While the Tahoe Donner Association enjoys a relatively low crime rate, there are instances of criminal and/or inappropriate activity. The point of this article is to encourage members to be aware of their surroundings at all times and be willing to report suspicious or inappropriate activity to appropriate agencies.
The police cannot function effectively without the assistance of responsible citizens. They need your help in reporting suspicious activity. Some people fail to call because they are not aware of what is considered suspicious. Others notice suspicious activity and assume someone else will call. Still others fail to call because they feel they are bothering the police.
Tahoe Donner Association encourages members and guests to call the Truckee Police Department immediately if they feel a situation or circumstance is suspicious. DO NOT think you are bothering the police; this is why they are there. DO NOT be embarrassed if your suspicions prove unfounded.
If the incident does not appear to be a crime in progress, you may call the following Truckee Police Department non-emergency number: (530) 550-2328.
IF IN DOUBT, CALL! It is better to err on the side of safety. The following is a list of the type of incidents that should be reported to the Truckee Police Department by dialing 9-1-1:
- Someone needing police, fire, or medical assistance
- Alarms sounding or glass being broken
- Someone loitering around cars or going car to car peering into them
- Slow moving vehicles (at night without lights) driving aimlessly
- Apparent business transactions being conducted from a vehicle
- Someone being forced into a vehicle
- Someone seen with a weapon
While some, if not, all of the above situations could have innocent explanations, the Truckee Police Department would rather prevent illegal activity than be called to investigate a crime after it is committed.
If you are calling to report a problem and the situation changes before the officer arrives, call back and provide the updated information to the dispatcher. This could change the priority level in regard to the response from the Police Department.
Since the Tahoe Donner Association is within Truckee town limits, it falls within the jurisdiction of the Truckee Police Department. If you suspect that the suspicious behavior that you detected is actually a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1.
The police dispatcher will need the following information:
- What is the person’s last known location and direction of travel?
- What made the person’s actions suspicious?
- Did the person say anything? If so, what?
- Did the person appear intoxicated?
- Were there any weapons displayed or was there the threat of a weapon?
Also, be prepared to give information about the person including:
- Eye and hair color
- Facial hair
If the suspicious person is in a vehicle, please provide the vehicle make, model, color, and license plate number if you can.
Suspicious activity observed outside the Truckee town limits should be reported to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Their non-emergency number is: (530) 582-7842. Dialing 9-1-1 will connect you with both the Truckee Police Department and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.
If you observe suspicious activity at any Tahoe Donner Association facilities or amenities, you are encouraged to call the Tahoe Donner Security Department at: (530) 587-9495 (office) or (530) 448-9076 (cell). If you are unable to reach the Tahoe Donner Security Department, please call the Truckee Police Department immediately.
Tahoe Donner Association covenants violation complaints may be submitted verbally at the Architectural Standards Office in person, or via telephone to Compliance Inspector Roy Richner at (530) 587-9406. Complaints may also be submitted by FAX:(530)587-9419 or via e-mail.
Examples of covenants violations:
- Fires and/or fire pits
- Inoperable vehicles
- Camping on lots or living in recreational vehicles
- Parking on unsurfaced portion of improved lots
- Vegetation removal
- Garbage spills
Remember: If you do observe what you consider to be suspicious activity, your only job is to report, and law enforcement will take your call seriously and check out the situation. What you see and report may be invaluable and may save lives.