Midnight in the Mobile Home ParkAll is quiet in the park, a single car drives by sporadically.
Big full moon shining so bright I can't sleep. The streets are quiet.
The day was hot, nearly 100 degrees. The cool of the evening is very welcome. I feel safe opening my windows to catch the breeze. There has been no crime in the park for months. The last time was trespassers coming from the apartments nearby to use the swimming pool.
Safety In the Mobile Home ParkThe owners of this park take security seriously. The population of the park is people over 55, some a lot over 55, and very vulnerable. The owners of the park have gone to great lengths to make this a safe place to live. The mail room, the area surrounding the swimming pool and hot tub have video cameras. A security team in plain clothes was hired to patrol, especially at night.
In other years security was mainly police cars parked at the edge of the restaurant parking lot. This was not effective enough to deter crime. There were incidents of homes being broken into, bicycles locked to posts stolen, drugs being dealt.
Security is IncreasedThe Neighborhood Watch program was put into effect. People who were interested could join the program.
This is in addition to unmarked cars that roll through the park with a plainclothes cop inside who checks for squatters, or other people who don't belong here doing things they shouldn't.
SquattersEach year a few houses go up for sale. In these difficult economic times squatters try to move in and live rent free.
I was sitting at my computer one afternoon when a large RV pulled into my driveway, but nobody got out. After a while my curiosity got the better of me and I went to see who it was. A young woman rolled down her window. "Can I help you?" I asked. She told me she saw the For Sale sign in front of the house and thought the house was empty. She told me she had planned to live in her RV in my carport. She was a little put out that I was here.