Monthly Archives: October 2010

Hey. Who wants to be on the City Council?

Please see the attached press release inviting applications for the City Council seat vacancy resulting from Council Member Vern Bisterfeldt’s election to the Ada County Commission.  Please feel free to forward the information to any interested citizens.


Neighborhood Survey

Attached is a Neighborhood Survey.   Boise Police surveyed neighborhoods a few years ago, and want to determine any changes and/or improvements in neighborhoods and our services.    Please take time to forward it to your neighbors so as many as possible can be surveyed.   Please ask your neighbors to complete the survey and email or mail them to me.    If neighbors want to give their completed surveys to you, I’ll pick them up.   The due date  is Tuesday, November 2nd (2 weeks from tomorrow).     Once we receive and compile them, we’ll share the results with you.    If you have any questions, please let me know.   Thank you!

2010 BPD Neigh Survey

Charlene Miller
Crime Prevention Unit
Boise Police Department
333 N. Sailfish Place
Boise,   ID  83704

Neighborhood Crime Bulletin:

Below is the link to the mid-month Neighborhood Crime Bulletin:

To know which area comprises your neighborhood, I’ve provided a guide:

Cloverdale (B1) – west of Five Mile Rd
Maple Grove (B2) – between Five Mile and Cole Rd
Central Bench (B3) – between Cole and Curtis, but taking in the I-84 Y
Orchard (B4) – between Curtis and Owyhee
Vista (B5) – between Owyhee and Federal Way

Northwest (V1) – west of 36th St, north of Garden City
Downtown Boise (V2) – Rose St to Broadway
North End (V3) – between 36th and 6th, north of State
Broadway (V4) between Federal Wy/Capitol to Gekeler, south of Reserve to Warm Springs
Southeast (V5) east of Gekeler, south of Warm Springs, but taking in Warm Springs Mesa and Harris Ranch

For more detailed crime, check and click on their Crime Mapping site.

Thank you, and stay safe,

Charlene Miller
Crime Prevention Unit
Boise Police Department
333 N. Sailfish Place
Boise, ID 83704

Neighborhood Ideas

It’s a great time to host a neighborhood meeting!

Why?    Because the upcoming holidays are a great excuse to gather your neighbors, share some appetizers and talk about what’s going on in your community!    Nothing with Neighborhood Watch needs to be formal – remember Neighborhood Watch is knowing your neighbors, securing your property, reporting suspicious activity, and then building that sense of community!

Some ideas might be:

  • A pre-Halloween get-together to discuss safety with the kids, which neighbors will be home and who won’t be, etc.    We have Halloween safety flyers for the kids.   Ask me and I’ll send them to you.
  • A fall ‘help your neighbor’ day.   How many of you have elderly or disabled neighbors, or families in the military with the dad deployed, who need a little help raking up leaves or pulling the last of summer’s weeds?   Organize volunteers (include the kids) to get your neighborhood cleaned up.   Remember, a well kept neighborhood helps keep criminals away.
  • Adopt a family for Thanksgiving or Christmas.   Contact a local church, Boise Police Victim/Witness Unit (570-6221), local school, or Salvation Army and see what your neighborhood can do together to help someone in need.
  • Host an open house.   Offer hot cider and cookies.
  • Crime prevention discussion on holiday safety, etc.   Contact me (Charlene) if you’d like me to come, and we’ll have fun.
  • Train (motivate) your block captains.   Contact me for more information.

Our last (of the year) Quarterly Luncheon will be Tuesday, October 26, 11:30 – 1 p.m. at Casa Mexico Restaurant, on Fairview, east of Five Mile.   RSVP’s to me are important.     Officer Dave Cavanaugh will talk to us about how BPD Officers handle situations involving mental illness and addictions, and the impact on neighborhoods where these people live.   Intervention may be a role Neighborhood Watch groups play in some of these situations.

The Fall/Winter Boise Bark Newsletter will be available in time for the luncheon on 10/26.    I’ll bring some with me; I’ll email the pdf for those who want to email it to your neighbors, and for those who want to pick them up at Sailfish, please contact me so I can have them ready for you.

Stay safe,

Charlene Miller
Crime Prevention Unit
Boise Police Department
333 N. Sailfish Place
Boise,   ID  83704

Fairview Avenue – seeking public input

Good afternoon,

ACHD, the City of Boise and the City of Meridian have been developing an access management plan to increase safety and reduce congestion along Fairview Avenue between Orchard Street in Boise and Linder Road in Meridian.

We are seeking input on the plan by asking the public to take a survey about Fairview Avenue and access management. Would you be willing to forward this link to your neighborhood association members? It contains information about the project, as well as a link to the survey. The last day of the survey in November 1, 2010.

Thank you,

Christy Foltz-Ahlrichs <>
Sr. Communications Specialist
Ada County Highway District

Ada County Highway District  387-6100