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.

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

We Must Do Our Part To Stop Crime

From the Randolph West HOA President:

We must all do those things necessary to prevent crime.

We tried for over 5 years to get street lights. Yes we will get them in the next 60 days installed as long as RRHA and the City fund the installation as promised.

All of you were instructed to make sure your MOTION LIGHTS were operable. On each break-in or attempted break-in the Homeowner did not have their MOTION LIGHT in the on position; this is negligence.

We have also found that some of you refuse to utilize your built-in home ALARM SYSTEMS BFE had installed in every home in Randolph West; this is negligence.

However, we can not make any excuses for the criminals who would enter your homes with the intent to rob you or do harm to you. These people are not worthy of living period.

Every Homeowner should stay alert wherever you live and also watch out for your neighbor too.

The police are only going to come after you have been victimized, therefore, it is incumbent upon you to do the right thing. Most of you do not follow simple requests to keep your TRASH CANS pulled back to the concrete pad in front of your storage room for obvious reasons. When a neighborhood starts to look tacky and slummy, that neighborhood tends to invite the two legged RATS!!!

All of you need to do better to protect your turf and do not despair when these awful things occur because of simple security measures neglected by you. We are living in tough times and there are those who want to take what you have rather than get a job to earn what they want.

Posted: December 29th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Discussions & Questions, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on We Must Do Our Part To Stop Crime

CRIME ALERT! Another Break-In

On Wednesday December 23 at approximately 10PM a house on Jacquelin Street was broken into. The criminals broke a side window with a 2 by 4, and climbed in the window. The homeowner was not home but, a security alarm was present and active. At this time it appears the alarm and/or vigilant neighbors scared the criminals off and they left before stealing any items from the household.

Please continue to keep an eye out for yourselves and your neighbors, particularly during the holidays. For more ways to protect your homes, see this list of 10 Ways to Secure Your Property.

Update (12/29)

On the night of Sunday Dec. 27 a home on Kemper Street was burglarized. The criminal(s) broke the glass on the back door and unlocked the door through the broken window. The were able to steal a few items from the house. There are also reports that a home on Lakeview has been burglarized as well. We will post more info if and when it becomes available.

Also, there are reports that these criminals are going out of their way to break into unoccupied households. They are sometimes simply knocking on the door to see if anyone is home. If someone answers the door they claim to be looking for a random person and then say they must have the wrong house. If you ever have someone knocking on your door, and you do not know them, DO NOT open the door. Instead, call 911 immediately.

Posted: December 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, News | Comments Off on CRIME ALERT! 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

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 »

In Addition….

–there was also, a break-in on Lakeview Ave.  The measley individual(s) took a patio chair off the back porch and used it go through a window this past Saturday night (4/11/2009).  No one was home and the police were called and dusted for fingerprints.  I have yet to receive an update.  With that being said, make sure your SECURITY TABS are engaged on your windows!!!!  They help.  Also, even if your ALARM SYSTEM is not being monitored you can still activate and use a very loud deterrent.  If you are getting triple play from comcast (which most do because of the way the package) you’re halfway there.  Set it up and spend the extra $20 per month.  If you have four roommates, do the math–not much extra a month.  CALL UNITED TECHNOLOGIES AT (804) 307-3783 and ask for the Randolph West HOA Discount–not sure if that exists but, hell.  Ask anyway 🙂   Also, KNOW YOUR BLOCK CAPTAINS!!!! WE ARE STILL AWAITING THE INSTALLATION OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH SIGNS.  I’M OUT.

Posted: April 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, News | Comments Off on In Addition….

Burgalaries on the Rise!

An alert to all residents of the Randolph area! A home on Kemper Street was burgalarized recently. Apparently there was a TV stolen from the residence. If you have any more information on this incident please post it here (use the comment feature below).

I got a call earlier this week from Joe Alexander. He told me that at 2AM on Saturday morning he noticed someone on my back porch. He asked the man what he was doing, knowing the person did not belong there, and the man said something like his aunt lived at my house. Joe told the man to leave and called the police but they obviously did not arrive in time. This was obviously the man who later came back to break into the home on Kemper Street.

Thank you Joe! I could have been the one missing a TV today (or who knows what else).

What to do to prevent crime in our area:

  • Know your neighbors. You won’t know if someone suspicious is around if you don’t know who IS supposed to be there.
  • Leave front and back porch lights ON all night. We don’t have enough street lights in Randolph West (don’t get me started on that) so the more light the better.
  • Keep doors locked and blinds closed.
  • Do not put product boxes outside. If someone sees a large screen TV box outside by the trash can, they already know whats in your house they can steal.
  • Add more locks. Install additional locks beyond the standard locks to prevent people from kicking your doors in.
  • Activate your security system. Every home in Randolph West has a built in security system. Activate it and put up signs letting everyone know you have a system and you’re using it. Even if you’re not – put up a sign anyway. Every house in Randolph should have a security sign posted.
  • 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
Posted: April 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, News | Tags: | Comments Off on Burgalaries on the Rise!