Karen and Richard Baldwin, owners of Lake Arrowhead Patrol and Security Services, Inc., like to make unattractive properties more visually appealing.
That led to their commissioning Molly Collins to create a mural for their business when it was located near Five Points. When the couple purchased the former laundromat in Blue Jay with the intention of making it their new headquarters, there was no question about leaving the mural behind.
Collins created the mural on four pieces of plywood, which made its relocation possible. Karen Baldwin had seen Collins’ work at Goodwin’s Market in Crestline and asked her to create something strong, safe and secure for her business.
“I was picturing a strong stag, protecting the forest,” Collins said, “standing up over the lake.”
“She had total freedom,” Karen noted. “I trust these professionals and am confident they will do the right thing.”
The Baldwins contracted with a great many local folks as they turned their box of a building in the center of Blue Jay into an artistic centerpiece.
The building was gutted down to the walls and ceiling joists, work that was overseen by Wayne Palmer and general contractor Rita Shaw. The interior painting was done by Tony Crowder, with the vinyl wood-look floors installed by John Harrison of Arrowhead Floor and Window Coverings.
On the outside the metal roof was put on by RNR Roofing.
It is the log and lap siding that attracts the most attention from passersby. John Radleigh of John Radleigh Construction designed the look; the wood was provided by Jacob Radleigh of Mountain Millworks.
“This is the prettiest frame I have ever had on my artwork,” Collins said.
The side of the building opposite the mural is dotted with a number of empty frames. People are very curious about them, Karen said.
Her hope is to be able to allow local nonprofit organizations to advertise their events in those spots. What stands in the way of that altruistic gesture is a county temporary use permit fee of $340 per sign. Karen is talking with Supervisor Janice Rutherford about the possibility of changing that ordinance.
THE LATEST IN SECURITY
Lake Arrowhead Patrol and Security Services is not just pretty on the outside; it is also at the forefront of the latest in new technology. Karen has said “there are things that are frilly and things that are useful.”
The company offers a great deal of home automation, which the Baldwins’ clients find useful for remotely turning on heat or lights.
Clients can also pull up a virtual alarm system keypad on which they can enter their code to disarm the system. Often, Karen said, people will not want to give out their code to a contractor but won't be home when he arrives to do work on the house.
There are systems that allow people to get a live view of the interior of their home from their computer or iPhone.
A simple alarm system, Karen said, will protect your house when you are not home. Many of their clients choose to add some level of patrol service.
"My goal," she said, "is to have my patrolmen respond to an alarm, not the sheriff. If people are well trained in how to use their alarm, it diminishes the number of false alarms. We go back and retrain them if necessary. We're very proactive.
"The last thing we want," Karen added, "is for the police to be called out unnecessarily. We're here to assist the sheriff."
The Baldwins tailor each security system to the needs of their clients, taking into account their lifestyle and needs.
“Never forget what your Mom always said,” Karen noted. “When it comes to those gimmicky, free offers for security systems you always see in advertisements, if it sounds too good to be true, they’ll get you somehow!”
Lake Arrowhead Patrol and Security Services is located at 27249 Highway 189, across the street from Jensen’s in Blue Jay. Call (909) 337-2023.