Several years ago, Doug Barner volunteered to chair the CBCL Safety and Neighborhood Watch Committee. He took on public safety issues, such as having crosswalks installed and signs posted to alert drivers to the crosswalks, having no-parking signs posted on the street beside our bike path, and having the police monitor the speed of vehicles along our main thoroughfares to decrease the number of vehicles driving unsafely along our streets. Doug inaugurated the National Night Out program in Chesapeake Beach and through his personal efforts obtained certification from the city for our Neighborhood Watch program. Doug’s crime prevention efforts were so noteworthy that the city’s Crime Prevention Steering Committee voted him 2006 Citizen of the Year for the entire city of Virginia Beach.
Doug’s greatest efforts were aimed at crime prevention. He created an ongoing series of crime prevention and safety articles that appeared in every issue of The Chesapeake Beach Soundings. A cornerstone of this community was lost when Doug Barner passed away, yet for all of us in Chesapeake Beach, part of Doug will continue to live on through the safety programs founded by Doug and the crosswalks installed and the signs posted through Doug’s efforts. The crime prevention and safety articles written by Doug continue to be pertinent to Chesapeake Beach residents, today. This page will display a changing variety of Doug’s articles for the ongoing benefit of our residents.
by Doug Barner
(reprinted from one of Doug’s Safety Corner columns from 2006)
Let me remind you that we see an increase in larceny, burglary, destruction of property, and breaking and entering/commercial. Please remain especially aware of your surroundings and always keep safety in mind. I urge our neighbors to call in any suspicious activity to the police department’s non-emergency number, 757-385-5000. This is what the Neighborhood Watch Program is all about. Our neighborhood is very important to our community, which includes families, singles, youth, seniors, and businesses.
Now is a good time to update or create your home inventory. Take photos or make videos of items and list descriptions and serial numbers. If your home is burglarized, having a detailed inventory can help police identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file. Make sure things like TV’s, DVD players, stereo equipment, cameras, camcorders, sports equipment, jewelry, silver, computers, home office equipment, and power tools are on the list. CHECK YOUR LIST TWICE!!
Do your part to make your neighborhood a safe and happy place for everybody – except criminals!
P.O. Box 5118
Virginia Beach, VA 23471