Grandale Place has a strong Neighborhood Watch team which is a community-based crime prevention program. There are Block Captains throughout the community. They coordinate their efforts with the neighborhood's Crime Prevention Officer. Grandale Place homeowners who are interested in volunteering with this important group, should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Durham Police and the Grandale Place Neighborhood Watch team advise all homeowners to consider the following security practices: If someone witnesses or experiences any suspicious behavior or sees unfamiliar vehicles on their street, they should call 911 immediately. And then notify their Block Captain about the incident so the information can be shared with the rest of our community.
Tips for Safeguarding Your Home
- Consider installing motion sensitive lights near doors and on decks, or leave flood lights on at night.
- If you do have a home security system, be sure to turn it on when you depart.
- Keep the blinds closed at the front of your home and garage doors shut so that thieves can’t see what you have!
- Don't forget to lock the door in your garage.
- Even when your vehicles are in your driveway, keep them locked and empty--no spare change, no electronics, no valuables.
- If you are leaving town, set your lights on timers and stop your mail & newspaper so your home looks occupied; let a neighbor know to check your home and notify your Block Captain to keep an eye on things, too.
- Photograph all valuables in your home (especially jewelry and gold items so you have a good description) and record serial #s for all weapons and electronics so if these items are stolen, police will have info to help recover your valuables.
For homeowners who are interested, a crime prevention officer can visit their residence and provide crime prevention advice about lighting, locks, landscaping, etc., to make their home less attractive to criminals. Homeowners can contact the Grandale Place District Crime Prevention Officer for further information.