Help Wanted: Neighborhood Crime Patrol

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.

Contact us:
harvesthillssouth@gmail.com

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.

Trick or Treat: Monday Oct 31st

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.

Trick-or-Treating Tips

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.

Crime Patrol Training: Sept 29th

Neighborhood Watch Patrol Training
We need more volunteers!

Did you know that you can keep your neighborhood safe from the comfort of your car? Read on to learn more about  Neighborhood  Watch Patrol!
 
Neighborhood Watch Patrol is about neighbors partnering with the police to become trained observers and reporters in their neighborhoods.
 
Join OKC Police Departments’ Master Sergeant Dean Wyatt and the Neighborhood Alliance team to learn more about your neighborhood’s Neighborhood Watch and Neighborhood Watch Patrol programs. 
 
This training will be offered from
Thursday, Sept. 29th from 6:30-7:30 PM at
OCPD Southwest Division
5501 S Portland Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
(A light dinner will be served)
 
 
Registration is required to attend. 
Please register now by clicking HERE.

Crime Patrol Volunteer- Harvest Hills South

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.

Let’s help protect each other.

Bulk Trash Day is Monday Aug 1st

Bulky Waste Set-out Guidelines

  • 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.
  • Fencing
  • 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*
  • Antifreeze*
  • 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.
  • Explosives
  • Diapers and pet waste
  • Excrement
  • Fertilizer*
  • 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.
  • Nuclear materials
  • Oils, including automotive oil, house repair lubricants and cooking oils*
  • Paints and solvents*
  • Pesticides*
  • Poisons* (Includes pest control, landscape and other poisonous materials)
  • Pool chemicals*
  • Rust remover*
  • Sewage and septic waste

Up To No Good

(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.

Stay safe.

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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