Southwest Division
Hello Neighbors, I am not sure if you saw the news regarding Army Worms, but they can kill off your lawn in a matter of 48hrs. It is really bad in the Edmond area right now.
We had a neighbor here in Harvest Hills South that noticed them on their lawn and we wanted to let you know. He noticed them when he picked up a cushion that had blown off the bench. When he turned it over there were 15 of them.They have very small bright green babies.
They went over to TLC on NW Expressway and were told to purchase Cyonara and spray the yard. I have attached a picture of the container. It costs $23.99 for one quart. Do not let your pets or children in the yard while wet. If you are unsure if you have them, you can spray lemon dish soap on the yard and they should then surface. We have included pictures of the worm so you can see if you have them in your yard.
Here is what KOCO reported. The video shows the kind of damage they can create and what to do if you get them.
Riversport Whitewater Center is hosting a World Party, and you’re invited!
We’re kicking off the Oklahoma PaddleSports Festival weekend with the ICF World Party on Friday, Aug. 20, followed by an adrenaline-fueled day of racing on Saturday, Aug. 21, that culminates in the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup at 8p – and we’re wrapping it all up with fireworks both nights.
Join us for the ICF World Party – we have free and ticketed options – then spend Saturday watching Olympic and World Champions race on the Oklahoma River. They couldn’t have cheering crowds in Tokyo, so let’s give them all the cheers when they race in OKC!