Home Security Habits Checklist

 Kingman Park,
Below is an important safety list that everyone can use. With the recent crimes in our community, taking precaution is key to protecting you and your family.
Kevin Stephens, Orange Hat Coordinator
 
Do you lock up?
1.      Are your doors locked whether you are in the house or not?
2.      Is your front door locked while you are in the back yard (and vice versa)?
 3.     Do you lock your doors when you leave the house for even a few minutes?
4.      Do you pin your windows? Are they locked when closed?
5.      Are your basement windows locked or permanently secured with screws
 or bars?
6.      Do you keep your garage doors closed and locked at all times?
 
Does your home look occupied?
1.      When you are gone for the evening, do you leave an outdoor and an indoor light on?
2.      Do you leave a radio or TV on when your home is not occupied?
3.      When you go on vacation do you have someone watch your house? move drapes, shades, and blinds? mow the lawn/shovel snow? collect mail  and newspapers?
 
Do you practice yard security?
1.      Do you keep valuables such as bicycles and lawn equipment locked up and out of sight?
2.      Do you lock up tools and ladders after you use them?
3.      Do you keep shrubbery and bushes well-trimmed?
4.      If you have a fence, can your neighbors see through it or over it?
5.      If you have exterior lights, do they prevent shadows where burglars could hide at night?
6.      Do you have lights on dusk to dawn at entrances?
 
Do you practice overall security?
1.      Do you have a block contact list with neighbors’ names, phone numbers, and addresses by your phone?
2.      Do you know how to report suspicious activity or crimes to the police? Do your children know how to report?
3.      Do you ask strangers at your door for proper identification before talking to them?
4.      Do your children tell strangers that you’re “busy” rather than you’re “not home”?
5.      If someone came to the door needing help, would you make the phone call to the police (or other necessary calls) rather than letting the person come in?
AUTOMOBILE
1.      Keep your doors locked at all times
2.      Don’t leave expensive items unattended in your car for any amount of time
3.      Keep the inside of your car clean and clutter free so thieves don’t have a reason to want to break in
4.      Most thieves are opportunists so don’t give them an opportunity!
Must Do’s for Everyone!
1.      Call 911 if you see or hear something suspicious
2.      Report tag numbers of suspicious vehicles in your neighborhood
3.      Report suspicious people hanging around the neighborhood without purpose
 
AUTOMOBILE
1.      Call 911 if you see or hear something suspicious
2.      Report tag numbers of suspicious vehicles in your neighborhood
3.      Report suspicious people hanging around the neighborhood without purpose
 

Orange Hat Patrol: Wed. July 11, 2012 @ 7pm

ORANGE HAT PATROL

“WE CARE”

Please join us on Wednesday July 11, 2012 @ 7:00pm-8:00pm

Meeting Place: Triangle Panda Park @ Oklahoma Ave NE and D Street NE.

Volunteer just 1 hour of your time to show unity in the Community for the Orange Hat Patrol partnered with Metropolitan Police Department! We will organize to patrol our streets and neighborhood trouble spots to prevent suspicious activities, call in broken street lamps, and report many other problems.

It would be especially helpful to have dog owners who don’t mind hitting the streets with their ferocious-looking (but otherwise well-behaved) pets to join the patrol.

For more information contact:

Kevin Stephens

Orange Hat Patrol Coordinator

kevindstephens70@yahoo.com

(202) 341-9466

Or

Lisa White

ANC Commissioner SMD 7D01

(202) 706-4713

dc500blkof25th@yahoo.com

lisa.white7d01@gmail.com

https://anc7d01.wordpress.com/

Orange Hat Patrol: Wed. June 6, 2012@7pm

ORANGE HAT PATROL

“WE CARE”

Please join us on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 @ 7:00pm-8:00pm

Meeting Place: Triangle Park at 21st and Oklahoma Ave (Across from St. Benedict Church)

Volunteer just 1 hour of your time to show unity in the Community for the Orange Hat Patrol partnered with Metropolitan Police Department! We will organize to patrol our streets and neighborhood trouble spots to prevent suspicious activities, call in broken street lamps, and report many other problems.

For more information contact:

Kevin Stephens

Orange Hat Patrol Coordinator

kevindstephens70@yahoo.com

(202) 341-9466

Or

Lisa White

ANC Commissioner SMD 7D01

dc500blkof25th@yahoo.com

lisa.white7d01@gmail.com

(202) 706-4713

Orange Hat Patrol: Wednesday, April 4, 2012@7pm

ORANGE HAT PATROL

“WE CARE”

Please join us on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 @ 7:00pm-8:00pm

Meeting Place: Triangle Park at 21st and Oklahoma Ave (Across from St. Benedict Church)

Volunteer just 1 hour of your time to show unity in the Community for the Orange Hat Patrol partnered with Metropolitan Police Department! We will organize to patrol our streets and neighborhood trouble spots to prevent suspicious activities, call in broken street lamps, and report many other problems.

 It would be especially helpful to have dog owners who don’t mind hitting the streets with their ferocious-looking (but otherwise well-behaved) pets to join the patrol.

 

For more information contact:

Kevin Stephens 

Orange Hat Patrol Coordinator 

kevindstephens70@yahoo.com 

(202) 341-9466 

Or

Lisa White

 ANC Commissioner SMD 7D01

dc500blkof25th@yahoo.com

 lisa.white7d01@gmail.com

(202) 706-4713

  Working to make a “Good” neighborhood “Great”!

 

 

Suspect Pleaded Guilty in the Death of Elaine Coleman, Kingman Park Resident

As a community please we need to write Community Impact Letters to the Judge and US Attorney’s Office about how the death of Elaine Coleman: Friend and Kingman Park Neighbor affected our community. If you would like to submit a letter, please contact me.

Best,

Lisa White ANC Commissioner Kingman Park

Article from the Washington Examiner:

A man who served prison time for manslaughter has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend by stabbing her dozens of times.

John W. Smith Jr., 46, pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder in the December stabbing death of Elaine Coleman. Coleman, 47, was found slain on Dec. 4 in her apartment on the 500 block of 23rd Place NE Washington.

A medical examiner found that Coleman was stabbed 41 times in her face, neck and chest, according to court documents. The stab wounds to her neck “almost decapitated” the woman and severed her spinal cord, the documents say.

Smith was charged with first-degree murder in a Baltimore stabbing death in July 2005; he pleaded guilty to manslaughter the next year, court records show. He received an eight-year sentence but was released in November 2010, according to a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Smith’s attorney couldn’t be reached for comment.

Court records say that Coleman and Smith had a strained relationship. Coleman had repeatedly kicked Smith out of the house; Smith believed Coleman was continuing to see an old boyfriend and was using Smith for money.

On person told police that Smith was “very possessive” of Coleman, court records say.

Another person told police that Smith had recently obtained some “settlement money” and Coleman had asked for help with the mortgage. Smith thought she was trying to rip him off, court documents say.

And Smith told someone as recently as shortly after Thanksgiving — about a week before Coleman was found fatally stabbed — that he was going to kill her, according to court records.

Coleman’s body was found when a friend who couldn’t contact the woman went to check on her. The friend found Coleman face down on a mattress on the floor. Her head was covered with a pillow and the floor, wall, pillow and mattress where smeared with “a large amount” of blood, court documents say.

Smith was arrested earlier this month. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 30. He could receive up to 40 years behind bars, according to his plea agreement.

Photo courtesy of D.C. police

ebabay@washingtonexaminer.com

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/crime-punishment/2012/01/man-guilty-girlfriends-stabbing-death/2110541#ixzz1k1gheJQS

Safety Tips from Orange Hat Patrol

The Orange Hat Patrol Committee want to pass this information to our community on home protection and theft deterrent to let them know “We Care”!  The increase in crime throughout our neighborhood is alarming and I’d like to encourage everyone to lock arms and take a couple of extra minutes to look around and take care of each other.  Active and involved neighbors will continue to send a strong message to the “bad guys” to let them know that our community doesn’t tolerate nonsense and more importantly, that they are not welcomed here.  

 
I’d also like to remind everyone to call 911 immediately if something doesn’t look right.  Don’t ever feel like your bothering the police…they are here to keep us safe!  Know  your neighbors and know how to get in touch with them in the event of an emergency.   Many burglaries and crimes can be prevented by simply being alert to our surroundings and reporting suspicious activity as soon as we see it.  
Check out this link about safety tips:
 
I  wish you all a Safe/Happy Holiday!
 
Kevin Stephen
Orange Hat Patrol Coordinator
Kingman Park Community