Police urge Del Mar Mesa area to set up a Neighborhood Watch program

By Suzanne Evans

San Diego Police Department Community Relations Officer Adrian Lee, Northwest Division, spoke to the Del Mar Mesa Community Planning board Feb. 9, advising them to set up a Neighborhood Watch program due to increasing robberies in that area, as well as in Carmel Valley.

“Silver, gold, and copper wiring are thieves’ main targets in communities recently,” Lee said. “They do not ransack, but instead go straight to high-end jewelry, silverware, and safes.”

Thieves can steal valuables in only minutes, he warned, advising residents to lock doors and set alarms, even if away only a short time.

“We have made a couple of arrests,” Lee said, in a county-wide series of copper wiring thefts, noting thieves cut wire from street conduits and businesses.

“Homeowners are not setting alarms, and thieves gain entrance through rear sliding doors.” Valuables should be put in safes and small safes bolted down, he said.

Planning board vice chair Elizabeth Rabbitt said a resident recently noticed that a large UPS package had been delivered to her front door. She moved it to the side of the house, and later it was missing.

Officer Lee offered to help Del Mar Mesa homeowners by bringing information and literature to a meeting to see if the community wants to set up a Neighborhood Watch program, adding, “The program is only effective when residents from the whole neighborhood participate.”

“Count me in; I will take the initial lead,” said Rabbitt, after Lee asked for a block captain and meeting volunteers. Board member Trey Nolan also offered his help.

“We’re in,” said board member Prabodh Patel, representing The Grand Del Mar, asking for information on how to include the hotel (with surrounding villas) in a watch group.

Noting that speeding is also a problem, Lee said that 38 patrol officers on three shifts are in the highest concentrated areas to monitor traffic.

To make a police report to Northwestern Division, call (858) 523-7000. For more information, visit