Seeking tighter security after rash of Rancho Bernardo break-ins

Posted at 7:14 PM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-13 02:34:43-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -  Look at the cluster of crimes reported and mapped out in Rancho Bernardo recently. Val Paraiso is one victim.

"Little angry it happened but I'm a little scared this is just the beginning," Paraiso said.

The Rancho Bernardo resident has a theory about the burglars' M.O.

"They come in the middle of the night; break a window, grab whatever's inside and seem to just go down the block," Paraiso said.

He just replaced the passenger window on his truck today - a $300 repair bill plus what was stolen.

"I lost a couple of pairs of pants and an organizer; guy next to me had a laptop stolen and some down the street," Paraiso said.

Nice homes, an affluent area; thieves see an opportunity to make a big haul in a single break-in.

"It seems we're being targeted; Rancho Bernardo; there's a lot of senior population here to that may be one of the reasons," Paraiso said.

The Rancho Bernardo Community Council is mindful of the upsurge in burglaries, but not labeling it a crime wave, but calling for better vigilance, tighter security, according to Robin Kaufman, with the council.

"I like to use the expression; we're not in Mayberry anymore. You do need to make precautions and when they don't, things have been taken," Kaufman said.