Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday Safety Tips

Sheriff Bill Gore's "Holiday Watch" is now underway to keep you and your family safe. Crime prevention specialists offer the following tips so you don't become a victim.

If you're traveling:

Get an automatic timer for your lights.
Ask neighbors to watch your home and park in your driveway from time to time.
Don't forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it piles up, it's a sure sign you're gone.

If you're out for the evening:

Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone's home.
Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it's just for a few minutes.
Don't display gifts where they can be seen from outside.

If you're shopping:

Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you.
Park in a well-lighted space and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
Avod carrying large amounts of cash.
Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Don't overburden yourself with packages.
Shopping with kids? Teach them to stay put to be found and to approach a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.

Residents of areas served by the Sheriff’s Department can go to to sign up and receive crime alerts.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lock Your Car!

Last month, we had two reported car burglaries.  In both cases, valuables were left in the car.  Now that we are approaching the holiday season, we need to be more vigilant about locking our cars, homes and businesses.  It is very important to not leave valuable items in your car- specially in the passenger area.  Crooks know that if you park in certain areas your car will be unattended for a while- places like shopping malls, golf courses, movie theaters.  It is convenient just to stash stuff behind the seat- don't do it.  Reduce the chances of becoming a victim- take away the opportunity. 

Always park in a busy area- in good lighting.  If you are nervous about going back to your car- ask for an escort.  Look around you- if you see something that doesn't look right- report it. 

When at home- lock your doors- when you are there and when you leave.  Leave lights on- make the place look lived in.  Houses that look dark and vacant are a target.  If you are going away- call us for a home security check.  Arm up your alarm system-not working right ?  call for service.  The service call could be far less expensive than the cost of replacing stolen property.  Tell a trusted friend or neighbor your are away.  have them keep an eye on the house for you. 

Mountain Lions


On September 22nd and 28th  2010, we had three  separate reports of mountain lion sightings.  In April this year we had report that a mountain lion had injured two dogs.  In this case there was no visual confirmation of the cat attacking the dogs.  A paw print was found nearby that was a mountain lion print.
The recent sightings were located:
1.       Sept  22 3:45 AM in the area of the RSF Library in the village
2.       Sept 28  1:45 AM behind a home on a trail in the 17500 block of Los Morros.     
3.       Sept. 22 or 23 8:30 AM  in the area of the San Elijo Lagoon trail west of El Camino Real near La Orilla.
These were sightings, the animal did not attack anyone.  There have been sightings in nearby communities- Cielo, Fairbanks Ranch, etc.  over the past year.  Mountain Lions have a large territory- so this is not unusual.  They are very elusive animals and do not want to interact with humans.  
The sightings were reported to the California Department of Fish and Game.  If you should see a mountain lion, you are encouraged to call Fish and Game at 858-467-4257.  If the animal is a threat, call 911.
Although historically sightings are rare, there are several types of wild animals that live here in Rancho Santa Fe.  Mountain Lions main food source is deer and coyotes.  Eliminating plant species that attract deer help discourage mountain lions from coming into the area. 
Please take precautions – mountain lions are most active at night as well as dusk and dawn.  Do not leave children outside unattended; don’t leave pet food or food that may attract animals outside.  Do not leave animals outside unattended.  Horses should be kept in stalls in the barn.  Be careful when walking/ jogging at dusk and dawn time periods.   If you see a mountain lion- make noise-lots of it.  Yell, scream, and bang on something.  For example, pocket sized air horns are a good way to do that.
If you have any questions please call the Dept of Fish and Game at 858-467-4201  or the RSF Patrol 858-756-4372.
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Rancho Santa Fe Patrol: 
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760-966-3500           Encinitas Station
858-565-5200           Dispatch (24 hrs)

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760-757-1675          Oceanside Office
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