Well Summer is over and Fall is here. It has been awhile since I’ve written a report for you all so I have some catching up to do! Thankfully summer was pretty quiet around here. The crimes that have been committed were smallish and annoying more than anything.
So let’s get to it: Car prowlers are back. Most recently, a landcruiser had a window smashed in while parked in front of the beach park in the middle of the day. A purse was left in the car and was stolen. The person who stole it likely rides a small, loud, red moped. Four car prowls were reported in mid September. They occurred on Vinton Court, Greenbrier and Valmay. A couple of the cars had been left unlocked. While unfortunate this is a good reminder for all of us to clear our cars of anything we don’t want taken and to lock our car doors and set the alarms if we have them.
On August 23rd a car parked on the street in front of the owner’s house was sideswiped by a hit and run driver. This happened around 9:30 in the morning. A picture of the car that was hit was posted on the Blue Ridge Facebook page. Another reason to join the group if you haven’t already. It’s a great way to stay informed and in this case possibly help in finding the culprit.
On August 1st two bikes were stolen from someone’s unlocked garage on upper Blue Ridge Drive. These same people had a package stolen from their front porch the very same week. This is another learning lesson for all of us while truly a bummer for this Blue Ridge family. Unfortunately we live in a neighborhood that is a target for theft. (what neighborhood isn’t?) If at all possible please have any items you order on-line sent to a business address. Otherwise track you deliveries and make sure you are home to sign for your package in order to prevent theft. The people who steal are not going away and as the holidays approach we don’t want to be seen as easy targets.
The best practice for keeping your home and belongings safe is to lock all your doors and windows and set your house alarm every time you leave your home. Even if you’re just going to run a small errand or heading out for a stroll. I would add that you should lock the door from your garage to your home even if your garage door is closed. This may seem like a no-brainer to some of you, but I just want us all to be vigilant in keeping ourselves safe and make it as difficult as possible for would-be thieves.
We have had a couple of people post on our Facebook page about a group of Ballard High School boys going door to door trying to raise money. Some people have wondered if this is a legitimate charitable cause. I have no idea. I do know that for them it doesn’t hurt to ask. Some people are comfortable opening their doors and donating money. I know that I am not. I never donate money to people knocking on my door. Not only that, but I don’t open my door to people unless I personally know them. I just want all of you to know that it is perfectly fine for you to make solicitors aware that you are home but that you do not want to open your door and talk to them. Don’t worry about hurting their feelings. Do what you feel comfortable with. There are some tasteful no soliciting signs that you could post on your property as well. It is illegal for a solicitor to knock on your door if you have a no soliciting sign clearly posted on your property.
Lastly, please remember our noxious use policy here in Blue Ridge. Boats and trailers and RVs are not to be parked on the street or on your property (unless they fit inside your garage) for more than 72 hours. So no parking of boats, RVs or trailers in your driveway, side yard, back yard or on the street for more than three days. Thank you!