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Sheriff's Lt. James Barnes is a longtime Murietan. Click photo for larger image.

More than 40 neighbors attended last week’s community outreach offered by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department. They got a number of crime-fighting tips and a peek at a new program that could help address nuisance issues in areas like Rancho Murieta.

The number one tip, given the crime reports in this area: Lock your car, and don’t leave valuables in there.

Thursday night’s session was held in the Murieta Village Clubhouse. Nearly all of the attendees were from the Village. The Sheriff’s Department sent a dozen representatives.

Lt. James Barnes, a longtime Murieta resident, opened the meeting and handled the introductions.

He said the department needs to receive reports of criminal activity so its efforts can be data-driven. When they see a hot spot of problems, he said, resources will be applied there. Living in Murieta, he also had some insight into the typical crime issues.

“We understand that a lot of the 18- to 20-year-olds, maybe they’re adults but they’re not (able) to go out on their own yet, they really run out of things to do out here, so they start  ... getting into mischief and it creates a nuisance for all of you. And that’s what we need to mitigate and eliminate,” he said.

He said the department wants to work with Rancho Murieta Security to identify and address chronic offenders.

“An idea we’ve come up with, working with our community prosecutors, we’re going to identify what we call our top 10 list,” he said. “The top 10 list is the ones that have been on Rancho Murieta Security’s scale ... we’ll see if we keep getting calls about the same person, Sheriff’s Department responding to the same person.

“Once we’ve identified the top 10, then we’re going to have our officers do what we call an intervention. ... We have county resources to deal with whatever we need to. It also lets them know that we’re now watching. If it continues, then I will come out with the community prosecutor, and we’ll have another sit-down with the family.”

If the crimes continue and escalate, in severity or number, the person would eventually be charged. Under a new program the person could face a choice between trial and entering a rehab program for drugs, alcohol or whatever problem needs addressing.

The district attorney’s community prosecutor for this area, Rochelle Beardsley, said the program, called the Chronic Nuisance Offender Program, is new this month. In a telephone interview Monday, she said it aims to help repeat offenders and to end the problems they create.

“Once they are arrested for one of the qualifying crimes, and they have the background that it takes to be classified as somebody who is a chronic nuisance offender,” she said, “then I would make an offer, which I do on every single case, and it’s called a plea bargain, and you either spend whatever amount of time in jail or you avail yourself of one of these programs that ... one of these county agencies is recommending you’d be a good fit for.”

Darlene Gillum, general manager for the Community Services District, which oversees Security, said over the weekend that the CSD hadn’t yet discussed the "top 10" approach with the Sheriff’s Department.

Detective Matthew Deaux of the high-tech crimes bureau told the community meeting his group sees 200 to 300 new cases a month. He offered tips about how to avoid being scammed.

  • Don’t give out personal information on the phone. “I don’t know of any businesses that will call you and request your Social Security number,” he said. “That’s something you should never give out.”
  • Make sure you shred personal documents before throwing them in the trash.
  • When you write a check in a public place, be careful that someone isn’t able to see the account number on your check.
  • Don’t carry your Social Security number in your wallet with your driver’s license. “If I have your Social Security number and your date of birth, I can do all kinds of bad things,” Deaux said.
  • Don’t leave your password visible at your computer. Don’t choose an easy password.
  • If you get an email from someone you don’t know, don’t open it – delete it. If it’s from someone you know and there’s an enclosure, but this person doesn’t usually send enclosures, call and ask the person before opening the file.
  • To thwart skimmer devices, which try to capture your credit card or debit card information, Deaux typically grabs the lip of the card input on the machine to make sure there’s isn’t a skimmer device attached there. A skimmer device will pull right off.

Jacque Villa's picture
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Sheriff tells RM how to avoid crime

I was very disappointed to see very few residents from the North and South attend this meeting.....crime affects us all over the community. The flyer clearly stated "ALL RESIDENTS OF RANCHO MURIETA "!!!!! the venue happened to be the Village because it was the only place available...RMA said no and CSD is to small for everyone. The Sheriff came out with several Officers to help and answer any concerns we have about crimes in this community...so remember, when you become a victim of a crime and wonder why it takes so long for them to get here, perhaps it's because the Sheriff feels it's not really important to us !!!!!!

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Sheriff's Visit To RM

It is a shame that the attendance was so low, especially since there were14 Deputies in attendance. I wonder how many residents actually knew this was taking place regardless of the location? I don't remember seeing any announcement regarding their planned visit even though I am certain there was one. Maybe we need a better communication plan for events of this type. Perhaps a text message to those of us who would be receptive to receiving them for important announcements. You could do an initial announcement and then some follow up reminders.

Maybe a flyer or two, or a banner at the entrance might also help. It would sure be nice to have the property damage cease .                                                                                                                                                                         

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Sheriff Visit

John, I personally walked through the Plaza and had the flyers put up on all the business' windows...I had the announcement put on the web sites, RM .com and Facebook.....I requested it be put up on our Channel 5 but was told it's difficult to get something on that channel....so, short of going to or calling up all the residents, one by one, we got the word out as best as we could.....Please tell me what else I could have done ????? We scheduled it for 6:30 so folks would be home from work also !!! Oh, and it was in the Times newspaper on Wednesday.....

What else could we have done ?????

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Sheriff's Visit To RM

Wow Jacque, I must be living in a different community, or in a fog, as I don't recall seeing any of those notices. So that is  a good question. There is a way you can send a text message to a broad group of people, such as a community, as long as they give their consent or opt in. For situations such as this it might be worth exploring. You could also use it for reminders to vote, special waste pick ups and other activities like these. It would probably not be good to have frequent messages as it might become a nuisance rather than a help.

I like most people in this community are fed up with some of the stuff that goes on here and anything that would help eliminate it would be welcome. Would be happy to talk with you further out of this venue if I can help.

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