The problem is very real.
In the first quarter of 2016 alone, official city records show that La Jolla is the number one victim of residential and nonresidential burglaries out of 125 neighborhoods in San Diego.
In addition to over 100 burglaries, there have been rapes, assaults, armed robberies, and countless vehicle break ins.
City of San Diego 2016 Crime Report by Neighborhood
City of San Diego 2015 Crime Report by Neighborhood
Another truth: Because of a critical shortage of police officers, the San Diego Police Department does not have adequate coverage for patrols to address crime in La Jolla.
City budgets are stretched too thin and there are not enough officers. Consequently, the police must prioritize to deal with the most serious crimes.
Unfortunately, this means they often do not have the time to deal with smaller offenses and reporting of suspicious persons that might prevent crime. For this reason, hold times on the nonemergency lines can be 10 minutes or more. During holiday seasons, these problems are further magnified.
Our police forces are in the unfortunate situation of having to react to crimes after-the-fact rather than having adequate presence to deter crime before it happens. They need help from the citizens and local businesses.
It is time for citizens of La Jolla to step up, help the police, and do something real to protect the neighborhoods. Our Mission
La Jolla Safety Blog
Dear Supporters of La Jolla Safety and interested Community Members: We are writing to update everybody on the status of the nonprofit organization and its attempts to launch a private security patrol in La Jolla neighborhoods. Contributions from many of you have been received and they are sincerely appreciated. The nonprofit organization has also received[…]
We’re pleased to advise that the IRS finally determined in late November 2016 that La Jolla Safety, Inc. met all necessary requirements for tax exempt status under IRC Section 501(c)(3). This is great news because it means that in connection with the organization’s charitable endeavors, donors will be able to get tax deductions for contributions[…]
Unfortunately, this crime happened yesterday morning, November 30th at 5:30 AM on 100 Coast Blvd. All four wheels of this Mercedes were stolen. – These crimes are far to frequent in our community. Be sure to click the “ACT NOW” link to help in support of our community and stop crimes like this.
La Jolla Light Article on Nov. 16th 2016
Private security: La Jolla Safety, a nonprofit corporation, continues to explore a private security option. “Fineman added that much of what Bird Rock experiences is considered “low priority crime” and out of reach to the understaffed San Diego Police Department. “We’re in the process of vetting private security companies that suit our needs,” he said.[…]
La Jolla safety directors Ron Fineman and John Buche paid a visit to one of the security companies, Security First, looking to provide private services to La Jolla Safety. The officers showed us their facilities based in El Cajon including the Dispatch Call Center, Officer continuing education classroom, explained background and drug screening of safety[…]
Recent article in the La Jolla Light: Crime and Pubic Safety News September 15
Sept.7–We had a great turnout last night at the BRCC meeting. Special thanks to Officer Larry Hesselgesser of the SDPD and supporters from other parts of La Jolla who came to encourage and provide insight into ways this has worked in other areas. Barbara Bry was present as well to give an update and was[…]