To Our Forest Lake Neighbors July 30, 2005
VANDALISM IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Has anything happened to you? Take a look at the list below of vandalism and concerns
that have been reported to the Association mostly in the last two months.
Brick mailbox pushed over
Destroyed Mailboxes pulled out of ground
Construction materials stolen
Mailbox defaced; tomatoes stolen and then throw against garage doors
Person left boat, entered yard & urinated
Fountain damaged, then stolen
New metal mailbox damaged, defaced.
Concrete pineapples destroyed
Wrought iron mailbox damaged
Watermelons smashed against house
Doorbell being rung at late hours (2:00am)
Flag broken off mailbox
Landscape lights damaged and destroyed
Several irrigation sprinklers pulled up and damaged
Metal letters pulled off brick wall, stolen
Stranger observed in carport
Fire hydrant opened; yard flooded
Six (6) street lights shot out by BB-gun
Four wheelers speeding on street
Automobiles, trucks & motorcycles speeding
Damage to gardens and crops
Canadian Goose shot with arrow
All of which adds up in the thousands of ($$$) dollars not to mention fear and anxiety.
WHAT CAN WE ALL DO?
We are trying to make everyone aware of what’s been going on and attempt to centralize
the information. Many of us have individually contacted the Police.
The Florence County Police have asked that we call them on everything. The
number to call is their central dispatch number which is: 669-3911
Please make a report for every incident. They will send a patrol car to the
neighborhood to investigate. You can request them NOT to stop at your house if you
If you have information on a crime you can call CRIME STOPPERS OF THE PEE DEE at
(843)667-TIPS. Callers do not need to reveal their identity. The police would also
like us to call another official to be sure he gets all the information about what’s
going on in Forest Lake.
That person is: Captain Todd Tucker - Florence County Police - 665-2121
Please leave him a message, giving your name, address and specific details. Captain
Tucker has assured us that he is willing to talk to parents even if there is only
a suspicion that their children are involved. It is believed that most of this is
being done by minors at night
Captain Tucker has informed us that he has changed the police patrols presence in
Forest Lake to the late evening hours, which is when a lot of this seems to be happening. A
neighbor on Lakeshore Drive has actually had a vandal apprehended and has pressed
charges. The vandalism has not stopped however.
Some of the vandalism is actually criminal in nature and needs to be dealt with
as such. The police remind us that parents can be made to pay for any damages caused
by their minor children. We recommend a ZERO TOLERANCE policy. The homeowner’s association
recommends that we all consider prosecuting the individuals and we ask for everyone’s
support. We have started a reward fund as well for those with information leading
to the arrest and/or apprehension
If you have knowledge of who might be committing any of these acts you should share
this with Captain Tucker. He would like to hear from you and is more than willing
to explain what can be done. While the offenders may not be from our neighborhood,
for the safety and well being of both your children and your property, please talk
with your children about this vandalism. They may have seen or heard something,
or even know someone who is involved. With the availability of CRIME STOPPERS OF
THE PEE DEE no one has to fear being identified. It is very possible that your child
has been placed under unwanted peer pressure to “join in” some of this inappropriate
behavior. Being able to tell a bully that they can’t “join in” because their parents
are keeping a close watch on them at home might even help to relieve some of the
pressure and anxiety a child could be experiencing trying to say NO!
The point of this newsletter is that we should be reporting all the incidents to
the Police and not trying to deal with them ourselves. The Police need to get a
feel for the full extent of the vandalism. They can only do so much however; the
rest is up to us. Forest Lake Homeowners Association has been working on getting
a neighborhood watch program started for some time. We have made direct contact
with a Police official and will be inviting them to an upcoming Board meeting. After
our meeting we should be able to provide more specific information to you. In the
meantime, we will be happy to talk with you. Please contact Mr. Thomas LeVine, President
of the Forest Lake Homeowners’ Association at 230-7440.
FLHA Board of Directors and concerned homeowners