Here are some summer safety tips from Steve Rank, our CANA Security Patrol
Security tips may be repeated as we feel necessary due to their importance.
1. Keep your home lit up at night, the last think a burglar wants is to be seen!
2. Do NOT leave your animal or child in your vehicle during warm days. 75 degrees outside + 90 degrees or higher in the car. If you see a child or animal left in a vehicle call the police.
3. Keep all family members (including pets) out of the canals. They are extremely unsafe.
4. If you leave for vacation, do not leave a spare key under the mat or in the mailbox.
5. Keep your security door locked at all times.
6. Make sure your house numbers are clearly visible during the day and night. This allows our patrol to respond to the correct house with no confusion.
7. When the weather is nice, do not leave your windows open while you are away, or over night. Screens can be easily removed and a burglar can quickly gain access into your home.
8.Even if they are enclosed in your backyard, keep your shed locked at all times.
9. Do not advertise your vacation on social media.
What Can We Do For A
This question keeps getting asked. Here are a few suggestions from our CANA neighbors that may help boost our awareness for a safer neighborhood.
1. Keep the inside of your vehicle empty. It can be as simple as sunglasses that attract a burglar.
2. Keep your trash bins inside your yard if you can. I know this is not possible for some, but for those who can, please consider.
3. Do not put recyclables out in your alley. It draws people you do not know to your place. You may think you are doing them a favor, but indeed it
may get around, and you may become a target for theft. Donate your recyclables to an organization whose mission you can support.
Tagging and Graffiti
4. Walk your alley (if you have one) and use a hunter green spray paint or a matt black to cover any tagging or graffiti on the black and green bins.
Your neighbors will appreciate your effort. By keeping them clear, it gives a message that neighbors care and they are watching. Do the same if
your pick up is on the street.
5. Report any graffiti on public property to the hotline 342-2259.
6. If graffiti is on your property, please take time to paint over it or remove it. It is the responsibility of the owner to remove any tagging or graffiti.
Keep vegetation trimmed
7. If you have an alley or back up to the canal, please keep your shrubs trimmed. There have been arrests along the canal area for drug use.
Clothing and other items have been found to indicate people use these areas to hide.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
8. Get to know the neighbors around you. Neighbors who are connected watch out for each other. Start a Neighborhood Watch if one does not
9. Take walks with your neighbors. You may use this time to look for something out of place, tagging, or overgrown bushes and talk with your
neighbors about taking care of it. You can work it out that several neighbors may work together on what needs to be done. While on your
walk, conversations start that would not have happened if you stayed in.
Rank Security Patrol
10. Join the Rank Security Patrol for the CANA area. Subscribers are increasing. There are now over 200 in our area. Each increase of 50 can
give us more coverage. Right now the coverage is 7 days, 10 hours each day. It is a great preventive resource, helps in deterring suspicious
activity, and provides a service to confront anyone making disturbances.
If you have any
suggestions to add, please enter them on the Home Page of the CANA website, www.canamodesto.org
Below is contact information that may be helpful.
Call 9-1-1 for anything in progress.
Call 552-2470 for MPD non-emergency dispatch
Call 572-9636 or 572-9639 for Neighborhood Watch
Call 342-2259 for Graffiti Hotline
Call 577-5250 for Blight Issues/Neighborhood Preservation Unit
Call 526-2025 for Rank Security Patrol
Add a Dusk to Dawn Light in Your Alleyway for Safety
Dusk to Dawn Lighting Service is an all night outdoor area lighting service supplied from an existing overhead 12-volt source. The lighting facilities are installed, owned, and maintained by the Modesto Irrigation District. The lighting facilities are installed, owned, and maintained by the Modesto Irrigation District under a monthly fee structure. Lights being installed on existing wood poles cost approximately $20/month for a continuous 12 months and thereafter, or a new pole assembly for approximately $30/month for a continuous 36 months. Only one household is billed (you can arrange to have neighbors help pay the fee). Download a Dusk to Dawn Light Application on the MID website. Call the MID office for any questions, 209-526-7337.