Once again neighbors on Pigeon Forge Drive and other Gatlinburg streets will celebrate National Night Out. Nothing fancy here: just residents meeting and learning how to prevent crime. This is the 4th year the block party has been co-hosted by Jollie Williams and Clay Leben.
Get In The Picture
Join us for this year’s group photo at Gatlinburg’s National Night Out Party, 6 to 8 pm, Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 807 Pigeon Forge. Come meet your neighbors and visit with Police and City officials. Keep reading to learn all the ways you can prevent theft.
We shared stories and gabbed about the weather and gardens. But we also exchanged serious information about home improvements that stop burglars. We encouraged each other to be vigilant watching for suspicious activity, maybe a crime in progress, at our neighbor’s house. We enjoyed hearing the crime prevention advice we learned from several police officers who visited. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to make this NNO possible.
We’re starting Block Watch in Gatlinburg:
7 pm, Wednesday, April 24 at
1207 Pigeon Forge (4th house from Immanuel).
Police Officer Griffith will explain what neighbors can do to prevent crimes by forming a street Block Watch.
We would like to start a group on every street. So far we have participants from Dove Haven and 1200 – 1300’s block of Pigeon Forge.
How about your street? Join Us!
RSVP requested since space is limited send email to cleben (at) gmail (dot) com.
You may not hear about a crime unless a neighbor tells you. Otherwise you might think Gatlinburg doesn’t have a crime problem. BUT WE DO!
The Gatlinburg subdivision has nearly 500 households and police are called to investigate crimes every week. I know this because I get a SpotCrime.com daily email summary with a list and a map of Pflugerville.
What I like are the map icons for the type of crime showing about where it happened. Icons like “theft,” “arrest,” “vandelism,” and “burglary” to name a few. However, one of the most common reports is the “other” type which doesn’t tell us much.
Actual street addresses are hidden so if you click on the map icon, you will only see Google’s street view near, but not at the crime’s address.
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What can you do to prevent being a crime victim? Of course, you could install a burglar alarm or other devices, but why not join with your neighbors to form a Block Watch? A block watch group organizes to be alert for suspicious activity on the street by people not familiar to the neighborhood. Neighbors also meet several time a year to learn crime prevention methods from the police or educational material. Individuals can volunteer to join Citizens On Patrol and receive advanced safety training.
The Pflugerville Police Department will help you start your Block Watch. Phone Community Services Cpl. Dan Griffith at 670-5514 or email dgriffith [at] pflugervilletx.gov.
Only a few citizens attended Monday’s July PfCONA meeting. I’m sure the guests outnumbered the usual neighborhood regulars. However, I hope this communication spreads the important information we heard that night. I will post some recorded video online soon of the speaker’s presentations. Continue reading What I Learned at the July PfCONA Meeting
I want to thank Cora, Vic, and Barbara for hanging out with me at the Rec Center on Sunday. It was Cora’s first time to attend a Get Together. She and her husband and children have lived on Gatlinburg Drive for about 5 years. She saw the Get Together notice on the firstname.lastname@example.org list.
With Vic and Barbara, we had a great conversation about all sorts of topics. My apologies for just summarizing the high points. Continue reading Summary of June 21 Get Together