Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Last night someone entered my car and helped themselves to my portable GPS system.
My husband told me to report it on the DPM Crime Alert Network.
Remember to be vigilant--if something looks out of the ordinary, call the police. Thanks, everyone!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I observed a older white Ford Truck (4019682 plate) parked across the street with a man sitting in the passenger seat. I observed a bicycle and other items in the bed of the truck. A few minutes later a black older man was at my door. He saw my dogs and from what I understood he wanted to wash windows. While talking to me he appeared nervous and was looking over my shoulder and made no direct eye contact. I advised him I wasn't interested and then the vehicle exited approximately 9:15 A.M. I was outside at 10:00 A.M. and observed the same vehicle go by now with two white males. The passenger was wearing a sunhat.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I would recommend to homeowners that before confronting "suspicious people", those who notice these activities use a digital camera and take pictures first. These can be blown up for better detail or police or posted in emails so others can actually see who they need to lookout for and license plates can be seen with a zoom. Pictures can be taken from the safety of your home, but still be discrete, no need to let them know you are doing it. To deter night time prowlers, I recommend very bright motion activated security lights for all sides of your home and keep your gates locked with a lock. Alarm systems have been getting cheaper in recent years and don't necessarily need to be connected to the police or a service as long as a loud alarm bell is installed. A hidden 'Panic Button' is good to have to manually turn it on/off. Video camera systems have become cheaper too. Get to know your immediate neighbors and exchange phone numbers, they will probably respond faster than the police. Large numbers of people taking notice will scare off predators, but don't do it by yourself, they may have accomplices near.
These are scary times and I think it's only going to get worse. So be prepared!
Note to the community: We're looking into various security options and should have a meeting soon to discuss a community-supported private patrol. Chuck has found that we can hire an off-duty deputy for just over $53 per hour. We've also been looking at www.paladinprivatesecurity.com which is composed of former military and police trained to respond to emergencies, not just patrol and observe. We'll post more information and things develop.
Please remember to be alert. Even if we weren't about to experience Sheriff's Department cutbacks, an informed, aware community is the best defense against crime and always has been.
I am very cautious about opening my front door. I live on Alva Court. There are only 5 houses and I am very familiar with what cars belong here.
At 3:38pm today my dog alerted me that someone was at my door. I did not hear the doorbell- I do not think he rang it. He did not knock.
I peaked out to see what was going on and saw a silver gray car parked across the street and then standing back to the side where I could not see him from my "peek hole" in front door was a man. He was an Asian man (early 30's) dressed in a dark shirt and light beige walking shorts. He was standing way back away from the door--which seemed strange to me and was trying to look in my windows-after a few minutes he walked back across the street and was looking back at my house. I then opened my front door and stepped out onto the porch , he saw me and then pulled out his phone- I yelled can I help you, but he got in his car drove off . He looked at me as he drove off. I did not have my glasses on -so did not get a license plate number. I find this strange...maybe he was a look out and
getting ready to break in....
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Between the hours of 11:00 pm and 6:30 am our 89 Toyota pick up was stolen out of our driveway. It was parked right next to my black Toyota Camry. The truck is old, blue, camper shell, long bed., Lic # 3W02749. We didn't hear a thing, not even our dog barked. We live at 2581 Maryal Dr., corner house with the long stretch of fencing on Avalon. There is a stop sign on our corner. We are right caddy corner to the parking lot of the school/tennis court, Maryal/Avalon.
I'd like to invite all members of DPM neighborhood to consider something. In light of the devasting cuts to our crime prevention/ Sheriff budget, I would invite everyone to consider the idea of hiring a Private Security Patrol just for the DPM neighborhood.
Given our proximity to Wal-Mart and other magnets of crime, having a private security patrol could make a huge difference in our neighborhood. With approximately 1700 homes in the area, the cost would be small- probably around $20-30 per house per year. I am sure that most of you would agree that the cost is minimal compared to the potential benefit.
Other neighborhoods, such as Arden Park, already have this program in place ($25.00 per house per year), and it works extremely well. This is something that we should discuss.
Trish, our DPM HOA President will be talking more about this soon. Thank you for your consideration.
Editor's note: My family can arrange $30/year for this purpose. There hasn't been a lot of interest in neighborhood watch foot patrols, so this might be a great way to solve the problem at very little expense. We'll want to make sure all streets are covered.
I’d like to respond to your e-mail to the Supervisors regarding the flyer and Sheriff, and Golf budget.
While there is no doubt that the decisions facing our Board of Supervisors and all elected officials this year are daunting, our Board has stated that after mandated programs, public safety is their highest priority.
I want to take a moment to clarify how our Golf Program is funded. For the last five years, the golf fund has been completely self-sufficient and takes no money from County general fund.The total golf budget for this fiscal year is $8.6 million, all of which will come from golf fees and sales at the golf courses. Absolutely no monies are being taken from other programs to help support the County Golf program.
If you have any questions about the Golf fund or any of the budgets with the Municipal Services Agency, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Municipal Services Agency
Thad & Tammy
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I have attached some additional budget information I have recently received. Please feel free to share this information with friends, family and neighbors who live work and work in Sacramento County .The Additional Information she attached:
As of now, the Marconi Station Service Center is slotted to remain open…However; the plan is to continue to have me serve the citizens of Arden Arcade, unfortunately they are planning to remove me from the Marconi Station Service Center and over to the Garfield Station in Carmichael. I appreciate your comments and concerns in regards to this circumstance and will continue to forward your letters and emails of concern to the Sheriff and/or Division Commander.
Again, the North Central Division Community Zone Meetings are still scheduled as follows:
Zone 2&4 Tuesday, July, 7, 2009 at 6pm
Zone 1&3 Tuesday July 14, 2009 at 6pm
Apparently there was some misinformation in regards to the meeting time on the last email I sent. THE CORRECT TIME OF THESE MEETINGS IS 6pm.
Thank you to all… your continued willingness to support and be involved in your community is to be commended!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments in regards to this matter.
Crime Prevention Specialist
Sacramento Sheriff's Department
North Central Division
- The Sac County Sheriff’s Dept currently patrols 844 Square Miles and serves over half a million citizens.
- This fiscal year the Sheriff Dept has taken $57 Million of the County of Sacramento’s $180 Million budget deficit.
- That amount of money has caused the Sheriff’s Dept to cut 209 FULL TIME DEPUTIES, 50 civilian Employees AND OVER 400 ON CALL DEPUTIES come August 1, 2009.
- Although the Sheriffs Department makes up only 7% of the county budget, the department is being held responsible for 31% of the 2009‐2010 total deficit.
- To help ease the deficit, deputies voted to give up the raises they were contracted to receive for the next two years, while the Board of Supervisors allocated $8.6 MILLION TO THE GOLF FUND (a program designed to maintain aging county golf courses, which in 2005 was stated to be a self‐sufficient program) (SACBEE.COM).
BECAUSE OF THE LOOMING STAFFING SHORTAGE
- Proactive Law Enforcement activities will BE SEVERELY DIMINISHED.
- The 38 cars currently patrolling will be reduced to 10 cars, pre-1970 patrol staffing levels (SACBEE.COM).
- Service Centers, Air Operations, and Problem Oriented Policing (POP) will cease to exist.
- If your business or your home has been burglarized, robbed, embezzled, or stolen from, YOU MAY NOT GET A RESPONSE!
SACRAMENTO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
District 1: Roger Dickson (916) 874-5485 firstname.lastname@example.org
District 2: Jimmie Yee (916) 874-5481 email@example.com
District 3: Susan Peters (916) 874-5471 firstname.lastname@example.org
District 4: Roberta MacGlashan (916) 874-5491 email@example.com
District 5: Don Nottoli (916) 874-5465 firstname.lastname@example.org
SACRAMENTO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
Come have your voice heard!!
When: Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Time: TBA (9:30 am or 2:00 pm)
Where: County Administration Center, 700 H Street Room 1450
WHY: Tell your Board of Supervisors that your safety matters and help keep Sacramento County…YOUR COMMUNITY… a thriving place to live and work!!
If you cannot attend the meeting, please take the time to call or email your concerns, thoughts and opinions to the Board immediately!