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					                     Neighborhood Watch/Security Patrol
                    Volunteers Needed and Meeting Notice
                                     By
                    David Schwarz - Committee Chairman

In Sept. 2008 Plantation Palms formed and launched our initial Neighborhood Watch
Program with the assistance of the Pasco Co. Sheriffs Dept. and 13 community
volunteers. Since that time due to budgetary cutbacks in county spending, resident
relocations, job changes and the impact of the recession on everyone the program has
slowly lost it’s momentum and focus.

In an effort to address growing resident concerns from criminal activity in the community
to unwanted solicitors we are looking for a few good men and women who would be
interested in joining the cause. With this in mind we are planning an organizational
meeting at the guard house on Monday, March 29th at 7 PM. If you are interested in
joining our team please plan on attending this meeting. If you cannot attend but you are
interested please email me dschwarz@gte.net.

During this meeting we will address our Neighborhood Watch program and discuss if we
would like to move to a more formalized Security Patrol program, what’s required, etc.


                             Monthly Incident Report

It was recently reported by Nancy Guss of Estero Ct. that on Feb. 17th (between 4:00 and
4:25 P.M.) on Estero Ct., she happened to arrive home a little early from work. Knowing
that her husband would be home soon and having always felt safe here, she left the
garage door opened for him. Luckily the family has two dogs that bark very loudly when
strangers approach their home. When she walked to the living room to see why they were
barking, she saw a tall, thin man in an orange shirt standing at her mailbox, looking into
her garage and front doors. He just stood there just staring at the house. Her neighbors
were outside down the street, so she felt safe walking out and confronted the man to ask
what he was doing. He said he and his partner were delivering beef to a neighbor down
the street and had some extra if she wanted to buy some at a discount. She informed him
that we have a no solicitation policy in this neighborhood, and that she did not buy
products from people who solicit, but that she would notify the police. The man stated
that when the police stopped him before, he showed his binder with credentials and they
couldn't stop him (at that point, he wasn't being very nice).

Nancy could not see the truck he referred to, and she asked him to leave. He then walked
down the street (opposite direction from the truck), past her neighbor’s house with a
closed garage and stood in front of another house peering into its open garage. Nancy
then went in to get her phone to call the sheriff. When she walked back out with her
phone, the man saw her get into her car (so that she could get the tag number of his
vehicle), and he took off very quickly. She then drove down the street and saw a van with
"American Prime Beef" or something close to that written in blue letters on the driver's
door. As she turned her car around to get the tag number, the driver and the guy that was
looking in houses took off quickly.

While we don't know which of our neighbors these individuals visited, or if in fact they
visited any, Nancy was rightfully concerned. All our residents need to be careful of this
type of solicitation and using this or any company like this. We do not need people
walking down the street looking into our homes to see who is home regardless of the
purpose. This type of behavior needs to be discouraged.

Because these people took off too quickly, Nancy was unable to get the tag number;
however, she did the right by deciding not to follow them. It is recommended by the
Pasco Co. Sheriffs Dept. that our residents should never confront these types of
individuals directly. By the time you reach the sheriff’s dept. most of the time these
types of individuals will be gone. Having detailed descriptions of appearance, height,
weight, clothing, hair color, tattoos, make, model, color and tag number of any vehicle,
etc. is far more important and helpful to the sheriff’s office. Putting yourself in harms
way unless you have no alternative is very dangerous.

Nancy asked us to pass on her thoughts to our neighbors:
1. Heed the precautions outlined in the last newsletter about scams.
2. Note the non-emergency sheriff's number (that actually took time for her to find -
luckily, she knew it was in the newsletter, and that saved her some time. She has since
posted it).
3. Keep garage doors closed when not in the yard.
4. Remember lots of cell phones have cameras in the phone. Take a picture of anything
that looks out of place or suspicious.

Keep an eye out for this company. They may be legit; they may not. We’re not sure if
they have a license to sell, if someone can sell meat out of a truck, or whatever. The
bottom line is we don’t care for the way they do business in our neighborhood. Doing
business with companies such as this only encourages this type of behavior and activity.
If you want a safe neighborhood, we all need to do our part.

My sincere thanks to Nancy for sharing her story, and I would welcome all of our
residents to share similar experiences in the future. I will be sure to pass them along in
our newsletter and get them posted on our website as well so we can raise our awareness
and all of our residents can benefit. My email address;

dschwarz@gte.net

David Schwarz
Neighborhood Watch Chairman