After a string of property crimes in Murphy Canyon over the Thanksgiving holiday, including vehicle prowls and motorcycle thefts, some military families took to social media to get the word out.
Amber Miller, who lives in Lincoln Military Housing, said her neighbor posted about the crimes on Facebook.
“One of my friends posted something on Facebook about it happening to a bunch of in their cul-de-sac,” she said.
Navy officials on Wednesday met with San Diego law enforcement to discuss safety in military housing, as crime in military housing has been one of their concerns.
It’s common for those who live in a military housing area to feel more safe because of added patrols, so they don’t take necessary precautions, police said. That’s when property crimes increase, especially during the holidays when people are out of town or leave gifts or other items in plain view in their cars.
David Dearie Command Master Chief with Navy Region Southwest Regent said military families should be sure to keep doors locked and cars secure and keep an eye out.
“If you see anything that doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right, and notify authorities,” he said.
The Navy also recommends families not advertise where they are going for the holidays on social media as that might attract the attention of thieves.