Safety Tips

December 18th, 2012 No Comments

Keep Our Community Safe

Everyone wants a safe place to call home, and our association strives to make all residents feel secure. While we’re diligent in our efforts to reduce possible dangers in our community, it is important for residents to participate in crime prevention. Taking a few simple steps can go a long way in keeping theft, vandalism and other crimes out of the association.

Know Your Neighbors. Not just the neighbors on your block, but also the neighbors from all parts of the association. At the very least, you’ll get a better idea of who actually lives (and in turn, who belongs) here. Talking with your neighbors will also give you the chance to find out if they have noticed any crimes or suspicious activity in the association recently so that you can be on the lookout as well. Consider reaching out to your Village Chairperson and joining any email distribution lists. Some Villages have started Neighborhood Watch Groups. Go to the LLA website to learn about your village and any important contacts (Village Chairs, Neighborhood Watch Coordinators).

Leave The Light On.

A good way to deter criminals from breaking into your home is to make sure your front porch light stays on all night, even when you’re out of town. Not only does it signal that someone is home, but it also makes it harder for vandals to hide among the shadows and shrubbery near your doors and windows. If you’re worried that you’ll either forget to turn the light on at night, or off in the morning, you can purchase an inexpensive timer that will automatically do that for you every day. Also, if you see any street lights around the association that are burnt out, please let the association staff know as soon as possible so that they can be addressed.

Lock Up.

If you want to keep unwanted guests out, don’t make your home inviting. Even when you’re home or in the neighborhood, it’s best to keep all gates, doors and garages locked at all times. It’s also a good idea to keep your windows closed and locked when possible, especially if they’re on the ground floor.

Put On Your Walking Shoes.

Taking a stroll around the association isn’t just good exercise, it is a great way to identify suspicious activity. A strong walking presence is critical to maintaining safe spaces in the community. When more residents regularly walk around the association, it can helps scare off unruly teens or deter petty crime from occurring.

Clean It Up.

Picking up litter, removing graffiti and keeping trees, bushes and lawns trimmed not only makes the association look better, but also sends the message that our residents are diligent about keeping the neighborhood a respectable place to live. This can help discourage troublemakers from hanging around our community and encourage responsible and involved people to move to the association. Residents can become community ambassadors by taking ownership of their neighborhood’s image. A village that represents itself well, commands respects.

See Something, Say Something.

If you notice a crime or a suspicious activity, regardless of how small the incident may seem, call 911 immediately. The LLA provides community patrol from April to September, however this service is provided to enforce basic rules and regulations within the association. Community Patrol does not have the same authority as the Police. If you feel threatened in any way or are confronted with suspicious activity, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. The LLA works with local authorities to identify trends and maintain a safe environment, however the LLA should always be notified AFTER contacting the police. The Fred.Co. Sheriff Non-Emergency Dispatch is: 301.600.2071

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