Crime Watch/Holiday Safety Tips

With Christmas just around the corner, home owners are neck-deep in decorations and last-minute shopping, excited to soon share their holiday cheer with loved ones. But thieves and vandals also have something to look forward to in the holiday season. Cars and homes filled with easy-to-grab boxed goodies and lawns decked out with opulent embellishments make tempting targets for predators. To help you make sure the naughties don’t ruin it for the nice, HouseLogic presents a few tips for protecting your home.

1. Keep your “check-ins” in check.

Three months ago in Nashua, N.H., burglars targeted a home because the occupant told his Facebook “friends” he was going out of town. Announcing to your whole social network that you’re not home or that you just received an expensive present may not be a good idea. The ACLU and others have cautioned against posting information about where you are and what you do. If it falls into the wrong hands, the consequences could be dangerous.

It’s also something to think about if you’re out shopping for good deals. Through location-based applications such as Facebook Places and Foursquare, vendors are offering valuable promotions to shoppers who “check-in” at participating stores. But broadcasting this type of information could cost you more than it could save.

Protect yourself:

  • Never allow check-ins at your own home (you’ll be alerting potential thieves to your address).
  • Don’t check in online when you’re out of town.

2. Remember to lock your door.

There’s something Iraq War veteran and Rhode Island resident Christopher Adamovich, recipient of three purple hearts, will never again forget—to lock his back door. Last Christmas, the first he had planned to celebrate in his newly bought home, he was robbed. Thieves entered through the unlocked back door and made off with hundreds of dollars of presents, including a Nintendo Wii, a Sony DVD player, and assorted toys.

This type of scenario isn’t uncommon. Security company ADT says 40% of all burglaries are termed as “no force entries.” That means the predators gain entry through unlocked doors and windows.

Protect yourself:

  • Check all doors and windows are locked and that your deadbolt (if you have one) works.

3. Don’t give vandals a chance to act.

In 2009, a North Carolina family decided to turn their front yard into a winter wonderland, complete with inflatable Winnie the Pooh and Grinch figures, to celebrate their little boy’s second birthday. It was a momentous occasion—their little one suffered from a rare bone disease and wasn’t expected to live long. Sadly, he has since passed away.

During the display’s first night out, before they could show it off to little Ethan in the morning, vandals slashed the larger-than-life characters. Some acts of vandalism are premeditated and some are spur of the moment, but both leave you with expensive property damage and a ruined holiday.

Protect yourself:

4. Deny easy access to the garage.

In November, a Corpus Christi, Texas, family left their garage door opener in their truck overnight. To their dismay, they woke up to discover thieves had used it to gain access to their garage. All the tools, a lawn mower, and other equipment were stolen—along with all of the Christmas presents the family had stored in the garage for their daughter.

It’s convenient to keep the garage door opener in the car for easy access. It’s also just the kind of thing observant criminals are on the lookout for.

Protect yourself:

  • Never leave your garage door opener in your car.
  • Always make sure your garage door is closed and locked, with the inside door secure.
  • Don’t tempt fate—try not to use the garage as a hiding place for gifts.

5. Display the tree, not the gifts.

For many families, a perfectly picturesque holiday includes the Christmas tree, all done up with lights, ornaments, and beautifully wrapped gifts, displayed in front of the living room window. Trouble is, it’s a scene crooks also like to see.

Protect yourself:

  • Don’t put out your gifts until Christmas Eve.
  • Dispose of product boxes at a recycling center, not your garbage cans.

Kids Crime Watch Pool Party

The Annual Kids Crime Watch Pool Party will be held Saturday August 1st, 2015 from 12-4pm.  The fire department and police department haven’t confirmed what time they will be stopping by yet.  Pizza and drinks are being donated by AMG.

Backyard Bouncing will be setting up a water slide, cotton candy, sno-cone, tables and chairs at the pool.

Spread the word to your neighbors about the Kids Crime Watch Pool party – we’ll see you there!


Dear Homeowners,

First, please let me reiterate that the rule making for this community goes through a process:

1st:       It is discussed by Committee

2nd:      The Committee votes and brings it to the Board.

3rd:       It is discussed by the Board

4th:       It is voted on by the Board

5th:       It is communicated to the community

Once the rules are published, there are several groups that enforce the rules:

1. Your management company

2. The towing company

3. The landscaping company

4. The pool company

5. Your Board of Directors

6. Committee Members

The Board and Committee members are comprised of homeowners just like you and have to live by the rules as well.  It is unfair to interrupt a Board or Committee member’s life by going to their home, stopping them in the street or calling them.  There is nothing that an individual Board or Committee member can do to override the repercussions of violating a rule —NOTHING.

Community Tips – ‘Communicating With Community Leaders’

If you have a question or need to voice your concerns, contact the appropriate community leader via email.

  •  For Safety issues, call 911 first!  Then contact the Crime Watch Committee via email.
  •  For Landscape issues, contact the Landscaping Committee via email.
  •  For Exterior Modification issues or requests, contact the Architectural Control Committee via email.
  •  For Maintenance issues or requests, contact the Property Manager via email.

I would like to thank the Committee Members and the Board who have given up their time to help make University Heights the wonderful community that it is!

If you have any questions, you can always email me.


Shay Cornett



An Update From Our CMPD Crime Watch Officer – Jonathan Tobbe

“To calm any fears, the crime committed this morning was not a random act of violence and I believe that it will not affect the community as a whole as far as future crime.  We are working diligently to apprehend an identified third suspect (two suspects are already in custody) and we will be zone checking the community for any potential problems.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Officer Tobbe at

Mail Delivery Issues

We just wanted to update you to let you know that after the multiple complaints of not receiving coupon books (among other mail) we have spoken with the Postmaster and the Mail Delivery Person for University Heights.  They have promised to pay special attention to our neighborhood.

However, if you have any mail delivery issues in the future, please contact your Postmaster (800) 275-8777.