Parkwood Neighborhood Watch Program and Safety Committee

Next Neighborhood Watch Meeting: July 31st

Hello Parkwood:


The next meeting for the Parkwood Neighborhood Watch will be held at 7pm on Thursday, July 31st at the Durham Police Department Substation 4 (2945 South Miami Boulevard, Suite 135). 


The meeting will run for approximately 1 hour, and it will feature two presentations:


1. Web Camera System: setup and utilization. James Beidler will provide a tutorial on how to purchase and setup a simple home monitoring system with a very limited budget using a wireless web camera and an internet browser. This camera setup that James will present can be a standalone system, or it can be integrated into a more sophisticated multicamera system on your property in the future. The camera system James has set up at home is (i) relatively inexpensive and (ii) capable of automatically detecting motion and alerting you with images.


2. Neighborhood Watch Status: John Jack will present an overview of the current status of the Neighborhood Watch program, and he will lead a discussion on the roles we can play as individuals in the Neighborhood Watch program.


I hope you can all make it to the meeting. This is a great opportunity to continue building support for the Neighborhood Watch program in order to improve neighborhood safety through communication and coordination with each other and the police department.



Neighborhood Watch Meeting

7pm Thursday, July 31st 

Durham Police Dept Substation 4

2945 South Miami Boulevard, Suite 135



I look forward to seeing you.

John Jack, Safety Committee Chair.


From John Jack, Committee Chair:

With the summer season upon us, it is important to keep certain home safety tips in mind.
**Excerpts from Durham Police Department Neighborhood Safety Meetings**

1) If you feel a suspicious activity is worth posting on [the Parkwood] google group, then please call 911. Criminals will test your responses to their actions, and if no police come out, they know that you won't do anything to protect yourself and your property.

2) If someone knocks on your door. ALWAYS answer the door. You do not have to physically open the door to answer it. If you are home alone and feeling intimidated, you can call out another individual's name--e.g., "Hey, John, there's someone at the door!" Never let people believe that your house is unoccupied when it is not.

3) Always ask for IDs from solicitors. Additionally, homeowners can put up “No Solicitation” signs on their own property and can call the police if someone refuses to leave.

4) Get to know the individuals who patrol your community. Safety meetings with the Durham Police Department and the “Common Grounds” group are great places to meet your patrolling officers.

5) Keep an eye out for "house tags". Strange spray paint or chalk markings on your property might be indicative of a future attempt to break in a house which appears unoccupied or inadequately secured. ANY SORT of strange tags should be handled by immediately calling the police (911).

6) Carefully manage your own property/valuables. A purse on a car seat or a car with the keys in it can be an obvious invitation to criminals.

7) Canvas your own house. Take the time to walk around your property and think like a burglar. Can you break into your own house? A break-in typically happens in 2 seconds.

8) If you suspect that your house has been broken into do not enter the house. Go to a safe place
(neighbor's house, etc.) and call the police. Entering the house could put you into danger.

9) If you are going on vacation, you may request a "directed patrol" from the police by calling the

10) Keep potential burglars guessing with safety measures. An impressive barking dog speaker with a motion detector which works through walls can be purchased for ~$79. A security bar can be
purchased for ~$20 at Lowe's. These bars have one end under the doorknob and one end on the floor to make breaking down a door a lengthy and difficult process. Have blinds on your windows--don't let people see what you own! If money is an issue, the dollar store even has alarms that will make loud warning sounds if someone opens the door.

11) It is extremely important to engrave your property with something to identify it (the police strongly suggest using your driver's license number). Put this engraving somewhere the burglars won't look, otherwise they might tamper with it.

12) Write down the serial numbers of your valuables and send the list to yourself in an email so that you can always access it.

While this is a lengthy list to remember, the most important step is easy to recall:
If you feel a suspicious activity is worth posting on [the parkwood] google group, then please call 911!