Neighborhood Watch: Crime in Scripps Ranch

There is good news regarding crime in our neighborhoods. Our community service officer, Shannah Oliveras, shared the latest statistics. They show residential crime has decreased, but car break-ins have increased slightly.

In the three month period of May-April-June 2016, we had 14 residential burglaries and 26 car break-ins. In the same period this year, we only had eight residential burglaries and 31 car break-ins. It looks like you are keeping your homes locked up when asleep or away, however, valuables still are being left in view in both locked and unlocked parked cars.

Shannah has these tips to keep you safe:

  • Lock your doors and windows at all times, even when you’re home
  • Install security cameras with recording capability
  • Keep guns and expensive jewelry in a safe that is bolted to the floor
  • Neighbors, watch out for each other
  • Lock your vehicle
  • Do not leave valuables—or items that may be perceived as valuable—in your car
  • Do not leave your garage door opener in your car while it is parked in the driveway
  • Upgrade glass windows, sliding glass doors, and locks
  • Put a lock on your side gates

Call the police non-emergency number at 858-484-3154 if you see something suspicious. In fact, we suggest you program the number into your cell phone. We know the hold time may be long, but put your phone on speaker and multitask. If you see a crime in progress, call 911.

To start a Neighborhood Watch on your block or to sign up for our crime alert emails, please go to www.scrippsranch.org/watch. If you have any questions, email us at [email protected]

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Take Action Now!

You’ve see the devastation caused by recent hurricanes. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and wildfires have a common denominator: preparedness! You need a disaster plan that should include a lot of things, especially a home inventory. Forgotten items could cost you in the form of a lower insurance payout.

To create an inventory, make a list and a video of everything in your house. Don’t forget items on the floors, walls, and light fixtures. Save digital receipts of major purchases. You don’t have to have receipts to make a claim, but documentation can speed up the process.

You can get an emergency kit at a special low price from the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. Please see the article on page 5 for more information.

Events coming up: Saturday, Oct. 14—Open House at Fire Station 37 on Spring Canyon Road, 10 am–2 pm; and Saturday, Oct. 21—Golf Tournament, Escondido, 8 am. Check www.srfiresafe.org for details.

AP Testing Follow-Up

We continue to follow-up on the AP testing fiasco at Scripps Ranch High School. While Superintendent Cindy Marten admitted at a community meeting that district personnel were to blame for the debacle and that she would set up a claims process specifically to reimburse families for losses incurred—which did not occur—claims filed using the existing laborious process are being denied. Some families tell us that at the same time they received emails from the alleged independent claims adjuster asking for more information, the district sent them letters denying the claim.

That raises the question of whether the claims adjuster is really independent. It took the SRCA Newsletter asking the question repeatedly before we received a response that included details. This is from the district’s director of communications, Maureen Magee (with slight editing for space): When a claim is received, it is reviewed by the district and referred to the third-party claims adjuster, who reviews and investigates the claim. The district then confers with the…adjuster and renders a decision…The district, not the claims adjuster, makes the final decision to accept or reject a claim. If the adjuster requests more information from a claimant and it is not provided in a timely fashion, the district will act on the claim as submitted. If a claimant would like to submit more information to support their claim after a denial…they may do so, however, there is no guarantee the district’s assessment will change. We encourage parents to submit… items of support as soon as possible to the district’s Risk Management Department at 627-7345 or [email protected] or third-party claims adjuster, Susan Matsey, at 300-2546.

As you may recall, hundreds of SRHS students’ AP test scores were invalidated due to incorrect seating arrangements. Some students retested in the summer, while others chose not to. We will continue to follow this story for the community.

Fall Clean-Up Day

SRCA Clean-up Day, co-sponsored by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis, is on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 8 am until noon or until the dumpsters are full. The dumpsters will be at two locations: the Business Park on Meanly Drive; and the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road.

Please be prepared to unload your vehicle. Dumpsters should not be loaded above the side walls, and please do not leave anything on the ground. Landfill items only please. We cannot accept electronics, paint, or items that can be recycled. Items such as cardboard or greenery can be disposed of in the green and blue bins on garbage day. The ONE CELL battery recycling program will have collection boxes for household batteries.

This is our chance to make the Ranch sparkle. After picking up around your house, clean up an open space or public area near you. Scripps Ranch is our home and we take great pride in its appearance!

Barbara Perkins, Clean-Up Day Chair

Support Young Athletes

Learn how to ease sore or tense muscles and help young athletes at the same time! Support Young Athletes (SYA) is a nonprofit charity for kids, run by kids, that helps athletes struggling with financial need due to illness or injury. The one-hour Foam Roller Stretching Workshop is on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 pm at Pukka Pilates and Physical Therapy at 12030 Scripps Summit Drive, Suite E. This is a donation-based workshop with proceeds going to SYA. Please RSVP to 271-8800 or [email protected]

Free Halloween Fun!

Join us for the free annual Halloween Carnival on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm inside the Recreation Center gym. Activities include: carnival games, music by Got DJ San Diego, and, returning this year, our costume contest.

Bring your own bucket to collect candy and cool prizes. For more details, please call the Rec Center at 538-8085.