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Security patrol for Lower Rockridge South/West

with David Groves and Justin Horner
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To date
$27,404.97
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Tilted at [?] $8,200
Target at $24,600
Security patrol for Lower Rockridge South/West
David G started the campaign

While there is little doubt you’re aware of the increase in street crime in our neighborhood, you may not feel like there’s anything you can do about it.  Many of us have been working with the police department, contacting our public officials, looking out for our neighbors, and participating in block and community organizing activities, like our Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils.  Yet crime is getting worse, not better.  While the city and the police are doing what they can, we feel it’s time for us as a community to begin exploring a wide range of ideas and taking some action on our own.

One idea that many have expressed interest in is hiring private security to patrol our neighborhood. Our neighbors in Lower Rockridge North/West have begun what looks to be a successful crowdsourcing campaign to fund private security.  We think it’s an idea worth testing on this side of Claremont, and we’re hoping that you agree and will help make this happen!

A Campaign to Fund Private Patrols for Our Neighborhood

This campaign is to fund a private security patrol for our neighborhood for a four-month trial period, from November 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014. The area that would be patrolled is bordered by the 24 freeway to the north, Broadway to the east, 51st Street to the south, and Telegraph Avenue to the west (e.g. Lower Rockridge South/West). Patrolling would be handled by VMA Security Group, the same security firm the Lower Rockridge North/West neighborhood is using, and the one used by the Rockridge merchants association.

***UPDATE, 11/29/2013***

Our goal is for VMA to patrol 12 hours a day (times to be determined) and 6 days a week, during the trial period. Patrolling would be performed by one uniformed guard in a highly visible “cop car.”  

To support patrols for 5 days a week, we need to sign up 250 households to contract with VMA Security Group at $20/month (plus a 2.5% commission to crowdtilt). Then to continue service for 5-days a week beyond the end of February, 250 households will need to enter into contract with VMA Security Group at $20 per month, renewable and paid at six-month intervals after the trial period ends. 

However, we are shooting for six-days of coverage now. So our “Fundraising Target Amount” has been increased to $24,600. If we can get 250 households to contribute $82, with the extra donations we've received, we'll meet this goal. 

Why should I participate? Why not let my neighbors support the effort?  It is true that the whole neighborhood and our visitors will benefit from these patrols. There will be dedicated eyes and ears on our streets to (1) deter crime, (2) respond to concerns, (3) and collect information if incidents do occur that may be not be collected due to short police staffing. However, households that participate and enter into contract will receive additional benefits:

  • Households in contract will be provided a direct phone number to the patrol member to use to report suspicious activity and request a safety escort to/from your car if needed.
  • The security firm can be instructed to respond to alarms of any house under contract. Imagine the short response time, as the patrol car will literally be only a few blocks away!
  • Households in contract can request extra monitoring of your house while on vacation

But most importantly, if we can’t get a minimum number of households to sign up for a contract, we can’t move forward at all.  We think this is a quite reasonable price to explore an idea to improve public safety in our neighborhood over the next few months.  Contributing to the Crowdtilt does not obligate you to enter into a contract with VMA beyond February 2014.  As that date nears, we would decide as a community whether continuing service makes sense.

 

Why VMA Security Group?  VMA Security Group is the security firm that the Rockridge merchants association contracts with for holiday patrolling on College Avenue.  They are an Oakland-based company, staffed by Oaklanders, and have begun offering this service in part due to their concerns about safety.  VMA has already been patrolling in the Sequoya Hills neighborhood, and is the group our Lower Rockridge neighbors are going with, which may provide some opportunities for more coverage.

Their current client list also includes the merchants associations for Elmwood and Temescal, as well as the Oakland Museum of California, the Fox Theater, Children’s Fairyland, and Oakland Ice Center, and many other Oakland businesses.  

Can I End My Contract Early?  

Contracts can be canceled anytime during the trial period and the remainder will be pro-rated. After February 2014, they must be renewed for 6-month period of time. This helps the security company plan for and provide stable employment for the patrollers that will be helping us be more safe!

Can I pledge more than $82.00?  Yes, you are certainly welcome to bring us closer to a security patrol if it is within your means.

What if I live outside the specified area?  Households who reside outside of the area are welcome to contribute; however, they will NOT be eligible to enter into contract with VMA Security Group as part of this patrol effort.  Households outside of the specified area who are interested in patrol services should organize and set up their own crowd-funding campaign.  Feel free to contact us for details.

I have more questions. Who should I ask? This effort is being organized by the following residents. Please reach out if you have any questions or would like to help!

  • David, Justin, Amy, and Misti ([email protected])
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Campaign Description:

While there is little doubt you’re aware of the increase in street crime in our neighborhood, you may not feel like there’s anything you can do about it.  Many of us have been working with the police department, contacting our public officials, looking out for our neighbors, and participating in block and community organizing activities, like our Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils.  Yet crime is getting worse, not better.  While the city and the police are doing what they can, we feel it’s time for us as a community to begin exploring a wide range of ideas and taking some action on our own.

One idea that many have expressed interest in is hiring private security to patrol our neighborhood. Our neighbors in Lower Rockridge North/West have begun what looks to be a successful crowdsourcing campaign to fund private security.  We think it’s an idea worth testing on this side of Claremont, and we’re hoping that you agree and will help make this happen!

A Campaign to Fund Private Patrols for Our Neighborhood

This campaign is to fund a private security patrol for our neighborhood for a four-month trial period, from November 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014. The area that would be patrolled is bordered by the 24 freeway to the north, Broadway to the east, 51st Street to the south, and Telegraph Avenue to the west (e.g. Lower Rockridge South/West). Patrolling would be handled by VMA Security Group, the same security firm the Lower Rockridge North/West neighborhood is using, and the one used by the Rockridge merchants association.

***UPDATE, 11/29/2013***

Our goal is for VMA to patrol 12 hours a day (times to be determined) and 6 days a week, during the trial period. Patrolling would be performed by one uniformed guard in a highly visible “cop car.”  

To support patrols for 5 days a week, we need to sign up 250 households to contract with VMA Security Group at $20/month (plus a 2.5% commission to crowdtilt). Then to continue service for 5-days a week beyond the end of February, 250 households will need to enter into contract with VMA Security Group at $20 per month, renewable and paid at six-month intervals after the trial period ends. 

However, we are shooting for six-days of coverage now. So our “Fundraising Target Amount” has been increased to $24,600. If we can get 250 households to contribute $82, with the extra donations we've received, we'll meet this goal. 

Why should I participate? Why not let my neighbors support the effort?  It is true that the whole neighborhood and our visitors will benefit from these patrols. There will be dedicated eyes and ears on our streets to (1) deter crime, (2) respond to concerns, (3) and collect information if incidents do occur that may be not be collected due to short police staffing. However, households that participate and enter into contract will receive additional benefits:

  • Households in contract will be provided a direct phone number to the patrol member to use to report suspicious activity and request a safety escort to/from your car if needed.
  • The security firm can be instructed to respond to alarms of any house under contract. Imagine the short response time, as the patrol car will literally be only a few blocks away!
  • Households in contract can request extra monitoring of your house while on vacation

But most importantly, if we can’t get a minimum number of households to sign up for a contract, we can’t move forward at all.  We think this is a quite reasonable price to explore an idea to improve public safety in our neighborhood over the next few months.  Contributing to the Crowdtilt does not obligate you to enter into a contract with VMA beyond February 2014.  As that date nears, we would decide as a community whether continuing service makes sense.

 

Why VMA Security Group?  VMA Security Group is the security firm that the Rockridge merchants association contracts with for holiday patrolling on College Avenue.  They are an Oakland-based company, staffed by Oaklanders, and have begun offering this service in part due to their concerns about safety.  VMA has already been patrolling in the Sequoya Hills neighborhood, and is the group our Lower Rockridge neighbors are going with, which may provide some opportunities for more coverage.

Their current client list also includes the merchants associations for Elmwood and Temescal, as well as the Oakland Museum of California, the Fox Theater, Children’s Fairyland, and Oakland Ice Center, and many other Oakland businesses.  

Can I End My Contract Early?  

Contracts can be canceled anytime during the trial period and the remainder will be pro-rated. After February 2014, they must be renewed for 6-month period of time. This helps the security company plan for and provide stable employment for the patrollers that will be helping us be more safe!

Can I pledge more than $82.00?  Yes, you are certainly welcome to bring us closer to a security patrol if it is within your means.

What if I live outside the specified area?  Households who reside outside of the area are welcome to contribute; however, they will NOT be eligible to enter into contract with VMA Security Group as part of this patrol effort.  Households outside of the specified area who are interested in patrol services should organize and set up their own crowd-funding campaign.  Feel free to contact us for details.

I have more questions. Who should I ask? This effort is being organized by the following residents. Please reach out if you have any questions or would like to help!

  • David, Justin, Amy, and Misti ([email protected])
 
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IMPORTANT EVOLUTION OF THE ROCKRIDGE SECURITY PATROL CAMPAIGN....

Dear Rockridge Security Patrol participant,

This is absolutely amazing. We have about 180 households signed-up, and we are near reaching to $20,500 financial goal for this campaign! Thanks for your generosity and efforts in reaching out to your fellow neighbors.

HOWEVER, even if we get to $20,500, we still need 250 families to sign-up in order to put the extra contributions we've received towards additional patrol time. That's 70 more households.

So, I'm going to increase the financial goal for this campaign to $24,600. At this level, we'll be able to pay for 6 days of 12 hour coverage. This would enable us to cover Saturday and Saturday night!

Rest assured, we're not really moving the goal posts on you. We're still looking for $82/household. For those of you who have already contributed, please just help us find the other 70 households! We've accomplished our initial goal, and we will have 5-days of 12-hour coverage starting November 4. We're just looking ahead to when we reach 250 households, and anticipating that we'll want to work for broader patrol coverage. 

Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks again for everything that you are doing!!
UPDATE

CLARIFICATION ON THE "SAFETY ESCORT"

This is not a service to provide rides or follow people home from BART. Rather, if someone feels that they need an escort for safety reasons to or from their car, they can phone the security officer and request such an escort. If the officer is available they will provide it. 
UPDATE

We're almost ready to tilt. Thanks so much!!!

If you haven't already, please email me with your street address. We will use this information to help us target our out reach and to pass along to the security firm once we start drafting up contracts. We will only share it with the security firm.

Thanks!!!
Dave and Justin
UPDATE

Hello Folks..... I'll use this comment space to answer questions as I receive them. Please be patient as I wade through my emails.

Question: I contributed my $82. Am I under contract now?
Answer: Not yet! Your contribution will be charged to your credit card only once we've reached our Tilt Amount of $8,200. (This should happen soon at the rate we're going.) At that point the money will go to the organizers. We will then immediately work with the security company to establish individual contracts for 4-months with each and every household that signed-up. 
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