Located on the 200 block of Smilax Road Vista, Mariposa Apartments has been the site of countless vehicle damage and vandalism incidents since the spring of 2012.
Situated in a park-like setting, the complex is a large gated community with high landscaped walls and iron walk-in gates. But due to the limited on-grounds parking, many residents with more then one vehicle must leave their cars on side streets outside the compound.
According to San Diego sheriff’s deputy Wayne Carver, there are reports of car windows smashed and graffiti tagging at this location received weekly. Despite the damage to the vehicles, there are few incidents of property theft reported.
In almost every case, incidents occur at night to vehicles parked on adjacent streets where there are no street lights, with complaints being filed the next morning. The incident pictured in this report occurred late on November 22/early November 23.