The Stone Meadows Neighborhood Association (SMNA) is on Madison's far southwest side. It covers an area south of County Highway PD and east of Maple Grove Road. There is a mix of residential housing (including single family, condos, duplexes, and apartments), businesses (Pick 'n Save, Walgreens, and several others), two city parks, a conservancy area, St. Mary's Nursing Care Center, and Capitoland Christian Center.
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Safety Tips from Madison Police Officer Russell Pollard
Here are a few thoughts to keep some of those potential issues at a minimum. I’ll start with what you can do to keep the bad guys away from your home:
1. Keep your property as visible as possible. High fences are great for privacy, but potential burglars like them too for concealment. Likewise, keep shrubs and other vegetation trimmed, especially those that are very close to your home.
2. Keep your property well lit, and that means all night. A potential burglar prowling through your neighborhood looking for his next home to hit will most likely pass over a well lit property. Energy efficient bulbs won’t cost much to operate and will last a long time. Motion detecting lights may be even more cost effective, but don’t always function the way they’re supposed to.
3. Keep your doors and windows locked …….. always. Many people don’t bother to lock their doors when they’re home, but it’s even more important to do so when you and your loved ones are inside. And keep your garage door closed. There are criminals who troll through the city specifically looking for open garage doors.
4. If you are away from your home for even a day or two, let a trusted neighbor know so they can keep an eye on your property and pick up mail and newspapers. These are excellent clues that no one is home. Keep a car in the driveway if possible and put inside lights on a timer. If you don’t have a timer, keep a couple lights on inside that are visible from outside at night.
5. Consider posting a “BEWARE OF DOG” sign, even if you don’t have a dog.
6. Report suspicious activity in your neighborhood to police immediately. A potential burglar may ring your doorbell to see if anyone is home. If there is no answer, they will likely then seek out the most out of sight entry point to your home and force their way in. If you do answer the door, they will likely ask if “Jim” is home, hoping you’ll think they simply got the wrong address. This is a very old tactic used by criminals, and the police do want to know when this happens. Call the non-emergency number, (608) 255-2345 to report such suspicious activity, and provide as much detail as possible regarding vehicle and suspect descriptions, license plates, last known direction of travel etc. When in doubt, make the call. The information that you provide may be exactly what we are looking for.
1. The most common and biggest mistake that I see people make on a regular basis is leaving valuables in their vehicle in plain view. Ideally, you will have nothing of value in your vehicle at all, not even spare change in the center console. But if you do, make sure all valuables are completely out of sight. A GPS unit will make your vehicle an extremely attractive target, and this is one of the more common items that people tend to leave in plain view. Also, try to park your vehicle in a well lit area, even if it has to be on a public street or in a parking lot.
2. And as with your home, always keep your doors locked. That includes when you are in your vehicle, both parked and driving. It is by no means unheard of for criminals to enter vehicles with the owners still in them.
3. Attach a whistle to your keychain so it is always with you as you walk to and from your vehicle.
1. Invest in a locking mailbox. Walking up to a house and taking mail out of an unsecured mailbox is a very easy way to steal your identity.
2. Minimize the use of your credit / debit cards and even checks, especially at businesses that you are not familiar with.
3. Shred all documents that contain your personal information, so that none of it goes into the trash or recyclables.
4. Never provide your personal information to anyone who e-mails, texts or calls you. There are countless scams that people fall victim to on a regular basis that start with such contacts. And keep in mind, some of these scams are very convincing and sophisticated.
5. Request a free credit report and review it annually.
Criminals tend to be lazy. So don’t make things easy for them and hopefully they won’t make things hard on you. There is of course no way to guarantee that you won’t at some point become a victim of crime, but taking some simple precautions will go a long ways towards keeping you and your family safe.
KNOW YOUR COVENANTS!
Before starting a new project in your yard (ex: - installing a fence, building a shed, etc.) please make sure you consult your home covenants. It is important to understand the covenant and other deeds restrictions that are in place for your home and zone you are located. The covenant should also specify what types of materials are allowed for a fence, how tall the fence should be, if you are allowed to install a Satellite dishes or solar panels, etc. By doing so, you will avoid costly mistakes, upsetting your neighbors and/or paying expensive fees to the city.
Every home owner should have a copy of the covenants. If you do not have one, do not assume there are no restrictive covenants. The local courthouse will have one copy of your covenants available for you.
After checking your covenants to make sure you are allowed to proceed with your project, you must submit the project to the SMNA Architectural Committee, and also as a courtesy, talk to your immediate neighbors about your plans.
Homeowners must submit a review to the Architectural Committee for:
Bi-Monthly meetings are held at 7:00pm on the second Monday of odd months at the Fitchburg Super Target cafe. Our annual meeting is typically held the second Monday in May. A posting will be made to indicate when and where the meeting will be held.
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