We all want to feel safe. We live in a beautiful, gated community with regular patrols.
So, what’s the problem?
Recently our beautiful gated community has experienced a rash of incidents including trespassing, malicious mischief, thefts from unlocked vehicles, one incident of assault with a BB gun, and three incidents of animal cruelty.
What can we do, as residents, to help prevent these types of incidents and to feel safe in our community?
Clearly, we cannot prevent ALL incidents, but fortunately, there is a lot we can do. Prevention and safety start with awareness. Awareness of your surroundings, awareness of your personal habits and awareness of your options.
Here are some simple things where awareness will help:
- Get to know your immediate neighbors and watch out for each other.
- Keep your doors and windows locked.
- Keep your garage door closed at all times.
- Lock your vehicles.
- Never leave anything in plain sight in your vehicle.
- Secure your garage door opener - don’t leave opener in plain view.
- Never approach someone that appears suspicious.
- Abide by the 9PM ROUTINE
If you see someone or something that seems out of place - say something.
Contact the Indio Police Department immediately, then call the G4S patrol at the Front Gate. Remember, the G4S patrol is unarmed and cannot make an arrest. They are not the police.
Here are two important numbers to immediately put into your phone:
Indio Police Dept: 760-391-4057
G4S Patrol at the Front Gates: 760-345-4458
Increasing awareness of your surroundings, your personal habits and your options will go a long way in making Sun City Shadow Hills an “undesirable” community for would be thieves.