SAN DIEGO (CNS) - As shoppers flocked to stores Friday to hunt for bargains, so did crooks looking to take advantage of distracted victims.
Black Friday marked the start of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department's Holiday Watch program, aimed at increasing patrols throughout neighborhoods, malls, on trolleys and trains, and other hot spots for criminal activity during the Christmas season. The program will run through New Year's Day.
"Criminals do not take holidays off and neither will our deputies," Sheriff Bill Gore said.
Undercover operations will be used in conjunction with uniformed patrols and deputies will work with the San Diego County Probation Department and state parole agents to identify career criminals and repeat offenders who may be in violation of the terms of their release, Gore said.
Crime prevention specialists and senior patrol volunteers will also hand out fliers at command posts outside shopping areas, Gore said.
Shoppers can report suspicious activity by calling the sheriff's department at (858) 565-5200.
Bike riders, scooter users and pedestrians -- and bad drivers -- in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach will be targeted for safety enforcement by San Diego police Sunday.
Just a few days ago thunderstorms rolled through San Diego bringing measurable rain to the county for the first time in months. But things are about to change as strong Santa Anas are headed our way.
A man led police on a short car chase and barricaded himself in a Mission Bay motel before officers were able to arrest him Sunday.
The weekend's rainy weather was expected to quickly give way to windy conditions ripe for wildfire by late Sunday night, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag warning for parts of Southern California, forecasters said.
An overflowing sewage line in Del Mar prompted authorities to warn visitors to stay out of the water at a section of the city's shoreline Sunday.
Authorities were searching for a suspect on Sunday following an attempted sexual assault in Little Italy.
Chase De Leo scored on the final shot of the shootout to give the San Diego Gulls a 6-5 victory over the Ontario Reign Saturday night in Ontario, their first win of the 2018-19 American Hockey League season.
Just two weeks after a shark attacked 13-year-old Keane Webre-Hayes, he received a special gift from Wildlife Officers.
Dozens of fleet footed San Diegans stepped up to fight domestic violence on Saturday as a part of the 11th Annual "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" event.