Neighborhood Watch: Frightening Hot Prowls

During the second week of January, there were three residential hot prowl burglaries within three days. All occurred between 2 and 5 am with the suspect(s) gaining access through an unlocked side garage door and then entering the home through another unlocked door between the garage and the interior of the home. Please remember to secure all doors leading into your garage and into your home. Do not leave your garage door remote control in any vehicle, locked or not, that is not inside a locked garage.

A hot prowl is a burglary committed when a resident is home, which is especially dangerous. Most burglars target homes they think are unoccupied. These are usually crimes of opportunity and burglars are not looking for confrontation. Confrontation increases the danger for both parties and most times the thief would just like to take your property and run.

A major contributing factor to most hot prowl burglaries is that the victim’s home was left open or unlocked. Leaving windows or doors unlocked and open while you sleep is dangerous because your home appears dark and unoccupied. Burglars may think they found a good target, but the crime can become much worse when a thief startles you awake in your home.

If you suspect someone is in your home, immediately make him or her aware that you know they are there. Screaming or yelling loudly also will alert your neighbors to a problem. Then immediately call 911. If you can, provide a description of the suspect and the suspect’s last known direction, but only if it is safe to do so.

If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected] To join SRCANW and receive our neighborhood crime updates via email, go to www.scrippsranch.org/watch and register.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Rain Brings Plant Growth

As we start a new year we are thankful for so many things, including that Scripps Ranch did not have a major fire in 2015. There is lots of discussion about El Niño. The rains are very welcome but we need to consider the growth after the rains.

We still need to keep 100’ of defensible space around our homes and eliminate fire hazards—no shake roofs, keep eaves cleared, and so forth. We will hold our annual Golf Tournament in May this year instead of October—on Saturday, May 21. Our annual Wildfire Preparedness Forum still will be in the fall. Watch for the date.

Streets to be Repaved

I think street repairs are important and continue to advocate for Scripps Ranch in that area. Among the streets to be repaved in early 2016 are: Scripps Ranch Boulevard from Scripps Lake Drive to Mira Mesa Boulevard; and Mira Mesa Boulevard from Westview Parkway to Scripps Ranch Boulevard. As you may have noticed, Scripps Ranch Boulevard just east of Carroll Canyon Road was repaved last year. If you see a street that needs repairs, don’t hesitate to contact my office at 619-236-6655 or [email protected]

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Keep Your Dog on a Leash

I recently had a scary experience. My 100-pound dog and I were walking the trails above Miramar Lake. My dog was on a leash, but at the top of a hill in a desolate area, a dog charged us and attacked. The dog was not on a leash. It bit us, but luckily the bites did not break the skin.

The owner was very apologetic, but was in the wrong for having her dog off a leash. She knew the dog was not friendly with other dogs, but she said she did not think anyone was around. People, keep your dogs on leashes everywhere. No matter how friendly or not friendly your dog is, it belongs on a leash in a public area. In addition, it is the law. Thank you.

Scripps Ranch Resident

Celebrate Life

Cancer survivors and caregivers are invited for a Celebration Brunch on Saturday, Mar. 5, from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Enjoy entertainment, refreshments, and fellowship at this free event, sponsored by the Relay For Life of Scripps Ranch. For more information, contact Prima Bernabe, event chair, at [email protected] or visit www.RelayForLife.org/ScrippsRanchCA.

Discover Divorce Options

Divorce is difficult and stressful even under the best of circumstances. It can be especially hard if you have children or economic difficulties. It is possible to preserve the emotional and financial resources of the family. Learn about your alternatives at a “Divorce Options” workshop at its new location in Scripps Ranch. Divorce Options in San Diego takes place on the first Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road.

Divorce Options provides unbiased information from volunteer attorneys, financial specialists, and mental health professionals from the nonprofit Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego. The workshop deals with the legal, financial, family, and personal issues of divorce in an informational and compassionate setting. The workshop will cover the choices couples have, focusing on non-adversarial, out-of-court options. There is no solicitation of business permitted. For more information or to RSVP, contact Divorce Options at [email protected] or 472-4022.

Make a Difference

What have you decided to do? Volunteer, read, exercise? Volunteering is a wonderful choice to help your community! The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) might fit into your lifestyle.

You’ve seen our white cars around our neighborhood, but what do we do? We make home checks on elderly people who have signed up for the You Are Not Alone (YANA) program. We drive by schools, shopping centers, banks, parks, and “look” and “be visible” throughout our neighborhood. If you are on vacation, you can request your residence be checked.

How can you join? You must have a valid California driver’s license, be 50 years or older, retired or semi-retired, pass a background check, and spend one week at an academy learning RSVP duties. Please contact Jim Schulte at 538-8120 and help your community!

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member 

2016 Brings New Concert Season

You’ve made it to the second month of 2016, watched the rain make rivers in our streets and pools in our backyards, and dreamed of lazy, warm Sunday nights at Hoyt Park. Those nights hanging out with friends and family and music playing in the summer air—that’s Symphony in the Park! With your support we will be back with another great season of live music.

Symphony in the Park is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations provided by the community. We organize five or six concerts a year in Hoyt Park, and we provide grants to our local schools. If you haven’t donated yet this year, please visit www.symphonyinthepark.org for more information and to contribute.