For a crime to occur, an opportunity has to exist and a motivated criminal has to be present. Help prevent crime by taking informed steps to make your neighborhood, business, and family safe and resistant to crime and unattractive to criminals.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Unit strives to reduce crime and improve quality of life in partnership with the communities we serve. Crime Prevention Specialists, working as members of our patrol stations, deliver and support ever-evolving prevention and safety programs, and maintain close partnerships with organizations, agencies, and community members. Specialists employ strategies ranging from personal safety to CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), stay aware of the latest residential and commercial security practices, and coordinate resources to combat current crime trends and future threats. Where you see Neighborhood Watch, Crime Free Multi-Housing, or safety and prevention information at a community fair, know that a Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Specialist is close at hand and ready to assist.
For current and upcoming crime prevention events, click here (coming soon).
Review the prevention program and action information posted as links below. For additional information or support, contact your local Crime Prevention Unit member:
||San Marcos Station
|Imperial Beach Station
||Valley Center Substation *
|Lemon Grove Station
|| * Includes Agricultural Crime
Information for Action
Well-informed people make better decisions, and better prevention decisions reduce crime. Register for the
and Nixle services
to stay informed. Community members can take an active role by knowing when to report
suspicious activity. Your overall safety and security is enhanced when you are aware of your surroundings and risks - begin by
reviewing tips for your personal safety.
If you or someone you know is at risk of domestic violence, act now with Domestic Violence
information. (Violencia Domestica)
When neighbors work together, entire neighborhoods can benefit. Crime Prevention Specialists encourage and support Neighborhood Watch programs throughout the communities we serve. If you want to see a Neighborhood Watch sign with the Sheriff’s star on it on your street, get involved and call your local patrol station.
Be a good neighbor and a good partner with your Sheriff’s patrol team, and report suspicious activity by calling (858) 565-5200.
Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program (CFMH) is successful because it approaches crime on many fronts. Law enforcement cannot solve crime problems alone. Neither can the management or residents of rental properties. However, by working together, the end result can be a successful reduction of crime and improved quality of life in rental communities. If you are a rental property owner, manager, or community member and want to reduce crime and increase quality of life in your complex through CFMH, call your local Crime Prevention Specialist.
Residential, Travel, and Vehicle Security and Safety
Good prevention and safety practices start at home. Review our Home Security Guide, Apartment and Condominium Safety overview, and use the Home Security Checklist to make your residence more secure. Residential Security Checks, vacation home checks, and other services are available through your Crime Prevention Specialist.
Going away? Know before you go - leave a safe home and be safe on your trip.
Vehicle-related crime is a persistent problem throughout the San Diego Region. Take steps to protect your vehicle and know that as long as there’s something of value in your vehicle, including information about your identity or credit, a crook will see it as an opportunity.
Child and Senior Safety and Security
Review the following information and contact your Crime Prevention Specialist for additional support or to coordinate a presentation to your organization.
Business and Commercial Site Security
Crime Prevention Specialists provide no-cost commercial security reviews at your business site. To take proactive steps to secure your business practices by employing the following information. And remember, out of sight, out of mind - would a crook see an opportunity here?
Commercial and construction sites are affected by metal theft, often involving significant damage or loss of services, has been addressed with laws regulating metal recycling. For more information, review the metal recycling laws.
Identity Theft, Fraud, and Scams
Seemingly since the dawn of time, swindlers and crooks have been misrepresenting themselves and their intentions to steal from others. Today’s web-based technology have created additional opportunities for thieves to obtain and use your personal information. Always consider the security of your personal information - in the trash, in your vehicle, in your online communications.
And a note about social networking websites: If you wouldn’t post it on your front door, don't post it on the web.
If you become a victim, take action by reporting the crime and notifying the credit agencies to “flag your credit.” See the credit agency contacts listed in the identity theft information below.
Crime Prevention Links