Watch this little video clip and everything should be clear.
We setup cheap Decoys to for the benefit of the criminals.
Read on how to camouflage the Camera here: Painting the Camera
Also check out the article on Camera Tampering Detection
Last year I attended City Camp Oakland at the City Hall, it was a buzzing day of concerned citizens, Volunteer Activists and city employees.
One of the Main themes are how can technology make our city better.
One of my experiences was on how city and county can make data available for citizens and how the citizens can use this data for things that had not been imagined before.
I would like to invite all members of Neighborhood Guard to join me for this year’s City Camp Oakland at the City Hall on this Saturday.
Please sign up here http://citycampoak.org/
This is your opportunity to share and improve your ideas on crime reduction, get access to crime stats in the right format and to press for access to list of wanted license plates.
This is where we recruit volunteer programmers for our cause.
Hoping to see many of you on Saturday.
The office of councilmember Libby Schaaf is awarding Oakland A’s tickets to the most organized Neighborhood.
These are the 15 neighborhoods competing against each other in District 4:
Here are the official details from Libby Office:
Here is the Kicker in the Survey for contest 3
Sign up for neighborhood Guard today and increase your changes of getting A’s tickets.
The enrollment fee to join Neighborhood Guard is based on the total number of households in your neighborhood not just the participating households. E.g. if your block has 88 households but only 48 participate in your security initiative then you would still sign up to Neighborhood Guard based on the 88 households.
Enrollment fee structure:
|Up to 10||$500|
|11 to 50||$1000|
|51 to 100||$1500|
|101 to 150||$2000|
|151 to 200||$2500|
|Each additional 50 households||Additional $500|
Enrollment fee includes the yearly fee per member organization for the rest of the calendar year in which the enrollment fee is paid. (It does not include the per camera fee) Continue reading
New Organizations wishing to join Neighborhood Guard must agree and adhere to the Bylaws.
The Bylaws can be changed by the members of Neighborhood Guard, (details in section 14 of the bylaws), we expect you to actively work with us to make the bylaws better every year.
First chance for changing the bylaws will be at the Annual Members meeting in October (Section 7 of the Bylaws)
If you have suggestions or proposal for changes to the bylaws make sure you submit them well in advance before the meeting so that they can make it into the notice for the meeting. (Section 8 and 14 of the Bylaws)
The current Board agrees that the Bylaws as they stand are “wordy” and could use additional editing to make them shorter and friendlier to read. If you are a wordsmith, legal-eagle or just likes fixing bylaws, please join our Bylaws Committee 😉
PDF Version of the bylaws. Neighborhood Guard Bylaws.v1 – Signed
When a violent crime happens in one of our neighborhoods, the response is often, let’s get a gate plus a fence and turn our block into a gated community.
When 1,400 Florida homes were compared over a 4-year period in 2005, gated and ungated communities had nearly identical rates of burglaries and car theft. Only minor crime like smash-and-grab theft and vandalism was lower in gated communities. [Reference]
When comparing property crime victimization in Gated vs Ungated communities in 2012 on a national level, Criminologist Nicholas Branic found no significant influence in crime rate from being in a gated community.[Reference]
Even worse: In South Africa you increase the risk of both day-time and night-time burglary if you live in a gated community. [Reference]
The following hypotheses have been proposed:
YES!, If our neighborhood recently has experienced a lot of crime, then you likely already have a Neighborhood Watch group (or even Neighborhood Guard group) in place, and will remain vigilant for years to come. This mitigates hypothesis 2 and 3.
But what about hypothesis 1?
In February of 2013 a comprehensive study taking a myriad of variables into account was published in Justice Quarterly, which shows that gating will reduce risk of burglaries, how much reduction is unclear. [Reference]
HOA fees for building and Maintaining Fence and Gate system will be costly. City will likely require you to take over maintenance of your streets. There is the cost of decreased emergency personnel response times (Police, Fire, Ambulance), No study has been made showing if gating will be worth it.
Other more cost-effective alternatives to gating are available including the DIY Community Camera solution from Neighborhood Guard.
Oakland Police department announces the borders of its new 5 districts.
Splitting Oakland from 2 districts into 5 districts Oakland is recommended by the Bratton Group. From the Bratton Group Report.
“These reforms are an important component in the larger effort to move the OPD to a Neighborhood Policing Plan, with the city divided into five districts, each commanded by a captain. The key to this new district-based structure is geographic accountability for each captain – and for their subordinate lieutenants, sergeants, and officers – for a specific area of the city with its specific crime and disorder problems, its familiar community members, and, to a significant degree, its specific cast of criminal characters. Under the Neighborhood Policing Plan, the district captains will be the principal crime fighters in the Department, each taking responsibility for crime in their respective districts and each held accountable for designing and directing responses and strategies to counter crime conditions.”
Target Selection (what burglars look for):
What Burglars are After:
1999 statistics show burglars are:
What do burglars do:
Responses for homeowner (should be used in collaboration with each other, not all have to be used):
Residents should use all installed security devices.
From US Dept of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services- www.cops.usdoj.gov
Do NOT keep your confidential information on www.someneighborhood.org, instead make a subdomain for your confidential information.
Set up a subdomain for your video captures, then you can use the main site for your neighborhoods web-site. e.g. www.someneighborhood.com for your neighborhood web-site and securitycam.someneighborhood.com for the video files.