Neighborhood Watch: Dangers of a “Hot Prowl”

After months without many residential burglaries in Scripps Ranch, as of press time in mid-June, we had a sudden spate of crimes in the span of a few days. A couple of the residential burglaries were “hot prowls,” where residents were home when the burglar entered the house. There were no confrontations, and a suspect was arrested in those cases.

A hot prowl burglary is dangerous because of the possibility that the suspect and victim may come face to face. A victim has some options if they feel someone is attempting to break into their home or if someone is already in their home.

  • Call 911 immediately. If you can’t speak to the dispatcher, leave the phone off the hook—don’t hang up. The dispatcher will send officers.
  • If you feel someone is in the house and you can leave safely, do so.
  • If you cannot leave safely, lock yourself in a bedroom or bathroom. Take the phone with you if possible.
  • Try to avoid a confrontation.

Remember to lock all doors and windows when leaving your home or going to sleep. That includes the door from the house into the garage and from the garage to the outside. Install motion sensor lights around your home, and form a Neighborhood Watch group on your street.

Facebook: Did you know the SRCA has a Facebook page? Find it under “Scripps Ranch Civic Association.” If you see suspicious activity or witness a crime, after calling the police, share the details with your neighbors on our Facebook page.

National Night Out: Scripps Ranch will participate in our 4th Annual Communitywide National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5, beginning at dusk. Plan to make it your annual neighborhood block party! Turn on your porch lights and turn out on your street to meet and mingle. Bring snacks and drinks and enjoy the camaraderie of your neighbors while taking a stand against crime. Register your block party at [www/scrippsranch.org/watch]. Click on the National Night Out logo.

Call the police non-emergency line at 858-484-3154 if you see suspicious activity. Call 911 if you see a crime in progress or fear for your safety. To join SRCANW and receive our neighborhood crime updates via email, go to [www.scrippsranch.org/watch] and register. To reach me, email [[email protected]].

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Did You Request a Vacation Security House Check?

Before you leave on vacation, be sure to sign up to have your home checked while you’re gone. The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) will come by your home on its daily patrol. They will check all doors, collect flyers and put them in the backyard, look at the windows to see if something isn’t right, look for water leaks, check the garage door, and look for packages on the front porch. This is a free service if you are gone for more than five days. Please visit [www.scrippsranch.org/RSVP] or call 538-8156 to request this service.

RSVP also checks on senior citizens living alone through the You Are Not Alone (YANA) program. Patrol cars drive by schools, banks, shopping centers, and parks. They are visible five days a week. Why? We are people helping people—serving our community.

How can you join? You must have a valid California driver’s license, be 50 years or older, retired or semiretired, complete a background check, spend one week at an academy, and donate 3½ days a month. Please contact Jim Shulte, RSVP administrator, at 538-8156 to join this important community organization. You can ride along and see if this interests you. Our community needs you!

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

Barricade Gel

We have had several inquiries about Barricade Fire Blocking Gel. The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council (SRFSC) first heard about it after the 2007 Lake Tahoe fire where it was used to save homes. We bought several cases plus the applicators and passed them along to interested residents. The gel comes in one-gallon containers and is applied with an applicator attached to a garden hose—similar to fertilizer.

It is a polymer gel that creates a thermal barrier. By encapsulating the water into a gel product, evaporation is significantly reduced. It can be applied to all exterior surfaces including metal, glass, stucco, and wood, and the gel adheres well to even vertical surfaces.

When applied to vegetation, Barricade Gel can increase the defensible zone exposed to wildfire and will not damage plant life with the exception of possible leaf drop. The material remains hydrated and effective for more than six hours and will not be blown off by winds.

The gel comes ready to apply. It is not toxic and does not harm the environment. It is approved for use by the U.S. Forest Service and the Environmental Protection Agency. It is easy to clean up using water.

We have four one-gallon containers and an applicator and, as I remember, it cost about $250. For more information, conduct a web search of “Barricade Gel.”

Wildfire Preparedness Forum: Since the May wildfires we have received dozens of inquiries about fire safety issues. Accordingly, the SRFSC is planning a second forum similar to the one we held in 2010. The plan is to hold the event on a Saturday in mid-August, but the date and venue have not been determined yet.

There will be displays, demonstrations, and round-table discussions of things homeowners can do to reduce the risks from wildfires. We will cover fire-wise vegetation, defensible space, hardening the home against ember attacks, evacuation, and more. Watch this Newsletter for more details. To reach the SRFSC, call 945-6303.

Jerry Mitchell, SRFSC Director

New Homework Help Coming to SR Library

While homework is probably the last thing on most kids’ minds this time of year, I’d like to tell you about a great educational opportunity coming to Scripps Ranch this fall. The Scripps Ranch Library has been chosen as a site for a new after-school pilot program called “Do Your Homework @ the Library.”

It targets K–8 students and provides one-on-one assistance with their school-assigned homework, as well as opportunities for skill development and reinforcement. A learning coordinator will be assigned to the library to help facilitate the program. More details on the program, such as hours, will be forthcoming.

The plan expands the Scripps Ranch Library’s hours to 48 per week—an increase of four hours a week. The program is part of an expansion of library hours citywide, bringing hours to their highest level in 10 years. The Scripps Ranch Library was one of 18 libraries citywide to be chosen for the “Do Your Homework @ the Library” program. If you’d like to learn more about it, contact my office at 619-236-6655 or email me at [[email protected]].

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park Rocks!

The first concert this season featured Caliber. Thanks again to Marrokal for generously hosting this concert and congratulations to all the Old Pros scholarship winners who were recognized.

Symphony in the Park is a not-for-profit organization that brings live music to the community and gives back to Scripps Ranch schools with donations to their music programs. This is a great event to get together with family and friends and enjoy a picnic and live music. We can put on these concerts only through your contributions. You can donate at [www.symphonyinthepark.org] and at our concerts.

Our next concert is on Sunday, July 13, featuring one of our favorite bands, The Heroes. We also will have a local warm-up band, Ballast, starting at 5:30 pm. Thank you, Collins Family Jewelers, for your support as our concert host for July!

All concerts are on Sundays at 6 pm in Hoyt Park. Here’s the schedule:

  • July 13—The Heroes, with a 5:30 pm warm-up by Ballast; concert host: Collins Family Jewelers
  • Aug. 10—Gary Seiler and the Coast Riders; concert host: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
  • Sept. 7—Rockola; concert host: Cymer
  • Dec. 7—Holiday concert, 5 pm; concert host: Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air

Please remember your low-back chairs and blankets—no tarps as it ruins the grass. Please leave your dogs at home.

Kate Northcote

Relay For Life Celebration

All former and future relayers are invited to a wrap-up celebration on Saturday, July 19, at 10 am at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Join the planning committee and other relayers as we review and celebrate our third year in Scripps Ranch. Brunch will be served and awards given. Please RSVP to Prima Bernabe, event chair, at [[email protected]].