Garden Homeowners Association Web Site
Fig Garden Police Protection District Web Site
Fig Garden Homeowners Association was handing out
this informational leaflet this weekend.
I would like to thank them for getting us some
GARDEN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION
This leaflet is intended to give you information about the
proposal to expand the existing police protection district,
which is generally bounded by Shaw, Palm, Maroa and the canal.
The district has been in existence for many years and has
provided dedicated 24-hour, 7-day- per- week protection by the
Sheriffs Department for over 10 years. The effects on crime in
this area have been significant. After the dedicated sheriff
patrol started, then-sheriff Hale McKinney pronounced the area
the safest in California. Based on the most recent crime
statistics, this is still true. Only auto crimes are higher in
the existing police protection district than the safest city in
California, Mission Viejo.
The Fig Garden Homeowners Association's Board of Directors has
voted unanimously to support the expansion of this district. The
process to determine if you will become part of this district is
currently taking place. We encourage you to make your opinion
known. The following are key points to consider:
Based on crime data from 2002 and 2003, crime rates east of
Maroa and west of Palm, which is outside the police protection
district, are higher:
*Crimes against people: 680% higher
*Burglary and petty theft: 42% higher
*Auto crimes (burglary and theft): 18% higher
The low crime rate in the current police protection district
reflects the sheriffs success using proactive policing
What Joining the Police Protection District Will Provide
*24 hour, 7 day a week dedicated sheriff protection in your
*The sheriff will patrol the entire police protection district
but will not go beyond the district's boundaries, except
under extreme circumstances.
*Quicker response times: Currently, the area outside the police
protection district has one sheriff who patrols an area from
Malaga to the river. According to the sheriff’s office, even a
high priority call can take the sheriff 20 minutes or more to
respond to. Within the police protection district, response
times are normally 2 minutes or less.
Those within the existing police protection district have
reported lower insurance rates and higher resale values for
The cost is $225.00 per year.This assessment will be included on
your property tax bill.
LAFCO (Local Area Formation Committee) will hear this item at
January 14, 2004
in the Fresno County Board of Supervisors Chamber, Room 301,
2281 Tulare Street. If you wish additional information, please
No disagreement here.
This is the poll we heard
about. The gentleman who gave this to me (a FGHOA board member)
admitted that the poll was taken at a FGHOA meeting.
I have asked the Association how
they came up with the percentages for their crime stats and nobody can or will share how
they how they were figured. You can take numbers from the
Sheriff and come up with the figures to suit your needs.
The proposed annex area has about
2.5 times the properties as the core area.
Areas 1 and 2 have multiple apartments, the
core has none.
Area 1 has four schools, the core
This is from the Fresno County
Sheriff web site: "some police departments report that one in
four calls are responses to crime in and around schools."
Area 1 and 2 have a much higher
population than does the core.
One Sheriff, this one is
There are 24 Field Officers, 5
Deputies for the schools and 5 Detectives assigned to the area.
NOT JUST ONE! (source
Sheriff Web Site) The reported response time from neighbors
I have spoken with is about 3 minutes or less for area 1.
Check with your insurance broker
before you take this to the bank, I did and it won't make a
difference. Now a New Fire Station half
the distance from my current one would make me feel safer and
lower my insurance. This will do neither. I thought that it was
just our property values that were going up, I'm glad the core
home values are going up too.
An assessment of $225.00 a year
may not be much to some. For some of the elderly and people
living on fixed income this could be an extreme hardship. The
money could be better spent on something that is needed.
We close in
agreement? Please attend the LAFCo Hearing and help fight this
Please come to the LAFCo Hearing January 14th 2004 at 1:30 PM to show them that we don’t want A PROPERTY TAX
INCREASE. The meeting will be held in the Fresno County Board of
Supervisors' Chambers, Room 301, Hall of Records, Tulare and "M" streets