Report all suspicious activity

March 30, 2011

With the increase in reported robberies and burglaries in and around the Wards Corner area, please be reminded to report all suspicious activity to the police.  What is suspicious?  Below is an excerpt from the Norfolk Neighborhood Coordinators’ Manual, developed  by the Crime Prevention Division of the Norfolk Police Department.

“Basically, anything that seems even slightly out of the ordinary . . . could be criminal activity.”
Examples (not a complete list):
  • ƒA stranger inspecting or entering your neighbor’s home while your neighbor is away.
  • Someone trying to open a neighbor’s door or window.
  • A moving truck or van pulled up to a  neighbor’s home while they are gone.
  • Remember, burglaries often occur at times when they should be most obvious (broad daylight, in full view of observers).
  • Someone carrying property such as televisions, stereos, etc., at an unusually late hour or in an unusual place, especially if it does not appear that the property is newly purchased.
  • The sound of shattering glass could signal a possible burglary, vandalism or larceny in progress.
  • Anyone peering into vehicles as they walk down the street or someone removing tags, gasoline or parts from a vehicle.
  • Someone attempting to enter a vehicle using a coat hanger or other device.
  • Never assume that it is the owner who has locked his keys in his car.  Be suspicious of anyone tampering with the hood or trunk of a car.
  • An improperly parked vehicle or abandoned  vehicle or someone leaving one vehicle and driving away in another may be signs of a stolen vehicle.
  • Anyone being forced into a vehicle could be a victim of possible abduction.
  • Persons loitering around schools, parks, and isolated areas or in the neighborhood.  These loiterers could be possible sex offenders or burglars.
  • Business transactions conducted from  vehicles, especially around schools, playgrounds or parks.
  • A steady flow of strangers to and from a particular house on a regular basis could indicate drug sales or a fencing operation (purchasing
  • of stolen goods).
  • Offers of goods or repair work at an unusually low price could indicate stolen property or some type of fraud.
  • All fights, screams and loud noises (such as explosions) should be reported.
  • Door-to-door solicitors without properly issued licenses and identification should be suspected.
Emergency:  911    Non-Emergency:  441-5610

Railroad crossing work to close roads in Wards Corner

March 29, 2011

Norfolk Southern railroad crossings within the city of Norfolk have reached the end of their useful life and Norfolk Southern has been permitted by the city to replace 12 crossings between April and July.  The railroad crossings at Granby Street and Little Creek road in the Wards Corner Business District are included in those to be rehabilitated.

During the construction project, full closures in both directions are required. Traffic will be detoured to major arterial streets. Signs and detours will not be placed along neighborhood streets. Motorists are encouraged to follow the detour to signalized intersections and to avoid neighborhood streets.

The roads will be closed during the followed dates:

E. Little Creek Road, near I-64 and Granby Street, 6/18-6/20

Granby Street. near Little Creek Rd. (3 northbound lanes), 7/9-711

Granby Street. near Little Creek Rd. (3 southbound lanes), 7/16-7/18

The City of Norfolk and Norfolk Southern have set up a website with further information:

Home invasions on the rise in Greater Wards Corner neighborhoods

March 25, 2011

In the past two weeks there have been several attempted and successful break-ins of homes in Greater Wards Corner neighborhoods. Suburban Acres, Restmere and Talbot Park have all reported incidents. It appears that these violators are walking and driving around looking for opportunities and casing the neighborhoods. In order to reduce this type of crime, listed below are a few suggestions made by the Norfolk Police:

  •  Make sure that you keep all doors and windows locked at all times.
  •  Do not open doors to strangers; especially if they are soliciting something.
  • If you have an alarm system, use it. If it’s broken, fix it. 
  • If you see something suspicious, strangers going door to door or unusual activity, please call the police with good and accurate information. 911

Communication will be key in alerting our neighbors and the police of suspicious activity. Call 911 first and when you get the chance, please send Louis Eisenberg at an email to describe the activity in order that it be posted on Wards Corner Now.

Robbery at Wards Corner business

March 24, 2011

The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that La Botica in the 7500 block of Virginian Drive was robbed today.

Wards Corner Clean-up

March 21, 2011
Laura Thom writes in with the following:
I will be sponsoring a Wards Corner Clean-Up on Saturday, April 2nd (rain date April 9th).
We will meet at North Shore Sports & Physical Therapy, 7419 Granby St., at 8:30 am for coffee & breakfast goodies & distribution of supplies, and the clean-up will run from 9am – 11:30am.
Anyone interested in joining our group of volunteers needs to RSVP to me before Tuesday, March 29th by calling 489-5820.
Please take a few hours of your time to make our corner of the world a nicer place to live.  Thanks Laura!

Wards Corner Now meeting, Saturday at 8:30am

March 17, 2011

Please attend the Wards Corner Now meeting this Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 8:30am at the Fitness and Wellness center.

The following topics will be discussed and reported on:

1.  Code violations in the Denby Park.  The City Managers office has requested that we report code violations and provide pictures of said violations so that the City can followup on those violations.  If

2.  Increase in burglaries in the Greater Wards Corner Area.

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