Holiday Safety Tips

Here are so Holiday Saftey tips that might help keep your home safe while traveling and being away from home.

  1. Valuable items, such as televisions, stereos, and computers should be inscribed with an identifying number unique to its owner (do not use your entire social security number).
  2. Create an up-to-date home inventory including make, model, serial numbers, other detailed descriptions, and photographs of items of value (including jewelry). This inventory should be kept somewhere safe, out of the house.
  3. At least two light timers should be set to turn the lights and TV on and off in a logical sequence when away for an extended time period to give the appearance that someone is home.
  4. The motion detector or other alarm system (if you have one) should be activated when you leave home.
  5. Mail and newspaper deliveries should be stopped or arrangements for a neighbor/friend to pick them up should be made when you are away from home for a period of time.
  6. Ask a trusted neighbor to tend the yard, shovel the snow, and watch your home when you are away or have a trusted friend or relative house sit in your absence.
  7. Make sure all doors and windows are locked when you leave, even if you have an alarm system.

The bad guys don’t take vacations – stay alert and have a wonderful holiday season!

— University Heights HOA Board

Landscaping Update

As many of you have noticed, we have a lot of landscaping items going on. To give everyone an update, Byrd’s Landscaping started in April and hit the ground running. They have been working hard on the turf trying to get areas to grow where there was just red clay before.

Our current project is multi-faceted:

  1. We removed all of the juniper that was dead.
  2. We removed all of the trees that were dead (the stumps will be ground next week).
  3. The unwanted Forsythia growth on the berm has been removed.
  4. The retention area on the garage side has been cut back.
  5. The trees up on the hill behind Pergola Place has been cleaned up at the base.
  6. In order to prepare for our roofs being replaced, we will be removing all of the Crape Myrtles on the non-garage side during the week of November 6.
  7. We are getting a quote to reduce the height of the Elaeagnus on the berm by the railroad tracks.
  8. We will be replacing the shrubs that were removed recently — in the Spring (getting a really good price at that time). We need to wait until planting season otherwise they will die.

We hope everyone is as excited as we are about all of the beautiful changes that are going on. Have a wonderful Fall!​

Safety Newsletter – October 2017

CMPD Engages Community with Waves of Change Program

It’s no secret. Law enforcement officers are under more scrutiny than ever. Stories of police brutality and misconduct make headlines almost daily across the country. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers Eric Marcus and Chad Webster know that.

“It’s tough. If you take any job – no matter what it is – and you are constantly seeing negative things about it, you can’t help but be affected by it,” Webster said.

Summer 2017

Fun Things to Do in the University Area

Some of Charlotte’s hottest events take place in the coolest spaces in University City. Concerts at PNC Pavilion, NASCAR races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the International Festival at UNC Charlotte, and the unique University City Duathlon in University Research Park are just the start. With annual events like the University City Wine Fest and the Healthy UCity Race Series, there is always something fun to do!

Major college sports and much more
Living in University City provides easy access to our region’s No. 1 public university, UNC Charlotte. If you like college athletics, you’ll love cheering the 49ers men’s and women’s NCAA teams. Several are nationally ranked. Visit Charlotte 49ers.

Music, dance and theater performances by students, faculty and visiting artists are great entertainment at very affordable prices – sometimes even free! The university’s main venue, Belk Theater in Robinson Hall, provides impressive acoustics and excellent seating close to the performers. Explore upcoming performances and exhibitions. Click to view the Events & Exhibitions Schedule.

If you take in just one major campus event, make it the annual International Festival. Each October, more than 20,000 people celebrate the global diversity of UNC Charlotte’s student and faculty – now representing more than 50 nations!

Crime Watch/Holiday Safety Tips

With Christmas just around the corner, home owners are neck-deep in decorations and last-minute shopping, excited to soon share their holiday cheer with loved ones. But thieves and vandals also have something to look forward to in the holiday season. Cars and homes filled with easy-to-grab boxed goodies and lawns decked out with opulent embellishments make tempting targets for predators. To help you make sure the naughties don’t ruin it for the nice, HouseLogic presents a few tips for protecting your home.

1. Keep your “check-ins” in check.

Three months ago in Nashua, N.H., burglars targeted a home because the occupant told his Facebook “friends” he was going out of town. Announcing to your whole social network that you’re not home or that you just received an expensive present may not be a good idea. The ACLU and others have cautioned against posting information about where you are and what you do. If it falls into the wrong hands, the consequences could be dangerous.

It’s also something to think about if you’re out shopping for good deals. Through location-based applications such as Facebook Places and Foursquare, vendors are offering valuable promotions to shoppers who “check-in” at participating stores. But broadcasting this type of information could cost you more than it could save.

Protect yourself:

  • Never allow check-ins at your own home (you’ll be alerting potential thieves to your address).
  • Don’t check in online when you’re out of town.

2. Remember to lock your door.

There’s something Iraq War veteran and Rhode Island resident Christopher Adamovich, recipient of three purple hearts, will never again forget—to lock his back door. Last Christmas, the first he had planned to celebrate in his newly bought home, he was robbed. Thieves entered through the unlocked back door and made off with hundreds of dollars of presents, including a Nintendo Wii, a Sony DVD player, and assorted toys.

This type of scenario isn’t uncommon. Security company ADT says 40% of all burglaries are termed as “no force entries.” That means the predators gain entry through unlocked doors and windows.

Protect yourself:

  • Check all doors and windows are locked and that your deadbolt (if you have one) works.

3. Don’t give vandals a chance to act.

In 2009, a North Carolina family decided to turn their front yard into a winter wonderland, complete with inflatable Winnie the Pooh and Grinch figures, to celebrate their little boy’s second birthday. It was a momentous occasion—their little one suffered from a rare bone disease and wasn’t expected to live long. Sadly, he has since passed away.

During the display’s first night out, before they could show it off to little Ethan in the morning, vandals slashed the larger-than-life characters. Some acts of vandalism are premeditated and some are spur of the moment, but both leave you with expensive property damage and a ruined holiday.

Protect yourself:

4. Deny easy access to the garage.

In November, a Corpus Christi, Texas, family left their garage door opener in their truck overnight. To their dismay, they woke up to discover thieves had used it to gain access to their garage. All the tools, a lawn mower, and other equipment were stolen—along with all of the Christmas presents the family had stored in the garage for their daughter.

It’s convenient to keep the garage door opener in the car for easy access. It’s also just the kind of thing observant criminals are on the lookout for.

Protect yourself:

  • Never leave your garage door opener in your car.
  • Always make sure your garage door is closed and locked, with the inside door secure.
  • Don’t tempt fate—try not to use the garage as a hiding place for gifts.

5. Display the tree, not the gifts.

For many families, a perfectly picturesque holiday includes the Christmas tree, all done up with lights, ornaments, and beautifully wrapped gifts, displayed in front of the living room window. Trouble is, it’s a scene crooks also like to see.

Protect yourself:

  • Don’t put out your gifts until Christmas Eve.
  • Dispose of product boxes at a recycling center, not your garbage cans.