Update 3/5/10: The police arrested 2 men today! Hopefully they are the same ones who have been victimizing the Villas! Will update again on Monday. Keep your eyes open still and report anything suspicious to police! Keep up the good work getting alarm systems installed.
One (1) owner has responded to the invite to meet for Neighborhood Watch. Surely there are more owners and residents interested? You can use the form on the Volunteer tab to respond and we will contact you to organize a meeting. A neighbor seeing the thieves near a home in Gem Lake is what cracked the case for Maitland PD and OC Sheriff Friday. 1 person made all the difference for all of us. PLEASE GET INVOLVED. BE THAT PERSON!
Feb 23 2010: Recently, three units have been broken into. One on Orange Tree Ct, and two on Grove Ct. Each time, a window was broken. (The Orange Tree unit was also broken into via the door a few months ago.) All units were end units. Both were broken into in plain sight, not from within the fenced area, and allegedly during the day. Some tips to prevent criminal activity will be repeated here. These ideas were gone over at the Neighborhood Watch Presentation with Maitland Police last June.
SOME POSSIBLE POINTS TO CONSIDER:
Take in your mail, packages and phonebooks daily.
Keep all doors and windows locked at all times.
If you have an alarm system, make sure it is monitored. Otherwise, it is useless.
If you don't have an alarm system, get one. Installation is cheap and competitive and monthly monitoring fees are under $40. See info below this article.
Keep the alarm system armed.
Join Neighborhood Watch.
Have approved by application and install the upgraded windows.
Report TO POLICE any suspicious persons or activities. Do not assume someone else will do it. Reporting will be kept anonymous by the police.
Report TO POLICE anyone seen going over the wall- in either direction.
Keep your vehicles locked and even keep pocket change out of sight.
Report TO POLICE anyone on property anywhere who you do not personally recognize.
Report TO POLICE groups of people hanging out. We are posted NO LOITERING.
Report TO POLICE any solicitors. We are posted NO SOLICITING.
Use common sense and know that the police would rather be called for nothing than let a crime happen. ALWAYS call the police (911 for an emergency or 407-539-6261 for a non-critical call). Always call the management company DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS after an incident to follow-up. They will alert the Board promptly. There is no point in waking a manager to report something the police are handling. There is nothing they can do at that time. Due to liability concerns, Board members cannot personally attend to your situation. FIRST, call the police. At the appropriate time, follow-up by contacting management. They will contact the Board.
Please add to this list anything else you can think of to further secure yourself, your home and your belongings. Be alert, aware and safe!
LETS CATCH SOME CROOKS!!!
Crime Affects Us All, And We Need Each Other To Fight It!