Editor's Note: The information below comes from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Cerritos Station's weekly crime summary.
Cerritos Sheriff's Station personnel handled 29 Part I felony crimes last week up two cases from the previous one. Increases were noted in robberies, residential burglaries and vehicle thefts. Commercial burglaries and vehicle burglaries declined. There were 316 calls for service handled by field personnel last week up from 231 the week before. The 2012 weekly average in calls for service is 271.
Two robberies were logged during this period. There were no robberies the previous reporting period.
On Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9:20 a.m. a male victim was walking on Del Amo Boulevard at Avenida Pamplona when he was pushed to the ground by a male suspect. The suspect took the victim’s backpack and fled to a vehicle that was driven by an accomplice.
At 12:13 p.m. the same day, four shoplifting suspects struggled with a loss prevention officer at a retail store in Los Cerritos Center and were able to flee with approximately 40 shirts.
Residential burglaries increased from eight to 14. Five windows were shattered, three doors were kicked in, three windows were pried open and three crimes were made possible by open/unlocked doors or windows. Laptop computers, cash, jewelry and figurines were stolen. The 2012 weekly average in residential burglaries is now 5.3.
Sheriff's safety tip: Good neighbors look out for one another. If you see anything suspicious, do not hesitate to call the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station immediately. It is always better to find out that there is a legitimate reason for activity than not to call and have a neighbor victimized.
COMMERCIAL/OTHER STRUCTURE BURGLARIES
Commercial burglaries dropped from seven to three last week. A gym locker was breached where credit cards, cash and ID were taken. Two closed businesses were burglarized for copper wire. The 2012 weekly average in “other structure”/commercial burglaries is 2.5.
Vehicle burglaries dropped from three to two last week. Two SUVs were targeted in high-volume commercial parking lots. Purses, wallets and a cell phone were the reported losses. The 2012 weekly average in vehicle burglaries is 7.0.
Sheriff's safety tip: Leaving ANY property in the passenger compartment of your vehicle is a gamble.
Vehicle thefts were up from three to five last week. Four of the recent cases took place in high-volume commercial parking lots. Four of the stolen vehicles were Hondas and one was a Kia. The 2012 weekly average in vehicle thefts remained at 3.5.
Sheriff's safety tip: Again, Hondas were the prime target last week. We also see a disproportionate amount of Toyotas and SUVs taken on a regular basis. If you own one of these vehicles, taking every precaution to protect them is crucial. At the very least, we recommend that you invest in a steering wheel locking device. They are a good visual deterrent.
* Visit 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
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.
If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain in the Cerritos Neighborhood Watch, contact the Community Safety office at (562) 916-1266.