10 Important Crime Safety Tips for Home Owners & Renters

Hello Neighbors!  These safety tips, which came from the Office of BernCo Neighborhood Coordination, are spot on and we thought worth sharing.  Have a happy and safe summer!!!

Essential Crime Prevention Tips Every Homeowner Should Know:

Courtesy of: http://criminaljusticephd.org/crime-prevention-tips-for-homeowners

Smart homeowners plan for the worst–natural disasters, rusty pipes, burglaries, and the like. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the rate of household burglary decreased by more than half from 1994 to 2011, from a peak of 63.4 victimizations to 27.6 victimizations per 1,000 households. But the median financial loss during completed burglaries went up, from $389 in 1994 to $600 in 2011 (numbers adjusted for inflation). No matter where you live, you can protect yourself more effectively by planning ahead–and it doesn’t have to involve putting steel bars over your windows, adopting a dog, or investing in an expensive security system (though those may help too). The National Neighborhood Watch Association suggests that homeowners looking to burglar-proof their homes should take a three-fold approach: deter, detect, and delay. Here are 10 essential crime prevention tips to help your home a less desirable target for burglary:

Tip #1: Case the joint.

Walk around your home with the eyes of a burglar. Look for weaknesses–sliding doors that could be jimmied off the track, glass that could be broken to gain entry, window unit air conditioners that could be easily removed, and so forth. A committed burglar can usually find a way into a house, but you can make it more difficult for them, and this starts with knowing your property and potential entry points for a break-in. Take a walk around the outside as well and note what pricey items are in view, tempting would-be burglars.

Tip #2: Lock the door.

It may seem obvious, but the BLS reports that more than 40 percent of burglaries don’t include forced entry–meaning people are leaving doors and windows unlocked. Install deadbolts on all doors; double cylinders are best, since they require a key on both sides of the door, and it prevents burglars from breaking a pane of glass, reaching around, and unlocking the door. (Check your area’s fire code first; some places don’t allow double cylinder locks because they can trap inhabitants inside in the event of a fire.) And remember to lock the door leading from the garage to the house, even if the garage door is down. (It’s easy to manipulate.)

Tip #3: Don’t hide a key.

One day, you forget your keys, and you decide it’s a good idea to hide one under the doormat or one of those fake rocks. That’s a terrible idea. Get rid of that idea right now, and pretend you never even considered it. Give a spare key to a neighbor instead. If your closest neighbor lives 10 miles away, and you absolutely must leave a spare key outside, put it in a combination lockbox.

Tip #4: Don’t label your keys or mailbox.

If you lose your key and it has your address written on it, well–you do the math. It’s pretty easy to become a target. Also, don’t write your last name on your mailbox. It’s easy to look you up, find your phone numbers, maybe even your workplace, and begin to track your movements in preparation to enter the home when you’re not around.

Tip #5: Secure windows and sliding doors.

Many sliding doors can be popped off the frame, even when locked. Prevent this by placing a strong steel bar or two-by-four in the back groove, which prevents the door from sliding along the groove and opening. You can do the same with windows: Install a nail in the frame to prevent the window from opening more than a few inches.

Tip #6: Be modest.

Prevent your home from being a target by tucking away expensive items. Keep both the car and the bike in the garage. After purchasing a new piece of expensive electronic equipment, dispose of the box directly instead of leaving it next to your trash can–which lets would-be burglars know you have something shiny and new that could bring in great cash on the black market. While you’re at it, consider keeping expensive jewelry and your mattress full of cash somewhere safer, like a safe deposit box.

Tip #7: Create the illusion you’re always home.

The majority of burglaries take place when people aren’t home, particularly during the day, while the victims are at work. Deter burglars by creating the impression that you’re always home: Leave on lights, the radio, or the television. And if you’re going on vacation for awhile, don’t advertise your absence. Arrange for someone to pick up the mail, newspapers, mow the lawn, shovel the snow, and set out trash cans regularly.

Tip #8: Secure the area surrounding your house.

Secure the yard: Trim bushes and trees to discourage burglars from using them as hiding places. Avoid planting low shrubs in front of windows; you may even consider planting thorny shrubs for an added deterrent. And be sure to add lighting outside your home.

Tip #9: Get to know the neighbors.

Tight-knit communities suffer fewer burglaries because people look out for each other and strangers stick out. If your neighborhood doesn’t already have a Neighborhood Watch Program, consider starting one. Studies have found they reduce crime and violence in a given neighborhood.

Tip #10: Install an alarm system–or at least a sign.

Alarm systems are available at a number of price points, but an effective one should include sensors at entry points, motion detectors inside the house, and a loud outdoor alarm that alerts the entire neighborhood when someone has forced entry. If you don’t want to go all-out, fake out would-be burglars by sticking a home security system sign in your yard. The threat of an alarm may be enough to keep them from trying.

 

 

 

Neighborhood Clean-up THIS Saturday! *POSTPONED

Hello Neighbors! The clean-up on APRIL 29th is POSTPONED due to the inclement weather.  We’ll try and reschedule.

Great American Clean Up – Saturday, April 29th, 9am to 12pm (come for as little or as much as you can, it all makes a difference!). Meet at Rinconada Point Park (Bob McCannon Pkwy & Painted Rock) for bags & supplies.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!!  The LWNA Board

Time for Neighborhood Beautification!

Hello Neighbors!

We have two exciting upcoming events that promise to make the neighborhood even more lovely….

First and foremost, we hope you will join us for the:

GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Saturday, April 29th, 9am to 12pm (whether you have an hour or 3, your help makes a difference!)Volunteers meet at Rinconada Point Park (Bob McCannon Pkwy & Painted Rock) for bags & supplies. This is a great time for everyone to pitch in and clean up your own street as well as surrounding open spaces. Imagine if each person gave one hour, how beautiful our neighborhood would be?

Next, our LWNA board Vice-President, Karen Buccola, recently attended the Ladera Medians planning meeting.  She is happy to report that the meeting turned out to be a collaborative effort to design the medians and choose the plants, with everyone pleased with the results.  The actual work will start in August and take 3 months to complete. We’re all looking forward to seeing these improvements!

Spring is in the Air!

Hello Neighbors and Happy Spring!

We hope you have been enjoying the (mostly) nice weather and are looking forward to Spring activities and Spring cleaning (notice the great work the City did on the quick water?)!   Speaking of which, here are some notable events:

Great American Cleanup – this will be Saturday, April 29th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  We will have more details as the date gets closer and hope to see many of you there.

Ladera Medians Update – The City of Albuquerque is having a meeting to review the landscaping on the Ladera medians, Atrisco to Ouray. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Don Newton / Taylor Ranch Community Center.

Bernalillo Open Space Activities – Did you know that the County has a great agenda of free activities and training programs at the open space ?  You can check out the events and register here.

If you’re looking for ideas to help with Spring Cleaning, you can re-visit our earlier post about “making the most of waste” for ideas and information on clearing out green, hazardous and other trash.  We’ll let you know when the next curbside green waste day will be.

Looking forward to seeing you in April!

Upcoming Events in the New Year

Happy 2017 Neighbors!  We hope you and yours had happy and safe holidays.

Speaking of holidays…Do you still have that “live” Christmas tree?  Well, you can bring it right down the street to Ladera Golf Course for tree-cycling, where there will also be a place to recycle lights.   Just make sure to take everything off the tree first and drop it off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 15.

Once the decorations are out of the way, perhaps you’d like to have your 2017 concerns for the community heard by your elected officials.  Our Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas is having a Town Hall meeting where you can hear his plans for the new Legislative Session and share your concerns and ideas.  It will be Saturday, January 21 from 2-4 in the Ladera Golf Course banquet room.  (If you can’t attend the Town Hall but would like your feedback passed on, contact Board Vice-President Karen at kbucco@comcast.net).

Next, mark your calendars for Thursday, February 16, 2017 – this will be Westside Day at the Capitol – details will follow in a later post. And, it’s never too early to plan to attend this year’s Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 29, 2017!

Happy and Safe Holidays from Ladera West

Hello Neighbors!  The Ladera West Neighborhood Association wishes you a Joyful Winter Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year!

Have you noticed how nice the neighborhood is looking? We are grateful to the City of Albuquerque, the Westside Coalition of Neighborhoods Association, and our neighboring Associations for working together to beautify the Westside. Thanks to the efforts of our bordering neighborhood association, Ladera Heights, new sculptures were installed just east of the golf course on the west side of Ladera Blvd; we have flowers year round (in the form of beautiful 5-foot tall steel sculptures). By spring, the road work on Ladera Blvd in front of Ladera Golf Course will look similar to the section of Ladera Blvd between Bob McCannon Pkwy and Unser Blvd with a landscaped median and bike paths. We also look forward to the City of Albuquerque continuing the median work on Unser Blvd from Montano to I-40.

In addition to enjoying the beauty this holiday season, we want everyone to stay safe.  Check out our “crime prevention” page for tips during the holiday season and year round.  A few biggies this time of year – even though we’re all in a hurry, never let your car warm-up unattended; if you’re sending checks or gift cards, don’t put out your mail after the mail has been collected for the day (and check your mail every day); and arrange with your neighbors to keep an eye out for packages left at each others’ doors.  This is also a great way to get to know your neighbors (and maybe share some holiday cheer or goodies as well).

See you all in 2017!

 

 

 

Making the Most of Waste

Hello Neighbors! In this post we visit issues of waste and provide some helpful guidance in how to dispose of it:

Mutt Mitt Station:  

A board member, Connie Gilman, recently started the process of getting a Mutt Mitt Station placed in our neighborhood park, Rinconada Point Park (these are the stands that have bags for dog waste). It may take up to 2 months to have the station approved and put in place. It should be a great addition to the park.

Albuquerque’s Green Waste Recycling:

Green waste collection will be December 9th and 16th.  Place bags of green waste (leaves, grass, and brush) in trash bags weighing less than 40 lbs. on the curb, 5 ft. from trash container. Branches must be cut to 4-ft. lengths and bundled securely.

The city takes green waste to a composting facility. Once composted, compost is sold at the Montessa Park Convenience Center, but you can choose to compost your own leaves and grass using moisture and time. The City has provided information to get started at https://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/recycling/yard-waste.

 Curbside Recycling:

Use your blue garbage bin for recycling common household items. For a list of what can go in the bin go to https://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/recycling/residential-curbside-recycling

Other Types of Waste:

Electronic Waste (E-Waste):

We are so dependent on our electronic gadgets. But, what to do with that old telephone, VCR, computer, or camera? (Did you know research has estimated that nearly 75 percent of old electronics are in storage in part because consumers are uncertain of how to manage these materials and E-waste that is not recycled often ends up in landfills.?)

The City recycles electronic waste at the Eagle Rock Convenience Center for a fee of $5.25 per secured load.

Household Hazardous Waste:

Please call the Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at 505-349-5220 for more details about recycling all of those odd items.

Pharmaceutical Waste:

Pills (only) can be brought to APD Southwest Area Command Station at 6404 Los Volcanes Rd NW.

Other prescriptions and sharps (such as needles and razors) must be carefully disposed of. The City of Albuquerque provided very specific details about how to accomplish this in a safe manner:  http://www.cabq.gov/police/programs/pharmaceuticals

 

Ladera West Neighborhood Association Officers

Hello Neighbors,

In mid-October, the officers had their first meeting since our annual meeting in September. Our goal was to organize the board for the following year.

The first item of business was to assign titles to our officers. The Ladera West Neighborhood Association officers are:

President – Steve Collins

Vice-President – Karen Buccola

Treasurer – Shariesse McCannon

Secretary – Catherine Garcia

Member at Large – Connie Gilman

We also discussed the continuation of the web site. The board decided to continue the web site until the next annual meeting and Hope Eckert has agreed to stay on as Webmaster.  Thus far, the web site has focused on local government resources and activities. In the coming year, we will observe how the neighborhood uses electronic media. Thus, we need your input. Do you enjoy these web site posts? What improvements should be made to make the web site more beneficial to you? How do you think we can increase the number of neighbors that enjoy the web site posts? Please send you comments:

Voter Information

Hello Neighbors!

Election time is upon us, and no matter your political perspective, this election is important on not only a national, but local level. Many judicial, state government, and other races are contested and your vote counts!  Here’s what you need to know (courtesy of BernCo):

Visit www.bernco.gov/MyVoteCenter for election information, early voting locations and more

  • Early Voting Convenience Centers Open on Saturday, Oct. 22
  • All early voting locations will be open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., from Oct.22 to Nov. 5, with three exceptions:
    • Clerk’s Annex, 1500 Lomas Blvd. NW, opens Oct. 11, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8p.m. until Nov. 5;
    • Desiderio Community Center in Tohajiilee, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat. 8a.m. – noon;
    • Isleta Recreation Center, Building 60, Tribal Road 40 on the Isleta Pueblo, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

On Election Day, Nov. 8, all 69 locations will be open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Visit www.bernco.gov/myvoterinformation on a computer or mobile device to check voter
registration status, view a sample ballot, request an absentee ballot, or find a nearby polling location.

Thanks to All for a Great Annual Meeting!

Hello Neighbors!

LWNA was proud to see so many of you, as well as our esteemed guests (including folks from Ladera Heights), at our Annual meeting on September 15th. We had a good turnout and lively discussions!

Some of the highlights included:

Informative and spirited discussions with State Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas and State Senator Jacob Candelaria about issues of concern to our members; a presentation from Brad Malone, Voter Outreach Coordinator; and crime prevention tips and Q&A with Pete Gelabert, APD Crime Specialist.  Elaine Romero, Policy Analyst for City Councilor Ken Sanchez, filled us in on the latest landscaping, stop-light and sign projects in our neighborhood:

 

Two new members, Connie Gilman and Catherine Garcia, were voted onto the board of LWNA and Steve Collins and Shariesse McCannon were re-elected for another term.  Along with mid-term member Karen Buccola, these folks make up your 2016-2017 board.

And, most importantly, neighbors got to mingle and meet (and eat), talk to their representatives, express their concerns and share their suggestions. Overall, it was a great event and we were so glad to see you there!!! THANK YOU!

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