Recently, I have noticed a rash of “break-in” posts on the awesome Facebook group page: OCOTILLO FRIENDS. Immediately my mind went to the major cross roads at S. Alma School Road and Ocotillo. On that very corner, directly behind the draped temporary fence with the crane towering 40 feet above it, is a major construction site, employing people from all over the metroplex. The new construction fact has also drawn many to move to the area. Mindful not to complain blindly – the signs are all around us.
Please help yourself to a clue or two. They’re FREE and you may find them comforting::
Clue #1: Construction sites always bring with them – scores of temporary workers.
The construction on S. Alma School Road is at least a 2-square mild of construction space, and is surely the temporary working s a lot of commuting guest workers.
LOCK UP your car. Use your garage. Be wise about your surroundings and what’s going on. I can not tell you how many stories I have read about where my neighbors are “weirding themselves out” chasing unrecognizable cars out of their neighborhood, calling the cops because a car has been driving slow on their street, etc., etc. and I agree with them, it looks unsettling to see an unrecognizable car in our otherwise recognizable neighborhood, but it’s not a mystery. It’s likely a lost construction worker, his transportation ride, or maybe it’s a worker taking a slow drive admiring the connecting neighborhoods near the job site. Who knows? All the same, play it safe, lock your stuff up and put it away.
Clue #2: Just as construction brings new and exciting structures to an area, it is also brings with it new families to move into them. Many times these families come with bored kids.
Remember back-in-the day when kids would TP (toilet paper) or egg a house? I do. Both have happen to me because I had children in the home that were targeted by zany peers, in the name of fun. I didn’t like it, but I lived through it, cleaned the egg off the window and de-TP’d the trees in my front yard. It was fun. Yay! and I get it. They’re kids. Well, the Ocotillo suburban has a awesome amount of budding teens and t’weens who have very few recreational outlets availing in their new city. So for kicks, we’ve also been subjected to “trash can kicking.” It’s so much fun to wake up and see your trash can spilled over in the street before dashing off to work at some dark and ungodly hour. KIDS. They don’t mean any harm. They’re bored. They’re yours. Don’t be so quick to call the cops about an offense, until you check in with your kids.
I noticed 4 bicycling teen boys on a “deviant beat,” one evening when I was making a late run. I asked them about the trash can kicking – they told me ‘they weren’t the one’s doing it,’ and that ‘the one trash can that I had just witnessed of the young guys knocking over – was a mistake.’ They apologized and picked up my neighbors trash can. They were so busted and looked so cute and slightly startled, by the black woman presence approaching them, that I did not charge them with blame, but rather I charged them to KEEP WATCH of our neighborhood. I then informed them that “someone” has been running around knocking over trash cans. They didn’t look too shocked, but they accepted the charge and for the last 3 months (at least), all trash cans have remained upright on all pick up days. They are good kids – they are just bored and I’m Mrs. Kravitz (from Bewitched).
Another interesting event that crossed my path in the quiet community of Ocotillo Lakes was a courtesy visit from a cop to inquire if I had seen anyone stealing my neighbors tailgate. The tally was up to two in only 9-days. Oh my! Where are my NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHING bicycling teens? I wonder if they saw anything suspicious, because I did not. The officer also told me that it’s a childhood prank – kids break them off for fun.
Would it be asking too much of Arizona to construct a SIX FLAGS or WETn’WILD? How about an ALLEY CATS or a PUTT PUTT (with outdoor but tarped go-karting)? How about more youth recreation marketing and commercials? I don’t know, but I think that if we don’t invest some additional cash into something for the teens to do, we will be investing plenty of extra cash on replacing tail gates, etc. It’s a NEIGHBORHOOD investment. A topic of discussion at the next town meeting…
Paranoia is setting in, and everyone is looking around.
There are more and more break-ins as construction breaks ground.
Pranks are being pulled on your block and responsibility hid…
Keep in mind, the neighborhood is filled with new and bored kids.
Strange cars are perusing your neighborhood;
you assume they’re casing and are up to no good.
Construction workers are not Carnie’s and it should not be assumed
that because they’re on your street, that your safety is doomed.
I moved here from Dallas, TX 3 1/2 years ago
and had a neighbor still my push mop before I could get in the do.’
That was a clue to me — mischief waits not for construction workers or the kids,
I’m Qui aka Gladys Kravitz
sharing Breaking News about Break-In Clues, that should not be hid.
Mischief is mayhem. It is what it is.
LOCK UP, LOOK OUT and INVEST in the kids.