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Cerritos Weekly Crime Recap: March 25 to 31

Cerritos Sheriff's Station officials say an effective and inexpensive “insurance” policy to prevent vehicle theft would be to utilize a steering wheel locking device.

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

Part I felony investigations conducted by members of the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station dropped from 33 the previous weekto 20 for this reporting period. Vehicle thefts were slightly up, commercial burglaries remained the same, while robberies,residential burglaries and vehicle burglaries declined. Patrol deputies handled 309 calls for service, up from 281. The2013 weekly average in calls for service is 274.

ROBBERIES

There were no reported robberies.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES

One residential burglary was logged compared to nine the week before. In the recent case a window was shattered and no loss could be determined. The new 2013 weekly average in residential burglaries is 5.4.

Sheriff's safety tip: Be observant in your neighborhood. If something or someone does not look right, call the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station. You just may be saving one of your neighbors from becoming a victim of a crime.

COMMERCIAL/OTHER STRUCTURE BURGLARIES

Commercial burglaries remained the same at two last week. A fitness center locker had a lock removed where a wallet, credit cards and ID were taken. The second case involved an attempt to drive a vehicle through the front door of a closed business. The effort was not successful. The 2013 weekly average in “other structure”/commercial burglaries is 2.5. 

VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Vehicle burglaries dropped from nine to eight last week. High-volume commercial parking lots were only involved in four crimes. Five of the targeted vehicles were SUVs. Clothing, cash, a GPS unit, purses, credit cards and eyeglasseswere missing. The new 2013 weekly average in vehicle burglaries is 8.5.

Sheriff's safety tip: Last week was another where we saw a shift from commercial parking lots to residential streets for vehicle burglaries. These incidents tend to occur near the victim’s residence, so why not just take the valuable property you may were going to leave in the vehicle with you? 

VEHICLE THEFTS

Vehicle thefts were up from two to four last week. All were from high-volume commercial parking lots. One was an SUV and three were Hondas. The 2013 weekly average in vehicle thefts is now 3.2.

Sheriff's safety tip: An effective and inexpensive “insurance” policy would be to utilize a steering wheel locking device. 

 * Visit www.safercerritos.com for an extensive library of crime prevention tips, disaster preparedness information, and a variety of links to other pertinent sites.

Crime Map Color Key

  • Days is from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. (blue)
  • PMs is from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. (orange)
  • EMs is from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. (black)
  • Unknown indicates a timeframe that overlaps with hours or possibly days from a vacation, a weekend, etc. (red)

Neighborhood Watch Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for April 24

The next Neighborhood Watch Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Cerritos Park East. Please note the change of venue from past meetings and join us at 13224 E. 166th St. as members of the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station/Community Safety Center will offer an in-depth presentation on crime in Cerritos. The major topics will be residential burglary prevention and neighborhood vigilance along with the current status of school safety in Cerritos. Plan on being there as we look forward to seeing you and answeringany questions you may have.

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.

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