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Posted by on August 5, 2012

The Scenic Drive Neighborhood Watch is Up and Running! 

Deputy Barney Brause answers questions from residents eager to form a Neighborhood Watch program for Scenic Drive.

Having heard about the rash of break-ins on the Hill, I talked to a neighbor, who is very involved in and knowledgeable about the who, what, when and how of Idyllwild and Hill communities.  He directed me to Charlie Wix, who has organized a Neighborhood Watch in Upper Fern Valley, and to Reserve Deputy Barney Brause, the Sheriff’s Office man on the mountain for getting locals to start up Neighborhood Watch programs.

Our first meeting not only surpassed expectations for numbers of interested neighbors, it was all that was needed to launch a Neighborhood Watch for Scenic Drive.  Following is my report about the first meeting, held August 2, 2012:

You will be getting more information in the near future, but here are a few highlights:

18 residents or their representatives attended.

We decided to open participation to all residents along Scenic Drive and its outshoots [Hillsdale, Circle Way, Circle View, Rising Glen, Sunset View and Shady View].  Darryl, which has a different traffic pattern, will not be included.

Our next meeting will again be at our home, 25525 Scenic, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 8.

Barney Brause, right, and Charlie Wix, top left, talk with Scenic Drive residents about how the Neighborhood Watch program works.


We will be preparing more materials to get to you very soon, but in the meantime,

The number to call if you see suspicious activity is 951-776-1099.  Use 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.

“I SAW …” is the key to making this work.  If you see something suspicious, report it to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office at that number and tell the deputy what you saw with as much detail as possible without taking a risk.

When I said it is “Up and Running,” I mean that you can look out of your window or be aware if something is different while you’re driving up Scenic.  Do that, and you are doing what the Neighborhood Watch requires.

The group wants to get official Neighborhood Watch signs up as soon as possible.  I will contact you with a suggested donation amount needed to purchase signs and other materials that will indicate that we are ready to protect our property (and lives).

What you can do today to make this program effective is to be alert, inquisitive, nosy and aware of what’s going on around you.  There are break-ins happening in the area, including on Circle View this week.

The meeting was an excellent chance for neighbors to get to know each other.

If you see anything suspicious, call the neighbor (you’ll receive phone numbers soon) to check out the activity.  Limit your involvement to calling the Sheriff’s Office to tell them what you see.

Thanks to all who came and those who indicated their support.  Our effort could be helpful in getting more Neighborhood Watch groups together in other Idyllwild areas.  Special thanks to Reserve Deputy Barney Brause and Upper Fern Valley organizer Charlie Wix for getting us started.

You’re welcome to call or email me for additional information and suggestions.  Barry Zander, 949-292 -8578, .


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