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Cerritos Weekly Crime Recap: Feb. 14-Feb. 20

Vehicle thefts and break-ins were the crime of choice during the week of Feb. 14 to Feb. 20.

Editor's Note: The information below comes from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Cerritos Station's weekly crime summary. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Cerritos Station logged 18 Part I felony investigations during this period, down from twenty the week before. Vehicle burglaries and vehicle thefts rose, but robberies, residential, and commercial burglaries declined. Field deputies handled 251 calls for service, down from 264 the week before. The new 2011 weekly average in calls for service is 258. 

ROBBERIES

There were no robberies reported during this period.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES

Residential burglaries dropped to two break-ins during this period. Both crimes involved shattered windows and jewelry was reported stolen in both cases.  The new 2011 weekly average for residential burglaries is 4.3. 

Sheriff's safety tip: Does your home have a monitored alarm system?  Unless there is someone home all of the time, this option is well worth exploring. Insurance companies offer discounted premiums for homes with burglar/fire alarms installed, and they give you the peace of mind that an entry into your home will not go undetected. 

COMMERCIAL/OTHER STRUCTURE BURGLARIES

One commercial burglary were reported during this period and it involved a closed business where a side door was pried open. The thief took TVs and money. The 2011 weekly average in “other structure”/commercial burglaries is now 3.1.

VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Vehicle burglaries rose to seven during this period. Five of the break-ins occurred in high-volume commercial parking lots, involving SUVs. Property that was missing included three stereos, two GPS units, third-row seats (from SUVs), MP3 players,  cell phones, purses, and wallets.  The new 2011 weekly average in vehicle burglaries is 6.5. 

Sheriff's safety tip: Vehicle burglars rarely enter your vehicle to just look around, but are instead attracted to an item that they can see from outside. If your property is valuable and important to you, consider leaving it at home or taking it with you when you exit the vehicle.  Remember, law enforcement officers cannot protect you from vehicle burglars.  Only you can prevent your own vehicle from being broken into. 

VEHICLE THEFTS

Four vehicle thefts were recorded during this period, up from zero incidents the week before. All four cases originated from high volume commercial parking lots. Two SUVs, one golf cart, and a trailer were stolen.  The 2011 weekly average in vehicle thefts is now 2.4. 

Sheriff's safety tip: Is your vehicle equipped with an alarm, a steering wheel locking device, or GPS tracking technology? 

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