FAQ
 
BCW Neighborhood Association
  • BCW: What is the BCW Neighborhood Association and why should my family join?
    Who We Are...
    The  Briarwood Crime Watch Neighborhood Association (BCW) is a completely volunteer run organization primarily focused on safety and crime prevention.  
     
    Per our by-laws 90% of your dues are spent on crime prevention activities such as Enhanced Neighborhood Patrols (ENP)...off-duty Dallas Police Officers patrolling in Dallas Police vehicles.  Over the last 10 years these patrols have proven to reduce crime and increase safety in Briarwood. 
     
    BCW Neighborhood Association also hosts several annual activities each year such as forums with community leaders, a spring document shredding event and our biggest event of the year...National Night Out:  A Taste of Lovers Lane in the fall!
     
    Membership in BCW is voluntary.  We are proud to have 250 households (out 550 in Briarwood) support our mission. Their support of $300 per year ($160 for seniors 65 years of age and above) enables us to employ 100+ hours per month of off-duty police patrols.  We are also pleased to have several local businesses support us as well.  
     
    We have an elected Board of Directors who meet regularly and a dedicated group of Block Captains who provide two-way communication with residents.  Additionally, there is a quarterly newsletter delivered to every home in Briarwood plus email blasts as necessary to alert you to important issues and events.  
     
    Please join your neighbors and local businesses by becoming a BCW member today! 
     
       
  • MEMBERS ONLY: I'm going out of town...is it a good idea to let BCW know???
    YES!  Please click "Contact Us" on the navigation bar of the Home Page, select "Out of Town Notification" and give us your name, address, dates that you will be away and a contact number.  We will pass that information on to our ENP officers so that when they are on patrol they can keep an eye on your house.  
     
    We also encourage you to cancel your paper, put your mail on-hold at the Post Office, leave some lights on and alert your neighbors as well.  Then enjoy your time away!   
  • Where can I find the BCW Neighborhood Association By-Laws?

Crime & Prevention
  • My car or home has been burglarized! What should I do???
    ********ALWAYS CALL 911 FIRST!********
     
    Even if it's no longer an "emergency" situation CALL 911!  
     
    THEN report it to BCW via our hotline at 888-330-3130 or our website at http://www.bcwdallas.com/contact.php 

Dallas City Services
  • What are the Dallas regulations for watering my lawn???
                                   
     
     
    LAWN WATERING REGULATIONS
     
    Reminder...Seasonal watering restrictions begin April 1!
     
    Every year, time of day watering guidelines begin April 1, but be sure to follow ALL the mandatory requirements of the City of Dallas Water Conservation Ordinance:
     
    • From April 1 to October 31 in-ground or hose end sprinklers use is only allowed before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
     
    • Observe the maximum twice per week watering schedule, which is in effect all year.

    Last Digit of Address Watering Days Allowed
    0, 2, 4, 6, 8 (even) ............ Sundays and Thursdays
    1, 3, 5, 7, 9 (odd) ............. Saturdays and Wednesdays
    No address number .......... Sundays and Thursdays
     
    • Watering during any form of precipitation is wasteful and prohibited. All automatic sprinkler systems are required to have working rain and freeze sensors.
    • Repair broken, missing or misdirected sprinkler heads.
    • Watering driveways, sidewalks or streets is prohibited.
    • Irrigation resulting in runoff onto streets, sidewalks or other impervious areas is prohibited.
     
    Watering by hand or with drip irrigation or soaker hoses is permitted at any time, on any day.
    Violation of each of these outdoor watering guidelines can result in a fine of $250, up to $2,000 per incident.
     
    Click here for more information from the City of Dallas about watering your lawn:
     
  • When is our weekly trash & recycling pick-up?
    REGULAR TRASH & RECYCLING PICKUP
     
    Regular garbage and recycling and "bulky trash" pick-up is handled separately. Each is a service of the City of Dallas. 
    Both the Grey Garbage bins and the Blue Recycling Bins will be emptied every Thursday for our neighborhood. You should have both bins out at the edge of your driveway by 7:00 am on Thursday mornings AND don't forget to pull them back in at the end of the day!  Trash bins left on the curb may signal that no one is home and may make your home more vulnerable to criminal activity. 
     
    Click this link for the details:
     
    NOTE: It is against City of Dallas law to place large items or bulky trash out on the side walk in front of one's home more than 4 days prior to the pick-up week in question. In other words, no sooner than the Thursday before the week of the 1st Monday of the month. Violators can be - and often are - FINED by police and/or code inspectors for violations of this city code.  
     
    RECYCLING 
     
    The City will issue you a free blue rolling cart to hold your recyclables.  To request a rolling cart, contact the City at 214-670-5111 or 3-1-1, or visit the City of Dallas Recycling website. 
     
    Recycling is easy!  There is no need to separate glass from plastic or paper.  Just toss all the recyclable materials into the cart and place it by the alley. 
     
    To find out where to recycle electronic and computer equipment, paint and household chemicals, or other hazardous materials visit the City of Dallas Recycling website at...  http://dallascityhall.com/departments/sanitation/Pages/recycling.aspx
     
    Also, note that UPS stores will accept Styrofoam packing (solid or “peanuts”) for recycling in any of their stores.  This material lasts virtually forever, so please try to keep it out of our landfills.
     
    The city accepts the following materials for recycling:
    • Plastics # 1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #7
    • Steel, tin, aerosol and aluminum cans
    • Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, telephone books
    • All colors of glass
    • Chipboard and corrugated cardboard
     
    Plastics, glass, and cans should be rinsed. Lids are not recycled. Aerosol cans should be empty.
     
    Click this link for the Dallas Recycling Guide:
     
    BULKY TRASH PICKUP
     
    Bulky trash and large items that cannot fit into the containers with rollers are picked up only once per month. Items of this sort must be placed on the curb in front of your house. Monthly pick-ups occur beginning at 7am on the first Monday of each month.
     
    TIPS TO AVOID A CITATION:
    • Do not put out material earlier than 7:00 a.m. on Thursday prior to your collection week. Material must be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. the Monday of the pickup week.
    • Put materials on the curb in front of your home. Do not place on vacant lots or medians. Do not place materials in front of utility poles, traffic signs, utilities meters or hydrants.
    • Do not allow your bulky items or brush to block the sidewalk or protrude into the street.
     
    WHAT GOES TO THE CURB:
    • Tree limbs (8ft or less is preferable)
    • Shrubbery (please separate from bulky items)
    • Bagged leaves
    • Furniture
    • Appliances* (*if an appliance has Freon (e.g. refrigerator) it is NOT accepted)- carpet
    • Mattresses
    • Other bulky items
     
    WHAT DOES NOT GO TO THE CURB:
    • Construction debris
    • Bricks, concrete, rocks, dirt - mirrors and glass
    • Electronics (see Electronics recycling FAQ)
    • Tires* (passenger tires (25 inches or less) can be taken to the Landfill and all Transfer Stations. Please limit to 6 per year per resident.)
    • Car parts
    • Lawnmowers (or any machinery that may contain gasoline)
     
     
     
  • Recycling...what, when and where????
    The good news is that almost everything can be recycled, BUT if we don't do it right it just becomes more trash.  
     
    Click on the link for all the details to DO IT RIGHT!
     
  • When do brush and bulky items get picked up???
    Briarwood Brush and Bulky Item pick-up takes place the week of the 1st Monday of the month.
     
    Bulky trash and large items that cannot fit into the containers with rollers are picked up only once per month. Items of this sort must be placed on the curb in front of your house. Monthly pick-ups occur beginning at 7am on the first Monday of each month.
     
    TIPS TO AVOID A CITATION:
    • Do not put out material earlier than 7:00 a.m. on Thursday prior to your collection week. Material must be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. the Monday of the pickup week.
    • Put materials on the curb in front of your home. Do not place on vacant lots or medians. Do not place materials in front of utility poles, traffic signs, utilities meters or hydrants.
    • Do not allow your bulky items or brush to block the sidewalk or protrude into the street.
     
    WHAT GOES TO THE CURB:
    • Tree limbs (8ft or less is preferable)
    • Shrubbery (please separate from bulky items)
    • Bagged leaves
    • Furniture
    • Appliances* (*if an appliance has Freon (e.g. refrigerator) it is NOT accepted)- carpet
    • Mattresses
    • Other bulky items
     
    WHAT DOES NOT GO TO THE CURB:
    • Construction debris
    • Bricks, concrete, rocks, dirt - mirrors and glass
    • Electronics (see Electronics recycling FAQ)
    • Tires* (passenger tires (25 inches or less) can be taken to the Landfill and all Transfer Stations. Please limit to 6 per year per resident.)
    • Car parts
    • Lawnmowers (or any machinery that may contain gasoline)
     
    Click on the link below for details:
     
  • Where can I recycle electronics???
    Want to keep your electronic waste out of our landfills???  
     
    Dallas accepts most types of electronic waste at several sites throughout the city.  
     
    Click on the link below for all the details:
  • I have a water emergency...what should I do???
    Request Emergency Services
     
    Emergency Services Information:
     
    Emergency services are available 24 hours a day. If calling within City of Dallas limits call 311, or 214-670-5111 when dialing outside of city limits.
    To report or request:
    • a water main break
    • a meter leak
    • a fire hydrant leak
    • clogged or overflowing wastewater main
    • emergency water turn off 

    Information on turning off your water:

    A private cut-off valve should turn off the water flow to the house. Most homes have a private cut-off valve that is typically located: 
    • Near an outside faucet and close to the house. 
    • If there is an in ground irrigation system the private cut-off valve may be near the irrigation system valve, typically close to the property line. 
    • Older homes may have the private cut-off valve buried in the ground. A quarter-inch piece of iron with a 90-degree angle protrudes from the buried valve and serves as a handle. The iron piece looks like an upside down "L" and turning the handle will stop the water flow to the home.
     
    Be Prepared! Locate your private cut-off valve on the property before an emergency situation arises.  If there is not a private cut-off valve on the property consider installing one. For emergency assistance in turning your water off at the meter, you can reach Dallas Water Utilities 24 hours a day by calling 311.
     
    Click on the link for more information: