There are several explanations for the crime that takes place within a gated community. The most concerning to me is what contributes to a community being perceived as vulnerable or unprotected. In 2017, security issued 6,026 open garage citations, nearly twice as many as issued in 2016. So far this year, security has issued 2,353 open garage door citations. In my opinion we are on track to surpass the number of citations issued in 2017 if a change does not occur. A community with multiple open garage doors creates the perception of vulnerability that criminals look for.
Criminals are actively seeking communities to target. Individuals and groups are traveling from other areas such as Dade and Broward county to commit residential and vehicle burglaries. When criminals are canvassing an area in search of their next target. Multiple open garage doors increase the chances of you, your neighbor, and community becoming the next victim. As residents, you can prevent this and end the perception of being a vulnerable community simply by closing your garage door when not in use. Advancements in technology have made accomplishing that task easier with the creation of automatic garage door closers. These devices are designed to close after a specified time determined by you, the homeowner. If you contact your garage door company I’m sure they can make recommendations to you.
As a community, we all share in the responsibility of safeguarding PGA National from individuals with bad intentions. Together we can change the perception that PGA is vulnerable. For security reasons, close your garage door when not entering or leaving the garage. As always, never hesitate to call security at 627-1600 to report any suspicious persons or activity. Whenever you leave your home – no matter for how long – always lock your doors and set your alarm. Sharing information is vital; the smallest piece of information may be the biggest part of the solution.