There’s been an up tick in reports of door-to-door vendors coming by Rossmoor homes in the late afternoon and early evening. The OC Sheriff’s Department has issued a warning to not open your door to these people.
Sargent Feely of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department recommends the following practices to keep Rossmoor residents and their property safe:
Knock, Knock Burglaries
Recent reports have been received from residents about strangers knocking on their doors both during the day and well into the evening. To protect your family and property, when an unexpected knock occurs at your door, do not open your door. Rather, keep the door closed and locked, ask who the person is, and what they want. Make note of what they say and decline their offer or service. Do not open your door to a stranger. Burglars use this “knock, knock…who’s there?” technique to gain entry to homes, scope out home occupancy, or evaluate content value.
Remember, if you have a suspicious encounter, immediately contact OCSD at 714.647.7000 and provide the individual’s direction and mode of travel, individual’s physical description (from head to toe, clothing coloring and style is important), and time and location that the incident occurred.
Lock It, Hide It, Keep It
Keep your car doors locked at all times when parked in your driveway or on the street. Many cars in Rossmoor that are broken into have been unlocked. Also, remove items from your car or place them out of view in your trunk for safe keeping. Thieves go down streets and check cars parked both on the street and in driveways to see if they are locked. If the car is locked, they will typically move on to an unlocked car.
Catalytic Converter Theft
Stolen catalytic converters, particularly from Toyota trucks and other models, have been increasing. Law enforcement recommends parking in your garage to prevent this type of theft. If you must park in your driveway or on the street, add motion detection lights or continuous lights illuminating your property as a deterrent. If you have a vehicle with an easily accessible and highly desirable catalytic converter, get your catalytic converter etched with your vehicle license plate number by your vehicle service provider.
One more thing, if you plan to leave town this summer, even for a few days, please talk with your Neighborhood Watch Block Captain to let him/her know your plans. It’s also always a good idea to call the OC Sheriff’s Department (714.647.7000) and request a vacation check for the times you’re away. Extra patrols on our streets are never a bad thing and it’s a free service.