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Old 03-16-2009, 04:29 PM
Location: State of Being
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Just a note to newcomers about leaving garage doors open, toys outside, etc.

Most HOA, especially in the upscale neighborhoods, will fine you for leaving your garage door open, leaving your garbage can out 24 hours past pick up, etc.

Regardless of how such habits might lure a criminal into your yard, these habits are usually not tolerated in neighborhoods where the overall presentation of the homes is part of the appeal for moving there.
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:08 AM
Location: livin' the good life
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I lived in Providence Plantation for three years. We moved away a year ago. It is a wonderful place to raise a family. I now live in Austin, TX, but I'd trade places anyday to go back to Providence Plantation.
That being said, no place is without incident. I once read ian article (from the Charlotte Observer as a matter of fact) that the number one way criminals enter your home is through an open or ulocked garage. This statement came from a former criminal in the Charlotte area. Whether you live is South Charlotte, Dilworth, Myers Park, Waxhaw ... it doesn't matter. A crime can take place anywhere, anytime. In my opinion with children, it is better to be safe than sorry. I always lock my doors. Granted, I spent the majority of my life in NYC and it is second nature to lock our doors at all times. However, I wouldn't rule out living in PP just because you should lock your garage and bring in your toys. You should do that anywhere you live. Leaving toys out is asking for trouble. Remember, its better to be safe than sorry. Remember all it takes is once.
As far as personal experiences go in PP, the only problem I ever had was with young adult magazine salesmen in the summer who tended to get hostile when you didn't order subscriptions from them. They were a bit cagey. There was never any violence, just intimidation. But this happened all over town from what I understand. These "so called salesmen" would be dropped off in a neighborhood and make the rounds from house to house. My feeling is that they may have belonged to some sort of cult like organization ... not sure.
Finally, can't say enough about PP. But, beware ... more than criminals breaking into your house ... watch out for speeding drivers (not kids) during the day that don't obey the traffic signs. They are far more dangerous in PP and Charlotte in general. And this is coming from a women who spent 15 years taking NYC yellow cabs.

These 'salesmen' were in our neighborhood in South Charlotte over the last week or so and coincidently a half dozen cars were broken into (the streets that the solicitors were on).
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:15 AM
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Default solicitors

The solicitors are definitely a problem in our neighborhood too and we even have a sign up by the HOA. They still coming knocking on our doors.
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