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Crime spiking near Highlands Elementary

Posted: June 14, 2008 2:58 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
Editor's note: The following letter was sent to The Signal and to Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar.

I would like to add my concerns to the growing list of homeowners who are greatly concerned with the drastic spike in criminal activity in the neighborhoods surrounding Highlands Elementary School.

Not a week has gone by that the Sheriff's Department is called to investigate unruly party-going, the sale of drugs in our neighborhoods, and now the seemingly planned operational theft of our cars and valuable items in our homes.

I myself had one car stolen (later recovered, but rifled through) and another broken into. Others weren't so lucky with cars totaled, valuables stolen, and security shattered.

And yet, although the Sheriff's Department is here on a regular basis, they seem to be only chronicling the issues without being able to take any corrective action to remove this element from our neighborhood.

This undesirable element seems to revel in our loss and thumb their noses at the inability to combat them in the process.

We are concerned for the safety of our families and homes, our property values, the peace and sanctity of our neighborhoods and the very sense of community that drew each of us to the Santa Clarita area.

I am told that your office wields considerable legal influence and is able not only to conduct investigations but take corrective action to remove this element from our neighborhood.

I don't know what that actually involves or what legal remedies you have at your disposal, but it is my firm hope that upon understanding how this gang of thugs is affecting the peace and security of our neighborhood, you and your office will do what you can to correct it.

To that end, I would like to invite you and your office to our Neighborhood Watch meeting on June 18 at 7 p.m. at the MPR building of Highlands Elementary School.

There you will be able to hear tales of stolen cars, broken-into homes and garages, and threats made upon those who witness such acts.

And hopefully, you will come to agree that legal and governmental action needs to be taken.

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