Submitted by Joe Bower – Sierra Canyon Owner
I am sure there have been more burglaries throughout our community than I am aware of, but all of a sudden I am hearing about another and another.
Here is an interesting and frightful aspect of a burglary committed earlier this month. Contrary to speculation, the criminal(s) did not enter through the garage. According to the police and locksmith, the criminal(s) entered via the front door using a master key.
There is lots of talk about going to City Council to seek more police patrols. It is better, in my opinion, to have more local action and that is to: (1) install recording cameras at our homes with window decals announcing that they are there; and (2) let neighbors know when you will be away or when you will be removing furniture and other items from your house; and (3) hide car keys
Our Boards could ask builders, their sub-contractors, and our own contractors to keep a photo of every on-site employee on file. That might make any workers, who may be potential burglars, think twice. Going to the Board is better than City Council, in my opinion. Operating local is most always best, especially when the City only has so much money, manpower, and time to allocate to various geographical areas.
In my opinion, Neighborhood Watch is mainly a “feel good” option. After a while the signs are a blur. There are even burglaries in gated communities with Neighborhood Watch. Guess what, the burglars are typically the teenagers who live inside the gates.
However, some aspects of Neighbor Watch are excellent:
- Share information
- Be alert to what is happening on your street
- If you see something that doesn’t look/feel right, remember the details as they might be needed later
- Make your house a “hard target” so burglars don’t want to be there
Thank you Catherine and others who have shared what you know with me. Perhaps owners will comment on this blog about what they know, or even about their own burglary experience (particularly how entry was made), so we all might benefit. Suggestions on what might be done moving forward are most welcome.
Be aware. Be observant.