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Holiday Shopping Safety Tips
Shopping in Stores
- Do not buy more than you can carry. Ask for assistance, if needed, to help you carry your purchases out to your car.
- Do not leave packages visible in your vehicle. Lock them in your truck, or if possible take them home.
- Have your keys in your hand when approaching your vehicle. Check back seat and around your car before getting in.
- Don’t be distract by your cell phone.
- Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or wallet inside a coat or front pant pocket.
- Tell security if you see an unattended package.
- Double check for your credit card or checkbook after your make a purchase.
Shopping with Children
- If you are shopping with children have a plan in case you are separated.
- Have a center meeting place.
- Ensure children know your cell phone number. Give them cards with contact information.
- Go over Stranger Danger.
Prevent Identity Theft
- Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards for online stores and auction sites.
- Wait until asked before pulling out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your information.
- Keep personal information and passwords secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your information unless you initiate the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.
- Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icons of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address/
- Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.
- Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Save receipts and print confirmations for online purchases. Check bank and credit card statements for purchases and possible fraudulent purchases.
Crime Prevention & Safety Tips
Lighting is one of the most cost effective deterrents to burglary.
- Install landscape lighting.
- Place motion detector lights at front and rear entryways.
- Aim motion detector lights away from house so lights activate when someone approaches.
- Place exterior lights so as to prevent bulbs from being easily removed or broken
- Set interior lights on a timer.
Windows should be secured by a secondary locking devices.
- Place a dowel rod horizontally in the interior track of sliding windows and vertically in the interior tract of standard windows.
Garage Doors should be closed and secured by a locking device whenever possible.
Vehicles should be locked and secured when not in use and visible enticements eliminated.
- Park vehicles in well-lighted areas.
- Keep valuables out of sight.
- Secure vehicle with auto alarm if possible.
- Secure pickup tailgates with locking devise.
- Avoid leaving keys inside of vehicle.
- Avoid leaving vehicle running while unattended.
Sheriff Department in Copperfield & Wheatstone
As a resident of Copperfield and Wheatstone a portion of your homeowners dues go to paying for 8 deputies and a Sergeant in our community 7x24. We have 2 deputies during the days, 2 during the evening, 2 during the night shift plus 2 deputies that work split shifts.
Please remember, if you have an emergency call 911, for non-emergencies call 713-221-6000. Sgt. Hardcastle enjoys receiving emails from residents, but please remember he works Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm and doesn’t read his emails after hours or on the week-end.
Nextdoor is a good way to let your neighbors know what is happening in the neighborhood, but it the deputies don’t have access to Nextdoor. Please call the Sheriff’s department first!
Thank you for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for these safety tips!
WCA/GFL RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE & RECYCLING COLLECTION
Aug. 12, 2020, GFL Environmental Inc. a leading North American diversified environmental service company, announced that it entered into an agreement to purchase WCA Waster Corporation its subsidiaries. Copperfield residents will see both GFL and WCA trucks in our villages.
WCA/GFL Work Specification
A. Regular collection days for all communities will be Tuesday and Friday. Household waste will be collected at the backdoor and or garage for the sections of the Association with backdoor and or garage service. The trash must be accessible and visible from the street, WCA/GFL personnel will not go behind any gates to access the household waste. Household waste will be collected at the curb for the sections of the Association with curbside service. All waste must be in place by 7:00 A.M. Household waste must be either in containers or bags not exceeding sixty-four (64) gallons or fifty (50) pounds. Household garbage is defined as waste generated inside the house, exclusive of any construction or remodeling debris or any other waste defined in this Contract. Trees, shrubs, and brush trimmings must be bundled in lengths no greater than four (4) feet with no branch diameter exceeding three (3) inches. The bundling is required to allow quick pick-up and size limitations are required to avoid damaging the equipment in the crushing process.
B. Heavy trash or bulk items must be placed at the curbside by 7:00 A.M. every Tuesday and Friday. Small pieces of furniture, appliances, carpet (up to one room, rolled up to four feet wide and weigh less than fifty pounds), and cardboard boxes (flattened). By Federal Law, refrigerators, freezers, or any other items containing Freon must be drained of Freon and have an accompanying bill to validate service was performed. Items excluded from normal collection are construction material, wood fencing, dirt, rocks, bricks, concrete, tires, and batteries, motor oil, cooking oil, waste generated by a private contractor or any materials or items deemed hazardous materials. WCA/GFL will leave a tag explaining the reason for non-collected item(s). For a special collection of other than normal amounts or bulk items, if notified in advance, WCA/GFL will meet with a resident prior to collection day to determine a price. If a resident does not notify WCA/GFL of such a special pick-up before its scheduled day, then WCA/GFL will leave a notice for the resident to contact WCA/GFL during normal office hours before the next scheduled pick-up day.
C. Household recycling must be placed at the curbside by 7:00 A.M. WCA/GFL will collect residential recyclables located curbside in the eighteen (18) gallon bin or the forty-eight (48) gallon cart supplied by WCA/GFL. If a bin or cart needs to be replaced, contact customer service for delivery of a replacement bin or cart. Current items being collected are paper including newspaper, magazines, phone books, catalogs, junk mail, envelopes, file folders, computer paper, construction paper, colored paper, corrugated cardboard boxes (flattened and bundled) cereal and soda/beer boxes, gift boxes, wrapping paper; containers including aluminum cans, aluminum foil, plastic bottles/jugs/buckets #1 through #7, glass bottles or jars. Excluded Items are Styrofoam, metal pots and pans; scrap metal like nails; screws; gutters; and copper. If the market price for anyone (1) or all the commodities designated to be collected drop to the point that such materials can no longer be sold or processed, WCA/GFL will remove that item(s) from the list of those items to be recycled and notify the residents. WCA/GFL will communicate any changes in recycling to residents.
Easton Commons – Recycling will be serviced on Friday.
Middlegate - Recycling will be serviced on Friday.
Northmead - Recycling will be serviced on Friday.
Southcreek - Recycling will be serviced on Tuesday.
Southdown- Recycling will be serviced on Tuesday.
Westcreek - Recycling will be serviced on Tuesday.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by using the dedicated email address for Copperfield - CLICK HERE TO EMAIL
MONUMENT SIGN LANDSCAPING
Many of you have inquired about why there are no plants at the monument signs. Within the last two years, TXDOT and AT&T came into the area to install sidewalks, fiber optic cable, traffic lights, and other projects. The irrigation lines for the monument signs were all damaged, as they sit in a TXDOT easement. TXDOT and AT&T have more projects planned so we have to wait for their completion to repair irrigation and install new plant material. TXDOT has agreed to make repairs to the irrigation at the monuments along HWY 6, as well as assist in beautifying in the area in late summer. Everyone’s patience until then is appreciated.
WATER DISTRICTS VIEWER WEBSITE
Copperfield consists of seven different Municipal Utility Districts. Whichever one that you pay your water to bill is the one that you should sign up for alerts from, if possible. Here is a website that can help you find which MUD you are in - Water Districts Viewer.
USPS CLUSTER MAILBOXES
In recent months we have been made aware of mailbox vandalism and damage to many of the cluster boxes in the community. It has come to our attention that the Post Office has recently been telling their customers in the last few weeks that the various Associations are responsible for these repairs, which is not the case. The USPS is responsible for these boxes and some information that they have presented to some homeowners even states this to be the case. Their article states that whoever installed the boxes and whoever provides the owner with their keys is who is responsible for them, which for Copperfield is the Post Office. In addition, they have been repairing and replacing the boxes in the past and up until about a month ago, were telling us that the damaged boxes were on a list for replacement.
We hate that the Post Office is putting their customers in this position but the HOAs have never maintained the mailboxes and therefore have never budgeted for or set up processes for repairs or replacements. We urge all residents to push back to the Post Office for the repairs to be completed. Please see the website below for further information.
If you have been a victim of a mailbox break in, homeowners are advised to individually report the theft to USPS at 877-876-8455. You will speak to an intake person. Provide as much information as possible (who, what, when, where, etc.) If you know what was stolen that is a big benefit for the case and if you have video from a home camera or a neighbor's camera, that is helpful.
Hot spot areas are determined by the number of cases reported in specific areas. So, it is really important that all residents that have been affected by these thefts are reporting it.