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Golf Club Theft is on the Rise

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Attention fellow neighbors and residents of Sun City West:

By LYNN MORGAN WATT
Golf Operations Coordinator

 

I have received several reports from members about clubs being removed from open garage doors.  This is occurring in as long as it takes to put your groceries in the house from your car.  You cannot leave garage doors open for any length of time without someone around to watch.

UPDATEJust as recently as Thursday, May 10 around 6:00 pm, another set up new clubs were removed from an open garage door within a 5 to 10 minutes of the owner going in and out of his home in preparation to go to the golf course.  This occurred around the PB golf course on West Ashwood Dr.

About 3 weeks ago, Sunday afternoon, 3 homes on the same street had their golf clubs removed from open garages.  Another similar incident happened this last week.  In both reported cases, people were taking in groceries.  Another occurred this last weekend at one of the golf courses where a new set of clubs were removed directly from a golf cart.

 

Please, EVERYONE, be aware of your surroundings, keep the garage doors closed, protect your possessions and be safe!

 

  1. David J DeFrance says:

    I am not a golfer. I assume the thieves take the whole bag. If so, how about a bike lock around the bag. If that doesn’t work, move your bag into a lockable area. Ask about a rider on your home insurance for added coverage–like a fur or jewelry.

  2. Peter Pappas says:

    It may be time to consider gating our community so that only residents and authorized guests and prescreened vendors are allowed to enter. This has been done elsewhere with great success.

    • RCSCW PR says:

      Hi Mr. Pappas. Golf club thefts have always been a problem in this community. The amount of them ebbs and flows. If there is an upswing now, it will ebb again in time. This is a crime of opportunity and easily deterred by closing garage doors and not leaving clubs unattended. Overall, Sun City West is a VERY safe community with one of the lowest crime rates in the state. Gating the community is not as simple as putting up gates. We would have to take over the streets from Maricopa County, and would then be responsible for the ongoing maintenance and repair of those roads. That would be cost prohibitive within our current dues structure.

  3. Sue Carstens says:

    Geez! We just closed on our house purchase in Sun City West this week. This doesn’t make me feel real comfortable. What next, will they start breaking into houses as well? I agree that something needs to be done. More patrols? I sure hope the authorities can get a handle on this.

  4. Not only clubs being stolen, but have been told groceries taken right out of car as a person is taking the groceries from car to house. Sister-in-law told me there garbage can was stolen off their driveway. Have heard from others in area yard decorations stolen. We just have to be very diligent and look out for one another.

  5. Dennis Gratke says:

    The thieves are not stealing golf clubs to play golf, they are stealing them to turn them into cash. So how do they turn them into cash?? Pawn shops? Maybe send a list/description of stolen items to all local pawn shops. Maybe they sell them online; ie Craigslist. So watch Craigslist for stolen items. Just my 2 cents worth!!!

  6. Susan Smith says:

    Add another set of expensive clubs stolen off the back of a golf cart parked in our driveway- late afternoon. These thieves are shopping in our neighborhood- we are sitting ducks with no protection from the County. Golf carts are also being stolen… look around at the drivers in our neighborhood…. 60% don’t live here; those cutting through; workers (always speeding) and those driving through quiet streets looking to steal anything they can find. We are sitting ducks and something must be done.

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