Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

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My daughter and her friend parked at the water plant on San Roque Road to hike Jesusita Trail yesterday afternoon. She locked her car. When she came back the front driver side window was completely smashed in and her wallet was gone. Fortunately for her, she'd put her driver's license and debit card in her phone and taken that with her on the hike. The thief got maybe $10 and a gift card to Forever 21. Ha. And completely missed more valuable items in the car. 

But honestly. WHO is that aggressive and angry? She parked among other hikers cars on a Sunday afternoon. She didn't do anything wrong. What is going on??

She called the police to make a report and was told it would "take too long" for them to get there and should just file a report online. WHY? Two girls are now alone at dusk with a smashed car window and the police can't even come to see if they are ok?

Something isn't right here. Why are they too busy to check on their welfare? 

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a-1558327372 May 07, 2019 04:14 PM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

The cops are too busy for this, yet you'll see two or more talking to some homeless person who is sitting on the ground.

a-1558327372 May 07, 2019 06:23 PM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Reply to: A-1557277946 1 1 MAY 07, 2019 04:14 PM Possibly some citizen had reported the homeless person. Possibly, as well, that homeless person might pose a danger to himself or others. Possibly the homeless person might become so aggressive that more than one officer is needed to subdue the subject. For my tax money, I prefer law enforcement question homeless rather than be called out to a petty theft that has, due to lack of hard evidence, no chance of being resolved. If a thief breaks into your vehicle and leaves behind his/her i.d. or DNA in the form of blood droplets, perhaps that might justify an investigation. Maybe.

Luvaduck May 07, 2019 04:10 PM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

I wish I knew of a way to wire the car to the battery so that if anyone tried to break in, they'd get shocked, but even if I did, I wouldn't do: I'd probably forget and shock myself or else get sued by a would-be thief.

a-1558327372 May 08, 2019 01:20 PM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

LUVADUCK you can't "defend" personal (or real) property (cars, homes, etc) by using deadly force.

a-1558327372 May 08, 2019 01:08 PM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Yep, booby trapping is a felony, it would be SO satisfying but ultimately not worth the worst case scenario.

a-1558327372 May 07, 2019 02:52 PM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

You can't win with these tweakers. Years ago a friend left a nice shiny new Lexus parked at the Summerland Beach access road parallel to 101. The SUV doors were left unlocked on purpose, to deter thieves. But . . . a duffle bag was left in the back boot space and the thief (or thieves) broke the back hatch door window to make off with the bag. The bag contained the following "valuables:" dog toys, a leash and several other dog-related objects. Score.

Lucky 777 May 07, 2019 12:24 PM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Park Rangers and Police have been telling equestrians for years to just leave your tow vehicles UNLOCKED at trail heads, since nothing will be done to deter thieves breaking into them. Invite them to take a look around, see nothing of value, and leave. Cheaper than replacing a smashed window. That's what it has come to.

PitMix May 07, 2019 03:44 PM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

This seems hard to believe. Like an open invitation to vandalism. What is cheaper, replacing a broken window on the off-chance a thief is around, or fixing a vandalized interior of an unlocked car? Be really interested to see where the rangers are posting this advice.

PitMix May 07, 2019 03:42 PM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

You're hired! Post the number of hours you have worked and number of criminals caught and we will cut you a check.

SB_TAHOE May 07, 2019 09:48 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Whenever wherever you park your vehicle, put anything tempting in the trunk where it can't be seen. If your vehicle doesn't have a trunk, put tempting items under the seat, or cover them with a coat or towel.. A thief walking by cars, glancing in seeking valuables will see nothing of interest and move on.

Fitness1 May 07, 2019 07:53 PM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

SB Tahoe, one of the people I know whose car was broken into at Rattlesnake had a folded-up beach towel on the seat. Thief apparently thought the towel was covering something of value and smashed the window and grabbed the towel. That's all it was, a towel. Nothing of value in the car at all. My guess is to leave the car completely empty or extremely well concealed under the seat. Sad state of affairs.

Concerned4Calif May 07, 2019 09:02 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

It would be so easy to drive by and patrol these areas on weekends or to put up a camera. Sadly its easier to let insurance companies pay for all the broken windows. Its why our insurance rates are so high.

a-1558327372 May 07, 2019 09:38 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Government cameras, when video is recorded/stored, have requirements for how long they have to keep the video (many, many years, due to govt status). That's why you don't see them everywhere, that storage grows quickly with time and costs a lot of money to maintain. Cameras are a LOT more expensive than just the camera purchase itself - that is a tiny fraction of the cost over the years. A camera would be vandalized in no time at that location, anyway.

a-1558327372 May 07, 2019 09:06 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

PIck your poison. More patrols and cameras equal higher taxes. I prefer not to give even more money to the government - I'd rather pay for more coverage for things like this.

SBZZ May 07, 2019 08:40 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Agree Goleta - I think this is one of the safer trail heads due to the nearby presence of the water treatment facility staff and visible openness of the parking area. This is unfortunate and hopefully a very random act. Probably the safest thing to do in a situation like this is to leave the area immediately - who knows where the creep might be that did this.

a-1558327372 May 07, 2019 08:36 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Newsflash: I remember even 10/12 years ago ppl advising me, don't take anything valuable in your car and leave it parked at trailheads - this is known and has been for a long time. Lowlife criminals know that cars at trailheads are easy targets b/c not alot of people around to see them, police not nearby and people have a tendency not to take their phones and wallets/purses with them while hiking. So, no it's not a new thing. Have some common sense people.

a-1558327372 May 07, 2019 11:25 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

We used to take cars for joyrides from the lot at More Mesa Beach, cruise around Hope Ranch and then return them . Though none of us were old enough to drive we never go caught. lol

PitMix May 07, 2019 08:33 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Time for a sting operation! The danger in having cops ignore complaints like this is that neighborhood groups might form to take care of the problem. They already advise people to make "citizen's arrests" so this would be one step further. The people doing this are obviously driving up there too so it would be easy to film them breaking into an old car and then getting their license plate for future arrest. Or would the cops not follow up on that either?

a-1558327372 May 07, 2019 02:42 PM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

PITMIX. You're assuming there are no thieves fit enough to ride a bike up to the trail head. Not so. It wouldn't surprise me at all if this thief was the same skateboarding one who has been breaking into vehicles. Then where's the license plate to photograph?

Concerned4Calif May 07, 2019 08:29 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

The reason we have so much crime here in paradise is because the police do not respond to these crimes. Basically they are saying "its okay" to break the windows of any unattended car and steal the contents. The city is not 100 miles across and I presume that the police are probably within 3 miles. After all there are probably several hundred sworn officers and the city is only 40 square miles. Let's pretend it was a real emergency - would it have taken them hours to get there? Is that okay? I do not think so. I prefer to not have my windows broken. Just saying.

Phantom Blot May 07, 2019 08:26 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Stevens Park and Jesusita are wonderful places to sit and meditate, especially now that there is the soothing sound of a babbling brook as background music. I have not been to either in a while, changing the energy in the area with a simple act. Thanks burglars for reminding me where paradise is. Sorry for anyone's misfortune and distress.

goletafishsurf May 07, 2019 08:09 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Surprising to see Jesusita trail with crime involved on the news, what an amazingly beautiful and friendly place. There's always the random trippers and stoners pretty regularly, besides that though, I think this is the first theft I have ever heard reported at least at the parking lot

Soccer-Fan May 07, 2019 08:00 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

We used to live near Steven's par. It was peaceful, quiet, and safe. Interrupted occasionally by the stray Coyote running by the water's edge. Now we never go near. Even the dog froze and turned around at the entrance to the trail, a nature delight where we would walk every day. Sad. Really sorry for the girls. Understandably they must have been scared, helpless and feeling very alone. Regardless of the pepper spray advice and judgmental comments etc. - 20/20 in hindsight - they needed help and assurance then from the very people we admire and depend on to keep us safe.

Factotum May 07, 2019 07:57 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Rather than fighting some future "climate change", it would be better Sierra Club volunteers took shifts at trail heads to monitor the safety of hikers parked cars, who do want to enjoy the back country right here and now. Follow Neighborhood Watch guidelines, and that goes for the hikers too.

a-1558327372 May 07, 2019 07:56 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

To be fair, it really would have taken hours for the police to get there for that caliber of crime, and if it was already dusk.... Waiting in the dark would have put the girls in more "danger" than any other part of the situation did. Even if they did show up, they wouldn't dust for fingerprints (doesn't prove anything) or do anything else to mitigate the situation (what could they even do?). I say dispatch did you a favor by suggesting the online report. Sorry that happened to them, it must feel violating.

pstarSR May 07, 2019 07:49 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

they dont waste time for "checking welfare" on a smash and grab when everyone is obviously ok. what did you want them to do, show up are give a hug?

Fitness1 May 07, 2019 07:43 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

This happens almost every day at local trailheads. Check out the amount of smashed glass at Rattlesnake/Mtn Drive/Romero trailheads. Police don't respond because this is now so normal and untraceable it is an exercise in futility for them. Sorry this happened to them/you, but this is far from an unusual occurrence. It only takes a second for this to occur and with little traffic going by and houses further down, this area is a prime target. File a police report for insurance purposes, but sadly, don't expect anything else to be done. This is the reality of life today in SB. Most smash and grabs don't even get reported. I personally know multiple people this has happened to while hiking (mostly at Rattlesnake) and thieves got nothing of value, but I guess every now and again they get something so it continues. Sad commentary on our society and community. And agree that pepper spray when on trail is a must.

a-1558327372 May 07, 2019 07:42 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

There a LOTS of people in SB strung out on meth and other bad stuff. They are desperate and would not think twice about grabbing an easy target...Like coyotes of humans. There are definitely some homeless who live in the wilderness between Stevens Park and Jesusita trailhead at Cater. I used to live up there and I know. Don’t be an easy target by leaving stuff in your car.

yacht rocked May 07, 2019 06:41 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Sympathy for your kin. Not to pile on, but an obvious lesson learned is to not leave valuables (like a wallet) in the car, especially if visible. Tweakers and lowlifes target trailheads and, if no one's around, smashing a window is like opening a package to them.

Factotum May 06, 2019 10:22 PM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Police are not in locos parentis. Do you live close by so you could have come? So many layers to your questions, besides the shared shock and revulsion this happens in our fair town. it does. Did the girls tell the police they would stay there and insist they come in person, or did the girls just want to get out of there as fast as they could before dark. Unfortunately is has been a typical scenario in this town. Thanks for the warning to other hikers. Attacking parked cars at hiking trails comes and goes in waves. Never happy, and takes the spontaneous fun out of hiking our lovely trails. Police (county sheriffs in this case?) do not get excited about property crimes, including even stolen cars. But whether they should drop everything for hand-holding "to make sure everything is okay", not so sure we get to count on that these days. We don't know what else was going on at the same time. Nice gesture yes, but probably expecting too much. Drug addicts now live in our hills, creeks and parks - they will attack anything at any time if they think there might be money for their quick next hit. Valuables that cannot get quickly fenced do get left behind. We all need to ask why do we tolerate this continual assault on our own security and safety. ...... if in fact it was one more drug addict doing another quick smash and grab. The fall out goes well beyond the minor items lost. It is the perpetual sense of vulnerability that is hard to shake.

a-1558327372 May 06, 2019 09:59 PM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Two girls alone. You don't say how old they are, but unless one or both tells law enforcement they feel a threat is still nearby, I understand completely why a peace officer wasn't sent out for a "routine" theft. Both females should be carrying pepper spray ($7.00 on Amazon) whenever they are out in any lonely area, when they walk alone or as a pair. Regardless of age, it's a sad fact that women must acknowledge that they may be targeted physically. As for being "alone at dusk," they weren't exactly helpless if the vehicle was still in good running order.======Re: parking one's vehicle at a mountain trail head or beach lot or at any spot where you are thereby announcing that you will be gone for a length of time-----understand that your "valuables" may fall prey to thieves. As your daughter apparently thought to take along her driver's license and debit card, I would say that she was aware of the fact that a lowlife might target her vehicle. Sad fact of life, but we all must be more wary and take preventative measures whenever necessary to ensure our safety and the security of our possessions.

a-1558327372 May 07, 2019 06:07 AM
Smash and Grab Near Jesusita Trail

Agree. Grateful the girls are ok! Obviously they weren't the target here so that's good. The police didn't do anything wrong, they clearly didn't get a sense of danger and with so many petty thefts they can't show up at everything while still also patrolling and handling larger crimes that actually threatens safety of others. It's not that they don't care, but they can't be all places at once and their honesty is good, they provided action that the girls could take instead of sitting there for hours waiting for them to come take a report.

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