Holiday Safety Tips

Monday December 14, 2020, 10:20 AM
Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office

The holiday season is generally full of festivities and family. However, seasonal activities can also increase your exposure to people who have Grinch-like activity on their mind. The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer a few tips to help everyone stay safe and reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim.
• Pay Attention to your surroundings and watch for warning signs while shopping. If you feel you are being followed, find a well-lit and populated area. Call for help and make note of the person (and their license plate if they are driving).

• Go holiday shopping with friends or family. Walking in pairs may help deter criminals.

• Keep children safe: Have a plan in place that the child knows. Teach children that if they become lost they are to find a security guard or go to the checkout counter for help. Practice this while you are out shopping by asking your kids to point when they see a security officer or others who would be safe to ask for help.

• Hide your gifts: Thieves are just as excited as you are to bring home all of the presents that you purchased. Hide your shopping bags in the trunk or out of sight. It does not take long for a thief to take your items and leave damage to your vehicle behind.

• In the event that your purse or wallet is stolen, record credit card assistance numbers in your cell phone and in a safe place at home. Never record account numbers or other personal information in your cell in the event of your cell phone is lost or stolen.
MasterCard: 1-800-MC-ASSIST (622-7747)
Visa: 1-800-VISA-911 (847-2911)
American Express: 1-800-528-4800
Discover: 1-800-DISCOVER (347-2683)
PayPal: 1-888-221-1161

• Test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they work.

• Be extra careful about locking doors and windows when you leave home.

• Do not openly display gifts in front of windows.

• Ask someone to pick up your mail or newspaper if you will be gone for longer periods.

• Do not hide the spare key in obvious places: under doormats, rocks, flowerpots and above the door.

• Inspect holiday light strings and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections. When replacing bulbs, unplug the light string and be sure to match voltage and wattage to the original bulb.

• Always turn off holiday lights when you leave the house unattended or when going to bed.

• Try to purchase a freshly cut tree, as they are more resistant to ignition. Keep your Christmas tree watered and away from open candles. Have a fire extinguisher near and know how to use it.

• Avoid connecting more than one extension cord together; instead use a single cord that is long enough to reach the outlet without stretching, but not so long that it can get easily tangled.

• You are the best eyes and ears of your neighborhood. Call and report suspicious activity as soon as possible.

New Election Rules

Due to SB323 New Election Rules are being added to our Documents. A copy of this document can be found on this website in the Document Section under CC&Rs. Member input can be submitted to the Board for consideration in writing or by attending a Board meeting which are held on the second Tuesday of each month. Date time & place can be found on our home page along with the meeting Agenda. Comments must be received prior to January 5th 2021.

Bear Alert!!!

We have reports of bear activity in our community due to food and pet treats that were stored in a vehicle.  Bears have a keen sense of smell.  Any food items can be an invitation to attacking you and damaging your vehicle!  Always be Bear Aware in the Sierra.

Dont let this happen to you!

Everyone Needs to Help Remove Pet Waste

It seems that a constant problem in our community is animal waste left on properties. It smells, attracts flies and  is just not healthy.

Feral Cats, Dogs, Bears and Raccoons are the culprits and also owners who don’t pick up their pet’s waste.

Please carry plastic bags and clean up the waste when you walk your pet.  Owners also need to remove waste along the roadway in front of your property.

Either dig a hole and bury it or bag it and drag it to your garbage can.

We hope everyone will help with this on going situation.  THANK YOU!


VERY IMPORTANT INFO from CCWD & PG&E Regarding potential power outages when weather & wind conditions prevail.

EPPOC Draft pre-approved Minutes August 2019

Please review the above link for very important information from CCWD and PG&E with information on potential mandatory power outages and potential water shortages due to fire conditions.

PSPS  Public Safety / Power Shutoff is a real possibility.  1 week water and power shortages are a possibility for our zip code area due to fire & wind conditions.

If you would like to be notified of these Public Safety Outages in your zip code location, sign up

at 1-877-9000-PGE or the web locations below.

Fire Insurance / Firewise USA Designation

If you are having problems keeping your Fire insurance and/or you have had your policy cancelled, the attached Meadowmont Firewise certification may be able to assist you in keeping your policy.  Cancellations due to the recent foothill fires including the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise are an ongoing problem.

You MAY be able to direct your carrier to the below certification that verifies that Meadowmont follows and enforces the rules of PRC 4291 and does work very hard to be a fire safe Community.

MMT Firewise Info                  MMT Cert of Renewal Firewise 4