University Hills Safety & Awareness 

News, information and tips to keep our U-Hills neighborhood safe

July 11, 2019

Hello neighbors,

 

In light of recent arson events in our neighborhood and because the beautiful summertime weather can bring increased unwanted activity, here's some Neighborhood Watch information we'd like you to be aware of.

 

Report Suspicious Activity

First and foremost, please remember to report all suspicious activity to the Denver Police Department. “See Something, Say Something” is always a good rule of thumb when you see something suspicious.

 

When you see something in the act, call 911. When you see something after the fact, call 720-913-2000.

 

When you speak to someone, please be ready to articulate some specific information:

  • Your exact location and/or the location of the event.

  • Specific details you're observing that make the incident suspicious/concerning. A good rule of thumb here is—a person is NOT suspicious, a person's BEHAVIOR IS SUSPICIOUS. Be ready to provide descriptive details about what you're observing—specific things a person is doing, clothing, vehicle description, etc.

  • At the end of your call, you’ll be asked if you would like an Officer to contact you regarding your call—ASK FOR THE OFFICER TO CONTACT YOU BACK. There could be more information you can share with the responding officer that will help the case and it’s always good to know the outcome of the call whenever possible. You’re NOT BOTHERING the Denver Police Department when you ask for officer contact.

 

Keep Porch Lights ON DURING THE NIGHT and OFF in the Day

Multiple studies have shown that less crime occurs along well-lit streets. Keeping your porchlight on during the night only costs an estimated $8-12 per year and can help deter crime. But, do remember to turn your porch light off during the day—leaving porch lights on during daylight hours can signal no one is home.

 

Report Street Light Outages

It’s quick and easy. Report street light outages to Xcel at https://www.xcelenergy.com/outages_and_emergencies/report_outage.

 

Neighborhood Watch Action and Awareness Training

The next Neighborhood Watch Action and Awareness Training is Wednesday, July 17, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the DPD District 3 Station (1625 S. University Blvd). RSVP to vips.dpd@gmail.com.

 

Regular Community Meetings with Denver Police Department

EVERYONE IS ALWAYS WELCOME at our Denver Police Department (DPD), District 3, Community Advisory Board (CAB) meetings. CAB meetings are 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the DPD District 3 Station (1625 S. University Blvd). The remaining meetings for 2019 are on the following dates: September 10; October 1; November TBD; December 3. 

 

Get to Know Your Neighbors

In the end, research shows that the most effective way to keep neighborhoods safe and deter home burglaries and other crime is to have good relationships with your neighbors. It makes a difference to have each other’s backs. Please get to know each other. 

 

Get Involved with U-Hills Neighborhood Watch

One of the best ways you can help keep our neighborhood safe is to get involved! For more information about U-Hills Neighborhood Watch email uhillsneighborhoodwatch@gmail.comor email Officer Lopez jim.lopez@denvergov.org.

 

Have you been a victim of crime?

If you’ve been a victim of crime, the Denver Police Department’s Victim Assistance Unit is open 365 days a year and can be reached at 720-913-6035. Reports can also be filed online at https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/police-department/programs-services/victim-services-assistance.html.

 

Thank you for watching out for each other and please be safe,

 

Christie

 

Christie Mochoruk

Safety and Awareness Chair, University Hills Neighborhood Association (UHNA)

U-Hills Neighborhood Watch Lead

Denver Police Department, Volunteer In Police Services, District 3 Neighborhood Watch Liaison