Randolph West is a subdivision of Randolph in Richmond, Virginia. This website serves Randolph and surrounding areas. It is provided by the Randolph West Homeowners Association.

State of the City Address on Tuesday

State of the City 2010The Annual State of the City Address will be held on Tuesday January 26, 2010 at Richmond CenterStage, Carpenter Theatre from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. This is a public event that is free and open to everyone. Complimentary parking is available across from the Grace Street side of Center Stage. Enter from 6th and 7th Streets.

Posted: January 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Richmond City | Comments Off on State of the City Address on Tuesday

CAPS Meeting Tomorrow

The Community Assisted Public Safety (CAPS) meeting is tomorrow.

Date:   Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Time:   6:15 p.m.
Place:  Round House at Byrd Park (600 Swan Lake Dr.)

What is CAPS?

Community Assisted Public Safety (CAPS) is a systemic change in the way the residents and city administration think about and approach overall neighborhood health in the City of Richmond. CAPS seeks to eliminate blight and restore luster to our neighborhoods by partnering with citizens to identify and eliminate the problems associated with the most troublesome properties in our City. CAPS provides a vehicle for us to work together to ensure that each of Richmond’s neighborhoods is clean, safe, and healthy.

The CAPS philosophy recognizes that code enforcement alone cannot deal with blighted and other problem properties in the City. Nor can the Police alone always solve crime-plagued properties. A key feature of CAPS is that numerous city departments work together as a team with citizens to ensure that a problem property will stay a priority until a satisfactory resolution is reached. The CAPS process has achieved outstanding results in all parts of the City.

Posted: January 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Events, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on CAPS Meeting Tomorrow

Neighborhood Patrol Discovers Another Break-In

Tonight I went out with another homeowner to drop off flyers about the recent buglaries and to keep an eye out for everyone. We walked around most homes – particularly the dark and obviously empty – to make sure no “two legged rats” were around.

We didn’t get far before discovering one house with a broken window and a back door with shattered glass. We immediately reported this to the police and they came out to investigate. The police seemed very aware of the many recent burglaries in the area, and even said they caught 5 kids coming out of one house. But in that case the criminals were underage so they were quickly released to their parents! Apparently B&E (that’s breaking and entering, for those who don’t speak Cop) isn’t a big deal if you are underage.

It’s obvious these kids are coming in groups and targeting homes when no one is there. This last home was completely dark, the motion light was not working, the security system was not in use and the next door neighbor said he hadn’t seen anyone there for about a week. That house was an easy target, and as I write this the resident still does not know they have been robbed because no one knows exactly who lives there or how to get in touch with them.

If you are leaving your home for more than 24 hours, do yourself a favor and let your neighbors and the police know. Richmond City Police offers a free home watch service. Just visit the local precinct (We are 3rd precinct, Sector 313 located at 301 South Meadow Street, Richmond Virginia 23223). or download the form from this page. (They prefer a few weeks notice, so try to plan ahead.) And at least leave some lights on and activate your security system! ADT has plans for less than $30 a month. If your security system is not active and monitored it is useless.

Posted: December 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Neighborhood Patrol Discovers Another Break-In

Recent Break-Ins & 10 Ways to Secure Your Home

Over the past week there have been reports of attempted and successful break-ins in Randolph West. 1617 Jacquelin Street was broken into twice in recent days and there were attempted break-ins at 1700 Kemper Street and 1608 Lakeview Avenue.

1617 Jacquelin had 2 laptops and a Playstation stolen. The house was entered through a side window where the screen was cut and removed. The incidents occurred sometime during the night this past weekend (Nov 20 – 22).

10 Ways to Secure Your Property

There are many different things we can do to secure ourselves and our property while living in downtown Richmond:

  1. Lock Windows, Doors and Use Window Security Tabs
    An extended window security tab.

    An extended window security tab.

    Everyone knows this, but you can’t be reminded enough – lock and bolt your doors. Lock your windows. Also, all windows in Randolph West have security tabs. Be sure they’re activated (extended) and your windows will not be able to be opened more than a few inches – even if someone breaks the glass.

  2. Add Additional Locks
    Even with your doors locked and bolted, a good hard kick can sometimes break the frame and open the door (ever watched COPS?). Install additional locks beyond the standard locks to prevent people from kicking your doors in. If you’re not sure how to do this on your own contact the HOA – info@randolphwesthoa.com
  3. Activate Your Security System
    All homes in Randolph West have a built in security system, but it must be active and used properly to provide any protection. These systems can be activated and monitored by any security company (like ADT) and the cost is very minimal – $20 to $40 per month.
  4. Turn On Outdoor Lights
    Criminals don’t want to be seen when they’re trying to break into a home. Turn on your front and back porch lights and leave them on all night, every night. If every home in Randolph West keeps their lights on, break-ins will be reduced! New street lights and alley lights are on the way, but until then we must light up our area of Richmond.
  5. Keep blinds closed
    Criminals are more likely to break into a home when they know they have the chance at stealing something valuable. Keep all your blinds closed night and day so anything of value will be hidden from outside. And if your blinds are broken, replace them immediately. Broken blinds don’t just allow criminals to browse the merchandise, it also makes the neighborhood look bad.
  6. Do not leave product boxes outside
    If you buy a brand new big screen plasma TV (or any other valuable product that someone could carry away quickly), don’t advertise that fact by leaving the box outside. To criminals that’s like putting up a sign saying “Break into this house!”
  7. Know Your Neighbors
    Simply taking the time to know who lives around you will allow you to know when someone around our homes is not supposed to be there. Stop and introduce yourself.
  8. Join the Email List
    Anytime there is any criminal activity we send out messages to the email list. Click here to join the email list here and you’ll know immediately if there are any incidents.
  9. Get Renters Insurance
    We have a lot of renters in our area. If you rent in Ranoldph West (or anywhere else really),  you’d be wise to have a renters insurance policy. They’re very inexpensive and will protect all your valuables. Check with car insurance company as they might provide even more discounts for having multiple policies.
  10. Get Involved
    Be a part of  the Homeowners Association and/or the Neighborhood Watch. Even if you’re not a homeowner, we want you to be at the meetings and communicate with everyone. Randolph West neighborhood watch contact: Tyrone – jacksoty@aol.com HOA contact: Morgan – info@randolphwesthoa.com

What To Do If You’re a Victim

If you have a break-in (or notice an attempted break-in) please do the following:

  1. Call the Police. Call 911 or the Richmond Police non-emergency number 804-646-5100.
  2. Notify the Randolph West Homeowners Assoc.  – info@randolphwesthoa.com – so we can get the message out to everyone.
Posted: November 23rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Recent Break-Ins & 10 Ways to Secure Your Home

Richmond Fire Station Closures

International Firefighters AssociationDue to budget cuts, the Richmond Fire Department has been forced to make staffing cuts. When staff is sick, takes vacation or has other absences, they are not paying overtime to fill in the absence. Because some firehouses are already low on staff, they simply close entire firehouses – sometimes for 24 hours.

These closures result in fewer companies to respond to emergencies and requires other companies to travel further distances. You see where this is going – Richmond fire coverage is suffering, and it could get worse.

The The Richmond Firefighters Association, I.A.F.F. Local 995, has created a blog to list all fire house closures, and to educate citizens on this critical issue. They suggest citizens contact their councilman to let them know we’re not happy about these closures.

For those of us in the 5th District, you can contact our Councilman, Marty Jewell at 804-646-6050 or email him at marty.jewell@richmondgov.com

Important Links from this article

Richmond Firefighters Association Blog (Lists all fire station closures)

Posted: November 8th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: 5th District, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Richmond Fire Station Closures

3rd Quarter Richmond City Housing Analysis

From the Department of Community Development November 2009 Newsletter:

The city’s 3rd Quarter Housing Analysis shows that the average sales price in the city of Richmond for all residential units (4 units and below) was $182,253 as compared with $181,025 from last quarter, and $204,208 from this time last year.

Between July 1 and September 30, 720 units were sold as compared with the 2nd Quarter’s 956 units (compared to 1,164 units in the 3Q of 2008). There were 227 foreclosures in the 3rd quarter, down from 264 in the second quarter; which brings the 2009 total to date to 694. This is on pace to eclipse last year’s total of 768.

Posted: November 8th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: News, Real Estate News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on 3rd Quarter Richmond City Housing Analysis

City Councilman Marty Jewell Arrested for DUI

City Councilman Marty Jewell's mugshot

City Councilman Marty Jewell's mugshot

Our 5th district Councilman “Marty” Jewell was arrested at 1:30AM on Oct 24. At this time, no details have been released, but the councilman did release this statement to CBS 6 News:

“On the advice of council, I won’t be saying anything more until Monday. I look forward to all the facts being made public.”

We look forward to hearing those details too, Marty.

Links to local coverage:

RVA News

Times Dispatch

CBS 6

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update Oct 29 9:20AM:
There has been no report or response from Councilman Jewell or his staff. The day after the arrest Jewell attended the regularly scheduled City Council meeting but had no comment.

Posted: October 26th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: 5th District, Crime, News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Governor Kaine to Visit Byrd House Market Tomorrow (June 16)

From the Byrd House Market:

Gov. Tim Kaine will be visiting the Byrd House Market from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday June 16, to see how the market works with other WBCH programs to enrich the community. Come and greet the governor and show him how much you love your market!

Get more information on the Byrd House Market Blog.

Posted: June 15th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Events, News, Non-Randolph | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Governor Kaine to Visit Byrd House Market Tomorrow (June 16)

National Night Out: August 4

The “26th Annual National Night Out” (NNO), a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, 2009 (Texas will celebrate on October 6th, 2009). We cordially invite you and your community to be a part of our NIGHT OUT 2009 team.

Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2008.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

See the Richmond Police Department’s annoucement on Facebook.

Learn more about National Night Out at www.natw.org/nno

Posted: June 5th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Events, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on National Night Out: August 4

Traffic Alert: Cary & Thompson

From the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities:

DPU TRAFFIC ALERT – W Cary Street & S Thompson Street

RICHMOND, VA— On Wednesday, June 3, 2009 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities will be removing natural gas piping from the road for a future road improvement project at the intersection of W. Cary Street and S. Thompson Street

Motorists coming into Carytown from the I-95 exit ramp will only have the ability to turn east on Cary Street.   There will be one east bound lane open on Cary Street for thru traffic.  Turns onto Thompson Street from Cary Street will be restricted.

Construction area will be clearly marked with cones and signage.  Motorists should follow all posted detour signs.  Moderate traffic disruption is expected.  Motorists are asked to proceed with caution around the construction area.

The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities provides natural gas, water, wastewater and stormwater services to more than 500,000 residential and commercial customers in the metropolitan region.  DPU also operates electric street lighting utility, which maintains more than 37,000 streetlights throughout the City.  For more information, call DPU’s Customer Care Center at 644-3000 or visit DPU’s Web site at www.richmondgov.com/dpu.

Posted: June 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: News, Non-Randolph, Traffic & Road Construction | Comments Off on Traffic Alert: Cary & Thompson