Greetings Upper Rockridge Neighbors,
This is your monthly URNA Newsletter to help us better stay in contact with you!
(This mailing is addressed to: Current and Former Members of URNA, Volunteers, Newsletter subscribers. Feel free to forward to anyone and ask them to subscribe)
WHO WE ARE: URNA is made up of a small group of volunteers that contribute considerable time, effort to help make our neighborhood safer. The reality of our times is that Oakland Police still is not fully staffed and has limited resources that get allocated more to "hot spots" of the city. URNA is one of about 7 different neighborhood associations doing this type of activity and we meet every several months to share info and also liase with OPD and city council members.
URNA PATROLS HAVE CHANGED: READ THIS IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!
Stragetgic Partnership with Bay Alarm:
SC3 has discontinued Service in Oakland: URNA patrols have been provided by SC3 (San Jose) and contracted hourly by URNA. We like our patrol person Alex a lot, but unfortunately, the owner of the company SC3 decided to divest all business in Oakland area. URNA has been scrambling to consider options.
Challenges of hiring patrols: ALL of the 7 neighborhood associations in North Oakland struggle with patrol services. The number of hours they patrol depends on money raised by contribution or member dues. And the performance is not always ideal. The associations represent a fairly small revenue for these companies.
The Good News: URNA/Bay Alarm Partnership
Unlike many surrounding areas, the URNA coverage area is unique in that it contains a lot of households that contract with Bay Alarm in some fashion already - they are well established here, and it is likely you've seen their patrols driving our streets already. So, it made sense for URNA to consider partnering with them, and for Bay to court URNA members. They are a local company with infrastructure in our area that is very well established, including a local dispatch center, and multiple patrol cars.
ANNOUNCING A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP :
BAY ALARM PATROLS / URNA!
Bay Alarm Residential Patrol Service Features:
We think you'll really appreciate the services provided! A sales brochure can be viewed with link below but here is a short summary.
- Random Patrols with well marked vehicles: 24 hours/day, 7 days/week!
- Suspicious Activity dispatch: call when you observe something suspicious in your area
- Alarm response: If you have an alarm your monitoring service can dispatch Bay patrols
- Vacation Watch: Inspect daily/collect mail
- Safety Escort
- ONLINE access to patrol logs - see the passes patrols make on daily basis
Click to view Bay Alarm Patrols Services Brochure -> Bay Patrol Services Brochure
THE NEW BAY PATROLS are less costly for URNA Full members, and same for Associate members. CLICK HERE for more info.
Discounts on other Bay Services: Bay will offer URNA members discounts on other services it provides as well: Alarms, Alarm upgrade to Bay, Alarm Monitoring, Cameras, and more.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE BAY ALARM hardware or monitoring, or even an alarm to have parol services.
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING URNA. We have a low-low rate for Associate members now too. Help us keep the neighborhood safe. Thx. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE NEW MEMBER RATES BELOW
A COMPLETE FAQ ABOUT HOW TO SIGN UP WILL BE SENT TO NEW MEMBERS.
URNA has over 300 Newsletter subscribers but only a portion of you contribute to patrols, so please help keep your residence and our community safe by joining now.
AREA CRIME MAP June turned out to rev up the crime a bit unfortunately after a calm March/April. Several robberies and if you read NextDoor (you should) you'll see a number of car break-ins. Even some assaults this last month :-( SEE the PARKING OUTSIDE tips below or on our website. There is some new technology where keyless remotes are compromised.
Check out the crime map from JUNE below. CLICK on map or link below for interactive version.
The BEST way to view this is interactively via the CrimeMapper link: http://www.crimemapping.com/Share/URNA If you pick an address close to the center of URNA coverage map (e.g. 77 Clarewood Ln is good), you can see crime in the whole area when you don't limit to the 1 mile radius as shown above...
***FACTOID: THERE ARE OVER 1500 homes in URNA coverage area. Our patrols benefit ALL of them. Please take part in the collective safety of our neighborhood!
See the LOWER MEMBER RATES below and JOIN URNA now!
JULY 2017: DISCOUNT FOR NEW MEMBERS and lower rate. URNA Patrols are now provided by Bay Alarm - a well established security company in our area.