The City earns a spot on 2020 Safest Cities report.
The City of San Marcos was ranked #25 in SafeWise’s sixth annual Safest Cities in California report.
The comprehensive safety report was created using FBI crime
statistics and U.S. Census population data to rank the safest
cities in each state and across the country. According to
SafeWise, the rankings are based on violent and property crime
numbers, including the number of reported violent crimes
(aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city and
the number of reported property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft).
“The City of San Marcos has committed to investing in the necessary resources to keep our community safe, and this report reflects that commitment,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “Keeping San Marcos safe takes hard work from everyone in our community. We especially appreciate the dedication of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department San Marcos station.”
In addition, the latest data from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) released in November revealed that San Marcos has some of the lowest crime rates among the 18 incorporated cities in San Diego County.
When compared to the county’s incorporated cities, San Marcos had the lowest overall property crime rate, which includes non-violent crimes such as burglaries, auto thefts and vandalism. San Marcos also had the second lowest overall crime rate, which includes all violent and nonviolent crimes. To learn more, visit www.san-marcos.net/Home/Components/News/News/5019/.
You can read the full SafeWise report at www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-california.
Since 2015, the City’s property crime rate dropped 46%—and its overall crime rate dropped 40%
San Marcos has some of the lowest crime rates among the 18 incorporated cities in San Diego County, according to new data from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).
When compared to the county’s incorporated cities, San Marcos has the lowest overall property crime rate, which includes non-violent crimes such as burglaries, auto thefts, and vandalism. San Marcos also has the second-lowest overall crime rate, which includes all violent and nonviolent crimes.
This underscores a recent downward trend in San Marcos crime. The City’s property crime rate is 8.94% — which is a 46% drop since 2015. The City’s overall crime rate is 11.03% — which is a 40% drop since 2015.
“Part of our success is thanks to more intelligence-led policing, which means relying on analytics to catch habitual criminals,” explained San Diego County Sherriff Captain Dave Brown, who oversees the San Marcos station.
Like many cities, San Marcos contracts its law enforcement services from the county—but Captain Brown points out that San Marcos has done an exceptional job of investing resources into its public safety in recent years.
“For example, I now have two analysts who leverage computer technology to link crimes, which has given us tremendously valuable insights, ”he said, adding that he’s also recently been able to double the number of officers at San Marcos schools.
San Marcos has also gone the extra mile by dedicating two city staff positions to crime prevention—which has helped curb crime through proactive outreach, said Captain Brown.
As a case in point, about a year ago San Marcos saw a rash of business break-ins, mostly at mom-and-pop shops. By working with deputies, the city team identified other small businesses that were likely targets.
“This city team took the time to proactively visit these businesses, alert them of the crime spree, and give them tips on how to improve security,” Captain Brown said.
It seems those businesses owners were listening, too. Another rash of similar burglaries broke out a couple months ago. “But this time, all the burglars got was about twenty dollars in quarters and a bag of chips.”
That’s music to the ears of Ronie Martinez, who is part of the City’s crime prevention team, as public safety coordinator. She’s served San Marcos for 30 years, and though the community has changed dramatically, she said one key message has not: “Report everything to law enforcement.”
“Even if was just your garden hose that was stolen, report it,” she said. “You may learn that we’ve had six garden hoses stolen this week, and now we have a series. Having all the pieces helps us see the big picture.”
Martinez also wants the community to know that San Marcos offers all sorts of free crime prevention services, which can be seen on the Crime Prevention page of the City’s website. She encourages everyone to take advantage, because ultimately, it will make for a safer San Marcos.
“Keeping our crime rates low is a communitywide effort,” she says. “We’re all in this together.”
For more information about the City’s crime prevention efforts, please contact Ronie Martinez via email or by phone at (760) 744-1050, ext 3111. You can view SANDAG’s full crime report here.
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25% of the time someone was home when it happened
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Please see below for the most recent San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates:
Mardi Gray 2017
The San Elijo Hills Community Association would like to cordially invite our residents 21 and over to our Mardi Gras Party at Café Stoked! The event will be held on Friday, February 10th at 6:00 PM.
Residents will be delighted with delicious food, music, dancing and contests in the true spirit of New Orleans!
Attendance to this event is limited! Cost is $5.00/person. You must provide a check (no cash) payable to San Elijo Hills to Liz McCardle in the San Elijo Hills Onsite Office in order to reserve your spot! All reservations will be taken on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The onsite office is located at 1277 San Elijo Road S., San Marcos, CA 92078. For more information, contact Liz McCardle at email@example.com or call (760) 798-9015.
It has been brought to the Association’s attention that car burglaries and vandalism are on the rise in San Elijo Hills. We found great resources on sdsheriff.net. Here are some tips off of their website:
Help Prevent Vehicle Theft
Car thieves, like home burglars, look for easy targets. Car owners obligingly leave doors unlocked, windows open, or their keys in the vehicle. Criminals usually DO NOT want to be seen, heard, or take an excessive amount of time to break in.
PREVENTION CHECKLIST- DO YOU…?
□ Lock your vehicle
□ Lock your windows
□ Take your keys with you
□ Remove your garage remote
□ Set your alarm
□ Remove number codes from your keys
□ Lock vent windows (trucks)
□ Leave only your ignition key when having your vehicle serviced
□ Remove spare keys hidden on or in your vehicle. Consider a spare key in your wallet
□ Park and lock your vehicles in garages when possible. Remove personal information such as driver license, registration etc, from unattended vehicles.
□ Carry a copy of your registration in your wallet for ease of identification in case of emergency or theft
□ Know your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
□ Use additional identification methods such as “Data Dots,” engravers, and dye markers
□ Place additional identification marks in several places such as tailgates, spoilers, and under the hood
□ Take a picture of your car with the plate number visible. Etch VIN numbers into all windows.
Help Prevent Vehicle Burglary
Preventing thieves from breaking into your vehicle to steal valuables is very difficult. If you want to protect your personal property, DO NOT leave it in your car.
PREVENTION CHECKLIST-DO’S and DON’Ts…
□ Do not leave purses, wallets, laptops, expensive sun glasses, cell phones and other valuables in
□ Never leave valuables in plain sight
□ Lock all valuables in the trunk or take them with you
□ Remove detachable stereos and faceplates from your vehicle every time
□ Never leave CASH visible.
□ Always lock your doors
□ Always lock your windows
□ Take your keys with you every time
□ Take purses and wallets inside your house after you lock and park your car in your garage
□ When equipment or tools must be kept in a vehicle, use a strong-walled, tamper proof box that can be bolted down and secured with heavy duty locks. Do not assume a box is secure because it is heavy
• Use all the security measures available to you, wherever you park, even in your garage.
• At home, the best place to park is a well secured garage with car doors locked and alarm set. Secure your garage as if you had $20,000.00 cash sitting inside.
• Vehicles are 5 times more likely to be stolen from unattended parking lots than from the street or an attended lot.
• At work and in commercial areas try to park in well-lit areas, close to entrances, and near pedestrian traffic.
• Turn your wheels sharply and apply the emergency brake when parking to deter unauthorized towing.
• Lock your door and windows when parking in your driveway.
SECURITY DEVICES AND ALARMS
No security device is foolproof, but good vehicle security can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim. Consider installing at least two of the following security devices on your vehicle.
• Stolen Vehicle Recovery System (SVRS) to assist law enforcement with tracking and recovery.
• A kill switch or cut-off switch (an electrical device that effectively immobilizes the vehicle, even if the ignition has been forced. It prevents electrical current from reaching the coil distributor).
• Alarm devices with visible L.E.D. indicators that activate a siren, horn, lights – or all three.
• Visible L.E.D. alarm indicator
• Fuel switch to prevent fuel from reaching the carburetor.
• Device that attaches to the steering wheel or brake pedal.
• Auxiliary locking devices for window wings, sliding windows, spare tires and the hood.
• Interior hood and trunk releases.
• Locking gas cap.
• Tapered door lock buttons.
• A good quality steering wheel locking device.
• A circular metal band, or “collar” to protect the ignition lock from tampering.
• Self arming and anti code-grabbing alarm features
**This website – San Elijo Life is independent from the developer San Elijo Hills Development Company and the San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA). The HOA updates are provided as a service to our readership. …Enjoy Life in The Hills.
The City of San Marcos will host National Night Out at two locations on Tuesday, August 2 to celebrate America’s night out against crime.
The free event will be held at Connors Park, 320 W. San Marcos Boulevard from 3 to 6 pm; the second will be held at San Elijo Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road from 5 to 7 pm. Both offer an opportunity to meet your neighbors, local sheriff deputies and learn about the City’s crime prevention program.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children to one of the two event locations to be educated on good safety habits. The events will offer free hot dogs, fingerprinting, information on neighborhood watch and tips for child safety. There will also be a talking patrol car, games and refreshments.
“National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and law enforcement-community partnerships in our fight for a safer City,” explained San Marcos Sheriff’s Captain Mike McClain. “The benefits to the community extend well beyond this one night.”
San Marcos National Night Out is in coordination with the 33rd Annual National Night Out, a unique crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Last year, more than 37 million people participated in National Night Out across the country in more than 15,700 communities.
Along with traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials, safety fairs and youth events.
For more information, please call the City’s crime prevention unit at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3111 or (760) 510-5255.
Travis Miller to San Elijo Life
9 hrs · San Marcos, CA · Edited ·
Fellow neighbors… At 11:43, a silver Honda Ridgline pulled up and parked next door to my house on Antilla Way. At the same time, a dark green/purple dodge caravan dropped two-three people off by the mailboxes adjacent to eclipse and San Elijo rd. At 11:54, two people bolted to the back gate of my house while another went to the front by my side fence, then took off for the back. Around this time my dog was barking and I went downstairs and turned the light on briefly then went back upstairs where he continued to bark. I quickly went my surveillance cameras to see two of the three head to the Honda Ridgline. The 3rd wasn’t seen. I ran to the balcony window to get a description of the vehicle followed by me bolting out the door to follow (oops). As I drive up San Elijo and I looked at the new subdivision on the right, past Lexi Court and saw a similar minivan parked on the side. I caught up to the Ridgline, kept my distance, got the license plate and called the police. After a bit more pursuit, I saw them park at San Marcos Elementary. The sheriff was at my house upon return and I debriefed humans showed the video. Fortunately for my Boxer barking and me getting a snack, it stopped them from coming in the backyard and doing whatever they came to do. The car is registered in Escondido so obviously they weren’t coming to turn my power off.
SAN MARCOS, Calif. — A man suspected of robbing the San Elijo Hills Albertsons supermarket pharmacy of prescription drugs Tuesday while claiming to have a concealed pistol was arrested a short time later, along with his alleged getaway driver.
READ MORE via 2 Accused In Pharmacy Robbery Arrested – San Diego News Story – KGTV San Diego.
The number of crimes committed in most North County cities decreased the first half of 2011, except in the cities of Carlsbad, Poway and Del Mar, per a report released by the San Diego Association of Governments. Crime fell in San Marcos, 22 percent; Encinitas, 10 percent; Solana Beach, 16 percent; Vista; 13 percent and Oceanside, 7 percent.
North County’s cities experienced drops in crime from January to June 2011, compared with the same time period in 2010, including Escondido, where crime fell 27 percent, from 2,480 incidents in 2010 to 1,803 incidents this year, according to the report.
“Overall, violent crime has continued its downward trend,” SANDAG director of Criminal Justice Research Dr. Cynthia Burke said. “The continuing decline of crime here is consistent with what is happening in the rest of the country.”
The mid-year property crime rate was also at a 10-year low, down 11 percent from 2010. Compared to the same period in 2010, larcenies dropped by 8 percent and burglaries by 13 percent, while vehicle thefts plummeted by 19 percent.
Other interesting findings in the report include:
A total of 5,320 violent crimes, which include homicides, robberies, rapes, and aggravated assaults, were reported to local law enforcement agencies in the region between January and June 2011, an average of about 29 per day.
There were 51 homicides in the first half of 2011, a considerable increase from the 31 reported mid-year 2010. Analyses of data from local law enforcement agencies on the 41 homicide cases where motive could be determined revealed that in 2011, about a quarter of the homicides were gang-related. That’s a higher percentage than what was attributed to gangs in calendar year 2010 (18 percent).
San Marcos, CA experienced the biggest one-year jump in its crime rate in San Diego County, a 13 percent increase that officials said was largely due to a spike in shoplifting reports. READ MORE VIA SIGN ON SAN DIEGO