Safety Archives

November 6, 2006

Neighborhood Watch

Our neighborhood is patrolled by police officers from the Zone 4 substation. If you need help or see something suspicious, call 573-3165.

January 12, 2007

Stolen bikes

There has been an increase in shady characters hanging out in the neighborhood recently. Several bikes have been stolen and these guys are very brazen. They have been seen walking into folks backyards. A call has been made to the Zone 4 sub-station that patrols this area to request increased patrols. The number for the substation is 573-3165. Additional calls will help ensure we receive additional patrols.

If you see a suspicious character, call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 630-0500.

May 16, 2007

Sexual offender and predator tracking service

AlertDude is an interactive service that allows you to track the locations of registered sex offenders and predators. For $1.99/month, you can recieve instant alerts the moment a registered offender moves into the area. A recommendation is going to be made to the board to purchase a subscription for the neighborhood.

May 20, 2007

Crime Watch

Two cars on Woodmere had items stolen from them last week. A set of golf clubs was taken from one car during the night. Please call the substation or non-emergency police number if you notice anyone suspicious roaming the neighborhood, particularly at night. Remember to lock your car doors and garages!

Please continue to report any theft or crime to Lori @387-1550 AFTER reporting it to the police. In order to get our Neighborhood Watch sign renewed we still need volunteers to act as street "captains" from all blocks except Woodmere. It requires very little effort and time commitment.

May 24, 2007

Fire Station 14 is safe

There has been a rumor circulating that Fire Station 14 is in danger of closing. Yesterday, Council President Corrigan said that the station is safe, but we do need to express concern to the folks in Tallahassee regarding the effect the proposed property tax changes could have on public safety.

June 20, 2007

Fire Station 14 IS on the chopping block

Fire Station 14 is one of 5 stations that will be closed in the worst case scenario developed by the JFRD based on proposed spending cuts. Please call Michael Corrigan at 630-1390 and make sure this doesn't happen.

June 27, 2007

Car stolen at Woodmere and Oleander

Our neighbor Will Croft on the corner of Oleander and Woodmere had his car stolen out of his driveway last Thursday. The car was recovered sans iPod, GPS, etc. Neighbors are encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office Cedar Hills Substation at 573-3165 and ask for increased patrols.

Update on the Ortega abduction attempt

This is from Gretchen Kornutik:

I just wanted to pass along some news that I heard first through you and then Jan Harbeson about the potential abduction in the forest. I had also heard rumors that there where a couple of other attempts. I called a close friend of mine who is with JSO and he did a little digging to find out what was going on. There was in fact one attempt. It was in front of the park at the corner of Water Oak and Timuquana (turn right going southbound on Roosevelt, park is immediately on right... people are always selling stuff there) Tim said that the girl was on her bike and saw the car and did not follow her gut to leave the car circled back and tried to get her right off the bike. It was an older dark sedan with completely darkened windows and that half tint on the windshield. It had dents and repairs on it. She fought and did successfully get away. Tim said that the buddy system would have worked because she was a target by herself. Parents should always know where they are and drill into play the buddy system! He also said that was the only reported attempt that he could find. I am sorry that this is so long winded but I felt comfort in his words at a time of such unrest.

June 28, 2007


Both of Mark and Gretchen Kornutik's cars were broken into Tuesday night. According to Gretchen, the burglaries happened between 11 pm and 7am. When Gretchen called the police sub-station they said there were 7 incidents in our neighborhood on Tuesday night.

Dwight and Jessica Babcock's cars were also ransacked on Woodmere.

Please call the Sheriff's Office Cedar Hills Substation at 573-3165 and ask for increased patrols for our neighborhood.

UPDATE (11:15 am): Three cars belonging to the Garrison's on Mayview were among those burglarized Tuesday night.

June 29, 2007

Get free sex offender e-mail alerts

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is offering free e-mail alerts whenever an offender moves within one mile of your home. Sign up online.

July 2, 2007

They even steal dirt

Over the weekend, some of the newly laid sod at the Woodmere entrance was pilfered.

On a positive note, doesn't the park look great!

July 5, 2007

July ShAdCo Meeting

What is ShAdCo?

Among other things, Sheriff's Advisory Councils (ShAdCos) assist the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office through community interaction, strengthening neighborhood relations, and the reporting of suspected criminal activity. More information is available online.

This month's meeting is July 26 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. This event repeats on the fourth Tuesday of every month. the substation is located in the old Cedar Hills Shopping Center at 3726 Blanding Blvd.

All are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Call the Zone 4 Substation at 573-3165 if you have any questions.

November 8, 2007


Two African American men dressed in shirts and ties noted today heading north on Woodmere at 3:25 p.m. I motioned for them to move on and told them "no thanks" through the window that Zeke was snarling through:)

Please take the advice of Officer Grant from Tuesday evening and DO NOT open your door to them or any other solicitors. We need to have ZERO tolerance for this type of thing. On that note, I am looking into purchasing "no soliciting" stickers in bulk for those who want them. Please let me know if you want one.

CALL 630-0500 for ANYTHING suspicious first and then please report it to Lori.


ShAdCo Meetings

Information from the COJ website about the ShAdCo meetings Officer Grant mentioned:

The Sheriff's Advisory Councils (ShAdCo) were established to assist the JSO accomplish its mission. ShAdCo members are a notable example of police-citizen partnerships. They provide feedback on law enforcement issues. They report suspected criminal activity and traffic problems in their sector.

Here's the list of ShAdCo leaders and information about when and where the ShAdCo meets:

Sector J
Chairperson: Curtis L. Johnson
Co-Chairperson: Alice Turknett
Meetings: 6 p.m., last Thursday of the month at WIllowbranch Library, 2875 Park St.

December 1, 2007

Armed Robbery at Hungry Howie's

I'm not sure if anyone heard about this but it was in the Community Police Briefs in the Westside newspaper insert today.

On November 24th (Saturday), a man walked into Hungry Howie's on Herschel Ave. at 2 p.m. in the afternoon with a shotgun and robbed them. He was described as a "crackhead" (helpful).

Pretty bold person with clearly nothing to lose.

January 3, 2008

Latest crime update

From one of our neighbors on Marquette:

This morning(12/31/2007) at 0615 I heard a house alarm and saw a light color (white/silver) minivan (Chrysler/Dodge?) speeding out of the driveway of a house on Woodmere on the river. I called the JSO, when I got to work JSO called and informed me that the house had been broken into and they asked if I could give them a description of the vehicle or person driving. Unfortunately I was two blocks away and could not see any details.

There has been several incidences where ladies walking or jogging in the early morning hours have been harassed near the Ortega drawbridge and in parts of Ortega. Also, a jogger was mugged for his iPod at the intersection of Park and Copeland on Monday.

Stay safe!

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