Update on Del Mar Heights Burglaries

Submitted by ken on Tue, 11/15/2011 - 18:21

Here's an update from the SD Police on the recent burglary series: As most of you know, Northwestern Division has been experiencing a series of residential burglaries. Most of these burglaries have occurred west of the I-5 freeway between 5 pm to 10 pm. Most of the homes that are being broken into are “Vacation homes” and are not occupied year round. Usually the home is dark inside and no exterior lighting is visible.

The suspect(s) are stealing high end jewelry, precious metals and important documents from the homes. The suspect(s) are removing small safes that are not bolted down as well. The point of entry is usually a rear or side window on the ground level. A screen is forced off and then the window is forced open with a pry tool. Once inside, the suspect selects items to steal and does not ransack the house. In fact, other than the removed screen or forced open window, there is little to no sign that the suspect was inside the home.

In ONLY ONE case was an alarm set to the victim’s home! In this case the suspect removed the rear screen and began to pry open the window, when the alarm was activated, the noise of the alarm frightened off the suspect. There was no loss to this residence. The SDPD is asking for any assistance with the identification of this burglar. Quite often a tip from the public is the missing key to solving these types of crimes. In another, a neighbor observed a subject looking into a dark home with a flashlight, but unfortunately the police were not called so it did not give us the opportunity to respond and investigate.

Please call 9-1-1 if you suspect someone is committing a crime in your neighborhood. Call it in (Non-emergency #858-484-3154) even if you don’t see something. Pay attention to noises like breaking glass, barking dogs, scratching sounds that sound man-made, a ladder being opened or placed against the side of a house. If you hear an alarm activated at a nearby neighbor’s house, look out your windows. If you see the same car circling your block, someone just sitting in a parked vehicle or even someone walking in your neighborhood who appears to be out of place we would like to know about it. Trust your instincts, you live in your neighborhood so you know what cars belong, who’s out of town, what kids belongs to the area, what dogs bark when someone alerts them etc.

Please spread the word to your neighbors, (remember not everyone gets my emails) to be aware of their surroundings. If you don’t know your neighbors, this is a good opportunity to meet them and talk about how you can help us protect your neighborhood. Here are a few tips that will help reduce your chances of becoming a burglary victim. Set your alarm when you leave your house. Use exterior motion activated lights, place your interior lights on timers, serialize your valuables, have an emergency contact list with a trusted neighbor, fill out a Vacation House Check form with Northwestern Division if you are going out of town for a extended period of time. Have your mail and newspapers collected by a neighbor or have the Post Office stop delivery while you are gone.

Together we can win the fight against crime,

Adrian Lee,
Northwestern Community Relations Officer
Desk: # 858-523-7031
Email: avlee@pd.sandiego.gov