It is “low season” in Vallarta and like every year we have been experiencing theft within our beloved Amapas and in the whole city, in general. As properties sit empty, and sometimes while owners are in town or even asleep at night, thieves get away with stealing mostly what they can store in a backpack. Expensive items such as wallets, phones, Ipads, cameras, jewelery, etc., are the favorite items for these thieves to steal. Here are a few tips on how to protect yourselves and your property while you are away. Please follow these steps or have your property manager or building administrator do them for you.
- Keep vigilant of strange individuals walking throughout our neighborhood; especially after working hours and at night.
- Lock all doors and windows when possible during the day and every night. (We know the thieves can escalate up to three stories with no problem.).
- When possible, install a security alarm and/or CCTV cameras within your property. Contact us for more information as to best service providers
- Turn at least one light on within your property and outside front back lights at night.
- Make sure your property/complex has all street lights in working order and turn on at night.
- Report all suspicious activity by calling 911 (They should have an English speaking operator.) or use our WhatsApp emergency group. In order to be part of the WhatsApp group you must be an ANA member and need to be able to read/write Spanish. Have your building manager or property administrator join the group. Contact Viviana Testón or Gene Mendoza to be included in the group.
- In case of a robbery call police immediately by dialing 911. Please be observant and describe the assailant(s) properly, clothes, time of occurrence, getaway cars, etc.
- Follow up with a DA’s office report. This might take time but it is important that all crimes are reported and followed up with the DA’s office if we want thieves off of the streets.
- Call Gene Mendoza (Board member) at 322-131-5738 when you need immediate help or Diego Villalobos (ANA Office) at 322-165-8503. They can help you with police reports, follow up with DA’s office, or they can provide immediate assistance with translations, etc.
- Keep safe.
Enjoy the summer everyone!