Residents of Waveland Park Neighborhood have been victimized by an increase in burglaries being seen city-wide. Our neighborhood has consistently low rates of crime yet from time to time, there are upticks in criminal activity in our neighborhood.
Many of the burglaries have occurred during the day. Residents on Chamberlain Avenue, 45th Street, and other surrounding streets have had recent break ins.
This is a reminder to continue with common sense, risk management practices - keep your doors, windows, garages and vehicles locked regardless of the time of day. And CALL THE POLICE IF YOU NOTICE ANY SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR.
People often times don't want to "bother" the police or may feel like they are overreacting by calling in suspicious behavior. Calling the DMPD helps them identify patterns of activity that may lead them to refocus their efforts on a particular part of town.
The Des Moines Police Department has issued a press release today to announce how they have been working to combat the increase in property crimes. Text from the release is below. Please also see the attached .PDF.
25 June 2013
For the past 5 months, the Des Moines Police Department has been successfully using a small group of plain-clothes officers to focus on burglary investigations.
Since 15 January 2013, four officers were selected for this assignment in place of their regular patrol duties. These officers are assigned to our Crimes Against Property section and are directed each day to assist with investigations depending on need. Their duties may include surveillance, investigative follow-ups or suspect apprehension.
This “burglary detail” squad was created after the Police Department observed an increase in the number of burglaries city wide. Creating this squad did reduce the number of officers working Patrol Watches however the Department was authorized to allow officers to work on an overtime basis to supplement shortages. This overtime was made possible largely with funds collected from Red Light and Speed camera violations.
The success of this squad can be seen in statistics that are tracked to monitor their activity. This four-officer squad has made 99 Felony arrests for burglary, theft, forgery and wanted subjects as well as 26 misdemeanor arrests. They have recovered 27 stolen vehicles, 2 weapons and followed up on 150 burglary cases.
With this success, it has been determined that this squad will be continued indefinitely. We anticipate similar success as this detail goes forward.
Sgt. Jason Halifax
Third time is a charm! Hoping that weather will be on our side after two rescheduled clean ups first, due to snow and freezing conditions and then again, due to rain and very muddy, unsafe conditions Saturday June 29 is the Cummins Woods/Bird Sanctuary Stewardship activity that includes a clean up effort.
In addition to helping maintain this wonderful natural habitat, this is also an educational event where participants will learn more about the history of this area as well as brush up on your recycling knowledge.
WHEN: Saturday, June 29
WHERE: Meet first at the Waveland Golf Course Club house, 4908 University Ave.
TIME: 12:30 pm (lunch) 1:00 – 3:30 educational program and on-site clean up
A grant from Metro Waste Authority has made this activity possible with project partners including the Waveland Golf Course, WPNA and the City of Des Moines Department of Public Works.
The WPNA will be providing snacks and beverages to help keep volunteers fueled up and hydrated. Lunch will also be provided – pizza from Fat Joe’s! All volunteers will receive a T-shirt and we'll also be awarding prizes for the best team clean up effort – a WPNA mini yard sign!RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, number of people in your group and your t-shirt size. It’s that easy!
Saturday, July 13 is a date to save! Held at the majestic and beautiful Waveland Golf Course, an expansive line up of activities for youth and adults is sure to be a crowd pleaser for the 19th Annual Waveland Park neighborhood Jazz in July concert ~ part of the Metro Arts Alliance month-long jazz series. (SEE: http://www.jazzinjuly.org)
Enjoy cool and tasty drinks over the spicy jazz sounds from one of the Midwest's hottest Latin Jazz bands, Orquesta Alto Maiz! The band will play from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. live, under the shaded canopy of 100 year old oaks.
FOR THE KIDS ~ Perkins and Hubbell Elementary Schools will have activities for the kiddos including spin art, make and take crafts, a bake sale and the ever popular pony rides! (pending weather) Kids activities begin at 6:30 p.m.
AND FOR THE ADULTS ~ Templeton Rye (yes, THAT Templeton Rye) will be on-site with their Mobile Speakeasy! The golf course is concocting special, branded drinks in honor of the event available for sale in the clubhouse AND "grilling on the greens" featuring hot of the grill, mouthwatering summer specials also for sale during the event.
Beer and wine will also be available for sale so remember to leave your coolers and in-cognito, alcoholic beverages at home as alcohol may not be brought into the premises.
And there's more! CenturyLink is this year's exclusive communication partner and will feature an on-site, LIVE Social Media Station where you can have your photo taken and uploaded to the internet from their new high-speed broadband service!
You can show your family and friends that awesome piece of art or jewelry purchased at the ARTISTS VILLAGE ~ also located on-site coordinated and hosted by our event partner, The Roosevelt Cultural District.
This year's event is co-hosted and coordinated by the Waveland Park Neighborhood Association and the Waterbury Neighborhood Association jointly with the Roosevelt Cultural District as a major program partner. The Jazz in July concert could not occur without the fantastic support and sponsorship from CenturyLink and Cornerstone Community Credit Union.
PLEASE NOTE: As we get closer to this event, a site map with parking directions and other information will be featured online and available at the front gate of this event. Complimentary shuttles will be provided to assist getting to/from the event within the Glendale Cemetery and golf course property.
This is a free event open to the general public. Food and beverages will be available for sale offered by the Waveland Golf Course clubhouse.
A second public meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21st from 7 - 9 p.m. to get input on a streetscape concept design proposed for 42nd Street.
The meeting will take place at Roosevelt High School located at 4419 Center Street in the school's library. Please see the attached flier for details.
Questions may be directed to:
The WPNA’s board has established an annual award program to acknowledge and celebrate a resident in Waveland Park who exemplifies our Mission “To enhance and maintain the quality of life in Waveland Park”.
The recipient of this award who has demonstrated a commitment to “walking the talk” while helping to encourage future generations steward Waveland Park will be announced during the spring meeting.
The 2013 spring membership meeting will hold a business meeting from 7:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Waveland Golf Course Clubhouse located at 4908 University Avenue. This is a notification of an election for the board of directors.
Elections for the Board of Directors will be held per the recommendation of WPNA's nominating committee to recommend two new individuals and three incumbents.
All active, dues paid members in good standing at the time of the election may vote. Ballots will be provided to each member meeting this criteria to vote in this election.
Recommended Nominees are:
1614 – 47th St.
This is an important community announcement on a bridge replacement project which will re-route traffic through, and around Waveland Park neighborhood and the immediate vicinity. Please see the official Press Release from the City of Des Moines below.
Become a TreeKeeper!
Make a difference in your neighborhood and community
Get 9 hours of hands-on and
classroom training on:
Tree species ID and benefits
Proper planting techniques
Classes in the Des Moines area:
April 9, Windsor Heights Community Center, 6900 School St., Windsor Heights
April 16, Des Moines Armory, 602 Robert D. Ray Dr, Des Moines
April 23, Crown Point Community Center, 6300 Pioneer Parkway, Johnston
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for all classes
Cost is $30 and includes a light dinner, official TreesKeepers handbook and t-shirt
This is a series and attendance at each class is encouraged.
Questions: Contact Leslie Berckes at 515-681-2295 or e-mail, LBerckes@treesforever.org
Calling all lil' peeps ages 10 and under! You are cordially invited to the annual Waveland Park Neighborhood Association Egg Hunt! Dust off your baskets and put Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. on your calendar for fun and prizes!
Hubbell Elementary School playground and the Roosevelt athletic complex are the sites for activities. Enter at the playground blacktop where volunteers will direct children to one of three areas based upon age.
Be on time as the hunt starts exactly at 10 a.m. - rain or shine!