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.
San Diego firefighters have had their hands full this week when it comes to fires that investigators think are started by homeless people.
Dozens demonstrated on the Del Mar corner of Jimmy Durante Blvd. and Via de la Valle saying gun shows should not be held at the the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
A fire at an apartment in downtown Chula Vista sent two children to a hospital early Saturday morning.
Mesa College will award the first bachelor's degrees in its history during a commencement ceremony today, the college announced.
Sharp Hospital on Friday recognized those who have overcome major medical setbacks to become leaders in the community during the 28th Annual Victories of Spirit celebration.
The goal of the Buy Nothing Project is that nothing goes to waste. From leftover food to cleaning out your closet, someone's trash can become someone else's treasure using a Facebook page.
A San Diego County sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday on suspicion of groping a teenage girl at a Vista fast-food restaurant.
News 8 on Friday spoke with San Diego high school students about what it is like to live in an age where school shootings are all too common.