Hide It, Lock It or Lose It
Although we all enjoy a protected sense of security inside the gates of Laguna Woods Village, our community sees many visitors. With the increased activity comes an increase in petty theft. Residents have reported items stolen from carports, open patios and even from some of the garden plots.
The first defense is to keep valuable possessions, especially bicycles, golf accessories and garden tools, secured and out of sight. It can’t be a temptation if no one knows where you have stored it. If you notice irregular behavior from individuals you do not recognize, call Security Dispatch at 949-580-1400.
Our Security Department has a strong partnership with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, which allows for effective sharing of information regarding increased theft activity in the Village. Security personnel encourage all community members to stay alert and remember the motto, “See Something, Say Something.”
Taking an extra 3 or 4 seconds to secure vehicles, garages, carports and cabinets, and keeping valuables out of plain sight, will keep our Village the safest community in the region. Reduce the risk of becoming a target by taking the steps listed below to conceal and secure your property both within and outside the Village.
- Remove cell phones, cameras, laptop computers, briefcases, backpacks, wallets and purses from unattended vehicles. Do not leave giftwrapped packages or other valuable items lying on the seat. Lock all other valuables in the trunk or glove compartment, or take them with you.
- Always close your windows and lock your vehicle and garage doors.
- Secure your carport cabinets with heavy-duty locks.
- Don’t leave your vehicle in unattended parking lots for extended periods. A car is five times more likely to be stolen from an unattended lot than from the street or an attended lot.
- Never attach a tag with your name and address to your key ring. If the keys are lost or stolen, the tag will lead the thief directly to your car and home. If you have to leave your keys with a parking attendant, leave only the ignition key.
- Park your car near or under a street light at night.
- Consider adding a car alarm system. Always set your alarm if so equipped.
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