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Neighborhood Watch Committee
Pat Puich, Chair
Mark Gart, BOD Liaison
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PACKAGE THEFT PREVENTION
Always track your package deliveries so that you know when they are estimated to arrive at your home. Click these links to register:
Make sure that someone is home to receive the delivery or that a trusted neighbor is available to receive the package on your behalf.
Never leave your deliveries unattended on your front porch.
Always require a signature when having items delivered.
MAIL THEFT PREVENTION:
Always use a US Postal collection box or deposit your mail inside your local post office.
Whether you have a home mailbox or use a post office box, you should always collect your mail on the day it is delivered. Never leave it in your mailbox overnight.
Mail thieves look for bank statements and credit card bills, which can be used to create counterfeit checks or fake identifications.
Thieves also look for personal checks enclosed in utility bills or other payments. Thieves take these stolen checks, remove the ink, and then fill out the blank check with their name and desired amount.
Never send cash or coins through the mail.
When reordering checks have them sent to your bank.
When you travel, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
If you don’t receive a check, bill, or other mail you are expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
Report all suspicious activity or if you are a victim of theft, to the Newport Beach Police Department by calling (949) 644-3717.
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My USPS™ lets you:
Track your incoming domestic packages in one place from your desktop or smartphone without having to enter tracking numbers.
Give specific instructions on where you’d like packages delivered.
Request incoming packages and mail to be held while you’re away.
Receive optional text and email notifications on the status of incoming domestic packages.
What to do when that door-to-door solicitor rings our doorbell? The City has received complaints about such solicitation in residential neighborhoods throughout Newport.
The First Amendment does not require that residents have unwanted communications imposed on them in their homes. However, before allowing penalties for otherwise legal solicitations, courts require that the solicitors be notified that the resident does not want the communication.
The easiest way to give the required notice is to display a “no soliciting” sign in a location where solicitors can see it. Here's a SAMPLE.
"Do Not Solicit" Registry
It is a violation of the Newport Beach Municipal Code (NBMC) to solicit or deliver handbills to any residence on the “Do Not Solicit” list. Newport Beach residents can join the City's “Do Not Solicit” registry at any time during the year and must renew their registration on an annual basis. On December 31, one year ends and residents will need to sign up again in January of the next year.
Registration for Commercial Solicitors
Some residents worry that solicitors may become a neighborhood safety concern. The NBMC requires that commercial solicitors register with the Newport Beach Police Department, and all commercial solicitors must carry registration cards when they solicit within the city. If a resident is being solicited, he or she has a right to ask to see the commercial solicitor’s registration.
Federal law does not allow the City to require noncommercial solicitors (including volunteers fundraising for noncommercial organizations or causes) to register.
For more information, visit the City of Newport Beach website Solicitation page HERE
Protect Your Identity!
Please be aware that our neighbor witnessed a man rummaging through a trash can in Eastbluff early one Thursday morning before trash pickup. When he reported to the police, they advised that scavengers look for personal information to use in identity theft scams. They recommend that you place your garbage out in the morning on the day of pickup rather than the night before. This gives "Dumpster divers" less opportunity to go through your garbage & keeps Eastbluff looking neat!
Burglary foiled by alert neighbors!
11/27/15 Thanks to observant neighbors, an attempted break-in to a tented fumigated home on Thanksgiving morning was foiled & suspects caught! Click OCRegister for details. Neighborhood Watch works!
Help keep our community safe from Terrorism
Orange County is a great place to live and work. Let’s keep it safe by being aware of our surroundings, using common sense and reporting questionable objects or activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. This means If You See Something, Say Something™. Click the image below for more information.
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance in public places or using transportation, avoid large crowds, exercise caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events.
Drones and UAVs in Newport Beach
Do you have questions about the use of drones (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs)? The NBPD has posted some helpful information and links on our website here: http://www.nbpd.org/community/drones.asp.
As a reminder, effective yesterday (12/21/2015), anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft (including a drone) must register with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System Registry before they fly outdoors. More information, and a link to the registration page, can be found on our website HERE.
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NBPD reports 97% of crime in Newport involves cars and home robberies. As one lieutenant said - if everyone in Newport Beach would lock their car, remove anything of value, and lock their doors we would have about zero crime in this town!
Scroll down to the Eastbluff section of the report.
Note how many are NSFE (No Signs of Forced Entry), meaning these doors & windows were UNLOCKED
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WANT you to CALL!
Have you ever seen something strange, out of place, or suspicious in your neighborhood? Have you thought about calling the police... and then talked yourself out of it? Well, this month, we're hoping you'll break that habit.
If you see something or someone suspicious, call the NBPD's nonemergency line at 949-644-3717.
Make your call descriptive and timely - don't wait until you get home, or finish your errands, or until you’ve mulled it over for an hour. With that phone call, you may prevent a burglary, theft, or other crime from occurring... or it may turn out to be "nothing", and we'll continue on our way. Either way, it’s a win/win situation.
(It's also a good idea to program the 949-644-3717 number into your cell phone. If you ever need us, you'll be able to reach us quickly.)
Home Security Tips
Always lock your windows and doors when you go out, even if for only a few minutes.
All windows should have two locks.
Place a wooden metal stick in all sliding door and window tracks or place a security pin (a large nail will also work) through the frame.
Keep the landscaping around your home trimmed down around doorways, windows and light fixtures.
Keep your porch lights on dusk to dawn.
Give the same importance to garage doors as you would your front door. Make sure they are of a solid core construction and have a deadbolt lock.
All sliding glass doors and windows should be equipped with anti-lift protection.
Anti-lift protection can prevent your door or window from being lifted out of its track. A suspect can easily lift a window out of the track even if the window is locked. Install a security pin that slides through both frames securing the window in place or insert a minimum of two screws into the upper track or through the window frame.
Use several timers to turn on interior lights throughout your home. These timers should be used when you are both on vacation and at home.
To keep your valuables safe consider using a safety deposit box at your local bank.
Never leave a house key available under a doormat, in a flowerpot, or on the ledge of a door. These are the first places a burglar will look!
Install a peephole in your front door. NEVER open the door to someone you don't know!
Engrave your valuables with you California driver license number. This makes your property more difficult to pawn and helps law enforcement to identify your property, if it is recovered.
If you will be away for several days, have a trusted friend or neighbor pickup your paper and mail.
Join Neighborhood Watch! The best crime prevention device ever invented is a good neighbor.
Residential burglaries occur in all Newport Beach communities. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant for suspicious behavior, lock all doors & gates, use alarms and other security devices at all times when leaving home.
A few tips to remember:
- Sign up for Nixle by going online: https://nixle.com/register/
- Support your Neighborhood Watch program by getting involved. Contact Pat Puich or me to sign up.
- Make note in your cell phone of the Newport Beach Police Department’s nonemergency number: 949-644-3717
Please visit the links below for to see Calls for Service, Home Security Checklist or a list of Part-One Crime reports, which are posted monthly.
Use this to evaluate your home's security
- Use dusk to dawn lighting around your home
- Add Interactive Security to your plan
- Wireless security camera that is smartphone compatible – alerts you immediately to movement in your home
The following site is a good resource to learn more about the various products on the market to help add a layer of interactive protection to your security plan:
We were notified by the City of Newport Beach that someone claiming to represent the City with the Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program (SHARP), contacted at least one resident and offered to visit their home to see if the property qualifies for the program.
Please be aware that the caller is not affiliated with the City or our partner in SHARP, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. We are not “cold calling” residents, offering home inspections.
If you have any questions about someone claiming to represent SHARP or about the program, please call the OASIS Senior Center at 949-644-3244.
November 1, 2016
Eastbluff Neighborhood Watch Meeting
AREA COORDINATOR MEETING
Neighborhood Watch Chair Pat Puich attended
Eastbluff’s success in using Neighborhood Watch and Nextdoor.com to report and help police capture burglars has become an example the NBPD plans to expand. The Crime Prevention division will conduct community meetings for different areas of Newport Beach starting in February/March and repeated in the Fall.
Nextdoor.com is a useful communication tool within neighborhoods, but residents are reminded to call the police to report suspicious activity before posting online so police can respond quickly.
Trends: violent crime (which has never been very high in Newport) is down, but property crime has risen, partly due to more non-violent offenders being released earlier from jail. Theft from commercial property has risen, especially in pharmacies and restaurants. Residential thefts are primarily from vehicles.
Most property theft is from unlocked cars: of 29 vehicle break-ins in the gated community of Newport Coast, 24 were from cars that were not locked. Two cars were stolen in Newport Coast from the same driveway on the same night where keys were left in both cars by the owner.
Home burglar behavior has become more aggressive, where thieves take "breaking in" literally. They are breaking windows and sliding doors, using second-story access, committing daytime burglaries when homeowners are absent. Alarm systems, doorbell cameras, motion sensor lights, double cylinder deadbolts and gate locks are highly recommended.
78% of crimes in Newport are committed by persons not living in Newport. Consider that most workers of all occupations in Newport Beach don’t live here. Construction burglaries are becoming more frequent due to the large number of construction projects underway.
Private security patrols were discussed. Only the gated communities in Newport have fulltime private security. PD is aware that these are costly and there are liability issues to consider. They feel Neighborhood Watch is more effective because it puts more people on alert to be aware of suspicious behavior. A police or private patrol officer can view only one area at a time where they happen to be at any given moment, whereas alert neighbors can watch the entire neighborhood at all times. (We’ve seen it happen here!)
AREA COORDINATOR MEETING
What’s New in Home Security Devices:
- TV simulator (light boxes) for indoor rooms
- Home driveway and walkway sensors (inexpensive and easy to install)
- Motion sensor smartphone ($30 to $100)
If you are having your home fumigated please call the non-emergency number and volunteers will come by and check each day.
Community training is now taking place in preparation for active shooter incidents.
Neighborhood Lieutenants’ overview
The city is divided into four districts and we are in District 3 which goes from the airport to Coast Highway and includes Fashion Island. All of the lieutenants felt that with the passage of Prop 47 which was an effort to reduce the prison population, they have seen more property-driven crime. Newport Beach is most definitely in this group.
Auto thefts are up with many cases where folks are leaving their cars unlocked, expensive items in view, and even some cases where keys were left in the cars. There are also garage robberies since people are leaving their garage doors open. However, they do patrol our area every hour or two.
1. Re-Register on the City’s Do Not Solicit list (must renew annually). 2.Make sure you and your neighbors are on NIXLE.
Our Area Lieutenant is Lt. Rachel Johnson at Rjohnson@nbpd.org. She will be very happy to answer any questions you have.
"Lock It or Lose it"
Back in 2011, the NBPD released a video entitled "Lock It or Lose It". The cost figures have become a bit outdated in the past seven years, but the message is still very applicable.
Police track the circumstances around burglaries and thefts from cars and, in the vast majority (around 80%) of all these crimes, no force is used. Remember to take a minute to lock your car, roll up your windows, and remove your valuables - every time you park. Lock it... or lose it.
Video available on YouTube HERE