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Holiday Season - Stay safe - Do NOT be a victim

With this very busy season, please be aware of your surroundings - always. Lock it up or lose it should be your motto.

For instance, when you’re in a store checking out, don’t flash what you have in your wallet openly so peering eyes can see that you’re flush with cash and credit cards.

Be aware as you leave businesses of who might be watching or following you. If you’re uncomfortable, go back inside and ask for an escort to your car. Leave buildings with your keys in hand - not talking on the phone - ready to get into your vehicle and leave. If you have packages to load in your car, keep your purse on you, not on your front seat, while you are loading.

Never leave your unlocked car unattended - even to push your grocery cart to a nearby rack. That’s just enough time for your car to be stolen.

Don’t sit in your car talking on the phone without locking your car.

Once you are headed home, be well aware of cars that COULD be following you - especially with dark tinted windows. If you are suspicious do NOT lead them straight to your house. If necessary, drive to a well-lit area and call the police at 893-7780 telling them of your suspicion. They will be happy to come to check it out.

Once home, it’s best to drive into your garage and close the door before you start unloading packages. If that is not possible, certainly take your purse and keys inside FIRST before you start unloading but don’t leave the car unlocked if it isn’t secured in your garage. (And do you know if you have a valet key in your glove compartment?)

The best advice is to always be aware of your surroundings. Especially at this time of year with lots on our minds, it’s easy to let our guard down. DON’T DO IT! Stay aware and alert and lead by example.

Remember – “lock it up or lose it” should be your new motto.

LOCK UP. PLEASE DON’T BE A VICTIM!

City assists "sensible sprinklers"

Communications Manager Bill Logan, St. Petersburg Water Resources

City assists “sensible sprinklers”

As we roll into the “dry season,” the City of St. Petersburg and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) are helping encourage good watering habits through the “Sensible Sprinkling Program.”

This Program offers a FREE check-up to water customers with operable in-ground sprinkler systems using potable (drinking) water, reclaimed water, or well water. Selected participants will receive a sprinkler system evaluation with site-specific recommendations, a diagram of the sprinkler layout, installation of a rain sensor (if one is not in use on the site), water conservation information, and an automatic shut-off hose nozzle.

“It’s a great way to help our customers understand and enhance sprinkler systems,” said Water Conservation Coordinator Chris Claus. “This not only helps keep citizens’ lawns and gardens more appropriately irrigated, it helps save water -- our most precious natural resource.”

To participate, city residents need to complete the Sensible Sprinkling application and forward by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, check out the city’s water conservation web site at www.stpete.org/WaterConservation or call 892-5611.

New Safety Tips

All over the City, we are experiencing an uptick in car thefts, burglaries and other crime. Recall the HOT WHEELS expose the Tampa Bay Times printed earlier this year? Well, for a while things calmed down it seemed, but now - especially when folks let their guard down - it’s back in the forefront.

Please be mindful, if you are accustomed to pulling into your driveway or garage and start to unload packages, groceries, etc. and you leave your keys, key fob, purse, or wallet in the car. What if someone jumped in your car and took off? IT HAPPENS! All it takes is one instant for the thugs to high-jack a vehicle in a flash! We have all worked hard for what we have, yet it can be stolen in an instant when we let our guard down. DON’T DO IT!

Lock those car doors and turn the ignition off, take your keys, fob and purse inside…even if just for a quick trip inside. It’s not worth it to give the thugs a crime of opportunity. I remind you…it’s happening ALL OVER TOWN. Let’s make sure it doesn’t happen to YOU!

This next article from Pasco Sheriff’s Office, pertains to children being victimized…Pasco Deputies Warn Parents: Children Solicited Through Apps. The sheriff’s Cyber Investigations Unit has spotted this trend over the last two months involving the abuse of social media and preteens… https://patch.com/florida/stpete/s/g9sab/pasco-deputies-warn-parents-children-solicited-through-apps?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=weather&utm_campaign=alert

Please, please try to be ON GUARD at all times. If you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Our St Pete Police (or any police department) would much rather come to investigate and prevent a crime than deal with the aftermath OF a crime! Please watch out for one another and…Stay Safe.

District 2 Community Service Unit Info

Today, one of our members had occasion today to sit down with our new Lead Officer for our District 2 Community Service Unit, Sergeant Jason Deary. We are very fortunate to have him lead our group of Community Service Officers (CSO's) that includes Donald Herring (who mainly handles Snell & Venetian), Corey Crawford, Josh Jordan and Courtney Parker. They work interchangeably throughout our District 2 but they need our eyes and ears to help them do their job and help keep us safe!

The biggest problem we have is the fact that what we have all worked hard to earn - both in our homes, cars and other possessions - those who DON’T want to work, prefer to invade our space to take what we make easily available. The things we all need to do routinely are:

  • Always keep both your cars and your home LOCKED.
  • Don’t leave valuables in your car or, if you must, LOCK them in your trunk.
  • Keep your garage door CLOSED.
  • Report street lights that are not functioning properly.
  • Especially note bicycle riders, especially youthful ones, who ride 2-3 in a “pack” that look out of place in our ‘hood. Consider they are “casing” the area, looking for opportunities.
  • Use caution when hiring people purported to do handy work. This can be a rouse to “bait & switch” where you think only one person has arrived but, when they take you to your back yard to show you something, their cohorts (that you didn’t even know were along for the job) move quickly into your house stealing from you.
  • If you have a lead foot, expect to receive a speeding ticket. Observe the speed limits - nothing is worth the accident you might cause by speeding or not paying attention!

When you let your guard down - even for a moment - you open yourself to the opportunity of becoming a victim. If you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING! The Police appreciate the opportunity to serve but they need our help. Better safe than sorry. Please help do your part so all of us can enjoy the fruits of our labor! And please watch out for those who are vulnerable among us.

Stay Safe.

About Snell Isle

image Snell Isle is home to the historic The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, one of the Nation's premier golf courses.
image Our tropical surroundings provide waterfront vistas for most residents. Over 80% of the homes on Snell Isle enjoy waterfront views.
image In 1920, local developer C. Perry Snell began construction on what was originally, a muddy mangrove island.

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