If there is an emergency or crime in progress call 911
For incidents that need the attention of the police, but are not emergencies, please call the Aurora police dispatch at 303-627-3100
Vandalism reports (front desk): 303-739-6050
Parking complaints: Access Aurora at 303-739-7000, or Aurora Parking Enforcement at 303-739-7338
PAR Officer: Par Area 25, Officer Rick Garcia, 303-627-3174 (new Feb,2018)
For information on Neighborhood Watch, call Nancy Charbonneau at 303-766-1619
Animal Control: 303-326-8280
Keep this bookmarked for your information and see the Woodgate HOA newsletter for additional information
Neighborhood Watch Update
Our PAR area is area 25. Officer Rick Garcia, 303-627-3174 (new in Feb 2018).
We have requested that the Aurora police strictly enforce noise ordinances in and around the Woodgate area. Signs have been placed by the city of Aurora on Belleview saying that noise ordinances are strictly enforced.
Things We Can Do to Reduce Crime in Woodgate
Call the police if you see suspicious persons or vehicles. Suspicious persons include those sitting in running cars for a long period of time, and persons on the side or in the back of a home and not going directly inside. You can call the police to come see if a possible “workman” is legitimate. Never approach suspicious parties yourself, that is what the police get paid to do.
Insert wooden dowels in sliding doors and windows. Fix any broken locks or mechanisms that secure doors or windows. Don’t use pet doors opening to the exterior of the home (these allow entrance by both burglars and undesirable wildlife).
Approximately 90% of thefts occur through unlocked doors and windows. Lock up your house, and keep the garage door closed. Don’t leave vehicles unlocked and don’t leave valuables in vehicles that are parked outside.
Install security storm doors on your front doors and keep them locked. If someone rings the bell to see if a resident is home, you can more safely answer the door with a security door. A security door is another level of protection against forced entry through doors. Also, put security grates over basement windows.
Turn on porch lights at night. There are motion sensor lights that come on at dusk and get brighter when they detect motion. These are good for the driveway.
Get to know your neighbors and keep an eye on each other’s property. If you go out of town, have someone watch your house to keep flyers and packages off the front door/porch, and newspapers off the driveway. Also, have lights on timers that go on and off and be sure your porch lights come on at dusk. If it is winter, have someone shovel or at least drive a vehicle in and out of your driveway so the home doesn’t look obviously vacant.
If a suspicious vehicle is observed, try to get a license number for the police.
Park your vehicles in the garage, if possible. Usually your vehicles and their contents are more valuable than whatever you are storing in your garage.
Keep your garage door closed when you are not working in it.
Don’t leave your car running to warm it up while you are inside your house. This is illegal and contributes to car theft.
Lock all doors and windows when you are sleeping or away from home, even in the summer.
Once a week, pick up the trash around your home, even if you didn’t put it there.
If you get a security system, include all doors and windows, including those over the kitchen sink. Set it when you are away from home. Many burglaries occur during the day.
Keep wasp spray handy. It is easier to use than pepper spray, and can disable an attacker from farther off when sprayed in the eyes.
Checklist to Avoid Being a Victim of Crime
Does the door have a 180 degree peep hole?
Are the locks that can be opened from the inside at least 40 inches from the glass? Can someone break the glass and unlock your door.
Do you have a dead bolt lock?
Ensure hinge pins are on the inside of the door or if they are outside they can’t be removed.
Does the door fit securely in the door jamb?
Does the dead bolt extend into the strike plate?
Do the locks need to be rekeyed? If you lose or misplace your keys just rekey the locks.
Does the dead bolt use a key to unlock it from both sides of the door?
Do sliding glass doors and windows have auxiliary locks? (Bars in doors or putting a dowel in the track of the window)
Pet doors can they be secured and locked? Can your pet door be secured.
Can windows be left open for ventilation also be secured? You can use thumb locks that fit in the window track to secure the windows while they are open.
Do curtains or drapes cover you windows? Don’t let the bad guys see all your nice stuff.
Is a window air conditioner or swamp cooler secured from the inside? Make sure they can’t be removed from the outside.
Can basement windows be secured and do you have window well covers that can be locked and unlocked from the inside so you can exit the basement in an emergency?
Do you close your door when it’s not in use? Remember crimes of opportunity.
Do you lock your door leading to the backyard or into the house?
Do you leave your keys in the car when it’s parked in the garage?
Do you have motion lights?
Is the rear and the front of your home well lit? Remember burglaries don’t like to be seen.
Exterior of your Home
Are trees and shrubs cut to eliminate hiding places? Look to see if someone can gain access to your home and not be seen.
Are you home numbers visible at night? Gold numbers are hard to see.
Do you have a neighbor watch your house?
Do you have someone pick up your mail or papers?
Do you have someone take care of your lawn or remove snow from your driveway?
Do you set light timers?
Record all serials numbers on your valuables. If there are no serial numbers etch an owner applied number on them. Take pictures of your valuables and put the information in a safe place.