This past Monday a woman in a 4 door white ford truck was filmed by CCTV stealing gazing balls, plant stands and other lawn paraphernalia from a front yard on Pine Top Court in Lake Forest Neighborhood. This crime was perpetrated in broad daylight at about 12:00pm.
A police report has been filed on this incident.
Please notify the police if anyone else is missing items in the past week. This person made 2 trips back and forth to her truck and took 4 gazing balls, one bright green, one bright purple and a brown decorative ball on a plant stand and the plant stand also as well as a glass snail and iron decorative yard ornament.
You may want to call WSFA and let them know if you are missing items you believe have been stolen as they have planned to air the footage this week.
This incident serves to remind us that we are not safe from those who do not respect property rights. We should remember to keep cars and houses locked up at all times, to be aware of what vehicles and which individuals are expected to be at our neighbors houses and be willing to reach out to each other when something seems amiss.
In this incident, security cameras may help to prosecute the criminal, but they likely won't lead to recovery of the property, as it has probably already been sold.
As neighbors, we should watch for activity such as this and be willing to notify authorities if we see it happening. While each of us must exercise caution in confronting someone in this situation, it should be noted that many times criminals will forego these activities if they feel that there are people watching them. When out and about in the neighborhood, make sure you are alert and on the lookout for people who don't look like they belong in the area. Unfamiliar vehicles, tags from areas outside of Montgomery, and vehicles that seem to be 'casing the area' should all be observed carefully. Criminals are usually aware that the neighbors are watching them drive around, so make sure you look like you are! Do not be hesitant to call police information if you see something that is suspicious, however DO NOT call 911 unless there is an actual crime being committed or an injury. It is not advised that you confront suspicious people or vehicles unless you feel someone's life is in imminent danger.
Take this opportunity to reach out and connect with your neighbors and firm up your relationships. Exchange contact information so you can call a neighbor if you see something unusual on their property. Renew your mental inventory of the normal people and vehicles you see on your street so you will recognize people and things that are out of the ordinary.