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Under the Hot Summer Sun, Make Safety Priority #1!

Take advantage of the long summer days by getting together with your neighbors! Neighbors who know each are better at looking out for one another. Organize an event in your neighborhood to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7! Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Deputies will make every effort to visit your neighborhood if you register your National Night Out event by Friday, July 27. This is a great opportunity to strengthen the sense of community in your neighborhood and to meet the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office who work hard to keep Saratoga safe. 

Saratoga Neighborhood Watch groups can also apply for an annual grant of up to $300. Grants can be used to hold gatherings, such as a National Night Out event, which would also meet the new requirement to hold one neighborhood gathering per year in order to stay registered with the City of Saratoga. 

As temperatures rise and you dive into the water to cool off, make sure you and your family swim safely. Reduce the risk of drowning, especially for children ages 1 through 4, by never leaving children unattended near the pool, enrolling them in age-appropriate swim lessons, and using flotation devices until they are confident swimmers. You can also take a class to learn life-saving CPR tips and help keep others safe. 

Along with warmer temperatures, summer also increases the risk for wildfire. Reduce the risk by removing dead plants, grass, and weeds around your property. Also, be aware of potential ignition sources, such as barbeques. Make sure the grill is placed away from structures, eaves, or branches to prevent fires. Never leave the grill unattended, and always keep children and pets a safe distance away to avoid injuries or burns.

All Neighborhood Watch groups are now required to hold 1 gathering per year. Let the City know about your gathering by December 2018 to stay registered. 


Tip from Captain Rich

Summer is a great time to explore Saratoga’s hills and tree lined streets on a bike. Stay safe while riding by following these tips:

  • Wear a helmet and bright clothing
  • Ride with the direction of vehicle traffic
  • Equip your bike with a taillight and front light
  • Keep clear of parked cars to avoid a collision with doors that open unexpectedly 
  • Keep your eyes on the pavement to avoid pot holes and other hazards
  • Make eye contact with drivers and clearly signal your intention at intersections

Captain Rich Urena oversees the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office West Valley Division.

Deputy Michael Keck & Dutch

Meet Deputy Keck & Paw-ficer Dutch

Deputy Michael Keck and his new K9 crime fighting paw-tner, Dutch, have been working hard to keep Saratoga safe. Deputy Michael Keck was born and raised in El Dorado County. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer then worked as a Correctional Officer for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office before he was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff in 2014. 

Recently, Deputy Keck was teamed up with Dutch to sniff out crime in Saratoga. Dutch is a two-year old Dutch Shephard who comes from Europe. He just completed 4 weeks of “ruff” training in San Francisco, where he learned narcotics detection and patrol duties. Those patrol duties include obedience, indoor and outdoor searches, and apprehension.

When they’re off duty, the crime fighting duo enjoys playing fetch and hanging out with Deputy Keck’s English Bulldog puppy and Staffordshire Terrier. 


Saratoga by the Numbers

Below is a breakdown of recent crime-related statistics in Saratoga. Find additional crime data or sign up to receive a weekly summary of the Sheriff’s Office activity in Saratoga on the City’s website. Near real-time data is also available at

Key Takeaways

The message is clear: Saratoga residents are watching out for each other. There were no residential burglaries during the month of June and the number of calls to report suspicious activity were among the highest all year! Congratulations Saratoga! Maintain the momentum by:
  • Trust your instincts. Immediately call 911 when you see something suspicious. 
  • Stop crime by building community. Residents who know each other are better at spotting unusual activity. Visit the City’s website to find out if you live in a Neighborhood Watch group or start a new group today. 
  • Make your home a hard target. Close and lock doors, windows, garage doors, and side gates. 
  • Register your home security camera with the Sheriff’s Office to help law enforcement put criminals behind bars. 

Suspicious Activity Calls & Residential Burglaries 2018
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