Category Archives: San Marcos Sheriff
Hello SEES Families,
Today just before school started one of our students was approached by a stranger and offered candy multiple times on the trails near our back gate. The man did not touch the student but did interact with the student. The student’s parent was with the student the entire time. Both parent and student safely walked to our office to notify the office and call the sheriff. At that time the school also called the sheriff and the entire campus went on a soft lockdown. All doors were secure and instruction continued as the sheriff walked the trails.
Unfortunately, the man was not located. He was identified wearing a light blue/gray t-shirt with plaid shorts. The man was medium height and built with graying hair.
All staff members were informed and put on alert today. All classes had an age appropriate conversation about stranger danger and walking home with a buddy. This is also a great time as parents to have that conversation about stranger danger at home. You can even have your students role play the actions that they would take. Research indicates that students need to practice a scream so they can recognize how loud the scream should be.
The trails were walked multiple times by many staff members prior and during dismissal today to ensure students safety.
We are fortunate to live in a community with many adults walking to and from school to keep an eye on all of our children.
Thank you for your support!
Package Theft – San Marcos
Be on the lookout for a woman who was caught on camera stealing packages in San Marcos. Someone who knows the suspect might recognize her and the getaway car.
The theft happened on Monday, August 10th just before 3:00 p.m. in the 1100 block of Ariana Road in San Marcos. The homeowner ordered several items on Amazon.com and when her packages didn’t arrive, she checked the delivery status of her order online. She discovered the items were actually delivered on August 10th. She checked video surveillance around her home and discovered the theft. She then called the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station.
The video shows a woman getting out of a four-door, white or gray older model Mercedes Benz with a sun roof. She walks up to the front door, stuffs UPS packages into a tote bag and gets back into the passenger side of the car. The suspect is described as a white female in her 30s with brown hair. She was wearing a black top and shorts.
Keep these safety tips in mind when ordering items online:
• Choose a shipping option so you can sign for delivery. Request friends and relatives sending you a package to do the same and ask for a tracking number.
• Keep an eye on the package’s delivery status. Sign up for email or text alerts.
• Ship the package to another location such as your office if you won’t be home to receive it.
• Leave special instructions on where to deliver packages (behind bushes, side or back patio, etc.).
• Choose delivery pickup.
• Insure your packages
• Get to know your carriers.
• Be a good neighbor. Look out for each other.
• Report suspicious activity or vehicles to the Sheriff’s Department. Call (858) 565-5200.
It is a federal offense to steal mail or packages delivered by the United States Postal Service (USPS). These investigations are handled by the United States Postal Inspection Service.
The Sheriff’s San Marcos Station wants your help in identifying and finding a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery in San Marcos.
It happened on Saturday, August 22nd at the Pacific Marine Credit Union located at 670 West San Marcos Boulevard just before 11:00 a.m.
The man in the photo entered the bank and walked up to the teller. He then gave the teller a demand note for cash. He left after receiving the money and drove away in a black car.
Take a good look at the photo and see if you recognize the man, his clothing or his demeanor.
Anyone with information about this robbery is urged to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call (888) 580-8477.
Join the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for FREE Night Out Against Crime© events on TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH.
Sheriff’s Stations and Substations all over the county will be hosting block parties to take a stand against crime.
Activities vary by location and may include free food, drinks, giveaways and activities for kids.
Night Out Against Crime© is a celebration of community relationships. Meet your neighbors, as well as deputies who patrol your area.
All locations will have a Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Specialist on site so you can get tips on how to stay safe.
See below for a community near you or visit www.sdsheriff.net.
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Alpine Sheriff’s Station
2751 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Holly Nicholson (619) 659-2608
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Target Parking Lot
1040 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Jonathan Simon (760) 966-3588
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Parking Lot behind Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce
111 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist John Mclelland (760) 451-3124
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Robert Eggers Sr. Recreation Center
1885 Coronado Avenue, San Diego
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Julio Garcia (619) 498-2435
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Main Street Promenade Corner of Broadway and Lemon Grove Ave.
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Jim Wieboldt (619) 337-2039
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Poway Sheriff’s Station
13100 Bowron Road, Poway
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Darlene Duncan (858) 513-2807
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Albertsons Shopping Center Corner of 14th and Main Streets
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Barbara Wallace at (760) 738-2425
RANCHO SAN DIEGO
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Target Parking Lot
2911 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Nancy Ortiz (619) 660-7009
SAN MARCOS (CITY)
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
320 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos
Contact: (760) 744-1050 Ext. 3168
SAN MARCOS (HIDDEN MEADOWS)
5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Meadow Lake Golf Club
10333 Meadow Glen Way, Escondido
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Carmela Lutz (760) 510-5254
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Town Center Community Park West
(Between Baseball Fields 2 & 3)
9409 Cuyamaca Street, Santee
Contacts: Crime Prevention Specialists Holly Angeles (619) 956-4021 and Martha Miramontes (619) 956-4022
5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Valley Center Library
29200 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Brandy Contreras (760) 751-4408
The Vista Sheriff’s Station is holding its Night Out Against Crime Event during Vista’s Summer Fun Fest and Safety Fair
Saturday, August 8th
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Brengle Terrace Park Ball Fields
1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Henry Tirado (760) 940-4352
If you can’t make it to any of these events, leave your porch light on as a show of solidarity on Night Out Against Crime©.
To learn more about the Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Unit, including important safety tips, visit www.sdsheriff.net/crimeprevention.
Going away on a summer break? An empty house is a tempting target for burglars.
Don’t let your vacation be ruined by a crime. Sign up for free vacation checks with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
The Sheriff’s Department offers free vacation checks year-round. Let us know when you’re leaving and Sheriff’s Senior Volunteers will perform security inspections outside your home Monday through Friday.
They will check if your doors, windows and garage are locked. They will also hide your newspapers and packages in your side fence or back patio.
If they see anything suspicious, they will call for the assistance of a deputy who will determine if there’s been a break in. Upon your return, you will receive a welcome home letter listing the dates your home was checked and observations made during the visits.
You can take advantage of this free service by completing a
form on www.sdsheriff.net. Just look for the “Vacation Home Checks”
box on our homepage. There’s a link to a form online which must be
submitted in person at your nearest Sheriff’s Station or Substation to
It’s a colorful and spectacular salute to our nation’s independence. Fireworks, however, can cause injuries and spark fires.
As the Fourth of July approaches, the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit is reminding San Diegans it’s illegal to possess and use fireworks in the county.
It’s also illegal to transport fireworks from elsewhere into San Diego County or to make homemade fireworks and explosives.
Hundreds of pounds of illegal fireworks are confiscated in the county each year. Items are collected at various points of entry or dropped off at Sheriff’s Stations or Substations, as well as fire and police stations.
For your safety, the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit routinely dispose of fireworks and other hazardous items.
Under California law, illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner.
Those convicted of possessing and/or using fireworks could be fined up to $50,000 and sent to prison or jail for up to one year. Fines can be significantly increased depending on the amount of property loss or if human suffering is caused by a fire set.
A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) study shows eight people were killed and more than 11,000 thousand were injured while handling fireworks across the country in 2013.
Children under the age of five suffered the most fireworks‐related injuries.
Let’s leave the fireworks to the professionals. Don’t allow children to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be hot or ignited and can explode at any time.
To learn more about the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit, go to: http://goo.gl/FKF2mI.
For full details, view this message on the web.
San Marcos Fire Department seeks volunteers for trauma support team
San Marcos, CA – The City of San Marcos Fire Department is seeking volunteers to add to its current trauma support team. An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 28 from 6 to 8 pm at San Marcos Fire Station #1, 180 W. Mission Road.
Trauma support volunteers serve alongside emergency services personnel to provide immediate support, comfort and practical assistance to victims and their families in the first few hours following a structure fire, sudden or accidental death, or other traumatic event.
“Providing this type of program greatly reduces long-term effects of traumatic events,” said San Marcos Fire Chief Brett Van Wey. “Volunteers often stay and assist family members long after emergency personnel have left the incident. This is invaluable for families that have suffered a traumatic event.”
Anyone interested in volunteering will be required to submit an application and successfully complete a screening process. Applicants must possess a valid California driver’s license, be 25 years of age, have reliable transportation, be in good physical and emotional health, and live within the City of San Marcos or the San Marcos Fire Protection District.
For more information, please email Donna Gustafson, the Trauma Support Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com. Or contact the San Marcos Fire Department at (760) 744-1050 ext. 3410.
You may have noticed a traffic study going on in San Elijo Hills Town Center. This is what we have learned so far.
Based on concern and suggestions from some San Elijo Hills residents, The City is currently conducting a traffic study to address safety concerns. We expect The City of San Marcos Traffic Engineers will tentatively present the findings of studies and recommendations to the Traffic Commission in April or May 2015. The Traffic Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 P.M. in The City Council Chambers at the San Marcos Civic Center. At the Commission meetings residents can provide testimony and express concerns about San Elijo Hills and San Marcos traffic issues. The Sheriff Department also encouraged attendance at last weeks Community Meeting in San Elijo Hills.
The traffic signals in the San Elijo Hills Town Center are programmed with 3.2 seconds of yellow time, and 1 second of all red clearance time, which is in compliance with the California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The programming of all traffic signals, statewide must comply with these standards.
Pedestrian encountering right turning traffic (in the case of one-way streets, left turning) vehicular conflicts is being addressed by recently activating a feature called “advanced pedestrian walk” which will release the pedestrians before releasing the vehicular traffic. This should give the pedestrians a few seconds head start to start their walk and step into the crosswalk to become visible to the drivers before vehicular traffic get their green light.
Wednesday Night The San Marcos Sheriff held a community forum with 30-40 San Marcos and San Elijo Hills Residents. The following is an outline of some of the questions from residents and responses from The Sheriff Deputies.
A San Elijo Hills resident pointed out the ten or so accidents at the corner of Eclipse and San Elijo Hills Road. The Sheriff pointed out the improvements The City had made to the area with reflectors, LED lighting, chevrons signs, lighting at that corner. The Sheriff remind the audience that the City of San Marcos is responsible is for streets, signage, and traffic lights. They are aware of the problems of that intersection.
One resident asked if more stop signs could be placed in San Elijo Hills. The resident give example of traffic calming on Olivenhain Road as a result of stop signs. This should be taken up with The City of San Marcos and it’s Traffic Commission and City Traffic Engineers.
A resident stated they lived in the San Elijo Hills Town Center immediately adjacent to the San Elijo Hills visitor Center and that an accident last summer had caused a car to land right their front door. They also reported that an accident had taken place there this morning in front of the Epoch Wine Bar. They also stated that there are numerous accidents late at night that go unreported and that there is high-speed travel through the town center at late at night. They asked why there is a not patrol after 6:00 PM?
Another resident asked why and when they do targeted mass patrols in particular areas and what makes that happen. The sheriff responded and said monthly the additional patrol groups work together and target particular trouble areas in San Marcos, Poway, and other areas they patrol. Call and make complaints. Data drives patrols.
Some residents asked why there are no patrols early in the morning. The sheriff stated that their patrol shifts change over at 6:00 AM and they have briefing meetings and then they head out for patrol.
One resident spoke about calling the sheriff and being told that San Elijo Hills residents need to make up their mind whether they like the patrols or not a lot of pushback against the amount of patrols. The audience appeared to respond that they overwhelmingly like the patrols.
It was pointed out by one resident that the students need to be educated on traffic and safety. Students are seen walking to the town center texting, not taking preventative measures to keep themselves safe, nor obeying the crossing guards etc. or traffic lights.
The City has done studies and is currently doing studies to optimize the traffic lights and the timing of the lights to best protect children in the crosswalks.
The City of San Marcos is going to paint 25 MPH speed limit on the road in the San Elijo Hills Town Center and add additional street signs.
One of the deputies stated that he likes the social media campaigns and chain emails that alert SEH residents to their patrols. He says 5 years ago a lot of the tickets were given to residents now they see a shift to people who are commuters from Riverside County, Escondido coming through the area. He felt is was helping residents slowdown.
The Sheriff deputies also recommended that residents should carpool, that simply carpooling could cut the traffic in half and cut down the traffic impact on the area they recommended an education campaign at the local schools.
Theme of the night was “Go” to the San Marcos City Traffic and Safety Commission meetings the first Wednesday of the month. The sheriff deputies recommended that residents attend those meetings as the commission and the traffic engineers have the biggest impact on signs, and lights.
One Sheriff deputy told a story about how speed bumps can backfire. Residents in Poway asked for and got speed bumps. People passing through would honk to express frustration after they passed over the speed bumps. The theme of this story was careful what you ask for.
One San Marcos resident expressed frustration in the notification of this meeting he felt residents outside of San Elijo Hills were not properly notified of this meeting. He was confused by the Sheriff’s Nixel notification system, and the last-minute nature of the meeting.
One San Elijo Hills resident pointed out that the developer, school district and ultimately The City are responsible for traffic and congestion. The traffic has far exceeded their original forecasts and enrollment has far outgrown the capacity of the schools.
The Sheriff Department was asked how many deputies are on patrol at any one time. 2 are on traffic (4 on Wednesday), 6 are on city-wide patrol throughout the city. They recommend you tell The City and elected officials you would like more deputies under contract.
One San Elijo Hills resident recommended that residents drive the speed limit to effectively block speeders and slow down the traffic.
Residents expressed their appreciation to The Sheriff Deputies for protecting their homes during the Cocos fire.
Meeting was cordial and lasted approximately one hour.