Neighborhood Safety In and Around Lowry

Denver City District 5 Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer sends a frequent, robust newsletter to her constituents about everything happening in the District. Are you subscribed? If not, sign up here. Councilwoman Sawyer recently sent residents some very important community safety information, which we are passing along:

"Violent crime throughout the entire city has gone up significantly this year, and the Denver Police Department is doing everything they can to manage it. Our office has been working for months with Commander Bancroft, Division Chief Thomas, and Director of Safety Murphy Robinson to apply for a grant that would bring additional officers on foot patrols along the East Colfax corridor from Monaco to Yosemite and focus staff in this area. The grant application is due in February. We will update you as soon as we know more and may ask for letters from neighbors in support of our application.

"This effort won’t bring back victims of [the recent robbery and homicide in Montclair] or other acts of violence in our community, but it may stop something similar from occurring again. In the meantime, please watch out for your neighbors, report suspicious behavior, and, if you have firearms in your home, please lock them up. The guns used in the December 28th crime, which has been determined to be random, were stolen from homes in previous burglaries. You can help us keep these guns off the street.

"In addition, Jeannine Shaw with Denver Water offers the information below to help us identify people posing as utility workers, which is how the suspects in Montclair gained entry to the home.

"How to spot a scam or a fake water worker and to stay safe:
  • Before opening your door, look for clearly marked vehicles and equipment outside. Denver Water crews drive a white vehicle, clearly marked with the blue Denver Water logo. Check for the Denver Water logo on clothing and hats, and always ask to see an employee identification card.
  • Denver Water also works with contractors on projects, including pipe replacement and the Lead Reduction Program. Click here and scroll down to see a list with logos highlighting those construction companies
  • Denver Water employees typically only visit homes to alert residents of an emergency like a water main break or a major construction project that will impact their street. It is rare for employees to actually go inside a home, but if they do, the resident typically called Denver Water to initiate or schedule service.
  • When in doubt about a Denver Water employee or someone from any utlity company, call them out. If someone says they’re from Denver Water and they look suspicious or you feel threatened, don’t let them in and call 911 right away.

Homeowners also can contact Denver Water Customer Care at 303-893-2444 to verify if an employee has been dispatched to their home. Additional information is provided by the Denver Police Department and the Denver District Attorney’s OfficeWatch this video for more information and awareness."

The LCMA has also experienced theft of backflow devices over the last few weeks by individuals posing as utilities employees.  Please note that legitimate work being done on LCMA property will be done by individuals in vehicles clearly marked with "Keesen" or "Preservation Tree Care."  

Keeping Up with Snow

Another ongoing community safety issue is snow removal. While this winter is less snowy than others past, Denver's fluctuating temperatures mean that snow can easily stick around for several days; the thaw/freeze cycle also leads to ice that can be dangerous if not managed. The official city policy is that after a snowfall, residents have 24 hours to clear the snow from all sidewalks adjacent to their property; businesses have 4 hours. A frequent complaint is that RTD doesn't clear its bus stops--but did you know that its policy is to only shovel stops where there's a shelter? Otherwise, bus stops are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner.

There are many reasons residents don't shovel: physical and logistical limitations, or sometimes folks simply don't know they're required to do so. If you see an unshoveled sidewalk, you can report it to 311. Check in with your neighbors to see if any need help; you can also register to be a Snow Angel to shovel for someone in your community. The Snow Angel program works the other way, too: you can request shoveling assistance for your property. And if you're wondering if you'll see an area plowed during a particular snow event, click here to see the City's removal and plowing plan.

Lowry Elementary Fundraiser goes virtual! Save the date for this headliner fundraising event--general admission is free this year! Money raised at this event funds school programs (like the garden), curriculum support, and staff.
Staying involved and active. While all Dever Recreation Centers remain closed for the foreseeable future, that doesn't mean there aren't any classes happening. Denver Parks and Rec has taken their programming online with a full calendar of virtual classes five days a week. These range from arts and crafts, to exercise, to cooking! View the full, impressive schedule here.  The one in-person programming activity happening at Montclair Rec Center is the Tasty Food program: all children, 18 and under, can come to the Center Monday-Friday between 3-5:00 pm to pick up supper and a snack. These meals are free and no ID or registration is required.
Denver Public Library is still here for you as well. They have a host of virtual services and classes you can view on their Facebook. As always, the library catalog is available online, and holds no longer require an appointment to pick up (though appointments are recommended). View Schlessman's walk-up schedule here--you can also use that link to request a Curbside Library Bundle, a handpicked collection of up to 10 items based on your requests.
Don't forget about your holiday decorations! Per LCMA Guidelines, all holiday decorations and lights must be removed by January 31.
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