When home and vehicle burglaries occur in Scripps Ranch, they are usually (not always) because that home or vehicle is an easy target. These are crimes of opportunity and the criminals are looking for easy access and getaway.
They jiggle the handles on your front door of your home to see if it has been left unlocked, which surprisingly does occur frequently. If there is an unlocked side gate or none at all, they will check the backyard to see if it provides them the privacy they need to break a window and enter the home undetected. They will even try to get to that window left open on the second floor.
Even with all of our warnings, residents are still not locking the exterior side door that opens into the garage. That’s an easy entry point. From there, they can enter your home through the access door, whether you are home or not. No one wants a Hot Prowl when they are asleep in their bedrooms. That is one of the most dangerous crimes that puts you and your family’s safety at peril.
Criminals peer inside the windows of your vehicle to see if there is anything inside, valuable or not. We are always surprised by how many vehicles are left unlocked in driveways and on the street. If the vehicle is unlocked, so much the better, but if something (even a gym bag) is spotted inside, don’t be surprised to find the window smashed in. A criminal may think a wallet is hiding inside that bag!
PLEASE LOCK YOUR SIDE GARAGE DOOR, THE DOOR LEADING FROM YOUR GARAGE TO THE INTERIOR OF YOUR HOME, YOUR SIDE GATES AND YOUR VEHICLES THAT ARE PARKED OUTSIDE YOUR GARAGE. IF YOU WANT TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR PROPERTY FROM CRIMINALS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR EASY ACCESS, YOU NEED TO BE PROACTIVE.
Remember – for emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, dial 858-484-3154.
Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair