Westcreek Living


Published monthly by the Villages of Westcreek Owners' Association 
Communications Committee - March 1, 2019 Edition!




"Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means."

~Ronald Reagan

Let There Be Peace: Guide to Community Conflict Resolution
Conflict, arguments, and change are natural parts of our lives, as well as the lives of every community. In fact, conflict is inevitable. We aren't going to always agree upon neighborhood changes or, with one another. But, there is a way to handle conflict that will minimize division within a community and allow for it to be a positive force for individual and societal change.  
 
Conflict resolution is a way for two or more parties to find a peaceful solution to a disagreement among them. The disagreement may be personal, financial, political, or emotional. When resolving conflict, it is important to understand about those who ideas, beliefs, and backgrounds may be different from your own. Look at the conflict from your neighbor's point of view and learn more about this person's perspective and motivations. Also, it wouldn't hurt to try and make peace with the individual with whom you have conflict with. You don't need to like a person to still treat them respectfully. Remember, peaceful resolutions will build stronger alliances in the neighborhood. Below are some healthy techniques to utilize that allow for maximum results in conflict resolution:
 
1. First and foremost keep the conflict off social media.  In today's society, people are so quick to put their conflicts on community sites. After all, there is power in numbers, right? Wrong, instead what ends up happening is a divide amongst people who have no relevance in the conflict. Additionally, once it is on social media there is no taking it back. Screen shots and recordings are all readily available for people to utilize and exacerbate the situation. Remember, it is difficult to read context, emotions, and tone and the majority of time what has been posted isn't necessarily the intent.
 
2. Understand the conflict.  Clearly define your own position and interest in the conflict and then understand those of whom you are in conflict with. Here are some questions to ask yourself: What do I really care about in this conflict? What do I want? What are my concerns, fears, and hopes? What is the interest of my opposition? If I were in their shoes, what would I really care about in this conflict? If a third party came in, would they be able to convince both parties the proposed agreement was a fair one?
 
3. Communicate with the opposition.  Here are some tips for a productive talk: Listen to their opinions. They should be important to you because they are the source of the conflict. Let everyone interested in the resolution participate because they all have a stake in it. Don't react to emotional outbursts; instead try an apology because it isn't costly, and it is often a rewarding technique. Be an active listener and be sure to rephrase what you are hearing as a question to ensure clarification. Lastly, only speak about yourself not the other party; that is why you are communicating with them after all.
 
4. Brainstorm possible solutions.  Look for win-win solutions or compromises in which both parties get something they want. Don't judge or criticize ideas because this will not promote creative thinking. Sometimes, it is the least expected idea that resolves a conflict.
 
5. Choose the best resolution.  The goal here is to use both parties' skills and resources to get the best result for everyone. Which resolution gives both the most? That resolution is probably the best.
 
6.  Cope with stressful situations and pressure tactics.  You need to be prepared to negotiate and communicate with all kinds of people, both reasonable and unreasonable. Conflicts with neighbors are stressful and tend to put extra pressure on wanting quick decisions. Remember to remain calm and, that it is ok to go slow. Don't get angry or make rushed decisions. Instead communicate your need to want to think about things prior to a decision being made.
 
Lastly, some food for thought: "love thy neighbor as thyself." Yes, I went biblical, but you don't need to believe in religion to agree that is kind of a great way to bring peace amongst a community. Treating others as you want to be treated has been a saying that most of us have grown with and instilled in our own children. It's a great reminder that we are all human beings with different stories to share and different stories bring different perspectives. Whether right or wrong, a little understanding can go a long way.


March 9th Meet the Candidates and Town Hall Meeting

Most of you have probably received the letter notifying homeowners of the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Villages of Westcreek Owners, Association on April 18, 2019. This year two Board positions expire and will be up for election at that Annual Meeting.  Any homeowner who wishes to serve on the Board may be nominated. So that members have an opportunity the meet the candidates running for those positions we are having two "Meet the Candidates" events this month.

The first event, being held at the Community Center on Saturday, March 9th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, is a combination "Meet the Candidates" and Town Hall Meeting. The meeting will begin with introductions of the candidates (currently four contenders) vying for the two positions. Each will have three minutes to speak, followed by five minutes to address specific questions posed by homeowners.      

The Town Hall portion of the meeting will follow with a report from Captain Marc Garcia of the Bexar County Constable's Office. He will give detailed information on the latest results of our constable patrols, including how the crime rates in the Villages of Westcreek compare to other nearby communities. County Commissioner Sergio "Chico" Rodriguez has also been invited to address the group. Remaining time will be devoted to an open forum for homeowners to bring up any other questions or concerns they may have.

The second "Meet the Candidates" event will be held on Thursday, March 21st as part of the regularly scheduled monthly Board Meeting. That event will follow the same format as the March 9th event.  So that you can make a well-informed voting decision, we hope you can attend one or both of these special events.

Submitted by: Judi Cannon, Nominations Committee Chairperson

The following four candidates have self-nominated to run for the VWOA Board of Directors!  



KEVIN DRUMMONDS

I am a 22-year veteran of the Air Force, retiring in December of 1998. My wife Rhonda and I have lived in Westcreek since 1997, where we raised two children who now have families of their own and have given us three grandchildren. I served on the VWOA Board of Directors several times since 2000 in all Officer positions. I served on the Board that built the pavilion in the park and planned, funded, and initiated action on the community center. We purchased the 25 acres that the community center sits on even before the bridge was built.

My objectives continue to ensure fiscal responsibility, increase property values and maintain transparency in all association business and meetings. I believe in a strong financial strategy and hard work that has accounted for many new additions to the community, including but not limited to: new playground equipment for the tot lot; refurbishment of the sports fields and increased lighting throughout the park; upgrade and maintenance of the major street fences and monuments; a new monument in the clock tower; opening the pool for adult accompanied swim for longer hours as well as more days during the summer; park monitors on duty to ensure the facilities are maintained and available to members when they want/need them; and much, much more.

Hopefully you have enjoyed these upgrades and agree with us when we say "Westcreek is a great place to live." I continue to believe that communications and openness in all actions of the Board and staff are vital to maintaining and improving the trust of the homeowners in those that manage our community. I played a key role in opening all meetings to the homeowners, requiring minutes from all committees, and ensuring greater detail was included in those minutes. I hope to continue to work toward a high degree of customer service, transparency, and professionalism in all our dealings. This includes all forms of communications, whether it be telephone, email, meetings, or even one-on-one. In addition, those elected as our representatives as well as our staff should be held accountable to do the Association's business in the light of day and with a high degree of fiduciary responsibility and personal integrity. The ability to manage a budget within our available resources is one of our highest, if not the highest, priority. Finally, security of our families, our property, and our community as a whole is also very high on our agenda. Bottom line: Westcreek has always been a great place to live. If we inform and involve the homeowners in our decisions, do our business in the open, make sound budget decisions, and work together to keep our community safe, we will make this an even greater place to live.


RYAN HASKINS

No Bio or picture submitted.

ROGER M. LARSON

Roger is a native of Edison, New Jersey and enlisted in the U.S. Army on 19 November 2000.  He currently serves in the rank of Master Sergeant for the MEDCOM Office of the Staff Judge Advocate on Fort Sam Houston, Texas as the Chief Paralegal NCO.  He has been assigned to and lived in a variety of locations to include: Fort Drum, New York; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Clarksville, Tennessee; Fort Rucker, Alabama; and South Korea.  He has also served two combat tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq.
 
Roger and his family moved to San Antonio in June 2018.He is married to his wife, Jeaustine Larson and they have three sons and two dogs.  His children currently attend school in the NISD (Ott Elementary, Luna Middle, and Brennan High School) and his wife works as a day care aide in the local area.  Roger also volunteers as a Watch D.O.G. at Ott Elementary School on occasion and as his schedule permits.
 
Roger will be retiring from Active Duty within the next year.  He and his family have decided to make San Antonio home and look forward to being further involved in the community.  Roger is ready, willing, and able to become a member of the Board of Directors so that he can do his part and help improve the community for all.



DAN SCHAFER

Hi, neighbors.  My name is Dan Schafer, and I was previously selected to fill the open position with the VWOA Board of Directors until the next election.  I've been in this position for a short time and believe I can help our community by continuing to serve on the Board.  Therefore I am running for a position on the Board of Directors.

I worked for 3M Company for 11 years starting in a blue-collar manufacturing job and working into various management position before moving from Minnesota to Villages of Westcreek to attend law school 16 years ago.  I've been a licensed attorney for 13 years and have a law firm that focuses primarily on contract litigation.  I'm hoping to use that experience to help serve our community.

My wife, three children, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren live in Villages of Westcreek.  I have an interest in our community being the best it can be now and in the future.  If I am elected to the Board of Directors I will support the current efforts to improve security and safety as well as support an expansion of the community sports and events that help us connect and get to know our neighbors of all age groups.  I think it is important that the Board of Directors makes wise choices that improve quality of life for everyone in our community and at the same time increase the value of our members' properties.  Thank you for considering casting your vote for me.


If you have been to the Sports Park during the Soccer Season or when major community events are taking place, you know all too well that the state of the current restroom facilities is inadequate. This issue has been an ongoing subject of discussion and debate for over 6 years. We are happy to report that at the last Board of Directors Meeting, the Board approved a project to expand the current facilities.

The current bathroom area will be expanded to have 3 stalls in both the male and female restrooms. The doors will be moved to the side where the soda machines are currently located. Permits are being requested so construction can get under way. Once construction begins it should take approximately 2-3 weeks to complete. During this time the pool bathrooms will be utilized to service the park. We will keep you posted of the status of the project going forward!

RELIEF IS ON THE WAY!

Submitted by:  Richard Gentry, President, VWOA Board of Directors
In response to concerns about handicap accessibility issues at the VWOA Sports Park, the Board of Directors approved the purchase and installation of two new wheelchair accessible picnic tables.

One is located under the Sports Park Pavilion by the soda machines and the 2nd table was placed on a newly poured slab by the basketball courts, just off the walking trail.

Submitted by:  Richard Gentry, President, VWOA Board of Directors



REMOVAL OF DECEASED ANIMALS - WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

We often get asked who is responsible for the removal of deceased animals in the community.  The answer depends on the location of the animal. 

Private Property
 
De ceased pets are the responsibility of the pet owner.

VWOA Common Property
   
If a deceased animal is located on any of the common areas owned and maintained by the Villages of Westcreek Owners' Association, then that responsibility falls upon the Association.  You can report the location of the deceased animal to the VWOA Office at 210-679-8761.

On County-Maintained Right of Ways

If the deceased animal is located on a county-maintained right of way, that responsibility falls upon the Bexar County Public Works Division of the Infrastructure Services Department.  They will remove animals that have been killed on county-maintained rights of way. These include streets and roads and water-drainage facilities that are: 
  • Outside the incorporated limits of any cities or towns in Bexar County
  • Not maintained by the State of Texas (Federal and State highways, Farm to Market roads, and Interstate highways)
  • Not privately owned (in gated communities or other roads not accepted for maintenance by Bexar County)
Animals killed in county-maintained rights of way are normally removed the same day they are reported. Call 210-335-6700 to report the location of dead animals on the road or take advantage of one of our many ways to submit a request electronically.
    
SPORTS PARK LIGHTING

The final stage of the Sports Park Lighting Project is underway.  Light poles have been ordered and should be delivered sometime in March.  The additional lighting will improve the safety in the park during hours of darkness for our residents.
Acting on the recommendation from a homeowner, the Villages of Westcreek now has an active "Book Exchange Program."  The Book Exchange is located in the Community Center Lobby.

If you have any books you would like to donate to the "Book Exchange," you can drop them off at the VWOA Office during normal business hours.  Also, feel free to select and take any book(s) for your reading pleasure!
 


REMEMBER TO SET YOUR CLOCKS!


Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2:00 AM

C locks are turned forward one hour!

CLICK HERE  to download the Market Day Vendor Registration Form!
 
Your 2nd Quarter Assessment of $99.00 is due on April 1, 2019.

On April 29, 2019, all accounts with outstanding balances will begin incurring a late fee of $20.00, plus a delinquent interest charge.

CLICK HERE for more information about how to pay your assessments and our Billing/Collection Policy .
  
NOTE : The Office is open Monday thru Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, excluding holidays.  In addition, the Office is open on the 2nd Saturday each month from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

PAYMENT OPTIONS 
  • Payments can still be made here at the VWOA onsite office during business hours.
  • Payments may also be mailed to our office, made payable to VWOA, at 12395 Military Dr. West, San Antonio, TX 78253.  You can also mail your payment directly to Spectrum Association Management, P.O. Box 299008, Lewisville, TX 75029. Mailed payments are processed electronically; please do not send cash! 
  • You may drop off cash (in a sealed envelope), check, or money-order at the drop box, located to the right of our front entry doors at the business office. Make sure you include your address on your check/money order.
  • Cash is accepted in the office.
  • Card Payments will be accepted only after the homeowner is registered with Spectrumam.com.
  • Pay by Phone- 1-877-342-6233 (your account number needed).


If you need extra time to pay your assessments, fill out the form on the website below to see if you qualify for a payment plan. Payment plan requests are reviewed within two business days, and if approved, a payment plan agreement will be emailed to sign and return to our office within five business days.




SUPPORT OUR LOCAL FOOD TRUCKS

The Villages of Westcreek launched an experiment to see if there was enough interest and support within the community for us to host local Food Trucks.  What started with just two food trucks serving the community on Friday, Saturday and Monday evenings, has now expanded to several additional trucks offering their cuisine throughout the week. The support we received from community members and the Food Truck vendors has made this a successful venture.

If you know of a Food Truck that you think would be interested in joining the "StrEATS of Westcreek," have them contact the VWOA Office at 210-679-8761 during our normal business hours. There is a small $25 fee for each truck that participates in the program.  We only allow one truck per evening.

CLICK HERE to view the StrEATS of Westcreek Food Truck schedule and menus!


Our next scheduled Community Yard Sales will be held on March 9, 2019 .  Community Yard Sales listings will be posted on the VWOA website, the day prior to the event.  If you wish to add your yard sale to the listing, please call the VWOA Office at 210-679-8761 by 12 noon on the Friday before the scheduled yard sale.
Submitted by:  Melissa Garcia, Administrative Director



Sign up during "Early Bird" registration and SAVE $10!

Sports Registration Dates
  • Early Bird - July 1, 2018 ~ March 17, 2019
  • Regular - March 18, 2019 ~ April 6, 2019
  • Late - April 7, 2019 ~ April 20, 2019 
  • Early Bird - July 1, 2018 ~ March 17, 2019
  • Regular - March 18, 2019 ~ April 6, 2019
  • Late - April 7, 2019 ~ April 27, 2019 
 
   
  • Early Bird - December 17, 2018 ~ August 17, 2019
  • Regular - August 18, 2019 ~ August 31, 2019
  • Late - September 1, 2019 ~ September 21, 2019


The Villages of Westcreek is proud to sponsor programs that foster "Healthy and Fit" lifestyles for the members of our community.  We have programs that fit all age groups. Click on the links below to learn more about our current offerings!
MOVIE:  TO BE ANNOUNCED

When:  Friday, March 15, 2019
Where:  VWOA Sports Park
Showtime: 8:00 PM 
Rain Date: March 22nd
 
The StrEATS of Westcreek Food Trucks will be available at the Sports Park for this event!

Don't forget to bring your updated VWOA ID cards to gain access to the park!

Standards Review

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED XERISCAPING THIS SPRING?

San Antonio is no stranger to extremes in the weather. Although last year we experienced record rainfall rates, we all know that all good things come to an end.
 
In the event we experience a drought this year, you may want to consider xeriscaping your yard. Xeriscaping is an option to cover bare areas on your property and to replace grass in areas that have little rain or when mandatory water restrictions go into effect. Some of the significant benefits of xeriscaping are that you will reduce water consumption and the time you spend on maintaining your yard.
 
The Villages of Westcreek fully supports homeowners who would like to make this change in their landscape.  Here are some important things to keep in mind when planning your project:
  • No more than fifty (50%) percent of the front yard, including driveways and walkways, may be covered by impermeable materials (e.g., asphalt, concrete). 
  • A combination of water saving plants along with rock, gravel, flagstone or brick is the preferred ground cover.  However, landscaping material such as brick, flagstone or any type of mulch, rock or gravel without water saving plants is not approvable.
  • If using rock or gravel, it is recommended that they be no larger than nickels and quarters for the ease of walking on when you are tending to this area.
  • When considering the various xeriscaping designs, also consider the property's curb appeal, which is a major factor in determining and maintaining the value of your property at its highest level.
  • For xeriscaping guidelines, review the SAW's webpage 7 Steps to Xeriscaping which includes water saving plants that are suitable to the South Central Texas climate.  The SAW's Garden Style San Antonio website also contains a variety of plants that thrive well in hot climates with little water. 
  • Appropriate weed blocking material is recommended to help prevent any vegetation from growing through the primary ground cover.
  • Any plants closer than ten (10') feet from the curb may not exceed three (3') feet in height, as measured from ground level, to provide adequate visibility for motorists at intersections and when backing out of driveways.  
  • Check out these Watersaver Landscape and Patioscape coupons. 
Before starting your project, you will need to submit a Property Improvement Application Form (PIA) to the Architectural Review Committee for approval.  Be sure to include a comprehensive description of all plantings and materials along with a copy of the Plat/Lot Survey showing the location(s) of the proposed project.

Homeowners are responsible for maintaining all xeriscape areas to ensure that they are weed free.

Submitted by Gene Hopkins, Chair, Architectural Review Committee

SAWS SPRING BLOOM EVENT - MARCH 9th

New to San Antonio? Or maybe a first-time homeowner ready to add a little pizzazz to your yard? Then you'll want to make a beeline for Spring Bloom at SAWS Headquarters (2800 U.S. Hwy 281 North), Saturday, March 9th!

The free annual event is your prime opportunity to learn about gardening and landscape care from the pros - all while saving water.

This year's focus will be on the rookie gardener. Learn all the basics to get started - from selecting soil to picking plants to maintaining a less thirsty, more drought-hardy landscape.

Guest presentations include: 
  • 9:30 AM - Good Bug, Bad Bug: 10 Bugs Everyone Should Know by Molly Keck
  • 10:30 AM - Texas - It's a Whole 'Nother Country: A Newcomer's Guide to Gardening in South Texas by Anna Vogler
  • 11:35 AM - What Everyone New to San Antonio and Gardening Should Know - The Organic Perspective by Bob Webster
Attendees also will have the opportunity to earn up to five WaterSaver Rewards points and a $50 coupon to use toward water-conserving mulch for your landscape!

Local gardening experts will be speaking throughout the day, offering great tips to help spruce up your yard while still saving water. Plus there will be a fun-filled learning area for children.

As always, the first 1,000 visitors get a free plant!

Submitted by: Senior Communications Specialist Daniel Vargas, San Antonio Water System


Starting this month, Lawn and Garden Care will be a regular feature in Westcreek Living. Rainbow Gardens (locations at 8516 Bandera Rd. and 2585 Thousand Oaks) has a very informative website, filled with lots of tips, recommendations, and advice about everything regarding lawns, gardens, trees, and shrubs. They are graciously allowing us to include that information in our newsletter so that every yard in Westcreek can be beautiful. Feel free to visit their website for even more tips and info. https://www.rainbowgardens.biz/

Week 1
  • If you haven't already, mow your lawn to remove browned winter stubble.
  • It's too early to fertilize lawns.  Instead, aerate with a core-extracting aerator and top-dress with 1/2 inch of compost or compost-sand mix to revitalize grass. Wait to fertilize later in the month after your second mowing of the season.
  • Check irrigation systems for broken or misaligned sprinkler heads, correct water pressure, and proper coverage. Consider purchasing a rain switch that will automatically turn off system when rainfalls have been adequate.
  • Fertilize fruit trees with 1 cup of slow-release lawn fertilizer per inch of trunk diameter. Spread it around the drip line.
  • Hold off on spraying pesticides on blooming fruit trees if you can. Bees are busy pollinating and you will risk killing them and leaving yourself with little or no fruit.
Week 2
  • The current crop of weeds in your lawn probably will die with warm weather. Keep them mowed to prevent reseeding. Mowing your lawn now will reduce weeds from reseeding and encourage turf grass to grow and green up sooner.
  • Apply slow-release fertilizers to landscape plants (not lawns) to gear up for the growing season.
  • Feed deciduous trees and shrubs as they resume growth. The live oak leaves may be falling, but this is normal, no cause for alarm.  The round growths on the leaves are wasp galls, harmless to the tree.  Use them for mulch. Ball Moss does not harm oak trees, but you can apply copper hydroxide now to control it.
  • Paint all wounds on oak trees with pruning paint or latex paint immediately after the wound is made or discovered in order to prevent the spread of oak wilt.
  • Mix 1-2 inches of compost into soil to prepare for veggie planting.
Week 3
  • Wait to fertilize your lawn until you have mowed real grass twice.  Fertilizing too early only benefits the weeds. Apply broadleaf weed killer to eliminate clover, dandelions, henbit and other weeds from turf.
  • The weather is probably warm enough now to lay sod. Remove weeds, fill in low spots and rake soil smooth for good sod-to-soil contact.
  • Plant warm-season annuals and vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, petunias and Dahlberg daisies, but protect the plants if frost (or hail storm) is predicted.
Week 4
  • Fertilize new annuals and new perennials with a soluble fertilizer for the first 4-6 weeks as they establish their roots.
  • The first set of potted tomatoes can be placed in the garden now.  You might consider placing N-sulate on the cages for protection from wind and cool nights.
  • Hold off on mulching new veggie transplants. Allow the sun to continue to warm up the soil for a while.
  • The ground temperature is warming up, and hot-season crops can be sown.  Consider planting Southern peas, pumpkins, peanuts, squash and okra.
Source:  Rainbow Gardens



Spring Break is around the corner, which means children will be home. As parents and caregivers, we do all that we can to be responsible and keep children in our care safe. 

Here is the link to a Virtual Reality Tour of an Injury Prevention House (courtesy of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio). It provides an interactive experience with helpful information in addressing frequently overlooked safety precautions.

Safety topics include:
  • Stair safety
  • TV safety
  • Kitchen Safety
  • Medication Safety
  • Pool Safety
  • Sleep Safety
  • Outdoor Play Safety
  • Drowning Hazards - tub, toilet
  • Cord Hazards
  • Outlet Hazards
  • Door Hazards
How to navigate and begin your virtual tour:
  • To maneuver through the home: click on the yellow circles on floor to advance 
  • To view safety tips and videos: click on any red dot throughout the first floor of the home
  • CLICK HERE to begin your tour! 
Please share these tips with family and friends who may care for children as well.

Submitted by: Jacqueline Khalaf, RN, CPST



Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide. Below is some useful information regarding Carbon monoxide safety.
  • CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for placement and mounting height.
  • Choose a CO alarm that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Call your local fire department's non-emergency number to find out what number to call if the CO alarm sounds.
  • Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
  • If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel declare that it is safe to re-enter the home.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
  • A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO - only use outside.
HOME HEATING EQUIPMENT

If you have fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys, have them inspected by a professional every year before cold weather sets in. When using a fireplace, open the flue for adequate ventilation. Never use your oven to heat your home.

FACTS 
  • A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time.
  • In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 80,100 non-fire CO incidents in which carbon monoxide was found, or an average of nine calls per hour.
Have questions about CO alarms? Please visit our website @ www.bc2fd.org and go to the community outreach page.  


Suggestions regarding Vehicle Alarms/Security:  
  • Never leave keys/key fobs in your vehicle(s).
  • Always keep your vehicle's doors locked when not in use.
  • After entering your home for the evening, place your vehicle's key/key fob in a location where it is easily accessible in case you suspect someone attempting to break into your vehicle(s), your home or entering other areas of your property.  Activating your vehicle's alarm will sound the horn which usually scares invaders away.  The alarm works for vehicles whether they are parked in driveways or garages however, it is recommended that you test the alarm first to make sure that it works from the area where the key/key fob is kept.
  • Activating your vehicle's alarm could possibly prevent vehicular hijacking as well as save a life.
  • Have your vehicle's key/key fob available while walking to and from your vehicle in a parking lot; activating the alarm would usually thwart any criminal activity.
  • It could be helpful if elderly persons would carry a vehicle key/key fob so they could activate the vehicle's alarm in case of heart attacks, falling at home where a phone is not reachable and no one in the house or your neighbors do not hear your call for help.
  • Always have your outdoor lights on at night.
Note These are only suggestions and are not meant to replace any other form of security.


Submitted by Gene Hopkins, Communications Committee Member

CELLULAR ON PATROL CERTIFICATION COURSE

Cellular on Patrol, sponsored by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, is a unique and exciting program that gives residents an opportunity to work closely with law enforcement to make their neighborhoods a safer place to live.

Don't Miss Out!

The next COP training will be on:

  • WHEN:  Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, from 9 AM till 12 PM
  • WHERE:  West Patrol Substation, 6825 Cagnon Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78252
Come learn how to organize your area to help keep it safe. Learn what we can and cannot do to keep your neighborhood safe. Meet your SCORE Deputies face to face.

Please contact Deputy Richard Lozano #259 at richard.lozano@bexar.org if you have any questions or concerns.

CLICK HERE to view the Cellular on Patrol Brochure!
CLICK HERE to download the Bexar County Cellular on Patrol Application

Submitted by: Patrol Administration Deputy Meyer, Bexar County Sheriff's Office
SpotCrime is an independent, commercial site that provides crime mapping and incident information.

Official Police Reports can be obtained from the BCSO Central Records Office. Contact information, fees, and hours of operation can be found on the Central Records page .

CLICK HERE to view SpotCrime mapping for the Villages of Westcreek.
Submitted by:  Patrol Administration Deputy Meyer, Bexar County Sheriff's Office



MINT SCHNAPPS SHAKES

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!

CLICK HERE for recipe
 
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