Inside the Mind of a Thief

A neighbor shared this video with us. It has some very interesting information on how your home can become a target for a thief. It is from a professional burglar who is helping law enforcement to help neighborhoods. He explains what are deterrents and what makes a good target. Listen all the way through. Neighborhood Watch programs were his biggest deterrent!

He has some really good tips if you are alone on how to answer the door. Take your cell phone to the door than state hold on someone is at my door. If the person coming to your door is up to no good the phone is a deterrent because they think you are connected to someone who can call 911 immediately if they do anything.

Keep looking out for your neighbors. If you do see things that just doesn’t look right question it! I did recently and it is better to be safe than sorry. I saw someone with car door open removing large boxes from a neighbors house. I called that neighbor to check and see if they were aware. I had never seen the car or that person in the neighborhood before. Result that person was there to pick up the packages but the neighbor thanked me for noticing.

Go out and get to know your neighbors! Recognize the cars and people that belong on your street and who doesn’t. Call 911 and report suspicious activity. You never know your report might help solve a crime or prevent one from happening.

Neighbors Night Out – TODAY

The time is here!! Come join us TODAY (Tuesday night) for a fun night of food, games, and music. 🎵 Activities are 6-8pm, located on NW 79th St.

Things you need to know:

  • Check in at 79th and Harvest Hills Rd (and get a ticket for the drawing!)
  • Please don’t park on Harvest Hills Road near the event! We want to be safe and leave plenty of room for traffic.
  • Come Hungry! Free hot dogs, Popcorn, Sno-Cones, S’mores, and Watermelon! 🍉
  • Bring the Family! There will be lots of free games and activities! Bounce House, Photo Booth, chalk, horse shoes, corn hole, toy duck pond! And we plan to have a fire truck for everyone to see and take pictures with.
  • Bring your neighbors! This is a great opportunity to invite your neighbors if they aren’t already coming so that everyone can get to know each other better.
  • Live Band! Feel free to bring your lawn chairs, or we will have plenty of chairs available.

Remember that we are collecting donations of water bottles for our local fire station. Bring them with you to check-in.💧

It’s not too late to volunteer to help set up or tear down! We will start setting up at 4:15, with the event starting at 6. Email harvesthillssouth@gmail.com, if interested.

Here is a rough outline of where all the activities will be on NW 79th St:

Neighbors Night Out! – Tuesday, 9/14

We are just a few days away!! Be sure to mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 14th for Neighbors Night Out from 6PM-8PM.

It will be held on NW 79th Street again as a block party! Please check-in at 79th and Harvest Hills Road.

We will have food, bounce house, games and a band! Please come join us. It is free!

We are looking for any volunteers that would be able to help set up or tear down. We will start setting up at 4:15PM. If you are available, please let us know. Email to harvesthillssouth@gmail.com.

We also have a few 30 minute slots open to run some events like the s’mores station, photo booth, or sno cones. Any assistance is always greatly appreciated!

Lastly – we are collecting cases of bottled water for our local Fire station! They do so much for our community and we want to keep them hydrated! Bring them with you and leave them at the check-in table.

We can’t wait to see you there!!

Fundraiser at Johnnies – This Friday!!

Come join us this Friday (and every 4th Friday of the month) at Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler to support your neighborhood!

Be sure to mention that you are there to support Harvest Hills South Neighborhood, and we will receive 20% of proceeds from your order! Please tell all your friends to do the same!

The fundraiser is happening all day, so you could even go for lunch and dinner!

Johnnies Charcoal Broiler – 6629 Northwest Expressway

See you there!

Save the Date! – Neighbor’s Night Out – Sept 14th

Our Neighbor’s Night Out Block Party is making a return this year!! Be sure to mark your calendars to come enjoy a FREE night of food, fun, and entertainment with your Harvest Hills South neighbors!

Tuesday, September 14th 6PM – 8PM

NW 79th Street between Harvest Hills Rd and Harvest Hills S. Blvd. (We will be blocking off the street for this event)

Live Music – Returning once again, our favorite 737 Band!

  • Hot Dogs
  • Sno-Cones
  • Popcorn
  • Bounce House
  • Duck Pond
  • Basketball
  • Tattoos
  • Street Chalk
  • Corn Hole
  • Photo Booth

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Volunteers needed for set up at 5:00pm and tear down 8:00pm on 79th Street. Please email harvesthillssouth@gmail.com if interested.

Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss it!!

2021 Membership Drive!

We are starting our annual neighborhood membership drive!! You should have received a flyer in the past few days with information about becoming a member for 2021!

Big or small, your annual membership and donations make a difference in the neighborhood you live in!

Why should YOU be a member?

  • Being a member for $30/year helps keep your neighborhood a place you can be proud of!
  • We are working hard to clean up the entrances, with plans for new flowers, bushes, and lighting!
  • We pay for mowing and landscaping along out neighborhood borders!
  • We have neighborhood meetings and events for our neighbors to meet each other and enjoy fun activities!
    • The Neighbor’s Night Out block party is scheduled for September 14th!

To become a member for this calendar year for $30, or make any additional donations, please click the link below. You can pay securely via credit/debit card whether or not you have a PayPal account!

Please check the option to share your address so we know who submitted it. Also include a note of your name and contact info so we can keep you up to date with all the latest neighborhood info.

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Entrance Cleanup – Volunteer Opportunity

Our entrances are starting to look much better! A HUGE thank you to Neighborhood President Jaci Maguire, Jaci’s mom, Tom Maguire, Vic and Julie Hall, and Ron Kistler for pulling weeds, laying mulch, and making the 82nd street entrance look great!

Want to help? There is more work to be done at the other entrances. The crew is planning to work on the entrances at Harvest Hills Rd and McKee Blvd tomorrow, July 3rd!

If you are interested in coming to help out for any amount of time, please email harvesthillssouth@gmail.com.

911 Communication Center

Just a short recap, Jamie O’Leary , from the 911 Communication Center personally invited Harvest Hills South to tour her facility when she spoke at our general meeting, in January. She wanted to show you how to use 911 and how 911 operates. It is paid by your tax dollars.

911 WHERE IS YOUR EMERGENCY?

The 911 Communication Center provides support to not only the Police Department, but also the Fire Department and ESMA. 

If you missed the presentation and /or missed the tour, one can still be set up for you. Just let us know, we will provide the contact information to you. I think you will find it very informative. If you have children, teenagers or elderly, they all should go and listen to the presentation on how to address emergency situations; like when someone with a disability might be in the house.. 

911 no longer answers the phone “911, What is your emergency?”. Due to the majority of the call volume today is reported from cell phones, they now answer the phone “911, Where is your Emergency?”. It is a myth that they know exactly where you are unless you are calling from a Land Line phone. Cell phones can only ping off of cell towers and give a close idea of where you are located, but that is not good enough if you are in a real emergency. We need to make sure your children how and where to find the address to let dispatcher know. It was recommended that a piece of mail showing your address be posted on your refrigerator and children be instructed what it is and why it is there. 

Just something to think about…..

Meeting Minutes

Here is a copy of the meeting minutes that were sent via email yesterday. If you are not on the distribution, please respond to this blog  post and let us know to add you.

We had one door prize that was for EVERYONE! Ring.com has provided us a promo code discount in the amount of $25.00 if you would like to purchase any of the door bells or security cameras. They have a lot to choose from.

Click on the link below to take advantage of the $25.00 discount. 

Use promo code 6HarvestHillsSouth.

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Please join us at our next meeting and maybe you will win one of our door prizes! We look forward to meeting you!

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Here is the meeting minutes summary of the General Meeting that took place last night May 17, 2018.

Active Shooting Training

We had an excellent session provided by Officer Bob Skalla on Active Shooter and Threat Awareness Training. We had 37 neighbors in attendance. It could not have come soon enough with another school shooting today in Texas. It is happening more and more. It is hoped that you learned some valuable tips to keep yourself and loved ones safe. We will be scanning a copy of the handouts and post an electronic copy on the Association website and our Facebook page.

Voting

Crime Patrol

Crime PatrolThe neighborhood voted to start the Crime Patrol. Twelve people have been trained by the OKCPD Hefner Division. Patrols started today. Be on the watch for vehicles with a flashing amber light and crime patrol magnetic signs on the vehicles. They are there to provide additional eyes for the police department. They will take note of things in the neighborhood, for example, if you forget to close your garage door they will call you to notify you. They will also report street light outage and any suspicious behavior.

Sign Toppers

We also talked about the Sign Toppers and the cost difference between multi-color with the wheat logo versus solid color. The board agreed to pay for the toppers to be installed by the city on all street signs within our fire grid. The city will also replace any damaged street signs while doing the installation of the toppers. We will receive new street signs where you are unable to read them (example 80th and Harvest Moon).

Membership

We have 51 paid members and will be sending out information soon for a membership drive. We need to increase our membership in order to meet the current obligations of the neighborhood. Please consider mailing in your payment of $30 or going to our website and pay via PayPal link. We need your support!Membership

Elections

Elections took place and the following people were elected as new board members.

President – Jaci Maguire

1st Vice President – Tom Maguire

Secretary – Becky Hahl

Social Media/Communications – Stephanie Hiemstra

Block Captain Chairperson – Lisa Ann Bergerthank you

We want to say a SPECIAL THANK YOU to Sandy Payne, Lavert Mitchell, Linda Weston and Linda Allen for their dedication, hard work and support they have provided over the years to this neighborhood. They were responsible for providing this neighborhood with the Neighbors Nite Out activities, Garage Sale, Santa Ride, newsletters and all the other activities here at Harvest Hills South.

Door Prizes

Door prizes were handled out for The Garage Burgers, Toby Keith, ½ off Oil change at Firestone, Hefner Grill, Cowboy Museum, Art Museum, OKC Dodgers Fun Pack and Ranch Steakhouse. Pictures of the winners will be posted to the website and Facebook soon!

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Thank you for your interest in Harvest Hills South Neighborhood Association.

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