Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Why I want to ram my head into the wall... repeatedly.

Emails w/ the Property management company where we live...

-----Original Message-----
From: Allison
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2006 3:05 PM
To: homeowner's association members and property management company
Subject: car theft at

my car was stolen today around 1pm (the police got a call about illegal dumping down the road off of 240th at that time). Stolen from our spot in the carport.

I certainly hope that there is SOMETHING on the agenda for the meeting in march about surveillance.

-Allison

-------------- Original message --------------
From: Property Management guy

Allison,

I am very sorry to hear this happened. I have forwarded this information to the board and they will be taking it up at the next meeting. But, please be aware neither the Board nor I are the police and are unable to respond in that fashion. What we can do is look at possible prevention measures. The best solution for this type of problem is a block watch. But, when they are stealing cars in the middle of the day in broad daylight, it clearly is not an issue about lighting, etc. Any suggestions from you would be appreciated. Again, very sorry to hear this happened, I personally know how frustrating this is and how violated you can feel from this theft.

sincerely,
Property management guy

-----Original Message-----
From: Allison
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2006 4:24 PM
To: Property management guy
Subject: RE: car theft at ...

Thank you, I know it's not an issue of lighting. It's an issue of access. I have never in my life had so much theft happen to me in such a short time, and we have barely lived here a year.

If something is not done to aid in prevention, we may have to sell our condo... at some point you have to ask yourself how much you are willing to take. I left NOTHING of value in my car other than my son's carseat, NOTHING. We had an accident in that car last december and the front end is dented pretty bad, and it's still targeted.

Honestly, I feel like something needs to be done. I felt like something needed to be done last fall... but until it happens to other people I guess we are pretty much out of luck. For a driveway with one entrance and exit... it is ridiculous what people get away with. I am tired of being a sitting duck.

I don't think a block watch solves anything, for God's sake,
-------------- Original message --------------
From: Property Management guy

Allison,

I have worked with a number of properties on installing gates. Today that is decided by economics and city permitting. For that to happen a property must have a long enough entrance; secondly gates are very expensive. So there also needs to be a consensus of homeowners willing to pay for it. Other possibilities include CCTV, something for the board to take up.

Ultimately the largest problem is the lack of prosecution of car thieves by the State. This is particularly true when juveniles are involved. The problem is huge, all over the Puget Sound Region. And, it doesn’t seem to matter what the neighborhood, we see many, many car thefts from all economic levels of communities. We even see them from security garages. Again, I cannot stress how large this problem is in the Puget Sound Region. Please, call your legislator, or the governors office, or both, and let them know exactly how you feel. Until the State starts to prosecute this crime, it will only get worse. And the larger question is; do the rest of us start living in walled compounds, at a very large expense to ourselves, or will the State finally take action. Which is also the problem with gates, they break down, they slow down emergency response vehicles (and Caravelle North has some elderly and frail people living there), and communities with gates still see cars stolen because you are required to make them automatically open for all departing vehicles. So, what we see is juveniles jumping fences on these communities, stealing a car, and just driving out. After the community just spent $50,000 for a gate system, this is a very bitter pill. I wish there was an effective deterrent. But the only ones that work are very expensive. Some communities have gone to security patrols. In my latest discussion with a quality security patrol service that is interested in results, not just selling services, they were very frustrated. They said they now deal with the problem by putting a security patrolman on the ground at the property for at least two weeks, often 4 weeks, 24/7. After that period they can go to random car patrols. They explained to me that if they do random patrols from the start, the car thieves just note when the patrol car leaves, then take a car. They said they first have to establish a presence on the property, after that they can go to random patrols. My last estimate, which is about 6 months old, for this service was about $24,000 for the year. For your association that adds $1000 per year per unit, which is an $83 per month increase in dues. Again, a very large price that would require consensus from all of the owners at the property.

I wish there were something cost effective that worked for this problem. At this time, as property managers, we see many car thefts, everywhere, and the problem gets worse every year. It is very frustrating for everyone involved.

property management guy


-----Original Message-----
From: Allison Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 10:20 AM
To: Property management guy


is there any way we can put barbed wire up along the fenceline? I am almost certain that the thieves enter the property that way...

-------------- Original message --------------
From: Property Management guy


Allison,

On working with other properties with similar issues; barbed wire will devalue the property because it looks like a prison camp once installed. Typically barbed wire is installed on top of chain link in commercial sites, and only industrial or at the back of those sites, where it wasn’t so visible. In the cases where I have had it installed, we found a new problem, they would just cut holes through the fence, and we would find cars broken into or stolen after they cut through. I will bring this up at the next meeting though.


From: Allison Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 10:20 AM
To: Property management guy
Bruce

I have to say I'm kind of stunned at the whole stance that you seem to be taking... we are homeowners here, PART OF YOUR ORGANIZATION so to speak who have been victimized not once, not twice... but 4 times. (and as I recall there were at least 1 or 2 other people who had a problem w/ breakins to their cars last fall as well.) we are trying to figure out a way to stay here... something that doesn't force us to sell our first home... and the fact that you and the board are proposing a special assessment for PAINT but seem unwilling to do the SLIGHTEST things to PROTECT your homeowners and aid in the prevention of vandalization as well as theft of their vehicles absolutely baffles me. It saddens me to no end that we may have to sell our first home over this... I just don't understand, but perhaps if it were one of the board members who were being victimized this discussion wouldn't even be happening.

All we are doing is asking for your help. We have purchased clubs, I have borrowed money that we do not have to get a vehicle that is less attractive to thieves and again, all we are doing (for what seems like the umpteenth time) is asking for your help. We are doing all we can on our end, and it would just be really nice if you and the board would opt to do SOMETHING on your end so we didn't feel completely out in the cold.

thank you for your time.

-Allison

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