Increase in OB Car Break-Ins and Home Burglary Cases, 

 A Warning For Us All

After seeing many social media posts concerning recent crimes in our community, the OB Town Council inquired and confirmed with Officer David Surwilo, our SDPD Community Liaison, that there is indeed an increase in crime occurring in Ocean Beach and throughout the Western Division of San Diego.

These crimes range from car break-ins to bike thefts to home burglaries and a prowler that enters unlocked homes.

SDPD will be at our upcoming OBTC meeting on the 28th – as will Councilmember Lorie Zapf. Please attend and voice your concerns (7pm at Masonic Center on the 28th). Click here to RSVP and click here for our agenda. This will also be an opportunity for OBeceans to inform our Councilmember of our top concerns and advocate for our priorities and ideas! (Plus we’re giving awards to the winners of the 35th Annual OB Holiday Parade!)

Remember to be safe OB and watch out for each other. Try forming neighborhood watch groups (or at least getting to know your neighbors); diligently locking your doors and windows, and above all — report ALL criminal activity! (If it’s not reported, we won’t get additional public safety resources). For crime in progress: dial 911. Afterwards, dial the non-emergency SDPD number: (619) 531-2000. You can file a police report here: http://www.sandiego.gov/police/crimereports/startaccess.html

Some of our OBTC Members, Jocelyn and Aaron put together some community crime alert flyers that you can download, print, and distribute. Color version OB Citizens Patrol Poster

Below are some public safety tips from Officer Surwilo:

Crime Prevention Tips – Burglary:
* Lock all outside doors & windows before you leave the house OR go to bed.
* Keep your garage door closed and locked.
* Check your locks on doors and windows and replace if necessary.
* Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
* Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.

Don’t Tempt a Thief:
* Lawn mowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight.
* Always lock your garden sheds and garages.

Targeting the Outside:
* Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.

Windows:
* Most windows can be pinned for security.
* Drill a 3/16″ hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame – place a nail in the hole to secure the window.

Alarms:
* If you have a home alarm system, use it!

* Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number with an engraver you can borrow from your precinct. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.

Also, If you are not already an member of the OB Town Council, join today:http://obtowncouncil.org/join-obtc/!

Membership is only $20/year and all proceeds stay in Ocean Beach to support our community (examples of OBTC activities and efforts include the OB Food & Toy Drive that supports 80+ local families and seniors; the OB Tree and the OB Holiday Parade; scholarships for local students; community grants; and beach and community cleanups!)

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