Note to homeowners about security

Fountains residents, your assistance will help prevent crime in our community. Please keep cars in your locked garage whenever possible to help prevent burglaries from vehicles parked in driveways or on our streets. Lock your vehicles, and don’t leave anything of value in the car or truck. If you must park outside, review your lighting and consider a good quality security camera with a notification feature on activation. Finally, don’t hesitate to call 911 if you see something that arouses suspicion.

Vandalism in the Fountains

It has been reported by a resident that someone has been pulling rip-rap up from around the south ponds and throwing the material into the ponds. Whoever it was also pulled out the electrical cables for the lower pond pump and spread it around on the ground possibility damaging the cable or electrical connections. Please, if you see or know of any vandalism in the Fountain community, please call the Lee’s Summit police department and file a report concerning the incident. Also, please let Area Real Estate Management know so they can track the issue.

Warning of a scam!

Please be careful who you let talk you into sending them money!  Currently there is a scam wherein the caller claims you have won the Publisher’s Clearing House prize.  However, they claim you cannot receive your prize money until taxes are paid up front.  If you send money or give a credit card number you will only lose your money and get nothing in return.  It is a scam!  Be very careful.

Neighborhood Watch info: Theft from vehicles

The LSPD Community Interaction office has sent out the following information regarding criminal activity in recent weeks.  In addition, I received word this morning that a young man in a black trench coat was seen in Raintree Villas.  He stopped at an open garage door and asked for a drink.  The homeowners were suspicious and called the police.  My source was not sure if the man was picked up.  Just want to remind everyone to keep garage doors closed and your doors locked.  The Raintree Lake Facebook group recently reported a car theft from inside a garage when the door was left open overnight.  Always remove valuables from your cars and keep them locked when parked outside the garage.  Always report suspicious activity.  The LSPD keeps track of calls and allocates resources where the most calls occur.  Neighbors, be watchful for each other!

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY BY CALLING THE NON-EMERGENCY POLICE LINE 816.969.7390

Stay safe this holiday weekend and throughout the summer!

Zona Mitchell
Neighborhood Watch coordinator

Thefts from vehicles advisory

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Nationwide, police departments are reporting numerous thefts from vehicles.  LSPD has also noticed an uptick in these crimes.  The safest place for your vehicle is in your closed garage.  If it must stay outside or you have guests visiting, remove all valuables from inside the car and lock it.  Never leave purses, electronics, jewelry, weapons, money, or your keys in your car.  You are also advised to remove your garage door opener to avoid someone stealing it and then having access to your home.

As always, if you see something suspicious, please call the police!  They want to be of assistance!  Your observations may be the tip they need to crack a case.  Recently, individuals were seen crossing a backyard in the Fountains after midnight and then getting into a waiting car.  It was highly suspicious behavior but the police were not called and later our neighbor discovered that a propane tank was missing from his patio.  Be an observant neighbor and if you see someone’s garage door open (especially after dark or if the car(s) are gone), contact them to let them know.  Most garage doors can be closed by simply pushing the “Enter” button on the outside box.  Help us keep our neighborhood safe!

To report a crime:  Dispatch Non-Emergency:  969-7390 or 911 for an emergency

Lee’s Summit DRUG TAKE-BACK October 28

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The public can dispose of medications on Saturday, October 28 from 10 am – 2 pm at five Lee’s Summit locations. Sites include the Lee’s Summit Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, both hospitals and Places Restaurant at John Knox Village.  Saint Luke’s East and Lee’s Summit Medical Center will offer drive-through service so residents don’t have to leave their vehicle.

The event allows residents to safely and confidentially dispose of unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter and animal medications to deter unintentional use and keep the water supply clean.  Needles and inhalers will not be accepted.  The service is free and anonymous.

Officers from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Lee’s Summit Police Department will be on hand to accept medication at these Lee’s Summit locations:

If residents can’t participate on October 28, they can drop off medications year-round at permanent medication drop boxes in the lobbies of the Police and Sheriff’s offices and in the Emergency Rooms of both Lee’s Summit hospitals.

Staying safe

We’re lucky to live in a very safe neighborhood.  Unfortunately, there are always people who will take advantage of any situation.

Here is a chart showing how entrance was gained in property crimes.  This is 20 months of data from Lee’s Summit Police Department:

 

Residential Burglaries pie chart

Eighty-two percent of the time, the bad guys walked in through an open door or didn’t need to use force!

Please, make sure your garage doors are closed and locked.  This is the single most effective means of protecting yourself and your property.