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Community Center Vandalism
Posted on Sep 25th, 2019

On Sunday evening we found some minor vandalism in the Community Center, discovered during one of our routine nightly patrols.  This was easily cleaned up on Monday morning.

Our Public Safety Department is working with law enforcement to identify the suspects, and will be modifying patrols and monitoring.

This incident is a good reminder to be aware of our own personal security. Whether at home, on the street, in the car, or at the grocery store, there are always things you can do to improve your personal safety:
  1. Situational awareness: pay attention to people, cars and buildings around you.
  2. Walk with a purpose: look like you know where you are going, and look at other people.
  3. Limit distractions: don't have both earbuds in, don't walk and text, don't lose yourself in the phone call.
  4. Lock the door: car doors, house doors, garage doors.
  5. Listen to your gut: uncomfortable? Turn around, walk away, be near people you trust.
And specifically at the Baywood Community Center, don't allow others to use your access key fob. Each fob is uniquely assigned to your street address. A record is kept of the use of each key fob.

Tailgating, or piggybacking, is a very common and innocent breach of personal security.  If you arrive first at the Community Center door, use your key fob to unlock it, and then hold the door open for the nice-looking stranger coming in behind you...  who did you just let in?

We try to be polite.  We tend to be nice to strangers.  We don't want that to change in our society. But we do need to adjust to certain situations.

Arriving at a "meet your neighbor"-type of gathering will be different than arriving alone for an evening workout. Be smart.
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