August 15, 2013
NOTICE TO ALL CARMELA HOMEOWNERS
****Please alert your tenants, visitors and guests****
Wednesday, August 21st – Friday, August 23rd:
• The Avenue 53 gates will be CLOSED for repairs to the safety loops
• ALL traffic will be routed through the Monroe Ave gates during this time.
Monday, August 26th – Wednesday, August 28th :
• The Monroe Ave gates will be CLOSED for repairs to the safety loops.
• ALL traffic will be routed through the Avenue 53 gates during this time.
Please call Carrie or Liz at Desert Management 760-862-1202 if you have any questions.
Great recap, Brian & Chris!
We can also call them for a patrol on occasion, if we keep reminding them. They will not make it a project unfortunately until another incident of magnitude occurs, which is understandable.
I have been driving our neighborhood before I leave in the morning, between the hours of 4:00 am and 6:00 am.
John and I will be on vacation from August 4th through the 11th. Our daughter Jamie has been with us for a short time during her internship and will be here while we are gone. It would be greatly appreciated if you would keep a watchful eye. The officers informed us to call them even if it was a slight discomfort. They have no problem just asking individuals if they are authorized to be in our community. I think this is wonderful!
I would like, as they suggested to see our gated community have a reputation of “they call the police for everything” stay out of there!
Carmela Neighborhood Watch – Brian & Chris – 81-865 Via La Serena
We very much appreciated Bev’s efforts to organize today’s neighborhood watch meeting and the hospitality she extended to everyone. And we were impressed by the genuine interest and concern shown by the two officers who shared over an hour of their shifts with us. Most importantly, we were especially glad to meet more of our neighbors so we can look out for each other. This is only our sentiment.
Here’s what we gleaned from the meeting:
– There was unanimous agreement that we should — and can afford — two surveillance cameras (forward and rear) at both community gates ($80 one-time equipment cost plus modest monitoring fee). It’s ridiculously inexpensive. While it’s not a silver bullet to prevent crime, it can be a deterrent to observant perpetrators, it can be a useful tool against the less sophisticated prowlers, and it more often than not proves helpful in police enforcement after the fact. Something is better than nothing.
– We have everyone’s best interests at heart and should look after each others’ homes as if they were our own. That means being observant, paying attention, asking questions when something seems out of place, and knowing both who your neighbors are and if they are full-time, seasonal or weekenders.
– Acknowledge those who look unfamiliar. Making eye contact shows that the other person has been seen. It doesn’t matter if it’s a vendor, delivery person, guest or renter. In the event it’s someone who shouldn’t be within our gates, they’ll know they’ve been noticed and hopefully they’ll leave immediately or think twice about their game plan or coming back… because they now know someone recognized them.
– Be smart. Don’t leave your garage doors ajar for ventilation or so your pet — which is likely pooping in a neighbor’s yard — can get out.
– Consider deterrent measures like home alarm systems, window decals, window and sliding door stops, parking your cars in your garages, not leaving anything visible in cars parked on the street, closing all car windows, exterior motion sensor lights, and disabling manual safety/emergency pulls on garage doors.
– When in doubt, call the police if you have concerns. They will take your call seriously.
– Always, always, always leave your front lights — that are part of the community exterior (around your house number) — on and check your bulbs frequently so they stay on because thieves thrive in the dark. Consider taping the switch so no one — housekeeper, guest, renter, ankle biter or other — turns them off. We all have that light switch inside our front door.
– Consider subscribing our HOA to www.nextdoor.com (private social network for neighborhoods) for our residents as a way to immediately alert homeowners via text message that something unusual is going on. Of course, this assumes we share whether or not we are full-timers, seasonal or weekenders, which is especially helpful to help a neighbor identify what might be unusual. By invitation only.
Hope this helps.
Brian & Chris
81-865 Via La Serena
Good morning to all Carmela Homeowners:
Our first Neighborhood Watch meeting turned out to be a great beginning at helping us all keep our community much safer. Thank you to all who showed up. It was even great to have a conference call going at the same time for others who couldn’t be here in person…thanks to Metta Schneider for providing the conference call-in number !
The officers left 3 separate flyers here for passing out, but I was hoping to be able to scan and email the copied flyers to all our neighbors very soon. They didn’t have enough for all the homes in Carmela.
I personally want to thank each and every neighbor who did show up for the meeting. It was a great meeting and we covered almost every idea we each had.
Bob and I are planning on moving away by the first week of Sept. but I really wanted to do this for all my neighbors who will continue living here in Beautiful Carmela Community!! I hope all that we learned will help us all at knowing better how to help our neighbors and help to keep our neighborhood much SAFER!
Once again, thank you to all who participated in yesterday’s meeting!
We want to thank Bev & Bob Long for hosting this important meeting with the La Quinta Police Department. With the recent break-ins and then a neighbor had their vehicle stolen; we knew we must marshal the community. Bev stepped forward to drive this initiative and we want her to know how much we appreciate this effort.
From the Crime Prevention site at the La Quinta Police Department:
The mission of the Crime Prevention Officer is to provide crime deterrent services and programs to the citizens and business within the City of La Quinta. Included in this endeavor are programs consisting of informative presentations, crime reduction programs, and outreach initiatives. These complimentary services not only assist in the suppression of crime but also minimize the fear and negative perception associated with crime through a working partnership between the police and the community.
Services We Offer
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
Photography Inventory Engrave
Join your neighbor on Nextdoor.com
Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.
Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.
People are using Nextdoor to:
Quickly get the word out about a break-in
Organize a Neighborhood Watch group
Track down a trustworthy babysitter
Find out who does the best paint job in town
Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
Find a new home for an outgrown bike
Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name Nextdoor’s mission is to bring back a sense of community to the neighborhood, one of the most important communities in each of our lives.
Please contact Crime Prevention Officer Herrera (760) 863-8385 for more information on any of the above programs.
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