As outdoor temperatures rise, so do crime rates. The community’s Facebook page has seen an increase in posts from home owners reporting having fallen victim to acts of vandalism, theft of property, and suspicious activity. Between mid-February and early March, we’ve been made aware of a home and vehicle shot with a paintball gun, children trespassing into the storm drainage areas, the theft of outdoor/gardening products from someone’s yard, and a home owner witnessing what appeared to be shadows of people meddling around his property.
With homes still in construction in our community, we are an ideal target for vandals and petty thieves, especially as the weather begins to warm up. If you witness a crime or suspicious activity, you are encouraged to call Doña Ana Central Dispatch at 575-526-0795. In case of an emergency, dial 911.
If you can squeeze a home surveillance system into your budget, security cameras are highly recommended. Photos and video don’t lie. Virtually every modern home surveillance system offers smartphone apps that allow you to monitor your property at all times and can even alert you if motion is detected via email or phone notification. If you are a member of a wholesale club like Sam’s or Costco, you will find great deals on home surveillance system bundles that include up to eight cameras. If you dread hiring a professional or running cable through your attic and behind walls, there is a home surveillance system that is truly 100% wireless.
Among other recommendations from other community home owners – a home alarm system, stainless steel screws for your doors’ strike plates that are long enough to drill into your door frame, outdoor lighting with motion detection, light switch timers, and storm doors. For more home security tips, click here.