Sun City Anthem

Keeping our Neighborhood Safe

Safeguarding Against Auto Burglary

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The simple act of placing valuables in the trunk of your car and out of plain view can significantly reduce the likelihood of being a victim of auto burglary.

A laptopcell phoneGPSwalletpurse, or even a cup holder full of change can tempt a would-be thief.

You may believe that leaving these items on the floorboard or seat and covering over them will keep them safe, but instead it just broadcasts that you may be concealing something of value in your car.
Incorporating these simple safety tips into your daily life may help safeguard against auto burglary and protect your personal information:
 Conceal and Secure
 1Secure your valuables
As you arrive at your destination, whether it’s a forest preserve, park, or shopping mall, be aware that someone may be watching as you put valuables under your seat.
Instead, secure them in your trunk before you arrive, or take them with you when you leave your car.
 2Vehicle registration
Black out the address on your registration and photocopy it.
Keep the copy, not the original, in your car.
You must be able to present it to a police officer upon request.
 3. Personal information attached to keys
If stolen, having personal information or a vehicle license number attached to your keys only compounds the problem.
A criminal now has access to your home, automobile or office.
 4. Personal mail
 Don’t leave it in your car. 
 5. Garage door opener.
Keep it out of sight. 
 Lock It Up
1. Always lock your vehicle and take your keys with you, even for quick errands.
2. Lock your vehicle’s trunk, hatchback or tailgate.
3. Close all windows, including vent or wing windows and sunroofs.
4. Buy—and use—a vehicle alarm.
You may think no one notices alarms anymore, but they are effective deterrents to thieves looking for an easy target.
Park Safely
1. If you have a garage, park and lock your car in it, and lock your garage doors.
2. Always lock your car when it’s parked in the driveway.
3. Park in a well-lit area.
4. Park in an area visible to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
Here are some helpful videos to keep both the car and YOU safe !
An Ounce of Prevention !
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 6 Steps for establishing Senior Home Safety

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Eliminating hazards whenever possible!

1. Consider fall-proofing the home

Provide rails and grab bars in the rooms frequently used. 

Then make your best effort to remove clutter, secure loose rugs, install non-slip mats, and so on. 

Unfortunately, no home can be rendered absolutely fall-proof because it's difficult to identify every single hazard - and some which are known can't immediately be addressed because of cost or other obstacles. 

In the event an individual does undergo a fall at home, medic alert devices are a wonderful support to have because of their qualified health professionals who effectively monitor these situations.

2Well-lit hallways and rooms


Having well-lit hallways and rooms is also a good preventive measure, as are night lights for seniors who are active later in the day. 

Many seniors are subject to worsening vision and cannot see things as clearly as they once did.

3Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers


Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are essential for avoiding fires and controlling them if they do break out. 

Smoke detectors should be tested periodically to ensure that they are still in good working order and able to alert a senior (or any) resident to the danger of an impending fire outbreak.

4Avoid spills and burns


To avoid spills and burns, pot handles should not be left pointing outward on stoves. 

If possible, stoves should be avoided altogether for seniors. 

Microwave ovens are a safer option if the senior is still involved in meal preparation as they don’t generate heat like an oven - removing burns as a potential hazard.

5Medication


Most seniors take medication, with several taking multiple doses a day. 

It's important that there is a clear system for marking and dispensing medications so that a senior does not become confused about whether certain drugs have already been taken or on which days they need to be taken. 

A compartmentalized pill box can help with easy identification, but an automatic medication dispenser is even better, eliminating many potential medication mistakes.
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Street and Parking Lot Safety in Sun City Anthem

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Jim Mayfield
Former 2 Term Member of The Sun City Anthem Board and Past Chairman of the Association Finance Committee

One of the primary reasons Sara and I chose to purchase our retirement home in SCA was its stated purpose to be an “active adult community”. 

Yet as should have been expected, the SCA population has aged over its twenty plus years, and it now serves an aging population with multiple needs. 

Many of these needs require a focus on people who are not particularly active and whose abilities are declining with age.

Today, I want to point out one of these needs and how SCA can better address it. 

The subject is driver skills and the need for refresher training and supportive infrastructure. 

Since living at SCA, I have owned a street legal golf cart, a bicycle, and a motorcycle. 

I also walk extensively every day. 

While engaged in these activities, I regularly observe that declining driving skills exhibited on SCA streets and in it its parking lots create safety issues.

At this point, I want to point out that to assess and regulate drivers’ abilities is not and should not be within the scope of SCA’s activities. 

However, there are steps the Board can require management to take that will provide continuing education for our residents, provide infrastructure that supports parking lot safety, and puts pressure on the City of Henderson to improve its safety infrastructure on its streets within SCA.

My expectation is that the Board will require management to present a plan to the Board for its assessment and approval for how it plans to address the opportunities to improve public safety on the streets and in our parking lots at SCA.
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Have you noticed the declining driving skills of senior drivers in the community?

Let us know. 

Send your comment to:


scaopinions@gmail.com
  1. From Robert Nusser...to...Anthem Opinions

    When you give consideration to how SCA has screwed up our lives with their endless & mindless regulations, the LAST thing we need is for SCA management try to dictate how we drive.
  2. From Robert Smith...to...Anthem Opinions

    Hi Dick...

    Jim Mayfield is worried about OUR poor driving skills, RIGHT?

    Perhaps he doesn’t travel Anthem Pkwy and see the skills of the drivers driving through to Inspirada et al..

    In my opinion these younger drivers speeding and unsafe lane changing through our community are a much bigger concern than older Seniors diminished skills.

    ENFORCE THE EXISTING LAWS!

    Ticket the reckless behavior, young and old.

    Suggesting mandatory required driving classes or any other IMPOSED (without authority) EDICT should be DOA.
  3. Bob,

    There is no doubt that certain Inspirada AND Anthem Highlands elements have created a dangerous driving environment, likely due to their not being a 55+ community, in addition to some seniors who should NOT be on the road.

    Those under 55 still believe they are invincible in many cases...AS WE DID WHEN WE WERE THAT AGE.

    I fully agree that "enforcing the existing laws" is the best medicine.

    Personally, I try to keep the speed limit (usually taking an extra 5 mph), but I can't ever remember a time NOT BEING PASSED by both young and old.

    I've always maintained that if the law was properly enforced (with a bit of common sense discretion) that within 2-3 days, the amount of speeding fines collected, would pay the annual salary of a police officer; that the best pain a violator could experience came from a pocketbook in fines and increased insurance premiums.

    But...as to the Senior communities, I believe that there is one element that might be addressed by the HOA (if possible)...GOLF CARTS.

    What bothers me most of all are GOLF CARTS being driven by those who believe they are driving regular automobiles.

    Watching some SPEED down a street (especially streets that pass numerous side streets), can be death warrant to any person in an unprotected vehicle that is WHACKED by a person that enters the moderately traveled street by a senior who BLOWS A STOP SIGN, referring to such stupidity as a "rolling stop".

    So, where are the police?

    Very few seem to be around when you need them unfortunately. 
    1. From Art Goldsmith...to...Anthem Opinions

      As part of my activities with the Community Patrol, I go through the parking lot twice a shift. What we usually look for is if people parked in handicapped spots have either a placard or handicapped plate.

      In the process of doing this we are exposed to some of our drivers. The majority are fine. But the others are scary.

      Speeding in the parking lot.

      Don’t know what a stop sign means.

      No signals.

      A quick stop and a turn.

      Taking up an entire 2 way lane,

      What I call driving blind, not looking out for where you are going.

      Shooting through at the lane intersections, and finally,

      Backing out of a spot with your eyes closed! 
      1. From Tony Orzada...to...Anthem Opinions

        Hi Dick,

        I agree with you & Robert Smith.

        Also Bob Nusser makes a valid point. 

        Maybe Sandy could spend some time observing the traffic on her way to a well deserved lunch.

        You however make the point the best.

        We (you and I) probably drove like the young folks up the hill many years ago.

        Good subject to bring up back memories.
      2. From Ellen Korchek...to...Anthem Opinions

        I will limit my thoughts to the parking area and one way road near Anthem Center which goes to the end of the Center, around the turn, one way, past the center entrances (computer room, sewing room etc.) and past the mailbox.

        Having almost been hit by cars going the wrong way on the one way, the Board/CEO should consider improved safely with better and larger One Way signage, repainting the one way arrow with bright paint, and set up camera at strategic points to monitor traffic.
        1. From Linda Baum...to...Anthem Opinions

          I agree with many of the opinions expressed in response to Mr. Mayfield's posting.

          I would like to add two points to consider:

          1. There are a number of places on our SCA streets that bushes, shrubs, trees, etc. are obscuring sight lines.

          There is a particular one on Anthem Pkwy and Olivia Heights that blocks the view as traffic comes down the hill to Albertson's, etc.

          (Where traffic comes over that hill at quite a clip!)

          I have reported such in the past...with very favorable response.

          If you see something...please report it.

          2. Our SCA board needs to be proactive in lobbying RTA to bring a bus route up to us...closer than Horizon Ridge.

          It would be wonderful if something ran from here (at one of the shopping centers) to the Southern transit station that is on Gillespie.

          You can catch buses going all over the valley from that transit center.

          Traffic is only going to be a bigger hassle in the years to come with all the growth we are seeing.

          Makes sense for a number of reasons...one of which is an aging population.
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 "Can You Hear Me?"
 Phone Scam

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Can You Hear Me?”  


Have you ever heard that "line" in a phone call from a stranger?


It could be a scam !   


Pause before speaking if a caller starts by asking, “Can you hear me?” 

Scammers are looking for a specific answer. 

By getting you to answer ‘yes’ to that one question at the very beginning of the call—as opposed to somewhere in the middle of the conversation, where dubbing would be more obvious—scammers can record your affirmative answer. 

They can use that recording to claim you agreed to pay for some scam program. 

The best way to handle that from a stranger is hang up...or...let it go to voice mail...

...but if you do decide to continue the call, rephrase your answer to:

 “I hear you just fine” ...

...to be safe.

Learn more about this scam by clicking on these video !


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Some Safety Tips
Regarding Washing Machines

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We all know washing machines are very convenient appliances.
Can you imagine not having one ?

They allow us to do our laundry in our own homes and get our laundry clean without us having to do any of the hard work.

Regardless of how often you use it, there is something you should always keep in mind:

Safety

Accidents with washing machines can and do happen. As with any appliance, safety precautions should be taken to insure that problems don't occur. If something does happen, it is important to know how to take care of it.

To keep your washing machine safe, there are a few things to keep in mind that can help prevent accidents from taking place.

1Check the hoses of the washing machine regularly.

Some washing machine manufacturers recommend replacing the hoses on the machine about every five years.

Make sure that these hoses are properly connected and are working fine, and that they are replaced if needed.

Look for cracking, bulging, leaking, and any other abnormal characteristics.

If you notice any problems, replace the hoses at once. Be certain that you buy high-quality hoses to better ensure the prevention of leaks.

2If your washing machine is operating in a way that isn't normal (leaking, making strange noises, etc.), have a professional repair the appliance as soon as possible.

 It is better to fix the issue before it becomes a real problem. You could end up with a flooded home or a malfunction of the washing machine that could lead to other damages or even electrocution.

3. Keep an eye on visiting grandchildren and pets when around the washing machine.

Also make sure that the door on the washing machine (especially if it is front-loading) is kept closed.

Kids or pets could get inside the washer and cause damage or even hurt themselves.

If you do have pets or kids around while operating a washing machine, a strong suggestion is to  keep the door to the laundry room securely closed or locked.

4Make sure that your washing machine is not plugged into an extension cord.

It should be plugged into an outlet that is meant for a large appliance and can handle the energy load.

5Do not overload the machine when washing, and always operate it according to the instructions that came with the machine.

These tips should help you and your family to stay safe when using a washing machine.

Remember that prevention is key when it comes to stopping accidents from happening.

Check out these videos !


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