On the morning of August 17, 2010, community management personnel arrived at Braemar’s Iona Sound Clubhouse to find that everything within reach of the pool had been thrown IN the pool. This included lawn chairs, trash cans (full at the time), umbrella stands and filter covers that created trip hazards around the pool.
Profane messages and drawings were scribbled in chalk around the deck of the pool. One a death threat. All messages were anger directed at the HOA.
I don’t know about you, but this seems the exact wrong tact to take if you are an angry home owner in Braemar. It’s clean ups from vandalism events like this that will raise your HOA dues. And if you had a legitimate beef, your credibility about the issue is gone once you break-in to the pool and throw everything you can get your hands on in the pool.
This incident was reported to the Prince William County Police. And since it is the second incident of vandalism occuring at the Iona Sound Clubhouse, I am for one am hoping that the Braemar Board will institute paid security patrols or security cameras. At least it didn’t mean no pool to the residents. With Braemar having two community pools, and the other being untouched, little changed for anyone wanting to use the pool.
This may be related to the suspected random grafitti happening throughout the neighborhood. Braemar has replaced many street and traffic signs as a result of the spray painted graffiti. Braemar’s Board of Directors have taken that repeated vandalism issue seriously enough to offer a $500 reward for information leading to the person or people responsible for defacing our community signs. Hopefully they will do something similar for this larger incident of pool vandalism.
You can contact the on-site Community Manager, Kerry Farmer, at 703-361-8785 if you have information about the pool vandalism or spray painted graffiti. And if you want to get involved in the Braemar Neighborhood Watch, attend the meeting at the Iona Sound Clubhouse, Thursday, August 19th at 7pm.