GONDBA Meeting Minutes

Today’s meeting was held at the Amber Rose restaurant. Members enjoyed cabbage rolls and great sides while getting to know other local business members. Over 50 members were in attendance. Barry Hall, president, introduced new member Shawn Welsh from Nova LLC, an energy supply firm for residential, business and municipal use. The company can analyze energy needs and expenditures and make recommendations for the best utility options for individuals or businesses.

Lt. Andrew Booher from the Dayton Police Department was the featured speaker at today’s meeting. He spoke to the group about Operation Identification, a program developed to help recover stolen items, particularly electronics such as TV’s, gaming systems, laptops, etc.

The process involves 3 steps:
1) The items are marked using a UV marker that is visible only with a UV light, so that the police can identify items that have been stolen. Individuals are encouraged to write their driver’s license or state id on their valuables. Businesses can write their business name and phone number. The police can then use the UV light to view the identifying information and directly link the property to the rightful owner.

2) Inventory property by listing the brand, model#, serial# and taking a picture of the items, then keeping that list in a safe place.

3) Display a decal from the DPD at both the front and back entrances to your home or business indicating that the property has been marked and recorded.

Lt. Booher told the group that the DPD is looking for community support for the program in order to procure the UV pens and lights for detection. They also hope to get support from the Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association.
This portion of the meeting was featured on ABC22:

Chris Pawelski from the Dayton Police Dept also spoke briefly about the Miami Valley Community Problem Oriented Policing (MVCPOP) Conference on May 18th to be held at the Kroc Center. The program is in its 3rd year. There will be 11 courses this year, covering a variety of topics including safety and information on the A.L.I.C.E. (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Escape) principle of responding to an active shooter. The youth track was successful last year and will be repeated this year on a larger scale. More information is available at http://mvcpop.com/ ; online registration will open soon. GONDBA has been a proud sponsor of the program.
Barry Hall talked to the group about GONDBA’s Crime Prevention Toolbox:

1) Community Awareness Program-designed to track career criminals in our 45404 area and keep them off our streets

2) Crime Notification System-One Call Now-to send out an automated phone call to GONDBA business members as an instant alert of a major crime or event

3) Nixle-another automated alert system that can provide notifications via text, email, mobile app or web browser

4) Operation Identification-to ID business and personal items (see above)

5) MVCPOP-local conference (see above)

6) Concealed Carry Classes-GONDBA has sponsored 3 CCW classes and is scheduling at least one in Spring 2013

7) Female Personal Protection Classes-GONDBA will sponsor another class in Spring 2013

8) National Night Out Against Crime-GONDBA, in conjunction with the DPD, sponsored this event at Stuart Patterson Park on August 7th. There was a cruise-in, live band, free food and drinks, numerous games and activities for kids. Several local churches also assisted in making this an incredible evening for the neighborhood.

9) Crime Maps-these can be found at:
 http://www.daytonohiopolice.com/CrimeMap/ From here you can set up crime alerts to stay up to date on specific crimes in your area.

10) Online Crime Reporting-citizens can file reports online for certain crimes by following the guidelines on their website: https://www.daytonpolicereports.com/apps/citizenreporting/

11) EPOD news-Major Brian Jones presented EPOD news, a monthly newsletter from the Dayton Police East Patrol Division, designed to provide a better avenue of communication between the DPD and the citizens it serves. This newly launched newsletter intends to focus on how the DPD is working with citizens and other groups to address and improve neighborhood issues.  

The group received a brief update of the changes coming to the area via the DaVinci project. Several properties near Children’s Hospital have been or are soon to be demolished, making way for more parking and green space. An investor group is being formed to look at acquiring other properties and cleaning up the area. The intersection of Stanley and Webster is being evaluated to better accommodate the semi-trailer traffic.
Barry closed the meeting by thanking everyone for their support. Your dues help fund the many projects that will keep our neighborhood prosperous and growing. Your membership helps keep you informed and part of the local business network.

 If you want to continue to get email updates and local information, make sure your dues are paid by April 1st. Updates and crime information will only go out to members after that date.

Remember to support your local businesses! See you next month.

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