Partners Against Crime – District 2 – April 2017 Meeting Notes
The April 2017 PAC 2 meeting was held Monday, April 10th, from 6-8pm in the cafeteria at the DPS Training Facility, 2107 Hillandale Rd (corner of Hillandale & Carver). The facilitator was Ginger Blubaugh.
The meeting started with Meet & Greet and was called to order at 6:15 pm.
DEPARTMENT UPDATES/CITIZEN CONCERNS:
Parks & Recreation: Colleen Fear reminded us that the completion of Edison Johnson pool renovation provides an enhanced pool and facilities and that a similar renovation is targeted for June at the Campus Hills facility. Extended summer hours for Durham pools have been announced. This will hopefully accommodate everyone with sufficient pool access time this summer.
Parks & Rec presents a host of programs. There are lots of organized events and educational programs provided free or at minimal cost (and reduced fees, discounts, and waivers are available). You can find the Play More Magazine at http://durhamnc.gov/2786/Play-More or just log onto the Parks & Rec site at http://durhamnc.gov/753/Parks-Recreation and click “Play More” on the left – or browse through all the other tabs on that page for lots more information.
Durham Police Dept: Captain Brown reported on crime from past month. These crimes, statistics and notable arrests are available for viewing at http://durhamnc.gov/719/Crime-Statistics, District 2 Commanders Update.
Citizen Concerns included:
1) Dirt bikes on public roads, the licensing, legality and dangers of dirt bikes. Captain Brown voiced DPD’s concern and said that the department was considering some ways to address these issues as summer approaches. If you see dirt bikes or other off-road type unregistered vehicles on the roads (especially if they are creating an unsafe environment for cars or pedestrians), please call 9-1-1.
2) Resident asked if police have access to Drones as a means of seeing into neighborhoods to address crime issues. Concern was also raised over personal use of drones as a possible invasion of privacy. Police indicated that they do not have drones available for their use and are unaware of any regulations on a police department level that address personal use of drones.
3) There was also discussion about reporting “shots fired” and how the police respond to those incidents. Due to echoing, it can be difficult to pinpoint where shots came from.
Neighborhood Improvement Services: Darryl from NIS announced an upcoming event in partnership with Keep Durham Beautiful (KDB): an all rubbish/large item trash pick-up. Citizen Concerns included: Various parking issues, such as parking on lawns or in cul-de-sacs and large trucks (semis) parking on residential streets that block driveways and/or traffic views. A representative from Zoning was present to address concerns.
To see the PAC April newsletter from NIS, click http://pac2durham.org/wpcontent/uploads/2017/02/PAC-Newsletter-April2017NIS.pdf or copy/paste into browser.
Fire Department: No announcements or citizens concerns
Sheriff’s Department not in attendance.
DOT not in attendance.
PRESENTATION: Steve Toler – about Durham County Strategic Plan – not in attendance.
Short presentation by Bryan Poole of City Transportation Department re: update to the Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan. Final draft is released for public comment through April 28th 2017. Learn more at www.durhambikewalkplan.com.
Nancy Kneepkins spoke about a recent hack and “ransom” of her computer and warned of opening anything that is suspicious or that is asking for personal information. She lost all of her files and warns us all to be extremely cautious and aware of anything coming into our inboxes. If your computer is ever held for ransom … DO NOT PAY. Even if they give you your data back, the hackers retain access to the computer via back-doors. The only way to get rid of them is to have your computer wiped by a professional (which can often cost more than buying a new one!). AND…don’t forget to back-up your data frequently. Even without getting hacked, a computer can get viruses or even “die” without warning, and your data would be gone.
PORCH-Durham drop-off is the third Monday of each month.
Invitation for someone to step forward and become the new co-facilitator for 2017-2019 term to replace Ron Whitfield.
PAC2 vote taken on purchasing previously suggested ideas using remaining PAC2 yearly funds. The items being voted on include flashlights for keychains, safety booklets for K-2 grade level for distribution at block parties and day care facilities, and pepper spray for key chains. The vote tally was 14 “yes” to all these items. There were no dissenting votes.
Meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:15 pm.
(minutes prepared 4/19/16 by Ginger Blubaugh – co-facilitator. If you have corrections or comments, feel free to e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org)