Neighborhood Watch: Hot Prowl Burglaries in SR

Seven burglaries and hot prowls occurred in Scripps Ranch during late September and early October in a very short time span. [Editor’s note: the Crime Report below only covers the crimes in September.] We are happy to report that the suspects were arrested, and police say they may be connected to many other burglaries in the North County.

If you are a member of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW), you received an email detailing the crimes in our community. We had a brief description of each crime, and there was a common thread in all of them.

In most cases the suspects gained entry through unlocked doors or open or unlocked windows. Most frightening is that in many of them, the victims were in their beds fast asleep while the suspects were inside their homes—a hot prowl. The outcome could have been much worse than the loss of personal property. Please secure your homes when away or asleep. These are crimes of opportunity. Don’t set yourself up to be the next victim.

If you haven’t done so yet, check out our website at www.scrippsranch.org/watch. Register to receive emailed updates of crimes affecting our neighborhood. Remember, for emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, dial 858-484-3154. To reach us, email [email protected]

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Keeping Our Community Safe from Wildfires

The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council’s (SRFSC) Wildfire Preparedness Forum was a great event. We had three terrific panel discussions featuring the San Diego Police Department and several fire departments at the event in late September. State Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, Congressman Scott Peters, County Supervisor Dave Roberts, and City Councilmember Mark Kersey were all on hand to talk to the attendees and answer questions. Mark presented the SRFSC with a proclamation for the group’s good works for the community.

CAL FIRE had its geographical information systems (GIS) truck here for inspection. Wow! If you have not been introduced to this piece of equipment, it is awesome. It helps firefighters pinpoint fires, estimate acreage burned and contained, and does so much more.

Of course, our own Fire Station 37 firefighters brought their truck and gave us insight to what they do. LouZiana food truck supplied us with some great food.

All in all it was a wonderful event, with expert panel discussions and awesome vendors to provide us with information to help keep us all safe. For more information, visit our website at www.srfiresafecouncil.org and “Like” us on Facebook.

From Assemblymember Brian Maienschein: I was invited to speak at the Wildfire Preparedness Forum. I updated residents on the active wildfires throughout the state and reminded people to clear debris from their properties.

Panel discussions addressed topics from “Safety and First Responders” to “Preparing Your Home and Protecting Your Family.” It is important that residents be prepared in the event of a wildfire or another natural disaster. I would like to extend my thanks to our first responders for their participation and to the SRFSC for making this event possible.

Coyote Attacks and Sightings in Scripps Ranch

There have been more coyote sightings throughout our community. In addition, residents continue to report their dogs have been attacked. The Humane Society website has some suggestions on what to do if you are confronted by a coyote.

  • Stand tall, wave your arms, and yell
  • Use noisemakers: your voice, whistles, air horns, “shaker” cans full of marbles or pennies, or pots banged together
  • Use projectiles: sticks, small rocks, cans, or tennis balls to scare the animal
  • Use hoses, water guns or spray bottles with vinegar water, pepper spray, or bear repellent

There is an active Facebook group that helps keep Scripps Ranch residents informed of what’s going on with coyotes. Just search “Coyotes in San Diego.”

RSVP Needs You!

Volunteer: noun, a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) needs volunteers! Are you ready? The Scripps Ranch-Mira Mesa RSVP started more than 20 years ago. What do we do? We not only drive around our neighborhood but we check on senior citizens who sign up for the You Are Not Alone program. These visits last a few minutes and give peace of mind to adult children about their parents living alone.

We also do vacation home checks, which can be every other day, a drive by, or we can walk around the outside of the house and check all the doors—you choose. When we patrol the neighborhood, we drive by all the schools, shopping centers, banks, and parks and stay visible throughout our community.

How can you join? You must have a valid California drivers license, be 50 years or older, retired or semi-retired, complete a background check, spend one week at an academy learning the details of patrolling, and finally donate 3½ days a month. It’s not a large commitment, but it’s a worthwhile one!

Please contact Jim Shulte, RSVP administrator, at 538-8120 or stop by the storefront at 8450-A, Mira Mesa Boulevard, across from Mira Mesa High School. If you would like to make an end-of-the-year donation to RSVP, it is tax deductible! Volunteer now!

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

Calling All Local Musicians

The Scripps Ranch Marketplace recently remodeled the courtyard between Starbucks and Luna Grill. The area now includes additional tables, chairs, comfortable seating, and lighting.

The shopping center invites local musicians to showcase their talents on a monthly or bimonthly basis. Skilled musicians who are interested in performing, connecting, and growing San Diego’s music scene are invited to contact Annette Sorensen at 695-2700 to find out more about this exciting new opportunity.

Scripps Ranch Farmers Market: 14 Years Strong

All of us at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market want to thank you for 14 years of a wonderful relationship. We will celebrate 14 years of operation for the entire month of November. We really appreciate your patronage and support for a market that has become a labor of love for us.

If you haven’t been to the market in a while, please stop by and check out all the improvements we have made including bistro tables with umbrellas, live entertainers, and many different vendors—60 or more weekly. Drop by the information booth to get your “Shoppers Loyalty Card,” worth $5 when it is filled.

Remember, shopping at the farmers market also supports children’s education. Visit www.SRFM.org.

Bev and Mike Cassity, Market Managers

What Is It?

Have you seen the bright red vehicle pictured below around town? Is it a mini-car? A golf cart? No. It’s an ELF, a three-wheeled bike made by Organic Transit in North Carolina. Okay, it’s a trike. An ELF is used just like any other bike that needs only the strength in your legs to make it go. What makes it more useful and fun, though, is the electric motor assist that gives a boost of power whenever needed—like on the hills in Scripps Ranch.

The roof is covered with a solar panel that powers the motor. You can maximize calorie burn by just using the pedal power or stay cool and comfortable by letting the motor do the work. Or you could do any combination of the two!

This model has lights, rear view mirrors, and a small trunk. This ELF is used by me, a Dingeman Elementary School PE teacher, to commute from my home near Cypress Canyon Park to work.

Joy Schumacher