(Rossmoor, 1/21/2013) Dave E. here. Maybe Rossmoor & Los Alamitos have more in common than we think!
I just got done reading the latest column from Dave & Rebecca Lara. My lovely wife finally came in from the living room to see why I was laughing so much. I think we’re all going to love our newest contributors!
FED EX, TEENAGERS, BEER & ROSES is an unusual combination but let us explain.
Due to the burglaries in the Los Alamitos-Rossmoor areas, our family decided to upgrade our security system. We added six high-definition cameras which also capture sound. The information is stored for 30 days and can be retrieved by use of a personal computer or cell phone.
One day on our front door was a Fed Ex note stating that a package that we were to receive was now at their office for pick up. They had made three attempts to deliver the item our home. In calling and speaking to a manager, he provided us the date and time of the three attempted deliveries.
We stated that we were not home for one of the days but were home for the other two days. He replied “sometimes older people are home but they don’t hear the door bell or are taking a nap.”
A quick check of our video showed no attempted deliveries on two of the three dates. We invited the manager and driver to our home to observe our security cameras. Within 20 minutes the manager arrived at our home with the package and was greeted by our 3 barking dogs (they don’t take naps either).
The manager saw the outdoor cameras and just gave the package to us and stated “I don’t need to see the video.” He quickly retreated to his car and left.
TEENAGERS, BEER & ROSES:
A nightly ritual of our next door neighbors’ consists of slamming car doors, loud talking and cars speeding away usually late at night or early morning hours.
In the morning we can expect to find Bud Light bottles or cans on our front lawn.
Some how these teenagers consider our lawn the recycling center for Rossmoor.
Again, a review of our video tape revealed the culprits to be our neighbor’s daughter as well as her two male friends enjoying a beer fest.
Nature taking its course after guzzling beer all night, the cameras also showed her male friends urinating in our rose bush planter while the motion lights shined on their family jewels. This did answer the question why our green thumbs seemed to fail us in trying to grow healthy looking roses in our planter.
We invited the parents of the daughter to view the tape of their daughter’s recent accomplishments. Let’s just say they weren’t interested in purchasing a copy as a memento.
The parents stated they would talk to their daughter and her friends but if this incident occurred again, we should just call the Sheriffs and provide them the tape.
Our surveillance system has not videoed any would-be burglars but has certainly provided great entertainment!