We hope that each of you is doing well. The holiday season is upon us, and it is great to see the neighborhood lit up with awesome lights and decorations. This is a great time to gather with friends and family and reflect on the blessings we have had throughout the year.
It is also a time of year when criminals are more active. Thieves are opportunists, and they take advantage of the hectic nature of the holiday season. Whether it is a car door left unlocked due to hurrying from one place to another, a present or purse left on the seat of a car, or an unoccupied home due to travelling to see loved ones, 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.
Steps we can take to minimize criminal activity in our neighborhood are as follows:
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, etc.).
Your Neighborhood Security Team
Another way you can help ensure our children have a safe experience at the pool this summer is to lock the pool gate behind you and not prop it open when you enter or leave. Aside from being a violation of code, unlocked pool gates present an opportunity for accessing the pool by potential predators. In addition to this request, we have reminded the lifeguards to make sure that the gates are not propped open.
We have been notified by two other neighborhoods that a registered sex offender has recently approached children at area pools. His name is Jason Ryan Henderson, and he is on trespass notice at all Sugar Creek pools. Additionally, he has been seen at a pool in the Five Forks area. We do not pass this information along to you to cause alarm, but rather to increase awareness of a particular risk.
His pictures, description, and descriptions of his vehicles are noted below:
Please contact Pete Murray at (864) 363-4068 or [email protected] if you have a concern, and we appreciate your continued vigilance and support in ensuring our neighborhood remains a safe place in which to live.
Your Neighborhood Security Committee