Last month, as many of you may know we experienced a few residential burglaries. The intent of this article is to raise awareness and offer some helpful advice that may potentially prevent you from becoming a victim.
The majority of residential burglaries happen during the daytime and criminals are looking for easy targets. A residence with newspapers pilled up in the driveway or a package that has been at the front door for a few days are easy sings that the house is vacant. By taking a few precautions you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim. For example, discontinue your newspaper delivery service. If you are expecting a delivery while you are away, have a family member, friend or neighbor pick up the package for you.
As your security provider we offer a property check service for those residents going out of town. Whether for two days or two months, we will conduct a check of your property at least twice a week until you return. A Property Check form can be picked up and dropped off at any gatehouse. You can also submit a property check form using the Internet at www.gateaccess.net.
In addition to submitting a Property Check form, there are other steps that you can take to avoid becoming a victim. One is to have a security system installed if you do not have one already have one. If you have a home security system, consider upgrading your system. Contact your security system provider and inquire about motion detectors and glass break sensors. Another option is to inquire about the instillation of high impact glass, especially for the glass windows and doors located in the rear of the home. In most cases of residential burglaries, the rear of the home is the point of entry.
Many homes in PGA National have landscaping designs that enhance the appearance of the property. For a criminal trying to burglarize your home, these designs provide them with excellent cover. In some cases, windows or the entire side of a home is completely blocked by the landscaping. Keeping your trees and bushes trimmed may prevent you from becoming a potential target.
As a PGA National resident, you must be ever vigilant. Whenever you leave your home – no matter for how long – always lock yours doors and set your alarm. Make sure your garage door is closed. Remember never hesitate to call security. The smallest piece of information may be the biggest part of the solution. Report all suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to security immediately at 627-1600.