Posts filed under ‘Neighborhood Watch’

Updated list of Contact Info

Here’s a handy list for you, compliments of your friendly neighborhood association.

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January 25, 2016 at 10:55 pm Leave a comment

Reporting Power Outages is Easier than Ever

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To enhance customer service, particularly during inclement weather, the City of Tallahassee’s Your Own Utilities has made it even easier for citizens to report electric outages and stay informed about outages in their area.

Customers can report power outages using Talgov.com or the City’s app, DigiTally. On Talgov.com, customers can now simply select the “Report an Electric Outage” link featured on the bottom right of the website’s homepage. By clicking the link, customers will be taken to the outage reporting page where they can now view a map that shows reported outages. Customers can also enter their address and phone number to report an outage.

Another option is the City’s mobile app, DigiTally. Using the app’s new “Electric Outage” feature, customers can report the address impacted and receive updates as the issue is resolved. The app also allows users to view the new outage map. Existing DigiTally users are encouraged to refresh the app to ensure that they have the latest updates and this new feature.

“We understand that convenience is important, especially during a power outage,” said Reese Goad, General Manager of Utility Services “Customers can use their smartphone or tablet to report an outage. Additionally, we believe residents will appreciate the digital map showing outages and be reassured utility crews are working to restore them.”

Customers can still contact Your Own Utilities by phone at 891.4YOU (4968). All outage reports received by phone or online are automatically routed to the electric outage management system, which helps quickly assign and dispatch work crews at all hours.

With DigiTally, residents can also quickly and easily pay their utility bill, report issues such as graffiti or a broken street light and much more. The convenient mobile app is free and available for download at theApp Store and Google Play.

For more information about Your Own Utilities, visit Talgov.com/YOU or call 891.4YOU (4968). During storms, information is also available at Twitter.com/COTNews.

September 9, 2015 at 6:31 pm Leave a comment

Neighborhood Watch Notice

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Several incidents of late involving thefts, a robbery and an attempted robbery are unfortunate reminders of the need to be mindful and vigilant regarding suspicious activity in the neighborhood.

Send an email or call TPD to report suspicious activity.  Also, send an email to seminolemanorNA ^at^ gmail *dot* com if you have any information on the recent crimes.  Please inform your neighbors as well.

November 12, 2014 at 7:05 pm 1 comment

Neighborhood Association mtg notes

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Oct 25, 2014

Seminole Manor Neighborhood Association, Inc. is a a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to improve the quality of life for residents of Seminole Manor.  Major activities include Neighborhood Watch, neighborhood clean-ups, block parties, the community garden, and The Front Porch Library.  Participation is voluntary.  Funding comes solely from grants and donations.  Donations are accepted at any time by cash or check.  Credit card donations can be made online using the “donate” button on our website.  You do not have to be a PayPal user to use the secure donation portal.

THANK YOU

To Alex Z for median weeding, garden maintenance, installation of the entryway fence, and installation of the new landscaped bed in the Community Garden

To Robin S for design assistance with the new landscaped bed in the Community Garden

To Chip for help with garden irrigation

To Adrian for watering and planting in the common areas and for daily roadway trash pickup

To Holley for daily roadway trash pickup

To Sally for donuts for the Garden workday and Neighborhood Clean-up

REMINDERS

Neighborhood Watch – always call the Police or Sheriff’s Office if you notice something suspicious, ask to have contact with the officer

Dogs – have to be on a leash and under owner control when off your property, have to be current with rabies vaccination

Code enforcement – makes regular sweeps through the neighborhood, keep front yards and porches tidy, maintain fences, take care of broken vehicles and downed trees

STAY INFORMED

Provide your email address and get on our listserv

Visit our websites             http://seminolemanor.wordpress *dot* {com}
http://SMNACommunityGarden.wordpress ^dot^ |com|
http://thefrontporchlibrary “dot” -com-

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October 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

School’s out for summer

photo credit Rob Buenaventura (Creative Commons license, some rights reserved)

photo credit Rob Buenaventura (Creative Commons license, some rights reserved)

Each year, we send out the following reminder.  So, this year, we’ll keep it short and simple.
 
School’s Out + Teenage and Pre-Teen Boredom + Lack of Supervision = Potential Increase in Crime
 
A couple of reports have already come in of children going through mailboxes (which is a federal offense) and a lot of on-street gathering by young people who seem to have little intention of getting out of the way of passing motorists.  
 
If you see something fishy, call TPD and/or the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
 
PLEASE NOTE that there is a new non-emergency phone number.  It is 606-5800.  If it is an emergency, continue to call 911.
 
You will also probably witness young people staying up and out well beyond normal bed times.  If this becomes a nuisance, call the numbers above.  If you are the parent or guardian of these children, please remind then that (unfortunately) most of us don’t get a summer break.  So, we still have to get up and go to work the next day and sleep is pretty important.  
 
Here are some additional helpful hints to protect your property:
  • Be sure to lock and deadbolt all doors 
  • Secure windows that might be easily  pried open
  • Set door and window alarms
  • Remove all valuables from your car and lock its doors and windows
  • Do not leave items you want to keep unsecured on your lawn, porch, etc.

Take care.

June 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

Spring Break Safety Tips from TPD

  • Make sure your home or apartment is left secure. Check all doors and windows to make sure they are closed and locked. Put interior lights and radios on timers.
  • If you leave your car in your driveway or parking lot, park in a well-lit area. Remove all valuables and lock your car!
  • If you have small valuables in the apartment take them with you (laptops, Ipads, etc.)
  • Tell a friend or relative where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
  • Have your cell phone and extra cash on hand in case of an emergency. Don’t forget your cell phone charger.
  • Allow yourself plenty of travel time. Don’t drive when you’re tired or have been drinking.
  • Keep a record of serial numbers on your electronics in the event they are stolen. You can register with LeadsOnline for free to keep track of your property at reportit.leadsonline.com.

March 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

Burglary Updates

As you know, there have been a string of burglaries in Seminole Manor over the last several months, and although this mirrors a bigger trend across Tallahassee, it may not make you feel any better. However . . . .

We are happy to report that the Tallahassee Police Department has made an arrest in connection with some of the burglaries in Seminole Manor. It’s possible these individuals may be linked to other burglaries, but there is no way to make that connection. Regardless, this is definitely good news.

Of course, there is always a BUT . . . . . Just because this arrest has been made, it does not mean that you should be less alert about your surroundings and your home security. The individuals arrested were responsible for some of the burglaries but not all. As it was pointed out, criminals can be like roaches. For everyone you see, there may be several more you don’t.

Continue to monitor your surroundings and report suspicious activity immediately. Some of you have asked how to recognize suspicious activity. TPD has provided a document which will help.   We’ve posted it here.

Lastly, TPD has put in a request to have two new “Neighborhood Watch” signs installed in the neighborhood. This is one of the topics that was raised during our last meeting. We will certainly want to install more, but this is progress.

February 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm Leave a comment

TPD’s Tips for Spotting and Reporting Suspicious Activity

Spotting and Reporting Suspicious Activity

The following information was provided by the Tallahassee Police Department to help you recognize and report suspicious activity that might indicate the potential for criminal activity.  Remember, taking a proactive approach to crime and trust your instincts.  Always call TPD at 891-4200 or the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at 922-3300 with reports of suspicious activity or suspicious individuals.

Despite the best efforts of law enforcement and neighborhood groups, crimes are committed daily in communities everywhere.  The best response is to remain vigilant by taking reasonable steps to secure your property and become involved by reporting potential criminal activity.  Be Alert – Not Afraid!  Fear creates panic within communities. 

The Tallahassee Police Department is committed to partnering with neighborhood groups and educating the community on situational awareness.  In most cases you are in control of the circumstances in which you place yourself. Just by being aware that you are a potential victim of crime is the first step toward prevention.

Neighborhood Watch groups frequently ask why certain types of crimes are being committed in their neighborhood and what types of activity they should report to law enforcement.  The following are some guidelines to assist with reporting activity.

Who is committing crimes in your neighborhood?

  •         Suspects who live in your neighborhood
  •          Suspects who live in other neighborhoods in Tallahassee
  •         Suspects who live in other cities and have traveled to your neighborhood to commit crimes

How do I know what is “Suspicious”?

Identifying suspicious activity is not a difficult science. Rely on your judgment. Your perception of suspicious behavior could simply be based on a “feeling” that something “doesn’t look right.”  Your suspicions will be based on:

  • Experience
  • Judgment
  • Common sense

If you have any doubt, call the police – you may help prevent a crime.

Unusual or suspicious activity does not necessarily mean that a crime is happening, but be aware of the following suspicious behaviors:

  • Individuals avoiding eye contact/trying not to be noticed
  • Individuals departing quickly when seen or approached
  • Individuals in places they don’t belong (walking out of someone’s back yard!)
  • Over dressed for the type of weather
  • Any type of activity or circumstance that seems frightening or unusual within the normal routines of your neighborhood, community, and workplace.  

 

Learn to recognize the difference between normal and abnormal behavior. It can be a fine line. Stay alert in your daily travels and routines and get to know:

  • Who your neighbors are
  • What cars are normally in your neighborhood
  • Who regularly walks or jogs in your neighborhood

Staying alert is NOT about becoming paranoid. Staying alert is being aware of one’s surroundings. Be alert to indications of possible trouble. They may include:

  • A local activity that could indicate problems in your neighborhood, (i.e. door to door soliciting)
  • Previous activity or crimes.
  • Recurring trends or seasonal crime patterns
  • Recurring sightings of suspicious persons and/or vehicles

 

What To Do If You Spot Suspicious Activity

If you see suspicious behavior, do not confront the individuals involved.

Take note of the details:

S – Size (Jot down the number of people, gender, ages, and physical descriptions)

A – Activity (Describe exactly what they are doing)

L – Location (Provide exact location)

U – Uniform (Describe what they are wearing, including shoes)

T – Time (Provide date, time, and duration of activity)

E – Equipment (Describe vehicle, make, color etc., license plate, camera, guns, etc)

Suspicious activity is often recalled after an event. We must train ourselves to be on the lookout for things that are out of the ordinary and arouse suspicions.

 

The simplest measure you can take to protect yourself against crime is to incorporate certain habits into your daily routine that make you and your family less vulnerable, to adopt a “security conscious” lifestyle. The best prevention is precaution. Be cognizant of your surroundings and trust your instincts.

A print-friendly version of this document is available.  Just click the following link: SMNA Tips for reporting suspicious activity

February 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

SMNA Online Neighborhood Watch Registry

Do you live in Seminole Manor or own property in our neighborhood?  If so, we’d like you to please take a moment to complete the online Neighborhood Registry form if you haven’t already done so.  The information you provide will be used to boast our Neighborhood Watch efforts by allowing neighbors to communicate via email and phone.   The registry takes 3 – 5 mins to complete.  Why not sign up today?  NOTE: All information is kept confidential.

January 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

Improve Your Watch Webinar on Feb 8th 1-2pm

An Improve Your Watch Out, Look Out Skills Webinar has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 08 from 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM. This webinar is being provided by the USAOnwatch.org . If you are interested in viewing this training, you can go to http://www.usaonwatch.org/ and register for the webinar training. You can sign up as a group or an individual. You can ask questions or just listen. You can access the Webinar from any PC with internet access.

Making sure community members know what kind of suspicious activity to look for and how to report it to law enforcement is very important.

Time: Each session is designed to run 45 minutes and includes a Q&A.

Presenter: Evie Cahalen, USAonWatch-NSA Trainer

Summary: Being an active an alert citizen is more than just watching out for your neighbors. Participants will come away with a better understanding of what to report and when to report it. Join Cpt. Cahalen as she walks participants through the basics of observation and reporting.

Learning Objectives:

•Learn about What is Suspicious Activity

•Learn about What and How to Report

•Learn when to Call 911 and When Not!
Information on how to access each event will be sent to those registered the day before each session.

January 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

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