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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


IN THIS ISSUE ~ click on link to go directly to section

:: Walk with HBNW in the Parade!

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: Featured CRIME of the week!

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log


:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB



:: HBNW is doing the FIESTA!

:: C.E.R.T.

:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

:: We are here for you!



Walk with us.  Be in the PARADE!  Proudly Support HBNW. 

Please join us as we walk in the HB St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 15th at 11a.m.

We will be driving a convertible MINI COOPER!  We have green hard candy sticks to pass out to children along the route.  Kelly will be riding in the car as WOMAN OF THE YEAR.  Please walk with your fellow HB neighbors and have a great experience proudly supporting the Neighborhood Watch program!  You make the program work, now come and feel the HB community at its best!


The HB Amateur Radio Association will be with HBNW driving a 1967 Mustang Coupe driving by the founder, Ken Hartley and co-pilot, John Kovac.  Many HAM operators will be walking in support of HB!


The Redondo Beach C.E.R.T. Alumni will be driving the C.E.R.T. truck and supply trailer, while C.E.R.T. trained residents support community disaster preparedness!


Please be present at 10:30a.m. on Valley Dr. between Pier Ave and 8th Street with your family and your dog if you would like to represent HBNW or HBARA!  Children under 5 years old, must be in a stroller.  If you bring your dog, please bring a poop bag to clean up! 




HBNW CRIME LOG ~ This log contains crimes in HB that residents can read and learn from in order to TARGET HARDEN their home, vehicles and neighborhood. 



Wednesday 3-5-08 - Sunday 3-9-08



AREA 1 - BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo St.)

AREA 2 - GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and Manhattan border)

AREA 3 - RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to Harper/Reynolds)



Wednesday 3-5-08

Area 1


415 PC

600 block of 2nd St


There was a call of solicitors in the area. Two juveniles were located and contacted. They were selling magazines for school however they were from Torrance. They were advised and an FI card was completed for each.



Area 2


Sec chk

North end of city

459 PC saturation patrol

We have been conducting extra patrol to the area during the night regarding the resent spike in burglaries in the area.



Saturday 3-8-08


Area 2


459 PC

2500 block of Valley

Vehicle burglary

The suspect used a pry tool on the lock to gain entry. There was $300 and a credit card taken.



Area 1


459 PC

415 Herondo

Vehicle burglary

The suspect smashed a window to gain entry. $345 and a purse was taken.





Featured CRIME of the week


Hit and Run, Injury traffic collision and a DUI.


On Friday evening (3-7-08) at approximately 1752 hours there was a  call of a injury traffic collision in the area of Prospect and 5th St. As units were responding we were updated that there is a Hit and Run vehicle involved last seen northbound Prospect. Once on scene it was found that the Hit and Run vehicle was involved in the injury collision at prospect and 5th St. Apparently Party 1 (Party at fault) was involved in a prior collision at Prospect and Massey (Hit and Run).

Party one was driving a mini van and crashed into a suv jeep at the corner of Massey and Prospect. The owner of the jeep was reaching inside of the back unloading items as P1 crashed into the back of her vehicle missing her by inches. The mini van continued N/B Prospect and crashed into another minivan that was stopped at the stop sign at 5th St. P1 deflected off to the left and subsequently sideswiped another vehicle (Toy SUV) that was traveling S/B Prospect in the intersection of 5th St and Prospect. P1 ultimately came to rest partially on the sidewalk of the N/W corner of Prospect and 5th St. The driver of the vehicle was transported to the hospital for injuries caused by the airbag and later booked into the HBPD for Hit and Run and DUI.

Prospect was shut down from 7th St. south to 2nd St and 5th St was shut down at Hopkins. There were 5 tow trucks required to clear and clean the roadways and it took approximately 2 hours. 9 HBPD officers, all HBFD, 3 Community Service officers along with 2 So. Ca. Edison personnel were required for the entire call.

In the end, three officers were busy and unavailable working on a 901 Injury Traffic Collision, a 20002 (Hit and Run) and a DUI. The traffic collision report and the hit and run report were completed and turned it at approximately 2315 hours. The DUI was completed and turned in a short time after.




Area 1

03/07/08                     Noon - 2 p.m.                1800 block of Marine Avenue

(Residential Burglary) The resident locked all the doors prior to leaving the residence and returned home to discover two sliding glass doors and a side door open. Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence through a window in a bedroom that might have been closed but not locked or slightly ajar. Several rooms were ransacked and suspect(s) took several items including a video camera, jewelry, piggy banks, a digital camera and clothing.


Area 2

03/05/08 - 03/06/08    9:40 p.m. - 9:40 a.m.                 1700 block of 3rd Street

(Vehicle Vandalism) Unknown suspect(s) used possibly a BB gun to make two cracks in the windshield of the vehicle which was parked and locked in the victim's driveway.


Area 9

02/29/08 - 03/08/08   4 p.m. - Noon                            3400 block of Laurel Avenue

(Vehicle Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim's unlocked vehicle and took the XM Roadie radio and some change.


Area 9

03/05/08 - 03/06/08     9 a.m. - 9 a.m.                          3100 block of Palm Avenue

(Attempted Residential Burglary) The residence was tented and fumigated. When the homeowners returned to the residence they discovered broken keys in both the front and back doors. The doors remained locked and no entry was made to the residence. No suspects were seen or heard.


Area 9


03/5-6/08              8:45 p.m. - 7 a.m.                                 700 blk of 33rd St

Vehicle Burglary - Victim said she parked and locked her vehicle on the south side of 33rd St adjacent to her residence.  She left her vehicle and went inside for the evening. She returned to the vehicle the next morning and noticed the front driver side window had been smashed. The inside of her vehicle had been ransacked but nothing appeared to be missing and several valuables were still inside her vehicle


03/5-6/08              7 p.m. - 6:45 a.m.7 a.m.                        700 blk of  33rd St.

Vehicle Burglary - Victim stated he parked his vehicle in the 700 blk of 30th St. He secured it by rolling up all windows and locking all doors manually. He covered the vehicle with a car cover. At approximately 7 a.m. he was notified by police that his vehicle had potentially been broken into. He came out to the vehicle which was still parked in the same spot. He observed the car cover had been torn apart and the vehicle had been accessed. The interior of the vehicle had been ransacked, yet no items had been removed. The front driver window had been smashed out.


03/5-6/08              6 p.m.- 6:45 a.m.                                   700 blk of 33rd St

Vehicle Burglary - Victim stated he parked his vehicle in the 700 blk of 30thSt. He secured it by rolling up all windows and locking all doors manually. He is certain the car was locked and the convertible top was secured. At approximately 6:45 a.m. he came out to the vehicle which was still parked in the same spot. He observed the convertible top had been torn apart and the vehicle had been accessed. The interior of the vehicle had been ransacked, yet no items had been removed. There was extensive damage to the interior passenger compartment leather, including to the front passenger seat. The exterior rear passenger side quarter panel had been scratched and the antennae had been broken off..


03/5-6/08              7 p.m. - 12:58 a.m.                                2900 blk of Maple Av

Attempted Grand Theft - Victim last saw his vehicle parked in front of his residence at 7 p.m. He said the vehicle might have been left unlocked.  At approximately 1 a.m. he was notified by the police that his vehicle might have been entered. Victim looked at his vehicle interior. The glove compartment was open. The interior of the car was ransacked. Approximately $5 - $10 worth of U.S. coins was missing from the center console. The video console was damaged.


03/5-6/08            7 p.m. - 7 a.m.                                      2900 blk of Maple Av

Theft - Victim parked his vehicle in the driveway of his residence around 7 p.m. He did not lock his vehicle. The next morning he returned to his vehicle and noticed his vehicle had been ransacked and some change and an electric shaver were missing from his vehicle.


03/5-6/08            10:30 p.m. - 7:10 a.m.                            3300 blk of Laurel Av

Theft (unlocked vehicle) - Victim parked her vehicle in the driveway of her residence at 1 p.m. She did not lock her vehicle. At about 10:30 p.m. she walked her dog and did not notice anything wrong with her vehicle. The next morning she walked outside and saw that her vehicle had been ransacked and her purse had been removed


03/5-6/08            7:30 p.m. - 7:45 a.m.                             3300 blk of Laurel Av

Theft (unlocked vehicle) - Victim parked her vehicle in the driveway of her residence at 7:30 p.m. She did not lock her vehicle. The next morning she walked outside and observed an officer taking a report from her neighbor across the street. She decided to check her vehicle and discovered it had been tampered with as well. The passenger compartment of her vehicle was ransacked and her MP3 player had been removed


03/5-6/08            8:30 p.m. - 7:40 a.m.                             2700 blk of Palm Av

Vandalism (vehicle) - Victim parked his vehicle in the 2700 blk of Palm Av. He secured it by rolling up the widows and locking all doors manually. There was no significant damage to the car when he parked it and there were miscellaneous objects all about the interior of the passenger compartment. The next morning when he came out to the car, which was still parked in the same spot, he observed the car had been vandalized. There was extensive damage to the driver door; it had been scratched in two places.


03/5-6/09            6 p.m. - 7:40 a.m.                                 2700 blk of Palm Av

Vandalism (vehicle) - Victim's vehicle was parked in the 2700 blk of Palm Av. There was no significant damage to the car when it was parked and there were miscellaneous objects all about the interior of the passenger compartment. The next morning when she came out to the car, which was still parked in the same spot, she observed the car had been vandalized. There was minor damage to the driver door; it had been scratched in one place, near the door crease.


03/06/08             12:27 a.m.                                             3000 blk of Palm Av

Vandalism (vehicle) - Victim was awakened by noises she heard coming from outside her home. She described them as 'thumping type' noises, possibly someone breaking into a car. She also heard male voices talking loudly. She looked out her window and observed two suspects walking N/B in the street. She telephoned the police. She was able to continue her observation of the suspects as she spoke to the dispatcher. She described the subjects and what they were wearing. She watched as the suspects approached her vehicle, which was parked in front of her residence. One suspect tugged on the driver's door as she watched. Both suspects left her car and walked across the street to her neighbor's vehicle which was parked in the driveway. She saw the suspects open both doors of the car. Both suspects appeared to rummage around the neighbor's vehicle, removing items and stuffing them in their pockets. Both suspects walked S/B on Palm Av, tugging on the handles of driver's doors of several other parked vehicles. The suspects were detained a short distance from her home and were

subsequently arrested by the police.


03/5-6/09             7:20 p.m. - 12:27 a.m.                           3000 blk of Palm Av

Petty Theft (Auto} - Victim stated he parked his vehicle in his driveway at 7:20 p.m. He was not sure if he locked it at the time. After being advised by the police that two suspects had been seen entering his car, he conducted an inventory of his car. There was about $4 in change removed from the ash tray and center console. The handle was detached from the glove box but it remained locked.


03/5-6/08              9 p.m. - 8 a.m.                          4000 blk Crest Dr

Grand Theft - Victim left her vehicle parked in her carport at 9 p.m. When victim came out to her vehicle the next morning she noticed bolts lying on the ground underneath her car. Her catalytic converter had been removed.


We are proud of the lady on the 3000 blk of Palm who was such a great witness.



REALITY: Over 90% of Californians are not prepared for a major earthquake. 


Who is responsible for the health and welfare of you and your family in a disaster?

Emergency services and government agencies may not be able to respond to your needs immediately. Their buildings, equipment, personnel, communications, and mobility may be severely hampered by the event. They will be overwhelmed!


Again: Who is responsible for the health and welfare of you and your family in a disaster? YOU ARE!

Everyone needs to be prepared to survive on our own for a minimum of 3 days, and in some cases you may need to be able to stay home for 10 days.


We cannot stop these disasters from occurring, but we can limit their impact on us, and on those we love. Proper planning and preparation will help you and your family be safe. The most important concept in developing a Family Emergency Preparedness Plan is communication. Every member of the family needs to be involved so that when disaster strikes, everyone will know what to do, and how to keep in touch.


Once your family is prepared, it is time to look to your neighbors. In times of disaster your neighbors will probably be the first ones available to come to your aid. Find out before disaster strikes what resources you share and how you can work together for the good of one another.







When:  Saturday, April 26, 2008

Where: City Council Chambers

Time: 1p.m. - 3:30p.m. 

**Includes a light snack and materials.


Please e-mail Kelly to secure a seat!




Link to purchase the MYN bag for under your bed.  For any kit purchased from More Prepared, including the MYN bag, free shipping to HB residents applies when you enter Coupon Code MYN2008.  For any other kit, please use Coupon Code HB2007.



"Map Your Neighborhood" (MYN) is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters.  It is a program that HBNW has adopted and is mandatory that all Block Captains attend and implement on their street.


MYN will help you to:

  • Learn the "9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster" to secure your home and to protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following disaster and these steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives.
  • Identify the Skills and Equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing which neighbors have supplies and skills helps your disaster response be timely, and allows everyone to contribute to the response in a meaningful way.
  • Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas for quick response if needed.
  • Create a Contact List that helps identify those with specific needs such as elderly, disabled, or children who may be home alone during certain hours of the day.

  Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.







Forward this link to all of our friends & neighbors that live in Hermosa Beach.


A link to the city web page for residents to go to add their phone number to the city telephone notification/information message system, Code Red. The link provides information about the system, how it will be used and allows residents to add their phone number so they will be in the system for city notifications.






iPod Muggings - A Growing Problem For Owners

Tips On Keeping Your Digital Audio Player and Yourself Out Of Harms Way

Thieves have moved from designer sneakers to iPods and they aren't playing around. Here are tips on safeguarding yourself and your iPod or any small hand held electronic device.



The "Have a nice night" Checklist

There is nothing on this list that goes beyond using common sense - however, we get so busy in our lives we often "forget" to take care of certain matters. Unfortunately, the safety of your family and home is not something that can be over looked.


NOAA Weather Radio

The safety of residents, employees and visitors is an absolute priority and having a Tone Alert radio available is a key part in our emergency planning. Consider adding a Tone Alert radio to YOUR emergency plan and encourage your friends and family to do so too. Why is having a Tone Alert All-Hazard radio so important? Here's why:

  • How will you know if there is an emergency threatening your family at 2:00 AM? Your Tone Alert All-Hazard radio notifies you if there's an emergency by providing the most comprehensive weather and emergency information available to the public. It will sit quietly on your desk or nightstand until an alarm is sounded. You do not have to worry about having your television or AM/FM radio turned on to hear emergency alerts.
  • They broadcast warnings and information for all types of hazards, from weather, technological, and natural hazards to national emergencies.
  • Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages automatically trigger the Tone Alert All-Hazard radio, sending important public safety information to people when they are home, at work, or in school. This area of the country was the first to implement the linking of the EAS system to Tone Alert All-Hazard radios.
  • Interested in helping ensure thesafety of missing children?Tone Alert All-Hazard radios will supply you with important "Amber Alert" broadcasts.
  • Not concerned about high winds in the Strait of Juan de Fuca? Tone Alert All-Hazard radios employ Same Area Message Encoding (SAME) digital programming technology, making any hazard information you receive specific to YOUR County.
  • Program your radio to receive hazard information for specific areas you are interested in.
  • Take your radio on vacation! Tone-Alert radios are battery-powered so you do not have to worry about having your TV or AM/FM radio turned on to hear emergency alerts.
  • Tone-Alert All-Hazard radios even come in unique versions for people with special hearing needs.

Make sure you and your family can receive warnings for natural and manmade disasters and invest in a Tone Alert All-Hazard radio today!

*Radios can be purchased locally from electronic stores, as well as through online retailers. For a list of on-line dealers, go to the National Weather Service (NOAA) NWR Consumer Receiver Information page.  Also see:







Magazine seller jailed in Novato sex assault


Article Launched 03/07/2008

A traveling magazine salesman was arrested Friday on suspicion of forcing his way into a Novato woman's home and sexually assaulting her this week, police said.

Renard Amos, a 19-year-old Illinois resident, was booked into the Marin County Jail on suspicion of assault with intent to commit rape, burglary and false imprisonment. Bail was set at $50,000.

The attack occurred at 3:30 p.m. Thursday on Center Road in Novato, where a salesman came to the door of a 21-year-old woman. When the woman opened her door slightly, the salesman pushed his way inside, restrained the victim and touched her over her clothing, police said.

The resident and the attacker struggled until she screamed and he ran away. The woman suffered minor injuries in the assault.

On Friday, sheriff's deputies in Lucas Valley contacted a group of traveling magazine sellers working for an out-of-state company, said Novato police Lt. Rich Hill. The group identified one of its salesmen as someone who fit the attacker's description and was working in Novato the previous day, Hill said.

Police arrested Amos in Lucas Valley as he was soliciting magazine sales door-to-door.


There was a residential burglary report in the Foxhaven Neighborhood on Thursday between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  The victim advised that he was home and heard the doorbell ring.  He was unable to respond immediately and by the time he got to the door the person was gone.  The victim then left the house and went to the store.  When he returned, he found that he had been burglarized.

A neighbor stated that about 4:00 p.m. a black female came to his door.  She identified herself as a magazine salesperson and attempted to lure him outside.  He refused and told her to leave.  Another neighbor stated that she saw the black female going door to door and she also observed four (4) black or dark skinned Hispanic males parked in front of the houses and appeared to be following and communicating with the female. 



HBNW is doing the Fiesta!

We are almost there!  We would like to see 5 more volunteers sign up for a two-hour shift and help HBNW raise over $3,000.00


8 volunteers per day for Saturday, May 24th, Sunday, May 25th and Monday, May 26th.    We would need 2 people working a two-hour shift starting at 10a.m., 12 noon, 2p.m. and 4p.m.


Please let Kelly know if you can assist by volunteering for a two-hour shift.  



Jeff & Susan Brown, Pearl Eszlinger, Dave Burleigh, Terrill Burnett, Tracy Hopkins, Kelly Kovac-Reedy, Patrick Kovac, Kris Kovac, Mary Goshtigian, Dave Buckland, Dick Tuey, Anne Elling, Ken & Dorothy Hartley, Kathleen Gerber, Pat Preiss, Councilman Michael DiVirgilio and Julie Jennings.




C.E.R.T. - Community Emergency Response Team

Saturday, April 5, 2008 & Sunday, August 10, 2008 have been confirmed for our Alumni Annual Training. These full day (10A-3P) trainings will replace the quarterly trainings we have had in the past. They will be similar to graduation but even better!!! Both dates will have the same content so come to one or come to both.




To Link to the Redondo Beach Fire Department CERT information.


To Link to the Redondo Beach CERT Alumni association













(310) 318-0239





















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