Home Burglaries Down

Although the number of Scripps Ranch home burglaries is down, you still need to stay on guard. Spring and summer invite more residential crime because people tend to leave their windows open more often in warm weather.

Congratulations to you as a community. We’ve seen an increase in the number of "attempted" burglaries, which means the suspect(s) were not able to get into a home or garage. That means doors and windows are locked and alarms set.

This is the time of year when more packages are delivered by FedEx or UPS. If crooks see one sitting on your porch, they may make it their own. If you can track your package delivery and know that you won’t be home when it arrives, ask a neighbor to grab it for you.

The same thing goes for mail. Try to pick it up as soon as possible after delivery. Gift cards and cash are often sent during the holiday season.

Please program the SDPD non-emergency line–858-484-3154–in your cell phone. If you see suspicious activity, you’ll have the number readily available so you can report it to the police.

Form a Neighborhood Watch group. Just get your neighbors together for a block party; we provide the speaker and handouts. Visit [www.scrippsranch.org/watch] for more information or email us at [[email protected]].

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Get Police and Fire Information Online

If you want to keep up to date on what’s going on in our area, the San Diego Police Department’s Northeastern (NE) Division now has a Facebook page. Just go to [https://www.facebook.com/sdpdnortheasterndivision] for the latest on what’s going on in Scripps Ranch and our surrounding communities.

Also, do you ever wonder what that siren is all about? The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department now lets you see the emergencies to which it is responding. Go to [www.sdfiredispatch.org], which is updated every five minutes.


Becky’s Gift

Scripps Ranch moms want to make a difference again this holiday season! Last year we collected more than 750 toys for families affected by cancer at the Medical and Surgical Oncology Associates of San Diego and UCSD Moores Cancer Center. We gave families the opportunity to select a gift for their loved ones while receiving treatment for cancer. So far this year, we have collected a couple of hundred toys, and Marshall Middle School will host a toy drive this month. Our goal this year is more than 1,000 toys! Won’t you help us?!

If you would like to donate a toy, host a toy drive, or put a collection box at your business, please contact Becky Walton at [[email protected]] or 442-4806 or Christie Jackson at 204-5534 or [[email protected]]. You can drop off a toy at 11930 Windom Peak Way. For more information go to [www.facebook.com/BeckysGift]. Thank you, Scripps Ranch!

Becky and Christie

Scholarship Available

Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Sean Maloy Community Service Scholarship. It was established in memory of Sean Maloy to recognize a student with an exemplary commitment to community service.

The $500 scholarship is offered each year to a high school senior who lives in Scripps Ranch. The application due date is Sunday, Mar. 31. For details, please contact the San Diego Foundation at [www.sdfoundation.org], Karen Christian at [[email protected]], or your high school counseling office.