2019 – CANA is OUR Neighborhood Association

Greetings CANA!

Fall is upon us, and once again we prepare to join together for National Night Out (NNO) on October 1st at Bayles Elementary.  We are extremely grateful to Principal Gloria Kennedy and the Bayles Staff for accommodating this event on school grounds for a third year.  We would also like to thank 7 Eleven for providing food & water and Kona Ice for providing a truck for shaved ice purchases. Their participation is a milestone for CANA and our goal to increase collaboration with local businesses.

In the days leading up to National Night Out, I encourage each of us to ask ourselves: “What is a neighborhood association to me?  What can CANA do to be THAT for me?  Where do I fit in? Where can I fit in?”

For some, a neighborhood association is an organization focused on community safety.  For others, it should honor the neighborhood’s history while creating new traditions for future generations.  Awareness of public activities and governmental decisions that affect the neighborhood may be more important to one, while simply connecting with neighbors may be more important to another.  School support, property value stability, infrastructure improvement, neighborhood advocacy: there are many things we feel a neighborhood association should be.  In truth, a neighborhood association can embody these and many other roles for the community it serves.  What a neighborhood association ultimately is, however, depends on the neighborhood – the neighbor.  Us.

CANA – and any effort we put into it – is only as strong as its membership and the number of people willing to help.  So I’m asking each neighbor in Claremont Addition to become a member of the Association.  First, join CANA at: https://www.claremontaddition.org/membership/.  Your support will only help CANA have a stronger impact in and for the community.  Secondly, tell us what CANA is should be to you.  We are constantly looking for ideas and ways to be better and bring the community actively together.  Thirdly, share your gifts, talents, skills, knowledge, time – whatever it is you have to give – with the neighborhood.  CANA is OUR neighborhood association.  There is a place to fit in; and where you fit only makes us stronger.

Finally, I’d like to thank all of you that have already made donations to our NNO campaign to support Bayles Elementary and encourage others to join the campaign.  Your support directly and positively impacts the lives of the young students at Bayles, and we are extremely grateful.

We are looking forward to the fellowship at National Night Out and the opportunity to share some of the things the CANA Board has been working on for our community.

 

Respectfully,

Jeffrey L. Bennett, CANA Board President

 

 

Safety Tip: Know your neighbors.

The importance of knowing your neighbors cannot be overstated.  Know whether they work during the day, whether they have children (and, if so, what they look like), and what their needs are. Do you live next to an elderly couple that stays home, but sometimes needs help? Or is there a teenage driver in the family? Are there small children you need to look out for? Knowing these things helps you be aware of who is in your neighborhood and what could be suspicious.

Have a enough of a relationship with your neighbors so you will know if they’re gone and something is wrong or unusual happening.  Be able to contact them if you see any out-of-ordinary or suspicious behavior around their home or if you’re gone and would like them to check up on your house.

Come the annual CANA National Night Out event and meet your neighbors on the 1st Tuesday of October. It’s the one time in the year we all get an opportunity to meet each other.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please CANA CrimeWatch.  If you have incidents to report, call 911.   Make sure you contact the police.

Please tell your neighbors.  Stay safe and look out for each other.

Safety Tip: Going out of town? Be Cautious.

Before you leave home for an extended period, talk to your neighbors and arrange for someone to mow your lawn, shovel your walks, or pick up your mail and newspapers. Use timers on your lights, or find a smart security system that will allow you to turn lamps off and on remotely.

Make sure someone is able to inform you if something happens while you’re away.

When leaving your home, don’t broadcast your leaving by showcasing luggage and packing efforts to the street.  No one should be able to tell you could be gone for a few days.  But if you have no other choice, WATCH WHO’S WATCHING YOU!

If you have any questions regarding the above, please CANA CrimeWatch.  If you have incidents to report, call 911.   Make sure you contact the police.

Please tell your neighbors.  Stay safe and look out for each other.

Safety Tip: “Blind the House!”

A home media system is a less enticing steal if no one knows it’s there. Leaving your blinds open and lights on at night provides a free look into your house, its layout, and the habits of its occupants.   THEY CAN SEE YOU, BUT YOU CAN’T SEE THEM!

And keeping windows open at night or when you’re away is an invitation for an intruder to come in.

 

If you have any questions regarding the above, please CANA CrimeWatch.  If you have incidents to report, call 911.   Make sure you contact the police.

Please tell your neighbors.  Stay safe and look out for each other.

Scammers Calling Citizens and Posing As Dallas Police Officers

The Dallas Police Department is aware that the public is receiving phone calls from suspects who pose as Dallas Police Officers. Suspects accuse the citizen of missing a required court date or jury duty and demand the citizen obtain pre-paid cards and give the card number to the suspect or face immediate arrest.

These calls can be alarming and are meant to intimidate the citizen to the point that they don’t realize it is a scam until it’s too late.

If you get one of these calls, hang up:
■The Dallas Police Department would never call or email you to demand payment for a fine you have never previously received a letter about.
■The Dallas Police Department would never demand that you wire them money or pay using a specific prepaid card.
■Never give out private information (your Social Security Number or account numbers) to any person who calls you.

If you are a victim of this crime, please contact the Dallas Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit at (214) 671-3517.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please CANA CrimeWatch.  If you have incidents to report, call 911.   Make sure you contact the police.

Please tell your neighbors.  Stay safe and look out for each other.

DPD Physical Evidence Section

Did you know you can make a request to have the Physical Evidence Section of the Dallas Police Department come to your to site in the event of a crime?  Although, the officer on the scene may make the request at their discretion, you can ask the officer to make the request on your behalf.

So, if you think there is evidence on site that could help the police solve the crime or catch the criminal, make sure to request the Physical Evidence Section.  Be advised, that it may take some time for the PES to show up, and you will have to be present when they do show up.  But if the situation is serious enough, know that this is one more thing available to you.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please CANA CrimeWatch.  If you have incidents to report, call 911.   Make sure you contact the police.

Please tell your neighbors.  Stay safe and look out for each other.