I'll be taping fliers on your door tonight. But for anyone who wants an "advance" copy here you go:
On Friday, February 8, my husband and I were robbed. Two men broke into our apartment here at the Grove Villas and took most of our electronics, money, and jewelry. Luckily, our cats were not harmed nor were they even let out of the apartment. While we are grateful that neither our animals nor we were hurt, we do feel a sense of violation – people broke into our apartment and wrecked our sense of security.
On Saturday, the two men slipped back into our complex and tried one more time to rob our apartment. My husband was home at the time and chased the two men away. Except that they did not actually leave the complex just ran to the other side. When the police showed up, he was able to chase the men into Linton Oaks. At this time we do not know whether or not these men were caught.
Three other apartments have also been broken into and robbed. One other apartment was robbed on Friday. Because apartments in our complex have been robbed four times (not to mention the number of auto break-ins I’ve heard about), I think it’s important that we as a tiny community should keep an eye out for each other. If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch program just for The Grove Villas, please contact me, Wendi Miller, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would work with our sheriff’s department and each other to keep our complex safe. There is no cost to join, just a willingness to learn how to protect yourself and help your neighbors.
Sliding glass doors are easy to break into. Don’t forget to put the safety pegs in your door. Put down 2x4s, sawed off broom handles, or heavy dowels in the sliding door track to prevent the door from being open. Make it hard for someone to break in. Lock your car doors. Keep your valuables locked up and hidden. Close your blinds when you’re not at home. Enlist your neighbors to keep a watch while you’re gone and then return the favor when they are gone.
Recognizing Suspicious Activity
BE ALERT. Anything that seems slightly “out of place” or is occurring at an unusual time of day could be criminal activity. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND A PERSON COMMITTING A CRIME OR TO INVESTIGATE A SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. Call 911, and do not worry about being embarrassed if your suspicions prove to be unfounded. Law enforcement officers would rather investigate than be called when it is too late. Obviously, not every stranger who comes into a neighborhood is a criminal. Occasionally, however, criminals disguise themselves as these workers; therefore, it is important to be alert to the activities of all nonresidents. Law enforcement officials should be called to investigate persons in the following circumstances, who may be suspects in the crimes indicated:
• Going door to door in a residential area, especially if one or more goes to rear of residence or loiters in front of an unoccupied house (burglary); (This is what happened to us!)
• Heavy traffic to and from a residence, particularly if it occurs on a daily basis (drug dealing, vice or fence operation);
• Screaming (rape or assault);
• Loitering around or peering into cars, especially in parking lots or on streets (car theft);
• Offering items for sale at a very low price (trying to sell stolen property);
• Loitering or driving through a neighborhood several times or appearing as delivery person with a wrong address (burglary). Get to know our property manager and maintenance people. Introduce yourself so they know you and you know them. Plus it’s always nice to know the people that work hard to keep our community maintained. Contact our property manager to notify her if you have any broken locks, door jams that look as if they have been forced, or if you need any extra security on your sliding glass doors. Tell them when the gate is broken. Tell them if you find holes in the fence (that’s how our guys were getting in!) Don’t be afraid to communicate with our property management. The management can’t help us if they don’t know something is broken. Let’s all work together to keep The Grove Villas a safe and comfortable place to live!