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S.C.H.A.R.C. Project
  There are six neighborhoods that have agreed to participate; two will be combined to make one team. The neighborhoods include Park Crossing, Quail Hollow Estates, Montibello, Huntingtowne Farms, and the Old Salem/Woodbridge communities. We all met on two occasions to determine the name, the goals, and the measurement tools that will be used for the project. The name that the communities have agreed on is:  South Charlotte Homeowners Against Residential Crime.   The mission statement of the competition is the following:  Communities Engaging to Win against Crime.  The simple goal is to reduce crime as much as possible within these communities by encouraging and empowering the residents to do the things that we know have helped in reducing crime.  Ideally this will foster improved neighborhood communication and police/community communication.
 
The competition will last six months from starting January 1, 2011. The measurements will involve a dual measurement system.
  • 1st, the participating communities will be gauged on a per home rate of incidents that will include 3 crime categories (Larceny from Auto, Larceny of Auto, and Residential Burglary). From there, the communities will be ranked -1st= lowest rate per homes in the neighborhood.
     
  • 2nd, the communities will be gauged on the number of infractions per number random 25 homes per week. The audits could be at any time of the day. From here the communities will be ranked. 1st = fewest infractions/25 homes
     
  • The weekly audits will include the following items:
                A.  Garage doors open
                B.  Vehicles left unlocked
                C.  Valuables left in vehicles
                D.  Newspapers/ Packages/ Dry Cleaning left unattended
 
 
The neighborhood with the least amount of points will be ranked first.
  • During the weekly audits if the neighborhood has a community event or meeting they will have a 5 point reduction. We will make contact with 5 separate houses in each neighborhood during the weekly audit and see if those homeowners have a list of serial numbers; this will also be considered bonus points for the week. Bonus points will be also awarded for 911 calls made in reference to suspicious people and vehicles.
  • The weekly audits will generate more zone checks and citizen contacts along with more communication between the neighborhood leaders and their residents.
  • Officer Kitchens and Officer Jackson will be responsible for the weekly audits and informing the neighborhoods of the outcome each week.

The winning neighborhood will be presented with a trophy and a sign for their neighborhood. We anticipate that this project to continue and more neighborhoods will want to get involved so the sign will move every six months. As we progress there will be a community event planned at the end of the competition.