Homelessness is a difficult challenge for many urban neighborhoods including Hillcrest. Homeless people act in anti-social ways and drive away customers. Homeless people are drawn to Hillcrest because of the proximity of the neighborhood to Balboa Park, the local hospitals and the generous nature of the neighborhood. As a business owner, the last thing you want to do is have to deal with a problematic homeless people. This website is designed to help you better engage with this population and prevent them from disrupting your business.
Call the Hillcrest Security Patrol at 619.938.2333
Recently the HBA increased its security patrol service to businesses. Depending on where your business is you can take advantage of different levels of service. The HBA has contacted with Citywide Security Services. Citywide has experience dealing with the anti-social behavior of homeless individuals and can take legal steps to make them relocate to more appropriate areas.
If your business is in the heart of Hillcrest (within about three blocks of the Hillcrest Sign) the patrol is available between the hours of 10am and 6pm every day.
The nighttime patrol occurs throughout the entire neighborhood and is designed to disrupt homeless people’s sleeping habits. If you know a place where homeless people frequently sleep, you can have that location added to the nuisance area list. To have your location added to the list call the HBA at 619-299-3330.
Remember, as always, don’t hesitate to call 911 if you feel threatened. Also, if you see a crime in progress call 911. Police deployment is based on the number of 911 calls that are generated in a neighborhood, so the more legitimate calls the better. The number for the police non-emergency line is 619 -531-2000.
Protect your property
The Police Department will not enforce the law on your property without your permission. Having an SDPD Letter of Agency on file with the HBA will mean that if the SDPD is called to your property, they’ll enforce the law. Also, the HBA’s security staff will be able to disrupt behavior of homeless people on your property.
Letter of agency: submit this form to HBA at email@example.com.
San Diego Police Department letter of Agency (editable PDF): Submit this form directly to the San Diego Police Department.
Another way you can secure your property or business is to hire additional security. Many businesses hire their own security. The HBA can’t be responsible for private property. However, if you hire the same company as the HBA to patrol your property your dollar will go much further because your service will coordinate with the neighborhood service. If you’d like to hire Citywide Protection services to patrol your property, please call them at 619.750.4542
The Hillcrest Business Association has cleaning crews out every day in the neighborhood. It doesn’t take much for us to schedule a cleaning crew to deal with any messes related to homeless people. If you see any mess (no matter how gross) you can call the HBA at 619-299-3330. Businesses can call at no cost! Remember, we can deal with one off emergency issues on your property, but we can’t clean every issue.