By Jim Mattison, Discovery Bay
When you think of Discovery Bay most picture our smaller community with the warm delta weekends and a friendly atmosphere wherever you go. But the last several months have been an unsettling time in Discovery Bay for residents who come home only to find their house has been broken into with many valuables and personal belongs stolen. And these cases seem to be on the rise again. I have a number of friends who have been robbed in the last few months and talked to many others whose friends have been robbed. No longer are these crimes of opportunity with an open door or window but the brazen thieves are now using pry bars to break into patio, side and back doors during the day and at night.
Some homes are being robbed when the owners are only gone for a couple hours. Same holds true with the rash of wake board boats being stripped of all their AMP’s, decks, speakers along with other valuable equipment and it’s happening in all the bays and at the Yacht Harbor. Bass boat owners are having very expensive engines and other electronic equipment stolen as well. These thieves are coming in by boat after we are all sleeping. Although crime happens all over we need to step up and protect our community. Remember five years ago when this was going on and we had over 400 residents jammed into DB Elementary school trying to figure out what to do?
So what should we all be doing starting today? With your homes, lock all your doors, secure all windows with extra devises so they can not be pried open and set your alarms every time you leave. Close your window shades when leaving your home so thieves can’t look into your house. Have you been seeing those “sales persons” in your neighborhood at 1:00 in the afternoon lately? Guess what they may be doing? When you see them don’t ignore them like we all do. From now on go up to them and find out who they are, where they live, what they are selling, get their price list with phone numbers and ask who they report to and call them for verification. Ask to see their credentials and lastly, take their picture with your cell phone and simply tell them “Smile, you look just like my cousin’s friend Billy and I can’t wait to show him your picture” just in case something happens in your neighborhood you maybe the link to catching these thieves.
Take everything out of your boats that you wish to use again once summer comes along. Yes it takes a bit of effort to remove these items but when you are robbed of your $10,000 sound system, left with stripped wires and broken fiberglass and your insurance company depreciates your equipment at 20% per year you will wish you took 15 min to remove it. Go on line as there are many boat security systems from $50 to $500 to help protect your valuables. Put motion detectors around your home and on your dock and look out for your neighbor’s home too. Make sure you lock your car doors at all times and DO NOT leave valuables in the car. And lastly, if you see anyone or any vehicle that seems out of character for your neighborhood simply call the Sherriff’s office at 925.646.2441. They wish to stop this crime as much as we do. Yes, it can happen to you too so don’t be the next victim, you’ve been warned.