Sheriff’s Dept. to hold community meeting Thurs., May 29 at 3 p.m. regarding car burglaries

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. will host a community meeting on Thurs., May 29 at 3 p.m. at the Fallbrook substation, 388 E. Alvarado St., regarding a significant number of car burglaries that have happened in the area recently.

According to the agency, since November of 2013, there have been 116 car burglaries reported in the Fallbrook jurisdiction with a cumulative loss of $122,000.

Reportedly, 70 percent of those break-ins and resulting thefts were due to vehicles being left unlocked. The remaining 30 percent of break-ins were accomplished by windows being broken and doors and windows being forced open.

The greatest number of burglaries have taken place on South Mission Road, Alturas Road, Ammunition Road, South Main Ave., and West Beech Street.

The public is invited to learn more by attending the meeting.

22 Responses to "Sheriff’s Dept. to hold community meeting Thurs., May 29 at 3 p.m. regarding car burglaries"

  1. the key   May 28, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    The key is to keep your car clean/clear of visible items from the outside. I have a friend who always leave their GPS (that you place on the dash) or the stereo face of removable face plate (also older style) visible to anyone who walks by (and they wonder why their car is targeted). The key is to clear your seats, dash, floor etc of any visible items that a thief can consider valuable. Also, who the heck leaves their car unlocked? Theft can happen anywhere. Some people I guess just have the money to replace stolen items that they leave all willy nilly lying around, and then are surprised when they are stolen/targeted. Don’t leave any bait out, you’re only asking for trouble.

  2. California Justice is a Joke   May 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I take exception to the comment "70 percent of those break-ins and resulting thefts were due to vehicles being left unlocked". It sounds like we are blaming the victim. Like these are attractive nuisance cases. If my stuff is going to be stolen, I would rather not have my car damaged in the process.

    Can this increased in crime be related to the fact that the California’s three strikes law has been watered down? Or that 40% of the criminals have been released back onto the streets or into some ineffective home probation situation? Our only hope is that the voters wake up and put politicians that are tough on crime back in power. That should be the message here.

  3. Lee   May 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    “The greatest number of burglaries have taken place on South Mission Road, Alturas Road, Ammunition Road, South Main Ave., and West Beech Street.”

    Or where the boys next door are present the most!

  4. HAR   May 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    For those of us who cannot make the meeting I hope the Sheriff will post on line or give the Village News for publication a summary of what was presented. We do need more input from the Sheriff on local crime, where, what, when and how.

  5. Bill L   May 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    ***Warning*** Do not break into my vehicle proud NRA member here.

  6. Ray (the real One)   May 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Try driving down the streets. 7-11 & Circle K is not everything in Fallbrook.

  7. Dale Birmingham   May 28, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    The thieves will learn more when they meet Smith and Wesson.

  8. Bowser   May 28, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    HAR, The Village News publishes the local "police blotter" every week. There is a also a clipboard located somewhere in the station lobby that you can go look at. Last but not least, try

  9. Funinsd   May 28, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Why did it take 6 months for this to get out to the public when after a few break-ins we should have been told? When you have 116 car related issues of breaking in that’s unreal. The problem I have with this is the television media is saying it is happening on South Main. this is a major part of downtown, and the main part where all the visitors frequent. I am afraid this will now become a major deterrent for our visitors. Why would they shop small and visit our beautiful town when this type of activity is happening and it is not being reported. The public has the right to know what is happening.

  10. grunt   May 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    @Lee – now you are accusing the Marines (beginning to wish you would call one "boy" to his/my face). Those areas are much more heavily Hispanic, and I believe those are the more gang infested areas. Since about 80% of the American males 18-26 can NOT get in – are NOT qualified, when you see a Marine you are looking at the top 20% of America.

  11. Redneck Bill   May 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Hey Bill L,

    I don’t want my vehicle broken into either so could you please illucidate how being a proud NRA member keeps your car safe? Is the car rigged so that a gun goes off when it’s broken into? Do you just hide in your vehicle and never leave it, gun at the ready? Is it legal to have a loaded gun in your vehicle? Is there some magic potion you receive when you become an NRA member?

  12. Brookie   May 29, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Seems that most if not all the crime committed in Fallbrook happen on the streets mentioned above. Sheriff Dept could save a lot of time and gas by keeping a car in those areas. Why is there anyone left there to do crimes….they should all be locked up by now.

    @Bill L and Dale B…. thumbs up!

  13. Pink   May 29, 2014 at 7:44 am

    And the award for the most ignorant comment goes to comment #3

  14. Trijicon   May 29, 2014 at 9:37 am

    @ RB. Ignorance is trying to define something you have no understanding of, in this case the NRA. Your childish straw man generalities based on falsehoods and lack of rational thought are also evidence of deep ignorance. Your comment comes off like a whiff of smoke.

  15. Bill L   May 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm


    Really? Are you insinuating that our Marines are breaking into cars?
    What is your problem? Boys? They are proud men who defend your freedom.

    Where would you be without them? You should be ashamed of yourself.

  16. one car was mine   May 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    My car was one that was broken into. on one of the smaller side streets. days after a business had a ton of cars broken into across the way. and not only mine was broken in to but 2 of my co workers parked next to me. i saw the guy who did it walk away with one of the pieces of evidence in his hand. when i told them who it was they went looking for him. took a few days. called to let me know they found him but because he wouldnt admit to it they had to release him for lack of evidence… and what do ya know… its still going on. hmmmmm

  17. Ray (the real One)   May 29, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    New commander, more butts in cars.

  18. Redneck Bill   May 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm


    Really? So asking how being an NRA member makes Mr. Bill’s vehicle safe makes me ignorant?

    You do realize the topic here is car break-ins, yes? Might it be of interest to those whose vehicles have been broken into to know how being an NRA member can prevent break-ins?

    I personally think a car alarm, keeping the doors locked at all times and not leaving anything of value visible are the best way to prevent break-ins. But I’m willing to be educated about the advantages of avoiding break-ins through NRA membership.

    Is that too much of a generalization for you? Go ahead and clear up all of the falsehoods I’ve presented.

  19. California Justice is a Joke   May 30, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Why didn’t all of you show up for the meeting? Where is the outrage? I bet if the story was "70% of the rapes were caused by men not keeping their wives and daughters locked up" this would be front page national news. Training the victims here is exactly like telling rape victims they shouldn’t be wearing short skirts.

    The real problem here is criminals are not concerned about getting caught. They know there is little chance of getting busted because the sheriff is not going to bother getting a search warrant even if the perps are ID’d. And even if they do get caught, they know there is very little chance of them going to jail and they know that the ankle bracelets are completely ineffective at restricting their movements. They also know that even if they are the one in a million that does go to jail, it will be like taking a vacation. They aren’t stupid.

  20. Bill L   May 30, 2014 at 10:55 am


    An armed populace deters crime of this sort. Did you happen to notice that all of the places where gun ownership is restricted there are the highest crime rates?

    Chicago anyone? Have you been to Mexico? Guns illegal there. Hmmm lots of crime.

    There are less crimes of this sort in places like Texas where gun ownership is expected.

    I am quite certain if I were a thief out looking to break into cars I would avoid the the cars of citizens who might just come out with their rifle and place me under citizens arrest.

    You my friend would either witness your car broken into and just accept that or maybe try to confront the criminals only to be beaten, stabbed, or robbed yourself. Or maybe you call the police and by the time they get there the damage has been done and Mr. Criminal continues his crime spree.

  21. Redneck Bill   May 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Bill L,

    A couple points. You’ve assumed I am not a gun owner. I didn’t say I was or wasn’t, but I have absolutely no problem with responsible gun ownership and I believe the laws of the State of California require such.

    You mention that an armed populace deters car break-ins. There are roughly 310 million guns in the US and 310 million people. If your theory is correct, why so much crime?

    I think a criminal breaking into a car, or anything for that matter, is an opportunist. He will look for a place that is easy to enter and quick to leave. If he’s caught in the act of course you confront him with a weapon. But that is a rare occurrence. Better to avoid that circumstance in the first place.

  22. Fact check   May 31, 2014 at 8:20 am

    @Bill L

    "An armed populace deters crime of this sort. Did you happen to notice that all of the places where gun ownership is restricted there are the highest crime rates?"

    Not true. Japan has some of the lowest crime rates in the world, and gun onwnership is tightly controlled.

    Something to think about.


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