Last month Palm Beach County experienced some violent crimes of an unfamiliar nature. There were armed carjackings and robberies in areas, such as Abacoa, which you as a resident of PGA National could be affected by.
The criminal’s method of operation is to bump the back of a vehicle. When the driver exits the vehicle to check for damage, they are robbed at gun point for their valuables. In some cases victims were forced to drive to an ATM machine and withdraw money. In one of the cases, the victims were robbed and forced into the trunk of their own vehicle. Local law enforcement advises that if you find yourself involved in minor situation where you are rear-ended. Drive to a well-lit and populated area and call 911 immediately.
Here are some other tips law enforcement agencies recommend to reduce your chance of you becoming a victim.
• Be alert of your surroundings
• Use extreme caution when using a ATM machine (avoid using ATM’s at night at all costs)
• Be wary of people asking for directions
• Keep your purse and other valuables out of view while driving or parked
• Do not stop to assist a stranger whose car has broken down
Another issue of great concern facing Palm Beach County is the water shortage. There have been irrigation and watering restrictions placed in effect to help conserve the limited supply we do have. As a reminder, if your address is an even number, you can water Wednesday and Saturday from 12:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. If your address is an odd number, you can water Thursday and Saturday from 12:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. Each one of us has a responsibility to comply with these restrictions.
As the 2011 Hurricane season progresses, you should make plans to secure your home. Clean your yard of any items that could pose a threat to you or your neighbors in hurricane force winds. Be sure that all trees and shrubs around your home are trimmed. Stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. These supplies should include several containers of water, non-perishable foods, batteries, a radio, flashlights and candles. It is also very important to place papers and documents in waterproof container.
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 any suspicious persons and activity to security at 627-1600.