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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

 

 

 

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

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: PLANET PALS ~ New Feature!

:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ READY THE RESIDENT

:: Accurate Emergency Services ~ I DID IT! See the photos.

:: HELPFUL WEBSITES

:: See the Council Meetings and Commission Meetings ONLINE NOW!

:: FOCUS ON SENIORS ~ FANNY PACK KITS

:: WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, Count on HBARA!

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: We are here for you!

:: LOCAL SUPPORT ~ Fire Extinguishers, Tac Weld and GELATO!

:: GOT EMERGENCY KITS? GET THEM NOW.

:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

 

 RECOGNITION

We would like to GIVE A BIG HUG AND THANKS to Al and Mary Ann Benson for over 25 hours spent on the filming and on the editing of the Official HBNW's National Night Out 2008 DVD.  We will send it to the judges for entry in the 25th Annual National Night Out Post Project Awards for our population category.   In all, 35.4 million people participated in NNO 2007.  Wish us luck in winning an award!
  

THE MAKING OF
Hermosa Beach's NNO 2008 DVD:

 

HB Resident, Alan Benson positioned his camera on one of the eight blocks participating in National Night Out.  He did this to capture all of the eight teams arrive and the two demonstrations provided.
 
The DVD shows still pictures of Hermosa Beach, the footage taken on 30th Street and ends with still pictures given to HBNW by Block Captains on the other seven blocks.
 
Credits are given to those who participated in NNO 2008 and made it a picture perfect evening considering it took many departments working together to pull off a three-hour block party!

 

This first video is Standard Resolution.  
 640 x 480 pixels.
 
If the first video plays a little shaky, then try the Lower Resolution Video below.  
320 x 240 pixels.

 

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 Parking:

  • Choose well-lighted parking areas;
  • Look around for loiterers before you get out of your car;
  • Keep valuables and packages locked in the trunk;
  • Always turn off the ignition, remove the key, and lock your car doors, no matter how soon you plan on returning;
  • Do not park next to vans, trucks with campers or other vehicles whose size and structure can provide concealment for a potential assailant; Exercise caution and be extra alert when using underground or enclosed parking garages. Walk in the center isle, rather than close to parked cars;
  • and If you have a choice, park in areas that have an attendant or in locations that have heavy pedestrian traffic. 
     

REPORTING CRIME
Be alert and observant wherever you are and learn to recognize signs of criminal behavior. Report all crime to the HBPD even if it is only an attempt. Crime cannot be controlled or prevented if it is not reported. By reporting crimes and suspicious activities you can protect yourself and others.

 

HBNW CRIME LOG 

Every Monday, Kelly views the HBPD Daily Activity Logs for the prior week.  With the assistance of Ofc. JR Smith or Sgt. Tom Thompson, we select crimes that our residents can learn from in order to TARGET HARDEN their home, car or neighborhood.  This is a tool that is used to inform you about how the crime occurred, time of day and if there are any suggestions for the resident to learn from the crimes selected to further secure their home or car.
 
For those of you that are interested in seeing the monthly crime statistics for all crimes in HB, please click the link below. 

 

Hermosa Beach Police Department Monthly Report 

 



Thanks for your interest in the tools that we provide to you through HBNW and our unique partnership with the HB Police Department.  

 

 

AREA CRIME LOG

Monday 9-1-2008 to Sunday 9-7-2008

 

 

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)

 



Abbreviations Used by Officers:
RP - Reporting Party
UTL - Unable to Locate
GOA - Gone on Arrival
Field Identification Card - information taken "in the field" on a person; such as name, address, distinguishing marks, clothing if needed for future contact.

 

  

Monday 9-1-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

31st St and Palm Dr

Theft

There was a call of a MHA and FHA tacking trash from the area. They were seen pushing a baby stroller. They were possibly using the stroller as a cart, no sign of a child. They were UTL / GOA.

       

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

2900 block of Hermosa Ave

Theft

There was another call of the same subjects going through trash in the area. An area check was negative. We think they had a vehicle in the area and were changing locations every few minutes.

       

 

Area 3

 

459 PC

1200 block of 17th St

Attempt burglary

The victim and his wife were watching TV inside of their residence when a male black adult attempted to enter. Once the suspect realized that there was someone inside he ran from the location. A perimeter was set up and established. The suspect was spotted once inside of the perimeter but was able to slip through without being caught.

       

 

Wednesday 9-3-08

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

300 block of 6th St

Vehicle Burglary

There was a report of a window smash on a vehicle. An IPOD was taken and this occurred during the night.

       

           

Area 2

 

459 PC

500 block of 20th St

Vehicle Burglary

There was another call of a vehicle burglary in the area. There was also an IPOD taken from a vehicle via a window smash.

       

 

  

Thursday 9-4-08

 

Area 1

 

928

The station (540 Pier Ave)

Found Property

There was a girls bike turned into the station. NOTE: If you are ever missing anything you should call records to check if we have it logged in as found property.

       

 

Friday 9-5-08

 

Area 3

 

484 PC

1000 block of 21st St

Theft

The victim had their dry cleaning taken from the porch.

       

 

 

LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

Courtesy of the HB Fire Department


The Engine Company checked out the Pier Plaza and Hermosa Ave areas twice on Saturday night.  In addition, they talked to the Police Officers on duty that night.  There were no life safety or overcrowding issues.

The inspections are designed to check for overcrowding and to ensure proper exit signs, lights, pathways, doors and door hardware are maintained pursuant to the Fire Code.  

It is the responsibility of the business owner or manager to maintain an accurate occupancy load count at all times that is at or below the approved capacity; and to ensure aisles, exit signs, exit passageways and exit doors are maintained at all times.

 

MBNW CRIME LOG

Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

 

Area 4
09/01/08                                    11 a.m. - 2:57 p.m.                    900 block of Boundary Place
(Residential Burglary) The homeowners secured their residence when they left for a few hours. When they returned they noticed a side gate was ajar and they also observed a white 4-door vehicle with a front paper plate with "Cerritos" on it, parked just east of their residence. There was a male Hispanic, approximately 32 to 38 years old, with black hair and a baseball cap, sitting in the driver's seat. One of the homeowners pushed the side gate open with a cane, and two male Hispanics came out of the gate. One suspect was approximately 50 to 60 years old, 5'8", stocky build with black hair, wearing a tan and blue baseball cap and blue jeans. The other suspect was 25 to 30 years old, with a stocky build.
One of the suspects was carrying two camera bags that belonged to the victims. One of the victims grabbed the camera bags and took them away from the suspect. Both suspects ran to the vehicle and got in. It drove westbound out of sight. While officers were determining what had been stolen, they advised the victims to inspect the camera bags that were recovered and they found all of their stolen items including numerous pieces of jewelry. The only thing that was determined stolen was a championship baseball cap that one of the suspects was wearing when he fled the location. Entry was apparently made by using bodily force on a rear sliding glass door that had been secured with a piece of PVC pipe.
 
We want you to advise you that three more catalytic converters were stolen from Toyota Tacomas parked in public parking on Sept. 3 sometime between the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. One was parked near Macy's Women's Store, one near CVS and the other at the TwinTowers parking area in the 1200 block of Rosecrans. In addition a Yukon was stolen on Sept. 3 between 6:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. from the Olive Garden parking lot. Be advised and pass this information on to your friends, families and neighbors, especially those with Toyotas.
 
Area 6
09/03/08                                                11 a.m. to 5 p.m.                       Manhattan Avenue and 6th Street
(Catalytic Converter) The victim parked and locked his Toyota Truck on the street and returned to find the catalytic converter stolen by unknown suspect(s). A neighbor heard a white pickup with "cars.com" paper plates speed off shortly after 11 a.m.
 
Area 6
09/02/08 - 09/03/08                               7 p.m. to 5 a.m.                         Ingleside Drive and 1st Street
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked her vehicle on the street adjacent to her residence. When she returned to the vehicle she discovered the trunk was open and the front passenger side window had been smashed. The vehicle had been ransacked and several items had been taken including a GPS device that had been on the front dashboard. No suspects were seen or heard.

 

PLANET PALS

A HVPTO organization dedicated to raising environmental awareness in Hermosa Beach schools

 

HBNW wishes the best of success to our two Block Captain's Carli Parker and Elizabeth Riley for their efforts!  We will feature the Weekly Green Tip from Planet Pals.

 

This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:

Avoid using harsh chemicals in your home by cleaning with products such as white distilled vinegar and baking soda.  Not only are they safe and effective cleaning agents, but they are also eco-friendly and very economical.  The following are just a few websites that offer several cleaning tips and various uses for vinegar and baking soda. 

www.vinegartips.com/cleaning/
www.thenewhomemaker.com/bakingsoda
www.thenewhomemaker.com/vinegar 

 

 

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THANK YOU FOR SIGNING UP FOR THIS CLASS!

 

Block Captain Paula Barksdale

Block Captain Liz Ingraham-Ono

Block Captain Amada Weber  

Block Captain Molly Jo Gee

Block Captain Anne Sassano

 

 READY THE RESIDENT 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2008

1P.M. - 3:30P.M.

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

MYN materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a door prize provided.

 

Reserve your seat TODAY

   
MYN and its developer LuAn Johnson have since been recognized by the national earthquake community. In 2008, it received the Overall Award in Excellence at the National Earthquake Conference in Seattle. It is now advocated by FEMA.
 

"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.

  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.

 

FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES

Once the event occurs, preparedness ends and response & recovery begins!   

 

 

ACCURATE EMERGENCY SERVICES

 

I did it! 

 

Yesterday, I received my personalized "house plan" with my water, gas and electrical valves identified and tagged with a laminated picture card and green spray paint. 

 

I have taken pictures to show you how useful, practical and essential this is for every home.  I went through the cards with my 9-year-old daughter and my 15-year-old son (and his friends) in case I am not home and there is a need to shut the utilities off.  I am thrilled to be one of the first homes to proudly display my utility valves as a work of art!  ~  Kelly Kovac-Reedy

 

 Utility 1

 

Utility 2

 

 

Utility 3

 

 

Utility 5

 

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HELPFUL WEBSITES

 

Hurricane Gustav issues/lessons learned
 
       
95% were evacuated from coastal areas
 
        Text messaging worked best for communicating
 
        Red Cross was instrumental in connecting family
 
        Pre-planned contracts proved very useful
 
        City and State unity allowed each to work through problems more smoothly
 
        Evacuations proved to minimize pain and suffering especially for disabled  and the indigent.  Thirty percent of fatalities from Hurricane Katrina were from fallen trees and debris from wind.
 
        Preparation for responder families proved beneficial
 
        Response smoother due to coordination, planning, testing and war games
 
        Officials spent the last 3 years making plans that planned for federal officials to be involved in the protocol
 
        Be ready to fight for resources for disaster recovery
 
        Plan on being without running water and electricity for extended period of time
 
  
Disaster Central
 
The Insurance Information Network of California is the primary source of insurance-related disaster information in California. 
 
While disasters are a constant menace, there are steps homeowners can take to prepare for the effects of nature's calamities. 

 

 

City Council & All Commission meeting media clips are arranged by date, with the most recent at the top of the list. Click Video to view the meeting with documents, or Agenda / Minutes to see just the documents. You can also search the archives by typing keywords into the Search box.

 

Hermosa Beach City Council and All Commission AGENDA'S, MINUTES AND VIDEO

 

 

 

 

FOCUS ON SENIORS

FANNY PACK EMERGENCY KIT

 

Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch and the newly established Hermosa Beach Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission applied for and received a Micro Enrichment Grant from the Beach Cities Health District. The grant will be used to purchase and distribute 138 Disaster Supply Fanny Packs to disabled and/or homebound seniors residing in Hermosa Beach.  We have given 56 packs to our HB residents as this point.
 

To apply please contact Kelly@saferhermosabeach.com or call 310-374-1828.

 

 

 

 

 WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, COUNT ON HBARA

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CODE RED

ATTENTION RESIDENTS and BUSINESS OWNERS!

 

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.

 

SIGN UP FOR CODE RED

CONTACT US!

 

SCHEDULE INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING

 

SCHEDULE POLICE OR FIRE RIDE-ALONG

 

SCHEDULE TOUR OF RCC-911 DISPATCH CENTER

 

E-MAIL KELLY KOVAC-REEDY

 

E-MAIL TRACY HOPKINS

 

VISIT US ON THE WEB

 

LOCAL SUPPORT

THANK YOU


NEW PACIUGO GELATO & CAFFE NOW OPEN ~ 20% OFF to HBNW members -next to Comedy and Magic Club!  

 

Mention that you are a member and receive a discount!  

1034 Hermosa Ave.

SOUTH BAY FIRE EXTINGUISHER

10% OFF TO HBNW RESIDENTS!

1068 Aviation Blvd
Hermosa Beach

(310) 376-6901 

 

A HB business has offered a $20.00 special to HBNW residents for a TAC WELD to the Catalytic Converter on your car.  This is a crime that can happen in broad daylight without you even knowing it until you start your engine.  Then, you HEAR IT.  A TAC WELD is a means to impede the criminal who has just a wrench to losen the bolts.  HBPD has seen a change in the M.O. of the catalytic converter thefts recently. The new M.O. involves the thieves using a "Sawzall" to cut the exhaust pipe and remove the converter. Try the weld for $20.00 and then you will know that you did what you could to prevent the crime and make your car less of a target. 

 

MIDAS Muffler

 3125 Pacific Coast Highway

(310) 376-8735

 

 

 

EMERGENCY KITS
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Order your supplies TODAY!Hermosa Beach resident COUPON CODE HB2007 for FREE SHIPPING TO HB.

 

PHONE NUMBERS AND WEBSITES

HBPD - HBFD DISPATCH

310-524-2750

 

HB POLICE STATION

310-318-0360

 

HB FIRE STATION

310-376-2479

 

CITY OF HERMOSA BEACH

(310) 318-0239