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WOODMORE O AKS Neighborhood Watch Tom DiGiacomo, President 536-4222 • e-mail: • February 2010

In This Issue:

Woodmore Oaks Neighborhood Watch Incident Reports

Door to Door Scam Page 2

Arcade Lake Ln • 1/14 • 9:30pm Vehicle Burglary.

Crossoak Way • 1/7 • 1am Vehicle burglary; subwoofer stolen.

Hoopes Dr • 1/16 • 3am Circuit breaker box vandalized.

President’s Report Page 2

Aurelius Way • 12/18 Christmas lawn decorations vandalized.

Crossoak Way • 1/14 • 2am Vehicle ransacked - nothing taken.

Hoopes Dr • 1/24 • 4am Same resident as above. Breakers were tripped and box left open. Possible someone wanted the owner to open their front door so they could be attacked. If this happens to you, do not go out to inspect at night or alone.

What A Burglar Won’t Tell You Page 3 Important Phone Numbers Page 3 Upcoming Meetings Page 3

Bayberry Ct • 1/5 • 3pm Assault with a deadly weapon. Camel Rock Way • 1/26 • 12pm Vehicle Burglary. Craft Ct • 1/7 • Overnight Bike stolen from bed of truck. Craft Ct • 1/11 • 9:55am Victim had credit card stolen and used. Cranford Way • 1/6 • 10:50am Forgery. Cranford Way • 1/27 • 2pm Residential Burglary. Cross Dr • 1/17 • 8am Vehicle Burglary.

Please report all crimes to your street coordinator & your sheriff’s service center.

Crossoak Way • 1/17 • 12am Vehicle burglary; vehicle was left unlocked and vehicle registration was stolen. Dahomey Dr • 12/6 • 4:45pm Identity theft; suspect used victim’s ATM card. Dart Way • 12/22 • Midnight Someone was going through neighbors’ garbage bins. Dart Way • 12/24 • pm Garage door egged. Dart Way • Late night Vandalism. Two cars suffered body damage, smashed windshield, tire damage. Fair Oaks Blvd • 1/24 • 1:30am Simple Assault. Fair Oaks Blvd • 1/22 • am Three vehicle burglaries occurring between 2:30am and 8:50am.

Residents of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Service Center • 536-9880 Online at Residents of Citrus Heights Citrus Heights Service Center • 727-4790 Online at

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Lakewood Way • 12/16 • 7am Domestic Violence. Larwin Dr • 1/6 • 2am Stolen Vehicle. Lonicera Dr • 12/21 • 10pm Residential burglary; suspect entered by prying open rear slider. Melva St • 1/10 • 4:40am Vehicle Burglary. Northwind Way • 12/28 • am Vehicle burglary; ski jacket and back pack stolen. North Star Way • 1/1 • 2pm Vehicle burglary; golf clubs, bag, rain suit stolen.

Foxfire Dr • 12/16 • 6:30pm Vehicle Burglary.

Old Ranch Rd • 1/15 • 11:30am A large Boston fern hanging from the front porch was stolen.

Highwood Way • 1/14 • 8pm Window flap on Jeep cut.

Old Ranch Rd • 1/28 Fraud. Incident Reports continued on page 2

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DOOR TO DOOR SCAM The following is an incident reported by an Orangevale Neighborhood Watch Group during the month of January. Around 7-8 pm a college age male knocked at the door stating he was my neighbors son (he knew the neighbor’s names). He said he was a Sac State student and was trying to collect money for a school related activity by selling magazines. However, he was asking for cash as his brother was serving in Fallujah working in a VA hospital and the money collected would be used to purchase magazines for the injured soldiers to have something to read. The young man seemed sincere and was very apologetic through his whole speech saying his mother asked him to apologize for coming by. I just so happened to know the neighbor he was speaking of and that their son had served our country but had been home for a year and was not this kid. After talking with a few of my neighbors, I found that this young man had also approached several of them with the same scam. Suspect Description: 6’ tall (maybe a little taller) White, Thin Build Missing at least 2 teeth in front. He wore a hat so not sure about the hair. He had on a grey sweatshirt and jeans. Remember to always report any suspicious activity to your local police department.


By Tom DiGiacomo

“Having a Positive Attitude”

Well we made it through our first month of the New Year and I am sure your emotions have been mixed as to what tomorrow might bring. If you watch the news or read the newspaper, you are bombarded with story after story of sadness especially with the devastation in Haiti.

I am sure many of those who survived had a different attitude about life, one of having a positive mind set knowing that help was just minutes away. A positive attitude is one of the most valuable assets a person can have in life. So often, what people say their problem is really isn’t their problem. The problem is their attitude that causes them to handle life’s obstacles poorly. The individual whose attitude causes him to approach life from an entirely positive perspective is someone who can be called a no-limit person. In other words, the person doesn’t accept the normal limitations of life as most people do. The positive person is determined to walk to the very edge of their potential before

INCIDENT REPORTS CONTINUED Quailwood Way • 1/26 • 12am Vehicle Burglary. Sanwood Ct • 1/6 • am Bicycle Stolen. Sanwood Ct • January • am Back pack stolen. Sunbonnet Dr • 1/18 Vehicle burglary, window broken and the stereo stolen.

they accept defeat. People with positive attitudes are able to go places where others can’t. They do things that others can’t. They are not restricted by self-imposed limitations. This no-limit mind-set allows a person to start each day with a positive disposition. One day I was in a full elevator when the operator started humming a tune. One passenger was irritated by the operator’s mood and said, “What are you so happy about” “Well sir,” replied the operator happily, “I have not lived this day before.” Not only does the future look bright when the attitude is right, but the present is much enjoyable too. The positive person understands that the journey is as enjoyable as the destination.

Think of attitude like this: • It is the advance person of our true selves. • Its roots are inward but its fruit is outward. • It is our best friend or our worst enemy. • It is more honest and more consistent than our words. • It is an outward look based on past experiences. • It is a thing which draws people to us or repels them. • It is never content until it is expressed. • It is the librarian of our past. • It is the speaker of our present. • It is the prophet of our future. Attitude sets the tone!

Until next month remember, “Coming together is a beginning, Keeping together is progress, Working together is Success!”

Sunrise Blvd • 1/26 • 4pm Simple Assault.

Willow Glen Ct • 1/2 • 12:30am Vehicle Burglary.

Thunderhead Cir • 1/7 • 10:30pm Vehicle burglary; tools and speakers stolen.

Woodmore Oaks & Fair Oaks 1/22 • 7:30pm • Hit & run. Suspect vehicle is a grey colored Ford Expedition now with a dented front end.

Wedgefield Way • Ongoing Suspicious vehicles coming and going all day and night. Whispering Oak Ln • 12/14 • 8:50pm Vehicle Vandalism.

Woodmore Oaks & Larwin 12/26 • 8am • Neighbor stopped an assault on a woman.

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February 2010


WHAT A BURGLAR WON’T TELL YOU: 1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters or delivering your new refrigerator. 2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier. And I scanned your hallway walls for a security system key pad to learn if you have a security system. 3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste. And taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming systems they have. 4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it. 5. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. 6. A good security company

alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often accesses the master bedroom and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

I do my best to never, ever look like a crook. Sometimes I carry a clipboard, sometimes I dress like a lawn guy. I go to yard sales and Goodwill and buy used utility jackets or jackets with company logos to make it look like I’m legitimate. I’m counting on your level of false security when you see the names on my clothing.

7. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella and you forget to lock your door, understandable. But understand this, I don’t take a day off because of bad weather. 8. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions

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I understand that this is not a tax deductible contribution, but I still want to do my part in helping the Woodmore Oaks Neighborhood Watch program!

Mail to: Bennie H. Woods, Treasurer. 8025 Stone Canyon Circle, Citrus Heights, CA, 95610. Make checks payable to Woodmore Oaks Neighborhood Watch.

Thank you for your continued support and donations!

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somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.) 9. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table and the medicine cabinet. 10. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms. 11. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me. 12. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors. 13. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature. 14. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it? 15. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for a flat screen TV or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets. You have no idea I’m outside looking in at you.

NUMBERS TO KNOW Citrus Heights Community Service Center 6315 Fountain Square Drive ......727-4790 HOURS Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm Saturday, 9am to 2pm

General Business and Non-Emergency ...............727-5500 Crime Tip Line .........................727-5524 POP Officer ..............................727-5000 Orangevale/Fair Oaks Community Service Center 8525 Madison Avenue, Suite 125 HOURS: Monday - Friday, 9am to 4:30pm 8525 Madison Ave, Ste 125

Office Manager Lily Gardner ......536-9880 Community Services Specialist Sherrie Carhart ......................536-9876 Sacramento County Code Enforcement ......................875-5656 Parking Enforcement Detail .......876-6642 Sheriff Non-Emergency .......874-5115 Speed Watch Program ........876-5418 Emergency Numbers Police/Sheriff .................................911 CHPD (Cell Phone) ..............726-3015 Sac County (Cell Phone) .....874-5111

UPCOMING MEETINGS The next Woodmore Oaks Neighborhood Watch Meeting is scheduled for: February 18, 2010 @ 7pm Sheriff’s Service Center All neighbors are invited to attend! Northeast Area Community Sheriff’s Meeting Schedule These meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month. The next meeting is scheduled for: March 9, 2010 at 6:15pm. The meetings are held at: Orangevale Rec & Park District 6826 Hazel Ave (South of Oak Ave)

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