Security Updates

Important Contacts:
E
mergency: 911
Non-emergency: (864) 271-5210
Crime Prevention Unit: (864) 422-2037
Spaulding Farm Community Watch Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/165185665426933/).
neighborhood watch e-mail: [email protected]

Security Committee Updates

See Archived Updates here


June 2021 

Priority One will complete the installation of additional doors / gates in the pool / clubhouse / tennis court area today.

The new doors / gates will go live on Tuesday, meaning that our keys for the tennis court and the clubhouse will no longer enable access on Tuesday (key card access will be necessary).

A few notes:

1) There is a safety alarm on the pool gates that will sound if they are left open for more than two minutes. This feature is to ensure a safer pool (primarily by preventing unsupervised children from walking through a gate which has been propped open).

2) The security cameras are only on when the pool is closed (10:00 PM to 5:00 AM). Please be mindful of these hours to avoid triggering an alarm.

3) Key card access to bathrooms in the cabana (inside doors) will not be necessary during pool hours. However, key card access will be necessary for the outside bathroom doors of the cabana.

One of the advantages of the updated system will be that access cards can be turned on when the clubhouse is rented (rather than having to drive to get a key).

As always, please reach out if you have any questions or help.

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May 2021

TL;DR:

  1. Please join the Spaulding Farm Community Watch Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/165185665426933/).
  2. Situational awareness, as well as being personally responsible for keeping our families and belongings safe and secure, is our primary defense against crime.
  3. Communication with our neighbors will improve our ability to further enable a safe and enjoyable neighborhood.
  4. Although Greenville County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) officers patrol the neighborhood, they are not our private security force; please communicate immediate concerns to GSCO directly through the numbers noted below.
  5. Community safety and security is everyone’s responsibility; It takes a village, and we have an awesome village!

Dear Neighbors,

We hope that each of you is doing well.  Summer is almost here, and it is great to see more activity in the neighborhood.  Please take a moment to review this message regarding ways in which we can be safer through greater situational awareness and communication among neighbors.

In addition to being a time of year for pool parties, cookouts, and vacations, this is also a time of year when criminals are more active.  Thieves are opportunists, and they take advantage of the hectic nature of the summer.  Whether it is a car door left unlocked due to hurrying from one place to another, a laptop bag or purse left on the seat of a car, or an unoccupied home due to travel, thieves are looking for opportunities to steal.

Fortunately, because most thieves are opportunists, they will move on if they do not have an easy target.  The key is to maintain situational awareness and secure our belongings and homes so that we are not easy targets.  By preventing petty crimes, we can help prevent the escalation to more serious / violent crimes.

We have created a Spaulding Farm Community Watch on Facebook (located at https://www.facebook.com/groups/165185665426933/), as well as a neighborhood e-mail ([email protected]) to be utilized for communication and recording of concerns (the HOA and the GCSO officers who patrol the neighborhood will have access to this e-mail address, which is primarily for recording / compiling concerns in one place).  Additionally, if you would like Shannon or Marcus (the GCSO officers who assist our neighborhood) to check in on your home while you are away, please contact them at [email protected] or [email protected].

For the most frequently seen / updated information, please take the time to join the Facebook group, as it will serve as a primary means of providing updates and communication of safety / security related matters in the neighborhood. 

For the best and fastest response, please contact GCSO directly at one of the numbers listed below. 

Steps we can take to minimize criminal activity in our neighborhood are as follows:

  1. Remove valuables from vehicles when we are not in them.
  2. Lock vehicles when we are not in them.
  3. Keep valuables (ATVs, trailers, yard tools, etc.) locked up and out of sight (preferably in garages).
  4. Maintain good lighting around homes so as to deny criminals a good working environment; it is helpful to have lighting triggered by motion near driveways and home entrances.
  5. Trim shrubs and trees away from homes.
  6. Install home security systems, preferably with outside cameras with motion detection capabilities to monitor driveways and home entrances.  Arlo, Ring, and Nest are several options for video cameras, with each system having various features depending on needs.  Additionally, security companies such as Priority One and ADT offer systems with camera capabilities.
  7. Request that packages be delivered to a back door or side door not visible from the street.
  8. Check mail on a daily basis and do not place outgoing mail in mailboxes (that little red flag is a beacon to mail thieves).
  9. Place lights and a radio or television on an automatic timer when we leave town so as to convey the appearance that someone is home.
  10. Ask a neighbor to check our mail and check in on our home when we leave town.
  11. Wait until after we get home to post pictures of trips.  Criminals have social media, too.
  12. Do not discuss trips or plans to be away in front of people we don’t know; if possible, load vehicles for trips in a manner that is not visible / indicative that we will be away from our house for a long period of time.
  13. Keep financial documents and other personal information out of view in our homes
  14. Wait to place trash on the curb until the evening before it will be picked up (ideally, place it on the curb the morning that it will be picked up).  Doing so will help avoid identity theft.
  15. Consider breaking up boxes of high-dollar purchases so they are not readily visible in our trash.  Doing so prevents sending a beacon to criminals that a really nice gift is available inside a home.
  16. Do not engage door to door salespeople.  Whether they are hawking magazines, cleaning supplies, or pine straw, it is typically a scam.  We might think we are helping them, but we are only perpetuating the problem / scam.  If their efforts are not productive here, they will go somewhere else.  On a related note, the non-solicitation signs in our neighborhood are simply requests.  Our streets are public, and as such anyone can walk on them.  The scammers know this.
  17. Report all crimes to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department, as well as Gwen Miller (C. Dan Joyner Neighborhood Management Office).  Doing so helps keep track of events and is helpful when assessing whether it makes sense to allocate more resources to the area.  Emergency: 911; Non-emergency: (864) 271-5210; Crime Prevention Unit: (864) 422-2037.

These steps, as well as suggestions offered by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office (attached) will help our neighborhood become less of a target for thieves.  We have become much better with awareness in the neighborhood, and it is important to maintain the attitude of “if you see something, say something”.  By addressing criminal activity when it is at the opportunistic stage, we can help ensure it does not escalate to violent criminal acts (home invasions, assaults, selling of the black tar, etc.).

If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out to Pete Murray at (864) 363-4068 or at [email protected].

Respectfully,

Your Neighborhood Watch Team

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March 2021

Please be reminded that all Spaulding Farm keys (such as for the tennis court) and key cards are for the use of Spaulding Farm residents only and should be secured. Non-resident guests can not use our tennis courts without a Spaulding Farm resident being present.