Security Director’s Report – August 2017

In continuing with our service commitment, I would like to take a moment of your time and offer some safety tips. As you all know there have been a lot of technological advancements and improvements in just about every aspect of our day-to-day lives. There are self-driving vehicles, advanced coffee makers, and smartphones. What would we ever do without our smartphones, lol? These and other advancements have forever changed our lives.

Unfortunately, as we learn to become acclimated with the advancements in technology, so have those with criminal intent. The auto industry is amongst the leaders in technology improvements. The days in which a criminal would break into a car, rub two wires together and steal the vehicle are over. Criminals know that the majority, if not all new push-to-start vehicles come equipped with what is known as the “key fob” that is needed to start the vehicle. When searching for their next vehicle to steal or burglarize, criminals use their knowledge of the key fob to assist with the commission of their crime.

Those with criminal intent know that if a vehicle has the key fob left inside it, the sideview mirrors are facing out in the normal position which is a possible indication that the doors are unlocked. Now your vehicle has become the next target. When the sideview mirrors are closed inward, criminals view this as a secured vehicle without the key fob inside it and move on. Another sign that criminals look for as indication that your key fob is inside your vehicle is whether your alarm light is blinking. A blinking light indicates your vehicle is secured and a non-blinking light is viewed as an unsecured vehicle. Law enforcements agencies have seen a rise in stolen vehicles because of the key fob being left inside the vehicle.

Best case practice is to never leave your key fob inside your vehicle, always secure your vehicle, and never leave valuables in plain sight. Together we can make a difference, never hesitate to call security at (561) 627-1600. Report all suspicious people and activities because the smallest piece of information may be the biggest part of the solution. Keep your garage door close when not in use and set your alarm when you leave your home.

Security Director’s Report – July 2017

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday as much as I did. Enjoying family and friends is truly therapeutic. Speaking of family and friends, for those of you that have travel plans.
You may or may not know that TSA has a precheck program that you can utilize to expedite your check-in process and shorten your wait time at the airport. Participating in the precheck program you will not need to remove your shoes, belts, light jackets, or other travel related items. For more information visit www.tsa.gov/precheck and apply. Also, make sure your travel plans include a submitted “Property Check” form so that security can check your residence while you are away.

On another note, we are in hurricane season which does not end until December 1 st. Making early preparations is a key component to being ready for any impending storm. Early preparedness also increases your piece of mind during a storm. While stocking up on water, food, and other storm supplies agencies like the National Hurricane Center, Solid Waste Authority or websites like www.ready.gov/hurricane offer additional safety information and tips. The more information you have, the more prepared you will be.

As your security provider, we are always ready to lend a hand. Together we can make a difference, never hesitate to call security at 561-627- 1600. Report all suspicious people and activities because the smallest piece of information may be the biggest part of the solution. Keep your garage door close when not in use and set your alarm when you leave your home.

Security Director’s Report – April 2017

As many of you prepare to head back up north for the summer or make other travel plans remember, security is here to assist you with having the piece of mind while you are away. You can pick up and drop off a “Property Check” form at any gate house or fill out a “Property Check” form online at www.gateaccess.net . Security will routinely check your residence while you are away.

Also, cease newspaper deliveries or any other deliveries while you are away. A pile of old newspapers in a driveway or multiple boxes by the door are great indicators of a vacant home and the next potential target for a burglar. Whenever you leave your home – no matter for how long – always lock your doors and set your alarm.

As your security provider, we are always ready to lend a hand. Together we can make a difference, never hesitate to call security at 561-627-1600. Report all suspicious people and activities because the smallest piece of information may be the biggest part of the solution.

Security Director’s Report – March 2017

I was watching the news the other night and they highlighted a story that local law enforcement agencies feel that has become problematic to our area. The story was about bands of traveling thieves or cross county thieves. Unlike the Gypsies, this group or groups that were discussed in the news piece do not have ties to one another. They are just packs of individuals traveling from county to county executing residential burglaries and auto burglaries.

In the past three months, PGA National has had six (6) residential burglaries. This was alarming to me, but after watching the news segment, it shed some light on why we might have experienced the unconventional burglaries. Unconventional in the sense that these types of burglaries were not common to PGA National. In each burglary incident, forced entry was used as means of entering the home. The front door was either smashed in or pried open by the perpetrator(s). Another key factor that each of these burglary incidents shared was that there was no home alarm system set.

The fact that the front doors were smashed in or pried open are evidence that times have changed and that change is literally at our doorstep. As residents, you must be vigilant and ensure that your property is secured at all times. If you do not have a home alarm system, please consider investing in one. For those that have home alarm systems, I cannot emphasize how vital it is that you set your alarm prior to leaving your residence. You may also want to reevaluate and eliminate the number of individuals that have access to your home. Glass break sensors and cameras can also be a great asset in protecting your property and preventing crime.

Together with your assistance, we can put our best foot forward in combating criminal activity plaguing our community. This can only be achieved with everyone’s cooperation.
Whenever you leave your home – no matter for how long – always lock your doors and set your alarm. Never hesitate to call security. The smallest piece of information may be the biggest part of the solution.

Security Director’s Report – October 2016

Phone scams are a growing criminal trend nationwide, with Florida ranking the highest in complaints. Palm Beach Gardens Police Department has received over 16 reports of phone scams this year. One of the largest scammer groups identified by law enforcement agencies are the Jamaican scammers, with the elderly being its largest target groups.

Scammers will use several different tactics to convince people that whatever the scenario is, that it is real and needs their immediate attention. The scenario usually requires money to be sent to them by way of credit card or gift card. Victims have been scammed with threats ranging from arrest by the IRS, winning a prize but needing to pay processing fees, fixing a virus on your computer, or being a family member in need of money for bail or some other emergency.

Law enforcements agencies are working tiresomely to combat this trend. In the meantime, they offer some simple tips that can help you from becoming a victim of a scammer. They suggest that you never wire money to anyone you do not know. Never use gift cards for payment over the phone. Keep your credit card, checking account, or Social Security numbers to yourself. If you find yourself a victim of a phone scam or know someone that is. You can report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357.

As your security provider, we are always here and ready to assist you with your security needs. Never hesitate to call us at 627-1600 to report any suspicious vehicles or person(s). Remember to always secure your vehicle when not in use and never leave valuables in your vehicle in plain sight. Always secure your home and set your alarm before leaving.

Security Director’s Report – August 2016

I would like to take a moment of your time to reiterate how important it is to secure and protect your property. So far this year, we have experienced eight residential burglaries and several other incidents in which items such as unsecured bicycles were removed from the property. In each of the residential burglary, there was one common contributing factor that assisted the criminals with being successful. That common factor was that there was no alarm set at any of the residences.

As your security provider, we are working hard every day to ensure the safety and security of each and every resident, but we need your help. Our commitment is unwavering, however, our success is largely attributed to your resolve to become and remain vigilant. Remembering to lock your vehicle doors, set your house alarm before leaving, keep your garage door closed when not in use, and reporting suspicious activity will greatly decrease potential criminal activity within PGA National.

Never hesitate to call security at 627-1600 to report all suspicious vehicles and person(s). Any information on the person(s) or vehicle involved will be extremely helpful.

Security Director’s Report – July 2016

As your security provider, it is an absolute pleasure providing security services to the community.  We enjoy the interaction each encounter brings and the trusting relationships that those  encounters create. However, over the past few months, security has received several service calls  asking us to respond to a residence for non-security related issues. Non-security related issues  such as civil matters, removal of turtles from driveways, or assistance with placing trash  containers out for collection and/or removal of containers.

Yes, customer service is a significant component of our service commitment. However,  responding to non-security related calls for service reduces our effectiveness to properly provide  security. Each time a non-security call for service is received, a patrol officer has to suspend their  patrol of your community. Being highly visible is a major deterrent in crime prevention and a key  aspect of patrol duties. It has been determined that it is in the best interest of all residents and  guests alike, that security refrains from responding to non-security related issues.

It is not our intent to disregard any of your service requests. However, it is not in the realm of our  capabilities to effectively respond to every call for service. There are specialized professionals  that can effectively assist with civil issues, removal of animals, and all other non-security related  matters. Moving forward security, when contacted in matters of this nature, will gladly refer you  to these professionals by providing you with the appropriate contact information.

With this being said, security is still here to best assist you with all your security concerns,  especially in the upcoming hurricane season. Remember to stock up on all the essentials for this  season such as batteries, bottled water and also make sure that your important documents are  secure in the event of an emergency. Also, don’t forget to remove any loose items on or around  your property that may become projectiles during high winds or storm conditions.  Remember to always secure your vehicle when not in use and never leave valuables in your  vehicle in plain sight. Always secure your home and set your alarm before leaving. You are  always encouraged to report all suspicious vehicles,

Remember to always secure your vehicle when not in use and never leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle . Always secure your home and set your alarm before leaving. You are  always encouraged to report all suspicious vehicles, persons, and activity. Never hesitate to call  security at 627-1600. Any information on the person(s) or vehicle involved will be extremely  helpful.

Security Director’s Report – May 2016

With the summer months upon us, there are some concerning developments taking place involving gated communities. Local law enforcement agencies in areas such as Martin County, the Treasure Coast, and Jupiter have all seen a rise in residential and auto burglaries. Collectively, these agencies feel the number of incidents will grow over the next few months. Officials believe that a lack of safety practices will contribute to the rise of these incidents.

This year alone, PGA National has experienced sixteen auto burglaries and two residential burglaries. The lack of safety practices officials fear that will contribute to the rise in burglary incidents include leaving your vehicle unlocked/unsecured with valuables inside, which was a factor in all of the auto burglaries within PGA National so far this year. In one of the auto burglaries a gun was taken from the vehicle. In both residential burglaries, neither home alarm was not set. Officials have stated that to greatly reduce your chances of becoming the next victim of a burglary, simply lock your doors and set your alarm.

PGA National is a great community and we are extremely proud to serve you as your security provider. It is paramount that we work as one to curtail criminal activity within our community. Working together we can dismiss the belief that there are easy targets within PGA National and collectively ensure that the quality of life remains prevalent.

Remember to always secure your vehicle when not in use and never leave valuables in your vehicle in plain sight. Always secure your home and set your alarm before leaving. You are always encouraged to report all suspicious vehicles, person(s), and activity. Never hesitate to call security at 627-1600, any information on the person(s) or vehicle involved will be extremely helpful.

Security Director’s Report – March 2016

I would like to take a moment to offer a friendly reminder for your security and safety. At the end of 2015 PGA National experienced thirty-one auto burglaries. This is twice as much as 2014 which had fifteen and over five times as much as 2013 with six. Now, just two months into 2016, we have already experienced nine auto burglaries, all of which were the result of the vehicles being left unsecured. Unsecured vehicles give the criminals the idea that PGA National is an easy target and they can return as often as they choose.

Through my experience, culminated with the partnership with Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, I believe the most effective way to prevent from becoming the next victim and/or a target for an auto burglary is simply to lock and secure your vehicle. It is only with your assistance that we can reduce these incidents from happening in the future as well as deter all criminal activity within PGA National.

Remember to always secure your vehicle when not in use and never leave valuables in your vehicle in plain sight. Always secure your home and set your alarm before leaving. You are always encouraged to report all suspicious vehicles, person(s), and activity and never hesitate to call security at 627-1600. Any information on the person(s) involved or vehicle description will be helpful.

Security Director’s Report – December 2015

As we prepare for the 2016 year, I would like to take a moment to reflect on 2015, which was a good year for security within PGA National. For the third year in a row we have seen decreases in the overall crime within PGA National. Your phone calls reporting suspicious vehicles and people was a tremendous help. We look forward to the challenges that 2016 will bring and we are confident that with your assistance it will be a great year.

Remember to always secure your vehicle when not in use and never leave valuables in your vehicle in plain sight. Always secure your home and set your alarm before leaving. You are always encouraged to report all suspicious vehicles, person(s), and activity and never hesitate to call security at 627-1600. Any information on the person(s) involved or vehicle description will be helpful.