Monarch Oaks Civic Association
In November 2020, MOCA initiated the SEAL private security patrol program for our neighborhood. Although contributions are voluntary, neighbors who contribute receive additional benefits under the program including vacation checks and a designated hotline number.
IMPORTANT: While we have reached this important step in continuing efforts to make our community safer, we need your help. Although SEAL patrol is an important component to security in our community, it does not prevent all crime that could happen in our neighborhood. It is essential that we all continue to be diligent in our individual safety, watch out for our neighbors and keep your home and property secure. Please keep in mind that although SEAL serves as a deterrent for crime in our neighborhood, things could still happen here. We need to work together to keep our community as safe as possible.
SEAL Patrol allows neighbors to invest in a private, exclusive and designated patrol for our neighborhood that adds more coverage to complement the great work that our Citizens Patrol volunteers provide.
Two of the main builders in our community, Quintessa Homes and Chip Johnson/Pavilion Builders, provided generous contributions in order to kick-start our campaign with a joint total of $10,000. Braun Enterprises, which owns Spring Branch Village to the north of our neighborhood, also made a contribution.
Below is a Q&A providing additional information and addressing questions from the neighborhood meeting:
SEAL PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Q: What are the benefits of the program? If I contribute to the program, will I receive any additional benefits outside of those who don’t contribute?
A: Neighbors who contribute to the SEAL program will receive access to a designated 24-hour hotline for Monarch Oaks. Through the hotline, neighbors will have the ability to schedule vacation checks. You can also add the designated hotline to your security system call-back list.
In addition, Monarch Oaks will receive the following benefits from the SEAL program:
1) Highly trained security officers, many of whom are off-duty police officers, patrolling our neighborhood
2) Armed and unarmed officers with state-of-the-art communications equipment and marked vehicles
3) Customized patrol program for our neighborhood with varying schedules to deter potential offenders
Q: Does SEAL carry liability insurance coverage and in what amount?
A: Yes, SEAL carries $13M in liability coverage.
Q: Has SEAL experienced issues with their staff committing any crimes in the areas they patrol?
A: No, they have never had an issue. SEAL’s screening process includes extensive background checks with significant criminal screening. Most of the SEAL patrollers are prior military and/or law enforcement officers.
Q: How does the SEAL patrol scheduling work?
A: The schedule fluctuates so that potential offenders are not aware of the times our SEAL patrollers will be in Monarch Oaks. The patrol times will be coordinated between SEAL and MOCA.
Q: Has SEAL been successful in other neighborhoods? Where do they patrol?
A: Yes, SEAL has been highly successful. Other neighborhoods where they operate include Oak Forest, Brykerwoods, Afton Oaks, and Briargrove Park, amongst many others.
POTENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD BENEFITS
Q: What are local realtors and builders saying about SEAL Patrol?
A: Realtors and builders have expressed that MOCA having its own private security patrol will add value to our neighborhood and refer to neighboring Spring Valley’s police department as a top selling point for that community.
Q: Will this program add value to our neighborhood/my property?
A: Many neighbors feel that additional patrols, especially private security, will add value to our neighborhood and increase resale value of properties. In fact, we have received recent feedback from new Monarch Oaks buyers that the potential of SEAL patrol was a positive factor in considering their home purchase.
CONTRIBUTIONS AND FUNDRAISING
Q: How much should I contribute?
A: All contributions are voluntary, and any amount will be accepted. MOCA has suggested $1-2/day which totals $365-730/year; however, every household has different financial situations. We recognize that some may need to contribute less while others will be able to pay more.
Q: How can I contribute?
A: There are several ways to contribute.
1) MOCA Members can pay by credit card on the MOCA website. Click on SEAL Security Patrol on the homepage. Please note that credit card processing fees apply.
2) Mail a check made out to MOCA to P.O. Box 55773, Houston, TX 77255-5773.
3) Email email@example.com to coordinate dropping off a check to a MOCA Board Member.
4) Pay by Zelle! List Monarch Oaks Civic Association using firstname.lastname@example.org as the recipient. Email MOCA after you submit your payment, and we will update the campaign tracker.
Q: Can I sponsor my neighbor who may not be able to contribute and/or is on a fixed income?
A: Definitely. Please include an additional amount in your contribution and notate your sponsorship on your check or online, or email MOCA at email@example.com with the information. We will notify your neighbor.
Thank you for your support. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We look forward to making our community an even safer place to live!
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