Part I felony cases dropped from 30 to 22 last week. While commercial/”other structure” burglaries and vehicle burglaries increased, robberies, residential burglaries and vehicle thefts declined. Calls for service handled by patrol deputies rose from 287 to 343 last week. The new 2013 weekly average in calls for service is now 302.
One robbery was investigated on Monday August 19 at 5:40 p.m. when a male shoplifting suspect was detained by loss prevention personnel at a store in the 11500 block of South Street. The suspect used pepper spray on the employees in an attempt to escape but was ultimately taken into custody.
Residential burglaries dropped from seven to three last week. Two of the recent crimes were the result of pried doors and one entry was made via an open window. iPads, cameras, laptop computers and jewelry were taken. The 2013 weekly average in residential burglaries is currently 4.5.
Four ‘”other structure”/commercial burglaries were investigated, up by one case from the week before. Two storage units were breached by cutting holes in the walls that resulted in the loss of numerous watches and jewelry. A detached garage door was left open and tools were stolen. A closed business was entered after the glass door was shattered and a cash register was removed. The 2013 weekly average in “other structure”/commercial burglaries is 2.7.
Vehicle burglaries were up from four to eight last week. All of the crimes last week involved SUVs. Three were in high-volume commercial parking lots and five were in residential neighborhoods. Backpacks, laptop computers, cell phones, tools, gym bags, clothing purses, credit cards and third-row seats (from SUVs) were among the items reported stolen. The new 2013 weekly average in vehicle burglaries is 6.6.
Vehicle thefts were down from ten to seven. All were from high-volume commercial parking lots. Five Hondas, an SUV and a commercial truck were taken. The 2013 weekly average in vehicle thefts is now 4.3.
Go to www.safercerritos.com for an extensive library of crime prevention tips, disaster preparedness information, and a variety of links to other pertinent sites.Volunteers on Patrol Wanted
The Cerritos Sheriff’s Station is seeking Volunteers on Patrol (VOPs). Patrolling the City in distinctly marked vehicles, VOPs assist with crime suppression, traffic control, vacation checks, special events and park security checks. They serve as additional “eyes and ears” for the Sheriff’s Department and train as first responders in the event of a major emergency or disaster.
If you are interested in helping Cerritos maintain its reputation as a safe place to live and work, the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station encourages you to apply to be a VOP. For more information, contact the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station at (562) 860-0044, or visit the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station to obtain an application.Block Captains Wanted
If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain in the Cerritos Neighborhood Watch, contact the Community Safety office at 562-916-1266.Block Captains act as contacts for the Sheriff’s Department and the Community Safety Division on behalf of their neighbors. They are also responsible for distributing information and do a great deal to promote public safety in Cerritos.
Remember, informed citizens who use safe living strategies are safer citizens! We encourage residents, business owners, and their employees to consider joining the Virtual Block Club (VBC). If you are interested in helping our Sheriff’s Department prevent and reduce crime, and enhancing your own personal and neighborhood safety, join the VBC on-line at our website devoted to public safety in the City of Cerritos. We encourage you to share the information with your family, friends, and co-workers. Go to www.safercerritos.com to sign up.