Patrol Report

Chief Catri

Societies use rules to regulate unwanted or harmful behavior and to encourage wanted or beneficial behavior. Rules also tend to make things fairer. We should follow rules to have a disciplined society. If one does not follow the rules and does whatever he or she wishes to, then there would be chaos all around.

The reason a homeowners association has rules, regulations, and covenants, is to ensure proper order and running of the community. Without these basic tenets of organization, everyone living in the neighborhood would be free to do as they pleased, leading to many issues and problems.

Responsible dog owners will pick up their dogs’ poop in public places. However, there are times when owners neglect to pick up their dogs’ waste. Perhaps they are in a rush, do not have poop bags with them, or maybe they just think it is not important. Did you know that it takes almost one year for dog waste to break down? Did you know that the parasites, along with bacteria in dog waste, can spread disease? Dog waste is not a natural fertilizer. Please remember that picking up after your dog is not only common courtesy, but your duty as a pet owner. It is just basic good manners and safer for you, all dogs, and your community.

There are many good reasons to keep your dog on a leash. Basically, it is a great neighbor policy and it’s the law. In Maricopa County and the City of Chandler, leash laws are in effect for the safety of your dog and those around them. This can be the most compelling reason to leash your dog; it is simply required.

Barking dogs can present a serious problem in communities. Some people are very tolerant of dog barking. Other people are sensitive to the disturbance. First step to resolve a problem: Try leaving a note for the dog owner. This may be difficult to do at first, but communicating with the dog owner is usually the most effective way to resolve the problem. If step one does not restore order and you do not want to be a named complainant, you may call the City of Chandler Barking Dog Hotline at 480-782-2275 to have information sent to a barking-dog owner in your neighborhood. You may also contact the SunBird Patrol for assistance and an eventual resolution.

Please protect yourself while walking in the dark. So, how do you walk safely in the dark? Walk facing traffic so that you can see and react to all types of vehicles. You need to be reflective so you can be seen in the dark. The more you reflect a human shape, the quicker a motorist will recognize you, and the safer you will be. Wearing a reflective safety vest is probably your best choice. Bring a flashlight with you and do your best to avoid what is considered a big source of distraction—yep, your cell phone. Keep your eyes on the road or path ahead instead of down at a lighted screen.

Do not let criminals ruin your life. Coronavirus text and phone scams are designed to trick you. Swindlers are taking advantage of the global health crisis, so watch out for email phishing, robocalls, and text message scams sent to your phone. The stress that the American people are under during this ongoing pandemic opens whole new emotional avenues for attackers to prey on. For assistance and tips on avoiding COVID-19 scams, please visit the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) consumer help center. If you think you have been a victim of a coronavirus scam, contact the Chandler Police Department. You can also file a coronavirus scam complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

Want to keep thieves out of your garage? Close the garage door, especially at night. Just drive through any residential neighborhood, and you will likely see a few or more open garage doors with no residents in sight. An open garage door is an open invitation to criminals. There are sensors that can be purchased that send you notifications if you left your garage door open. Do not let the bad guy win.

Having a problem with your hard-wired smoke detectors, like when the battery is running low and the detector alerts you with an ongoing annoying chirp, especially at 2 a.m.? For residential smoke detector installation, cleaning, and battery replacement, give the Smoke Detector Man, Dan Reynolds, a call at 480-510-2111.