The return of winter residents at this time of year increases the population of our community by up to 15%. It is also a time when we see a lot of people come to the valley to attend big events. This year we expect to see the highest number of visitors since 2015. That is because in addition to the Waste Management Open, Barrett Jackson car auction, Russo Steele car auction, and normal seasonal convention activity, we will play host to Super Bowl LVII.
Unfortunately, events this large tend to result in increased crime as well. There are criminals who travel to locations of big events where large groups of tourists are found. Unlike the welcomed, law-abiding visitors, these individuals are responsible for increases in most types of crime with the biggest increases being in thefts and burglaries.
This is a time when we all need to practice increased vigilance. It only takes an extra moment to prevent yourself or loved ones from becoming a victim. Double check when you leave the house to make sure that you have closed and locked all your windows and doors. If you have a screened security door, make sure it’s locked when you have the front door open, even when you are home. When you get out of your car don’t leave valuables in plain sight, windows down, or car doors unlocked.
Keep an eye out and report suspicious or unusual activity to the appropriate authorities.
If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Block Watch, please contact the Desert Ridge Community Association office at 480-551-4553.aves.
911 – When there is a crime in progress or even when suspicious activity is going on. When you describe the situation to the operator, they will determine where (if anywhere else) the call needs to be routed.
Crime Stop – Non-Emergency crime reporting or reporting after a crime has taken place. (602) 262-6151
Silent Witness – When you have information regarding a felony or serious crime. You may even earn a reward if the information leads to an arrest or indictment. (480) 948-6377
Graffiti Hotline – If you have information on a possible graffiti suspect. (602) 262-7327
To promote better awareness, we will continue to provide our residents with tips on how to better protect themselves, their homes, and their families through this publication, e-blasts, and on desertridgelifestyles.com.