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Neighborhood Watch Report – September/October 2016

NeighborhoodWatchDuring the last half of September to the present date of October 12, 2016 based on Orange County Sheriff’s crime statistics listed on the OCSO web site we have had ONLY ONE reported crime and that was a Commercial Burglary in the 20500 Block of Maxim. That crime occurred on 9/12. In a few words crimes in our area and others are being hid from scrutiny because of an election year.

In spite of the lack of OCSO published reports, we have had a crime busy 30 days.

  1. Commercial Burglary in the 20500 Block of Maxim.
  2. I received a call about an attempted break in on Mardi Gras in the 19500 block that was reported to OCSO. The perpetrator rang the door bell or knocked and resident ignored. He went around and broke a window and then she screamed and he fled.
  3. Later that day same scenario in the Reserve only this time the burglar actually climbed in the broken window. The resident calling 911 also grabbed her child and a gun and confronted the individual coming out of her child’s room. She yelled get out “I have a gun” and the individual fled. Her 911 call to OCSO resulted in a quick response because of the previous attempt and Deputies were able to stop a vehicle with 3 individuals, one of which was ID’d as being involved on Mardi Gras attempt.
  4. Residents are reminded that we never open our door until we know who is on the other side and then only if we want to talk with them. But, we always let them know that we are there.
  5. Additionally, anyone seeking help after dark and at odd hours needs the assistance of the sheriff’s office. And yes that is a call to 911 requesting a deputy so as to get them that assistance as soon as possible.
  6. Next we had a vehicle stolen from the 20500 Block of Macon during the hurricane. The vehicle crashed and was recovered on Sheldon.
  7. Last but certainly not least, I got a call from a woman that she was notified by her alarm company that her alarm indicated a sliding glass door was opened. Police were dispatched. She was so concerned and called me and I responded keeping an eye on the home from a distance so I could report or tell deputies if anyone was observed. The woman was driving from Maitland and arrived before the deputies. The deputies actually arrived 3 hours later. We need a better response time than 3 hours.

Now on a happy note Evelyn Rodriguez Perez continues to keep our Wedgefield NHW Face Book page neighborly and smooth running. Through her efforts we continue to add residents to the membership and we are now at 1316 at this moment. Keep up the good work Evelyn we thank you.

Now let us all be good neighbors and make the effort to be observant and take appropriate action “SEE SOMETHING – SAY SOMETHING”

To report a crime in progress, fire or medical emergency Dial 911. The number to report suspicious activity or a crime committed Dial 407-836-HELP (4357). After dialing the appropriate OCSO number then call Phil Unser at 407-679-6644 (24hrs)