Simple Ways to Fight Crime

While crime in Scripps Ranch is low, there are a number of burglaries that could have been prevented. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) works with police to track crime trends, then shares that with the community.

Lately it appears that residents are making the jobs of criminals easier—unknowingly, of course. Burglars are getting into homes through open or unlocked windows, unlocked doors, garage doors left open, unlocked side gates, and alarms that are not set. Give a thief an opportunity and he or she will take it. Some of the tips below are inconvenient, but doing them may keep you from becoming a victim.

  • Set your alarm—glass breakage or motion detectors help. Do this even if you are just leaving for a quick errand or to go for a walk.
  • When you drive away from your home, make sure the garage door is all the way down. Sometimes the sensor sends it back up.
  • Lock the door from your garage into your home.
  • Post an alarm sign or stickers.
  • Don’t leave sliding doors open for pets. Burglars have been known to enter through a doggie door.
  • Keep side gates locked. Burglars have been forcibly entering through back doors and windows. You may not be aware if people are casing your home from your backyard. It may be inconvenient to get the key to open your gate, but it may save you from being a victim. If you have a gardener you trust, get a keypad lock and give him the code.
  • Don’t leave valuables where they are visible from a door or window.
  • When your vehicle is parked outside, don’t leave valuables visible and take your garage door opener with you. Also, don’t leave your purse, briefcase, laptop, or other valuables in the car unless it is locked and alarmed in your garage. If a thief gets in your garage, he has easy access to your unlocked car.
  • Leave a loud radio on and keep lights on timers when you vacation.
  • Don’t let delivered packages sit on your front porch. If you are not home, ask a neighbor to get them.
  • If a solicitor comes to your door, don’t ignore them or they may think no one is home. Tell them through the closed, locked door that you are not interested.
  • If you notice your neighbor’s garage door has been open for a long time or after dark, let them know.
  • Take notice of what is going on in your neighborhood. If something doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t.
  • Put the SDPD non-emergency line—858-484-3154—in your phone.
  • Most importantly, be a good neighbor and look out for one another.

For five-and-a-half years the SRCANW has worked for this community. To join, visit www.scrippsranch.org/watch. To reach us, email [email protected]

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

From Our Council Office

Kudos to the SR Fire Safe Council

I want to commend the community for its commitment to emergency preparation. Last month we honored the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council with a proclamation for the group’s ongoing fire prevention efforts and its work putting on the Scripps Ranch Wildfire Preparedness Forum.

Street Repairs: The following Scripps Ranch streets are scheduled for slurry seal before the end of the year:

  • Businesspark Avenue
  • Old Grove Road
  • Willow Creek Road

Slurry seal should be done every five or so years to keep streets in good condition. Think of slurry seal as maintenance, like an oil change for your car, while a repave is more like replacing your engine or transmission. We continue to dispatch our pothole repair crew twice a month to the district. If you notice potholes or other hazardous conditions that need to be repaired, please call the Street Service Request line at 619-527-7500 or my office at 619-236-6655. Or report them online at http://apps.sandiego.gov/streetdiv/.

Rain Barrel Rebates: If the weather forecasts come true, we can expect to see a strong El Niño this winter. That usually means more rain than normal. While it won’t likely be enough to help get us out of the drought, harvesting the rainwater can help it have a bigger impact. I installed a rain barrel earlier this year. The city still has rebates available for rain barrels. You can find out more at www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/rebates/index.shtml.

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Don’t Miss our

Holiday Concert

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s summer Symphony in the Park concert series a hit. We had fabulous music that got people dancing at every concert with a variety of tunes. The Long Run: Experience the Eagles kicked off our season, followed by The Heroes, Bill Magee with Bayou Brothers, and the last summer concert with The Mighty Untouchables. Also, thank you to our concert sponsors:

  • Marrokal Design and Remodeling
  • Collins Family Jewelers
  • Cymer
  • Associa N.N. Jaeschke, Inc.

But this season wouldn’t have been possible without our wonderful Scripps Ranch neighbors who donate to Symphony in the Park. As a not-for-proit organization, Symphony in the Park relies on your donations, so we thank you!

We also would like to thank the Scripps Ranch Girl Scout Troop 8631 members who, working toward their Silver Award, helped raise awareness of our environment through recycling during our concerts. (Read more about their project on page 39.) Keep Scripps Ranch green!

We have one last concert this year, and it’s one of our favorites—the holiday concert. It’s on Sunday, Dec. 6, starting at 5 pm—one hour earlier than usual—at Hoyt Park. Our concert sponsor is Sharp.

Bring your low-back chairs, blankets, and hot cocoa for festive music and, perhaps if you have been good this year, you may get a Santa sighting! On behalf of the Symphony in the Park Committee, thanks again for making this season a success.

Scripps Ranch Teens

Inspire Others

In an ongoing volunteer effort a group of Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) seniors devoted their Saturdays this summer to a Tech Camp. They taught 10- to 14-year-old refugee and immigrant kids how to code in the Python language and use their new skills in the popular game Minecraft. With English as a new language for most of these kids, careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) seemed like a good idea to Brian Friedenberg, who originated the idea of a Tech Camp for YALLA kids.

YALLA—which means “Let’s go” in Arabic—is a nonprofit organization that helps refugee and immigrant kids from war-torn countries and poverty begin a new life in America with their families. More than 30 SRHS kids have coached soccer, tutored, held backpack and school supply drives, and even held a spelling bee for the YALLA kids in the last three years.

The group conducted a crowd-source fundraiser to purchase 10 mini-processors designed to teach coding. Brian also secured equipment donations from other SRHS students and Stanford University to set up 10 teaching stations. In their three-hour classes some of the young coders worked right through snack break and asked if they could work extra at home. Our kids are role models and an inspiration to the young, new Americans. We were equally inspired by the children’s appreciation and hunger for education.