Scripps Ranch Crime

Although it seems we had an uptick in residential crime because of the holidays, Scripps Ranch’s crime rate is low compared to other neighborhoods in San Diego. Here’s a link to crime stats from Jan. through Oct. 2013: [www.sandiego.gov/police/pdf/2013/201310cumneighbor.pdf]. According to this report, Scripps Ranch had 45 residential burglaries in those 10 months. Citywide, there were 3,362 residential burglaries, which means we had only 1.33% of the total.

To put it in context, there are 474,000 households in the city of San Diego, of which 13,500 are in the 92131 zip code. That means Scripps Ranch has 3.73% of total households, yet only 1.33% of the total residential burglary rate. So proportionally, it is very low. We are simply more aware of what’s happening in Scripps Ranch than are residents of other areas.

Don’t invite criminals into your home. Since many burglaries are crimes of opportunity, roll up the welcome mat.

  • Don’t leave your garage remote control or valuables in your locked car unless you park it inside your locked garage. If they get your remote, they can get inside.
  • Lock your side garage door and the door from your garage into your home. We are seeing too many burglars given easy access.
  • Lock your side gates. Burglars would rather break into the back of a home where they are out of sight.
  • When someone rings your doorbell or knocks, make it clear you’re home. Don’t open the door, but shout through it. It’s possible someone is casing your home.
  • Do not let a solicitor or any stranger into your home to demonstrate a product or service. You are putting your personal safety at risk.
  • Be a good Samaritan. If you see your neighbor’s garage door open when it appears they are asleep or away, let them know. You may prevent your neighbor from being a victim of a burglary or worse.

Call the SDPD non-emergency line at 858-484-3154 immediately if you see suspicious activity. Call 911 if you see a crime in progress or if you are fearful. Program the police non-emergency number in your cell phone. To join the SRCANW and receive our neighborhood crime updates via email, go to [www.scrippsranch.org/watch] and register. To reach us, email [[email protected]].

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Resolve to be Involved!

Is your New Year’s resolution to get involved in your community? The Mira Mesa-Scripps Ranch Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) would love to show you how you can be a valuable asset to your community. You must be 50 years or older, retired or semiretired, and have a valid California driver’s license. There is a background check and a 40-hour training session. You would volunteer 3½ days a month—choosing your days. Please contact Jim Schulte, RSVP administrator, at 538-8156, to join this important community group. Our community needs you.

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Did you know that recycling your Christmas trees extends the life of the Miramar Landfill by turning the trees into mulch and compost? Again this year, there are two ways to recycle your tree:

  • Put it at your curb with your regular yard waste.
  • Drop it off at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center parking lot at 11454 Blue Cypress Drive, now through Thursday, Jan. 23.

Please remove all tree stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel, and non-recyclable materials. Trees with fake snow are accepted. Please do not illegally dump any other items at the drop-off locations. For more information on recycling, call 694-7000 or visit [www.recyclingworks.com].

Relay for Life Wants You!

Each year more than four million people join Relay For Life, the signature activity of the American Cancer Society. This event is an opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how to reduce cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer.

The 2014 Relay For Life is slated for Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29—24 hours—at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. Planning and registration has begun, so here’s how you can join the celebration:

  • Register as a survivor, which is free.
  • Form a Relay For Life team.
  • Join the Planning Committee.
  • Sponsor the event with a financial or “in-kind” donation.

For more information, contact Prima Bernabe, event chair, at [[email protected]]. Also, visit [www.RelayForLife.org/ScrippsRanchCA] or the Relay For Life of Scripps Ranch Facebook page.

Symphony in the Park Says Happy New Year

Last year was wonderful for the Symphony in the Park! With support from businesses and individuals in the community, we put on six summer concerts and a fantastic holiday concert in December.

Symphony in the Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In addition to our concerts, we give back to local schools’ music programs. Thank you to those who donated last year and we hope for your continued support. For details on how to donate, please visit [www.symphonyinthepark.org] or our Facebook page. We’ll see you at our 2014 concerts!

Goodbye to a Good Friend and Great Neighbor

On Nov. 19, longtime Scripps Ranch resident Don Fortin (above) passed away at the age of 80. I first met Don in 1977 when our families moved into our new homes next door to each other in Wine Country. Our families still live there, and over the years we have shared the joys of family and community.

Don and I helped each other build fences—but not between our homes—pour concrete, landscape our back yards, and provide emergency assistance for numerous car accidents on “old” Pomerado Road, which then ran right behind our homes. Whenever there was help needed in the neighborhood, you could find Don there, lending a hand and a smile.

Don was a retired Navy chief who worked at Miramar. He was one of the “good guys” whose generosity and willingness to lend a hand to a neighbor helped forge Scripps Ranch’s quality-of-life reputation. He did not seek the limelight. He was one of those quiet stars for which our community is famous.

Those of us who had the good fortune to know Don will truly miss him, but we will always remember his smile and neighborly attitude. I will miss his cheerful “Hi, Marc!” over our shared back yard hedge. Goodbye, Don. You will be missed.

Marc Sorensen, SR Neighbor