Saturday, July 27, 2013
Break-ins in our Village
Criminals do a much better job of sharing their success than do our residents. The word on the street is clear, "shop in Century Village" they are very welcoming and will leave expensive valuables in their vehicles for your shopping pleasure. They even leave their vehicles UNLOCKED, for your convenience and speedy departure so your capture will be very unlikely.
Many Associations don't notice strangers in their community or unknown vehicles parked nearby, providing a safe haven for these criminals.
Guess who the victims believe are responsible - Security! Unfortunately we do not have the manpower to patrol this square mile Village at all times and the criminal element is well aware of this, we desperately need your help. Before parking your vehicle when returning home to your unit - look around you - do you see any strangers? If so note a clear description, then leave the immediate area, call 911 to report the incident and give a full description. When the Sheriff arrives it will be safe to return to your unit.
The Associations who are actively concerned about strangers are increasing, but we are a long way from solving this problem. Any strangers or occupied vehicles that are in your Associations area, should be reported to the Sheriff's office - call 911. Never approach strangers or occupied vehicles, that seem suspicious, just call 911 to report the suspicious events, and remain inside your unit.
The only way to safeguard your belongings is to remove these valuables from your vehicle and to lock your vehicle every time you park, where ever that may be. Breaking windows creates a concern the criminal might be detected simply due to the noise of breaking glass, perhaps causing the criminal to "shop" elsewhere.
Each resident must take notice of suspicious items to act in all our best interests, including unexpected noises from units where the resident is known to be at his/her seasonal residence. Otherwise the criminals will be moving all furnishing from neighboring units totally risk free.
We must work together to act as eyes and ears for our individual Associations, reporting to a permanent resident acting for our Association's protection and safety.
PLEASE Use as a handout to your summer residents so they will be better informed. Our safety should be our first priority! Ed Black Security Chair