A jump in residential burglaries has recently occurred in Rancho Santa Fe and neighboring communities, according to RSF Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser. Often times the burglars are entering through unlocked doors.
“In some cases they are forcing entry through doors or windows and the alarm system was not turned on,” Wellhouser said. “Fortunately, in one case a window was forced, but the alarm deterred the suspect and he fled the area.
“If you leave the house for a few minutes, lock the doors and turn on your alarm,” Wellhouser added. “Make sure your locks are in good working order and secure the doors properly. Make sure sliding doors cannot be lifted off their track.
“If you have anyone come to your door that seems suspicious or someone in the neighborhood that doesn’t fit call us right away. Too often we get calls about suspicious activity several days after the fact. Timely reporting is very important.”
The RSF Patrol can be reached 24 hours a day at 858-756-4372.