Spring Safety and Security Report

Safety and Security The following crimes were reported in Providence Plantation from January 1 through April 9. Date Description Location 1/9/2015 Larceny Of Bicycle 3000 Block High Ridge Rd 1/9/2015 […]

Safety and Security

The following crimes were reported in Providence Plantation from January 1 through April 9.

Date Description Location
1/9/2015 Larceny Of Bicycle 3000 Block High Ridge Rd
1/9/2015 Non-Aggravated Assault 3700 Block Providence Manor Rd
1/18/2015 **Poss. of Marijuana 4200 Block High Ridge Rd
1/31/2015 Non-Aggravated Assault 3400 Block Twelve Oaks Pl
2/15/2015 Non-Aggravated Assault 3300 Block Plantation Rd
2/20/2015 Fraud 2500 Block Grimmersborough Ln
2/26/2015 Fraud 2100 Block Retana Dr
2/26/2015 **Aggravated Assault 1900 Block Retana Dr
2/27/2015 Vandalism 3100 Block Indian Rock Rd
3/4/2015 Vandalism 3100 Block Indian Rock Rd
4/1-2/2015 Vandalism 2600 Block Plantation Rd
4/6-7/2015 Vandalism 3100 Block Houston Branch Rd
4/6/2015 Larceny (Birdhouse and Pole) 4527 Kuykendall Rd

All of the assaults involved family members or acquaintances.

**Arrests made.


Fraud Alerts

During the past year, 10 residents have been the victim of credit card fraud and there have been several reports of credit card skimmers being used in Charlotte and surrounding areas.

A skimmer is a small hand held device which can easily be bought on the internet, that captures card holder data contained on the stripe of a credit, debit or ATM card. Skimmers can hold information from hundreds of cards. The information is downloaded from the skimmer to a computer and then can be sent anywhere in the world. Your credit card can be skimmed at a restaurant, gas station, hotel or any place you hand over your credit card. All an employee has to do is make an extra swipe of your credit card through the device.

Skimmers are also molded into plastic pieces that look like they are part of an ATM machine where you insert your card. A pinhole camera is also usually used and molded into plastic to look like part of the ATM machine. The camera overlooks the PIN pad so the viewer can watch as a person enters their PIN number on the pad. Both devices are usually held in place with double-sided tape.

To protect yourself from ATM skimming, check to see if a piece similar to the photo, right, is attached to the machine by pulling on it.  If it comes loose call 911 and report it to the bank.  Additionally, always cover the pin pad with your hand as you enter your Pin number.


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10 ways to protect credit cards

Never leave your card unattended at work.

Don’t leave your card (or anything of value) in your car.

Do not write down your personal identification number (PIN).  Memorize it.

Always make sure your card is returned to you after a purchase.

Always keep your card in a secure location, especially when traveling.

Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.

Sign the back of new cards as soon as you get it with a permanent marker and destroy unwanted cards.

Make a list of your cards and their numbers.  This information is vital for reporting lost or stolen cards.

Always check your monthly statements and report any discrepancies.

Only give your credit card information over the telephone if you have placed the call to make a purchase from a reputable company.


It is that time of year when our neighborhood experiences an increase of door-to-door peddlers. We have already had an incident where a peddler working for a magazine company with a shady history has been soliciting sales.

Do not open your door to strangers. Instead, you should say through the door that you are not interested, and ask them to leave.

Do not purchase magazines from door-to-door sales people because you will probably not receive the magazines.

Do not give money to door-to-door solicitors, unless you know you are giving to local kids for local causes.

If you feel threatened by any door-to-door sales representative, call 911.

Check businesses out at www.bbb.org before making a purchase.

If you are a victim of fraudulent magazine sales or any other scam, notify the police and file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org.

Here is the local peddler ordinance as it pertains to our neighborhood:

Sec. 6-438. Restricted hours in residential areas.

It shall be unlawful to peddle any article of merchandise from any vehicle or on foot between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. in areas zoned for residential purposes within the corporate limits. However, during such periods that daylight saving time is in effect, these hours shall be from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. (Code 1985, § 6-28)

It is important to report all incidents of crime to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.  For crimes in progress and other emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies, and past crimes, call 311. You can also report the following past crimes using the Online Reporting System; Larceny, Harassing Phone Calls, Theft from Auto, or Property Damage. You can do so at: http://ww.charmeck.org/online_reporting/report.htm or by a link from http://www.cmpd.org

Also, please notify me at 849-9234, between 9am and 9pm, or email me at hkatowitz@nullwindstream.net

Harvey Katowitz,

Security Chairperson