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Identity Theft is a Growing Crime
Posted on Feb 4th, 2019
Do you shred all your mail - including junk mail? What about removing labels from prescription medicines? Look closely and you'll notice "bar codes" on your mail and other labels. With a simple app you can download to your phone, identity thieves can get your name, address, birth date, list of prescriptions, and more from those strange little bars! Some even pay a guy at the dump to let them go in and sift through piles of trash, searching for these profitable bits of information. Read the February - March 2019 community newsletter article to learn more about what to watch for and how to protect your identity. 
 
Street Parking Concerns
Posted on Feb 4th, 2019
Street parking is an ongoing concern in communities with public streets. However, homeowners may report specific concerns to HCSO at their non-emergency number, 813-247-8200, when needed. Here are some laws drivers must obey: 
  1. Do not park near stops signs or in front of fire hydrants.
  2. Do not park across from another vehicle on the street and leave less than 12' of road space available for emergency vehicles.
  3. Do not park facing the "wrong way" on the street - you must park in the direction of moving traffic. 
  4. All vehicles must obey speed limit signs.
  5. All vehicles must be properly licensed and registered. 
Please observe HOA rules in addition to all local laws regarding parking and being considerate of your neighbors. 
 
Helpful Links for Community Issues
Posted on Aug 29th, 2018
Hillsborough County and HCSO have resources to help residents deal with issues that are not covered by your HOA and property management team. Some examples include civil nuisances (such as noise or inadequate pet maintenance), criminal matters, trespassing, traffic matters, parking of vehicles on county-owned roads, etc., which must be addressed with the appropriate county agencies. Click here to learn more about these helpful resources. 
 
No Trespassing
Posted on May 30th, 2018

South Ridge HOA has a "trespass authorization" on file with HCSO. The authorization is for non-residents on common areas, such as around our ponds or at our entrance. Once HCSO has been called, they will respond to remove the trespasser(s) and place them in the system for a trespass warning being issued.

If the same individual(s) returns they are then subject to arrest for trespass after warning. The person(s) would be booked, then released on bond and given a court date or notice to appear. At the court hearing, the Judge would pass down the penalty which could be up to a $1000 fine and court costs for misdemeanor in the 1st degree.

While we certainly hope it never rises to this level, we want homeowners to know the process of keeping our community safe and our private property common areas for residents only. You may call HCSO for a trespasser on your private property at any time, especially once they've been asked to leave and refuse to do so.