WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! The current patrollers have been patrolling for more than four years. We have lost several patrollers due to moving out the neighborhood, health reasons and changes in Job responsibilities. We have been very fortunate that over the years we have minimized REPORTED crime.
Neighborhood Crime Patrol
Help us keep an eye on each other by volunteering for 1 or 2 shifts a month. These are done 3 times a day and take roughly an hour.
If you are interested in helping us with a morning, evening, or night shift please reach out for more information.
Halloween is right around the corner. But because the holiday falls on a Monday this year, many Oklahomans are unsure when they’re supposed to take their children trick-or-treating.
Oklahoma City will be trick or treating on Monday Oct 31st
Tips for Handing Out Candy
Handing out candy to the neighborhood kids can be a great way to spend an evening.
Wear gloves when passing out candy or consider using a kitchen utensil to help distribute them without hand contact.
October is an unpredictable month when it comes to weather. No matter if it snows, freezes or if there are slippery leaves on the walkway — it’s your job to make a clear and safe path for trick-or-treaters.
Traditionally, turning on the front light signals that you’ve got candy — so consider adding lights all the way to the door for safer passage.
Also, be sure your family pets are safely tucked away for the evening — for their safety as well as that of your spooky guests.
Replace all flames with electric candles for a safe, yet realistic effect.
When it comes to treats, store bought is best.
A teal pumpkin at your door lets others know you are handing out allergen-free treats.
If you’re willing to try something new, go the healthy route and hand out little toys, trinkets, coloring books or crayons instead.
Let’s take a look at some more helpful tips for staying safe while trick-or-treating.
If the group is mainly little ones, then an adult should serve as chaperone.
If the kids are old enough to go without an adult, make sure they follow a pre-planned route and stick to homes or neighborhoods you know.
Stress the importance of crossing roads safely over and over again. Once those little goblins see treats across the street, the temptation to run is going to be huge.
Halloween Costume Safety Tips
The costumes are the best part of Halloween. But a poorly planned costume can actually be a health or safety hazard. Here are some costume safety tips to keep in mind:
Check costumes to ensure that they’re flame retardant and that they allow for easy movement.
Adding reflective tape, glow sticks and flashlights to the ensemble adds multiple layers of security.
If your child will be wearing a costume mask, make sure it doesn’t block their breathing or vision. It may also be a good idea to check and make sure they can still wear a protective face mask comfortably underneath their costume mask.
Curbside recycling in Harvest Hills South Neighborhood is provided by Waste Management and their website provides handy guides to what can and can’t be included in our bins. Follow this link for more info and tips.
Please let us know if you can spare a couple hours a week or month to help protect Harvest Hills South. We have people who can partner with you if needed. We have lost several patrollers due to illness and some have moved out of the neighborhood, so we really need your support. Let us know after you register and one of our patrollers will meet you there.
flexible with the scheduling- mornings, afternoon and evening shifts available.
How can we all help
Keep your outside lights on at night. Several streets are very dark and welcoming to crime.
Make sure we have your contact phone numbers, so the patrollers can call you if you have your garage door open at night.
Practice the 9pm rule. At 9pm, you check to make sure your garage and doors are closed and locked.
Look at your neighbors across from you to see if theirs is closed too. If theirs are open, call and let them know.
Set out your bulky trash no later than 6 a.m. on your monthly pick-up date. Please allow up to three days for crews to pick everything up.
You may set out your bulky waste up to three days prior to your assigned pick-up day, but no sooner. Setting it out earlier may result in a ticket or a fine.
Place your bulky waste on the curb and not in the street. Leave about 5 feet of space on all sides, and do not place bulky waste near mailboxes, trees, electric boxes, gas meters, power lines or other obstacles.
Place items loose on the curbside in an area where they can be easily picked up.
Do not place items on the driveway or over storm drains.
Do not cover your water meter.
Do not place bulky waste in an empty lot or on unoccupied property. This is considered illegal dumping and the waste will not be picked up.
The first four cubic yards (about the size of two refrigerators) are included in your monthly service fee. Customers who place out more than the allowed amount will be charged for additional waste on their next Utility bill.
What we pick up:
Large and small household appliances, including refrigerators. However, for any appliances containing Freon or other coolants, including refrigerators or air conditioners – customers need to call (405) 297-2833 to make special arrangements prior to your regular bulk pick-up day.
Mattresses, furniture and carpets
Small trees and landscape waste from DIY projects. Large tree or landscape debris produced by contracted landscapers must be hauled off by the landscaper.
Small waste produced by DIY home repair (no contractor waste)
Glass and mirrors (must be wrapped in cardboard and secured)
What we do not pick up:
Acids and caustics*
Automotive repair waste: Includes parts and/or liquid waste from automotive, boat or motorcycle repair, tires and rimes, automobile frames, crankcase, transmissions, wheels and tires, brake fluid, degreasers and lubricants
Bagged landscape waste. All bagged leaves or landscape debris must go in your big blue bin.
Batteries of any kind, including automotive batteries*
Bricks, concrete, rocks or similar materials from DIY home projects.
Contractor waste: Uncontained sheetrock, concrete, gypsum and roofing materials, remodeling and demolition debris, dirt, bricks, rocks or concrete. These should be carried of by your contractor.
Diapers and pet waste
Fuels of any types, including propane tanks*
Landscape waste: includes landscape waste and trees cut by a professional contractor. Special conditions will apply for special pick-ups as the result of severe weather.
Oils, including automotive oil, house repair lubricants and cooking oils*
Paints and solvents*
Poisons* (Includes pest control, landscape and other poisonous materials)
(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.