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Updates, Reminders, This and That:

  • The Britton Road project is almost complete.  We are still slated for bike symbols for the bike lanes, which should be installed in the next few weeks. Decorative lighting and landscaping is in the works as well.  The sidewalks and bike lanes provide great access for our neighborhood to Lake Hefner.  Lake Hefner actually has water it in now, so let's get out and enjoy!
  • This year's annual Spring Cleanup ran into a couple of problems.  First, the Waste Management truck that delivers the dumpster got a flat tire and didn't make it.  Second, it rained. Our team of Briarcreek volunteers and OU student-volunteers enjoyed snacks and coffee and hoped for the rain to stop. But, we finally called it a day. We were able to replace entrance bed plants that have died over the years, but didn't get our other projects completed.  We will try again next year.  Mark your calendars for April 2016 and check the Briarcreek Facebook page and website for the latest.
  • The annual Garage Sale weekend was held in May.  Some residents were concerned about rain and canceling was discussed.  But, it ended up being a beautiful weekend. The Briarcreek sales coincided with Canyon North and Lansbrook neighborhood sales and those who had their garage sales said they had lots of shoppers and very successful sales.
  • Britton Courtyard Apartments, on Britton Road, is under new management.  We have been informed they are planning security and other improvements.
  • Don't forget that Trash Bins must be out of sight. It is against City Code to have them visible from the front of the house.
  •  Don't forget our bylaws don't allow for signs in front yards.  The only signs allowed are Home for Sale signs.  No political, lawn care, or other signs are allowed.
  • We all love our pets and they love walks. Please remember to bring baggies and pick up after your animals - vacant lots included.  Also, please keep your pets from using flower beds during your walk.  Urine is a quick death for most plants.   

Summary: Crime Prevention Meeting

The Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) meeting, in April, at the NW Library was a huge success. We had speakers from the OKC Police Department and specialists from the criminal studies field. The turnout was tremendous with approximately 300 people attending.  Unfortunately, some neighbors said they tried to attend, but the library parking lot was full.  I never thought that there wouldn't be adequate parking spaces and am very sorry if you were unable to get to this meeting.  Here is a brief summary of the key points of the presentation. CPTED is an international program that has been implemented in cities and town across the nation with proven results.  There are some basic rules that you can implement at your home to reduce the risk that you and your family will be a victim of crime. Criminals, when choosing a target, evaluate the risk and reward against the odds of getting caught.  In this evaluation, they look for certain criteria.
If your home is in disrepair - lawn is not mowed, shrubs not trimmed and overgrown - you increase your risk.  Criminals are statistically more likely to break into a home that is not maintained than a home (and a neighborhood) where homes are well kept.  Homes that are well kept show that people care and are probably watching out.
  • Trim lower tree branches up to a minimum of 6’ high.  
  • Trim hedges down to a level of 24”.  
  • Remove hedges and trees within 6’ of your doorway that provide concealment for criminals to hide behind. Your neighbors should be able to see your front door, windows and other possible access points at the front of your house. 
  • Plant gardens under bedroom windows including prickly plants to deter burglars (and youth) from going in and out of windows.  Thorny plants such as roses and barberry bushes work well. 
  • Trim or remove trees branches that offer access to upper level bedroom windows. 
  • Utilize lighting around the outside of your house.  LED lights are more affordable than ever and energy efficient.  Motion sensor lights turn on and off when motion is detected.  Photocell lights are also a great option; they turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn.

CPTED has shown that property crime can be prevented through proper maintenance of our homes, their relationship to one another and to the surrounding neighborhood.  

 Making sure your property is well maintained is important to the neighborhood, but it also deters would-be criminals.  So, mow your lawns, tweak your landscaping, plant flowers and trees, maintain your home, trim your shrubs and take care of your property.  It is good for property values and it may just save you from being a victim of a crime.  Keeping our neighborhood maintained is vitally important as well.  So, please let us know if you see street signs or speed limit signs in the neighborhood that are old, damaged or faded.  We need to get those replaced.  We live in one of the safest and lowest crime neighborhoods.  But, we don't want to give criminals any reason to target us.

Tips and Tricks for Mosquito Control

After a month of heavy rain, there is standing water everywhere.  This is the perfect environment for mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes breed in standing water and even a capful of water is adequate for them to reproduce.  According to gardening experts, an inexpensive trick is to give mosquitoes exactly what they are looking for - standing water to breed in. Put small trays or bowls with water around your yard with Mosquito Bits (or Mosquito Dunks for larger water sources like fountains) sprinkled in the water.  You can buy "Mosquito Bits" or "Mosquito Dunks" online or at any home and garden store like Home Depot, Ace Hardware or Lowes. This will lure the female mosquitoes, they will lay their eggs but their larvae is killed.  Be sure to treat any water sources such as gutters and down your french drains. This product is not harmful to pets, fish or the environment.
  • While we are all working together to eliminate our mosquito populations, remember to wear light colors when outdoors.  Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.  The following bug spray recipe works fantastic.  It works as well as DEET without the harmful effects.
  • MAKE YOUR OWN BUG SPRAY
  • What you will need:  (visit any of our local health food stores for the following essential oils).
  • Essential oils: choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lavender, or Mint.  You don't need all of these oils, but pick and choose which fragrance you prefer.  Mosquitoes don't like any of them.
  • Natural Witch Hazel
  • Distilled or boiled Water
  • Vegetable glycerin or a pump of coconut hand soap (optional)
 
  1. Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
  2. Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top - allowing room for oils
  3. Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin or a pump of coconut hand soap to break up oils (optional)
  4. Add 30-50 drops of essential oils.  Mix to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. My personal favorite mix is: Rosemary, Clove, Lavender, Cinnamon and Mint… it works great and smells good too!
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