Rancho Santa Fe Patrol reports increase in burglaries

The Rancho Santa Fe Patrol has seen an increase in burglaries over the past year, according to Rancho Santa Fe Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser.

“In most of our cases, the suspects have easy access to the houses — through unlocked doors,” Wellhouser said. “To make it worse, the alarms are not being turned on.

“Don’t be a victim — lock up the house, even if you leave for 5 minutes. Turn on your alarm system. Don’t leave valuables out — lock them up! Put the jewelry in the safe. We have found that it takes just seconds for these crooks to accomplish the burglary. Make sure your door locks work, test them. Open windows are not a good idea, just a push with your hand and the screen pops out.

“It is a good idea to have serial numbers and descriptions of your electronics, cameras and other items kept in a safe place.” Wellhouser said. “The Sheriff offers a free home crime prevention inspection. Call them if you are interested at (760) 966-3500. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (858)756-4372;”