Longwood Safety Team (LST)
Been Burglarized? Be Safe and Secure Checklist
Future LST Safety Seminar will be planned, and the dates and subject matter will be communicated via the "web blasts" using the growing list of resident email addresses, as well as in the monthly Longwood Cardinal. If you are not receiving these "web blasts", you can sign up at the Longwood Web Site (www.longwoodvillagehoa.com).
For more information, please refer to the Safety section within the Articles/Forms/Maps topic under the Document Library tab.
Security "Heads UP"
Safety Seminar - November 7th
The Longwood Safety team (LST) has scheduled a Safety Seminar for Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the Longwood Golf Pavilion. As in the past, we start at 7pm and end at 8pm and serve refreshments. Please try to attend. We had nearly 70 residents in attendance at the last seminar. We are fortunate to have Officer Ryan Watson of the Houston Police Department as our presenter on Neighborhood Security. Many of you know Officer Ryan as he conducts our free Longwood Home Security inspections and is one of our Longwood Patrol Officers. He can also be seen conducting his bike patrols in Longwood. If you have a specific subject you would like to address, please submit it to the Longwood website.
Should you see a crime being committed at your residence or another residence CALL 911. For non emergency law enforcement issues call the Harris County Sheriffs Dept. at 713-221-6000. If the occurrence are in Longwood, call the Safety Committee number listed (inside cover) so communications to residents can be prepared and distributed. The Longwood Patrol Officers can be contacted for non emergency matters and security questions on 713-410-0364. Free home security inspections and requests for vacation patrol on your residence can be initiated through the Longwood website at www.longwoodvillagehoa.com.
Longwood residents have been asking and the Longwood Safety Team (LST) has been searching for a consistent means of communicating meaningful security information to the community at large. By keeping this type of information in front of our residents we hope they will increase their efforts to be alert for potential crimes AND to report suspicious activity to our Longwood Patrol Officers or the Safety Committee Chairman. Actual crimes should continue to be reported to local law enforcement authorities. Starting this month we will provide readers with an abbreviated summary monthly of activities from our Patrol Officer's daily work reports and a chronological listing of Blasts we have issued year-to-date that pertain to crime activity in Longwood to keep everyone mindful of the potential threats we face.
The monthly Patrol Summary does not come any where near or attempt to list all that the officers do while on duty in Longwood, but trys to give you an idea of what has taken place, where certain occurrences seem to be taking place and the range of activities involved in their duties. Some reports will be much more "exciting" than others. Here is the summary for June 2013:
SAFETY COMMITTEE REPORT
July 9, 2013
The Longwood Safety Team (LST) met on July 9, 2013 and the following topics were discussed:
* Use of security cameras at the two pools/parks/tennis courts to replace existing cameras (one each) at pool entrances. Recent experience with vandalism and loitering in and around the parking lots and tennis courts increases the need for additional, cost effective, security monitoring coverage in these two areas of the community. The LST is getting cost estimates to replace the existing equipment and with increased security monitoring coverage. The use of this new equipment can also provide a trial period to see if it would be "the best fit" for other areas of the community where the LST has discussed installing security cameras such as the nine entrances/exits to Longwood.
* Traffic and security patrol balance. Both areas (traffic control and security) are of the highest priority to the LST and there was discussion on how to give both areas appropriate coverage in Longwood. Several options were discussed and we are following up with our Longwood Patrol officers with the ideas generated by the LST prior to bringing recommendations to the Board.
* Community involvement with the LST. A few residents were contacted after they submitted suggestions, via the Longwood web site, on security/traffic control improvement and invited to attend the July 9 LST Meeting. We ended up with three acceptances but unfortunately none were in attendance on July 9th. The LST sees community involvement as vital to the efforts of the committee.
FEBRUARY 2014 PATROL SUMMARY
* Suspicious person check on Longwood Trace
* Suspicious vehicle check Longwood Bend and Louetta
* Suspicious vehicle check Chestnut Glen
* Open gate investigation Longwood Trace and Preece Ct.
* Traffic citations issued 18
* Traffic warnings issued 20
BLASTS ISSUED YTD
- Sep. 2013 - Safety Alert - Sidewalk Repair
- Jul. 2013 - Attempted Safe Burlarly
- Jul. 2013 - Fireworks Ban & Security Measures
- Jun. 2013 - Crime Report and Safety Seminar
- May 2013 - Crime Investigations Underway
- Feb. 2013 - Cypress Area Safety Alert
- Jan. 2013 - Tennis court Damage
- Dec. 2012 - Home Burglarized
- Nov. 2012 - Home Burglarized
- Oct. 2012 - Home Solicitation Scam
- Sep. 2012 - Home Burglary and Auto Theft
- Sep. 2012 - Children approached getting off school bus
- Aug. 2012 - Items taken from Vehicles
- Jun. 2012 - Max exposes himself to children near Pool #2 (Louetta Rd @ Longwood Bend)
- Apr. 2012 - Items taken from homes
- Mar. 2012 - Vandalism at Pool #2 (Louetta Rd @ Longwood Bend)
STAY ALERT AND REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
FROM SAFETY COMMITTEE
**** STAY ALERT ****
May 31, 2012
Thursday, May 31 around 5:30 - 6:00pm a white male in his mid 30's exposed himself to a group of boys and girls near Pool # 2 at the intersection of Longwood Bend and Kavanaugh as they were walking in that area. A report has been filed with the Harris County Sheriff's Dept. including the following description:
Light to medium brown hair, cut short or bald on top with medium or short hair on the sides
Wearing a gray shirt with ARMY written across the front in a faded color and camo colored shorts
Should anyone have any information on this matter please contact the Harris County Sheriff's Dept, The Longwood Constables Liaison at 713-818-3500, or Longwood Safety Committee Chairman at 281-352-7717.
Crime Prevention Bulletin
HELPFUL SAFETY HINTS
Breakins occur mostly from the rear of your house. Through the windows or through the master bath windows. After getting into the master bath they sneak into the bedroom to see if there is a motion detector before continuing. If there is a motion detector, they usually leave.
Almost all of the auto breakins and theft are into *unlocked* cars. Repeat *unlocked *cars.
If a solicitor knocks on your door. DO NOT open it. Talk to them through the door. It might be smart to yell while in the house saying “I’ll get it”. Letting them know that someone else is in the house with you. Listen to them, if you want, but when you say you are not interested, make sure they leave. If they don’t leave say that you are going to call the police. Any strange cars or especially vans, get the license plate numbers.
Keep you garage door closed. Don’t invite thieves with an open door. But a suggestion is to maybe park you car in the driveway during the day to let them know someone is home.
Leave outside lights on at night.
Know your neighbors.
Report street lights that are out. 713-923-3213
Don’t walk alone in the dark.
KEEP YOU CARS LOCKED IN YOUR DRIVEWAY - DON'T LEAVE VALUABLES IN CARS AT NIGHT - KEEP DRIVEWAYS LIT AT NIGHT - KEEP GARAGE DOORS CLOSED - KEEP YOUR HOUSE DOORS LOCKED -
PLEASE REPORT ALL CRIMES TO THE AUTHORITIES - IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, INCLUDE A LICENSE PLATE NUMBER.
Constable's office - (281) 376-3472
SO THAT WE CAN ALERT THE RESIDENTS OF LONGWOOD, PLEASE SEND ALL CRIME REPORTS TO:
LONGWOOD HOA, SAFETY COMMITTEE,
Purse/Wallet Contents - Safety Suggestion
You should make copies of the front AND the back (where the contact info is for cancellation) of every credit card, driver's license, insurance card, etc. and keep it in a safe but accessible place. In case you lose your wallet/purse, or worse, they are stolen, you'll know which cards were affected and need to be cancelled, and you'll have the information readily available for cancellation purposes. Also when shopping with a shopping cart, loop (maybe even do a double or triple loop) the child safety straps through your purse handle(s) and snap closed.
Important information regarding community safety and security concerns will be posted here.
Importance of Visible House Numbers
It's not something a person wants to think about, but what if an emergency were to occur at your house and the police, an ambulance, or a fire truck needed to get to you in a hurry? If your house numbers are concealed by maturing shrubbery or difficult to read because of tarnished brass, take some time to make sure they are clearly visible from the street.