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Home Watch ... It's a necessity in a subtropical climate

Alarm & security systems are important but adding home watch significantly increases home security.

Weekly Home Watch monitoring is able to detect potential damage from water leaks, pest infestation, HVAC system failures or inadequate maintenance, thereby mitigating expensive repairs. Even if you have stopped your newspapers - tell tail signs of absence, like circulars in the driveway are quickly corrected, reducing the likelihood that your residence becomes a target for crime.

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Insurance Claim Denied - Words of advice from our service providers

If you're absent from your home for 14 days or more without a property management company checking your home and documenting its condition your insurance company may deny your insurance claim for negligence.

Don't be caught unprotected.

Over the years that our members have found the need to address four preventative items to protect their property and achieve Peace of Mind.

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Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight ... Warning To Citizens

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight is issuing a warning about traveling thieves that come to Florida in winter months solely to take advantage of unsuspecting citizens.

Every year, criminals travel to the state of Florida to commit crimes of theft, burglary and fraud. Unfortunately, Sarasota County is not immune to their scams. The organized groups often pass down their "trade" from generation to generation and rarely leave evidence behind. They are also good at blending in, which is why citizens need to be vigilant about who is in their neighborhood.

"The key to stopping these criminals is to call law enforcement when you see someone or something that looks suspicious," said Sheriff
Knight. "A deputy can determine their reason for being in the community Valerie McCarthy, President and whether it's legitimate, before a crime occurs."

Sarasota County has mostly seen unoccupied burglaries, which often occur right after residents leave so that means suspects are watching their victims drive off. Always set your home security alarm if you have one, even for short trips, and keep doors and windows locked. If you see something suspicious get a good physical description, the vehicle description and a tag number if possible and call 911.

To help educate citizens about the risk posed by these organized groups, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office created an informational web page and video so residents know what to look, what to do to protect themselves and their neighbors and how the agency is working to combat these crimes.

For more information visit www.SarasotaSheriff.org and under Crime Prevention click Traveling Thieves. The educational video can be found as well on the agency's YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/SarasotaSheriff.

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Do You Know Why Siesta Beach Is White ... and cool all year round?

siesta keySiesta Beach is located on Beach Road on Siesta Key. Siesta Beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world.

At the "Great International White Sand Beach Challenge" held in 1987, it was recognized as having the "whitest and finest sand in the world." The sand looks like snow.

Do you know why? Unlike beaches elsewhere that are made up mostly of coral, Siesta Beach's sand is 99% quartz. Even on the hottest days, the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot. It's estimated that the sand on Siesta Beach and Crescent Beach on Siesta Key is millions of years old, and started in the Appalachians and flowed down the rivers and was eventually deposited on the shores of Siesta Key.

Shallow water depth in the near shore area together with year round lifeguard protection, makes this one of the safest beaches in the County and great for small children.

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Tip Of The Month - How to clean a shower curtain liner

showerI used to buy a new shower curtain liner every 4 to 6 months but I didn't like the idea of throwing them away to sit in a landfill, and we ran out of ways to reuse them a long time ago, so several years ago I figured I had nothing to lose and threw it in the washing machine.

It's really simple to do and I get a clean, like-new shower curtain every time that's free of mold, soap scum and hard water stains. All you need to do is to take your shower curtain down and put it in the washing machine. I usually add 2 or 3 old bath towels, that I use on our dog, to help clean the curtain.

Next I add a small amount of detergent and bleach and set the washer to use hot water on a regular cycle (you really want to make sure you use hot water for this). I've used both a top loading and a front-loading machine to do this and I have always gotten great results from both.

After the cycle is done, pull your curtain out (it will have some water in it so be careful how you do this). You could put it in the dryer for a little bit but I just hang it back up in the shower to dry. I put it in a laundry basket to carry to the bathroom, open it over the tub and hang it back up, smoothing it out as I go. In no time your curtain will dry and you'll have a clean, like-new shower curtain for zero dollars. I have had the same curtain now for about 4 years and as long as it gets clean and stays intact, I'll keep using and cleaning it.

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