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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

 

 

 

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

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: LEARN AMATEUR RADIO AND JOIN HBARA!

:: LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

:: VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING (VIP's) ~ Sign up today!

:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ November 8th CLASS

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: PLANET PALS ~ New Feature!

:: Helpful Websites

:: IDENTIFY YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ I DID IT! See the photos.

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

:: FOCUS ON SENIORS ~ FANNY PACK KITS

:: 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

 

THANKS FOR SIGNING UP!

NEW BLOCK CAPTAIN IN HBNW:

  • Maggie Dettelbach 1100-1200 block of 9th Street


To see prior Introduction Meeting Block Hosts, visit our website.

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Make your home more secure  MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR THE BURGLAR

Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves. In two out of ten burglaries they don't even have to use force - they get in through an open door or window.

Look at your home through the burglar's eyes - are there places where they could break in unseen? Have you fitted strong locks on your doors and windows? Would they have to make a lot of noise by breaking glass?

Reduce the risk of burglary happening to you by making sure you've taken these simple precautions.

A third of burglars get in through a back window.

LIGHTING
Good lighting can deter a thief.

Look in when you're out.

Most burglaries happen when a house is empty, so:

         Use time switches - available from DIY shops - to turn on lights, radios and other appliances when you're out.

         Don't tempt the thief - keep all valuable items out of sight.

         Don't advertise your absence when you're on holiday, or even when out at work or shopping. Most burglars will only tackle an empty house.

         If you can, get a friend or neighbor to look after your home when you're away, by collecting your post, drawing your curtains at night and generally making the place look lived in. And be prepared to do the same for them.

SPARE KEY

         Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat or in a flower pot - a thief will look there first.

         If you've moved into a new house, consider changing the back and front door locks - other people may have keys that fit.

GARAGES AND SHEDS
Often full of expensive tools ideal for breaking into the rest of the house - and often left unlocked.

         Never leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house - a thief could get in and work on the inner door in privacy.

         Fit shed and garage doors with a strong padlock and make sure that they are solid enough not to be kicked in.

         Lock ladders inside the garage or shed to stop a thief using them to reach inaccessible windows. If there is no room inside, chain or padlock them horizontally to a sturdy bracket on an outside wall.

GATES AND FENCES

         Check for weak spots where a thief could get in - a low or sagging fence, or a back gate with weak lock.

         A thorny hedge along the boundary can act as a deterrent. But make sure that the front of the house is still visible to passers-by so that a burglar can't work unseen.

SECURE ALL DOORS
If your front and back doors are not secure, neither is your home.

         Make sure the doors and frames are strong and in good condition. Doors should be made of solid core construction - 44mm thick.

         Glass panels on or around the door are especially vulnerable, so replace them with laminated glass.

         Fit back and front doors with a five-lever mortice deadlock - and use it.

         Fit all exterior doors - top and bottom - with bolts. Remember to fit all security devices with strong screws or bolts.

         Get specialist advice on fitting locks to patio doors.

         Fit both french doors, top and bottom, with a security mortice lock and mortice bolt.

 Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe environment.

 

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.

As a registered ShakeOut participant, you are among millions of people who will be participating in the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history on November 13!  ShakeOut is an opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves in earthquakes, and to get more prepared.  Please reach outto your friends, family, and colleagues and invite them to register. You can forward this email to them, or just call them. 

Get Ready to ShakeOut
But don't expect to call them soon after an earthquake. This summer's Chino Hills quake showed how cell and land lines can be quickly overwhelmed in even a minor tremor. The earthquake described in the 
ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario is 5,000 times bigger, and phones will not work for a much longer period of time.  How will you communicate and reunite with those you care about?  Join HB Amateur Radio Association!

We're All in This Together
As of September 23, over 3.5 million people have been registered- as individuals and families, and through schools, businesses, and other organizations. To see which organizations are participating in your area, go to www.ShakeOut.org and click on your county in the right column.  Also, if you are an organizational representative make sure your staff knows what they will be doing as part of your drill.  We have provided multi-level drill scripts on our "What You Can Do" pages that you can use or adapt.

 

Upcoming ShakeOut Activities
ShakeOut Calendar

We Can Make History
With your help, this will be the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history, and we all will be much more prepared for the Big One! If you are registered as an individual, check out the "invite others" feature when you
login, where you can send customized messages and then see if people you have invited have registered! (Organizational representatives can also register as individuals to use this tool.)

(If you've read to the end of this update, we have a special sneak peak for you!  Keep an eye on www.dropcoverholdon.org over the next few weeks.)



 

 

HBNW CRIME LOG 

Every Monday, Kelly views the HBPD Daily Activity Logs for the prior week.  With the assistance of Ofc. JR Smith or Lt. 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 9-22-2008 to Sunday 9-28-2008

 

 

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.

  

 

Tuesday 9-23-08

 

Area 2

 

10851 VC

1800 block of Ardmore Ave

Stolen vehicle

There was a report of a 2000 Blue Toyota Celica taken from the area. It was locked and secured in a gated complex and was taken on 9-19-08 between 12:30a.m. and 2:00p.m. No one was seen or heard and there were no evidence of forced entry left at the scene.

       

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

600 block of Monterey

Theft

There was a parking pass taken from an unlocked vehicle in the area.

       

 

Monday 9-22-08

 

Area 1

 

487 PC

600 block of Loma Dr

Theft

An unknown suspect took victim's prescription drugs off the porch. The package had been delivered by UPS on 9-17-08 at approximately 10:00a.m. No one was seen or heard.

       

 

Tuesday 9-23-08

 

Area 1

 

594 PC

400 block of Manhattan Ave

Vandalism

An unknown subject threw eggs at the victim's vehicle. The victim was non desirous of a report and there was no one seen or heard. This occurred in the late afternoon time from 5:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.

       

  

 

Wednesday 9-24-08

 

           

Area 1

 

484 PC

600 block of 8th St

Theft

There was a call of two subject going threw the recyclables in the area. They were located, contacted and advised regarding the violation.

       

 

Friday 9-26-08

 

Area 3

 

484 PC

1025 PCH (Mobile Station)

Theft

There were two subjects seen attempting to defeat a bike lock in the area. The subject was scared off by the reporting party and was last seen running W/B toward the trailer park.

       

 

 

Area 3

 

484 PC

800 block of PCH

Theft

There was another call of two subjects attempting to cut a lock off of a bicycle in the area. Police arrive on scene and locate one of the subjects. The subject was ultimately transported to the HBPD jail for a Cal ID. The subject was positively identified and released on a citation.

       

 

Saturday 9-27-08

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

800 block of Manhattan Ave

Residential Burglary

Ex-boyfriend breaks into ex-girlfriend's apartment, hides in a closet to scare her and refuses to leave after numerous requests.  Subject uncooperative with responding Officers, arrested for trespassing and resisting/obstructing Officers.

       

 

 

Area 3

 

415 PC

20th Pl and Prospect

Solicitor

There was a call of two male and one female solicitors going door to door. An area check for the subjects met with negative results.

       

 

Area 2

 

925

100 block of 27th St

Suspicious activity

There were several suspicious subjects scavenging threw the trash in the area. Two male subjects were located in the area and were contacted. Both subjects checked out okay and they were advised and released.

       

  

 

 

Area 2

 

459 PC

500 block of 30th St

Vehicle Burglary

The suspect entered the victim's vehicle by unknown means and took cash from inside. This occurred between midnight and 2:00p.m.

       

 

Sunday 9-28-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

31st St and Palm Dr

Theft

There was a call of a subject taking recyclables from the area. An area check for the subject met with negative results.

       

 

Area 2

 

Fire

2200 block of Hermosa Ave

Fire

There was a residential fire in the area. The small fire was caused by a candle used during the power outage. The resident was able to successfully extinguish the fire prior to the arrival of HBFD.

       

  
 

 

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LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

Courtesy of the HB Fire Department


Checks were done on all restaurant/bar establishments.  All were below occupant load limits & no life safety issues were noted.


 
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.
 

 

VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING (VIP'S)

HERMOSA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT is please to open applications for the NEW COMMUNITY PILOT PROGRAM, VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING.

The Coordinators of the VIP's: Sgt. Kevin Averill, HBPD Ofc. Jaime Ramirez, Kelly Kovac-Reedy of HBNW and  Ken Hartley of HBARA.

Volunteers gain invaluable insights into our city's law enforcement system and how it works. Volunteers have the opportunity to improve the quality of their local law enforcement service through their work, their attitude, and ideas for improving programs. Our program increases community pride by allowing volunteers to serve as role models and most importantly, be part of a community program concerned with the common good and well being of the city we all love. So come and join the Hermosa Beach Police Department and the many others who donate their time in making our community a better place.

 How To Get Involved
Interested in becoming a VIP? It's free, it's easy, and no experience is necessary. For more information, please send an
email - we'd love to talk to you.

Requirements
Volunteers participating in the VIP program will be required to complete an application and interview and successfully pass a background check.   Additional requirements for the VIP Patrol program consist of possessing a valid driver's license, being 18 years of age, in good physical health, and the desire to contribute a minimum of 10 hours per-month to the program.

 

Who is qualified to volunteer?
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and successfully meet the selection criteria of the Hermosa Beach Police Department's Volunteers in Policing Service program.

 

VIPs' Program Mission:

The VIPs' program mission is to support the Hermosa Beach Police Department's crime prevention efforts and to actively engage the community in our quality of life improvement initiatives.

PURPOSE
In both the public and private sector, administrators are constantly seeking ways to enhance the effectiveness of their organizations. In the law enforcement profession, one way to do this is to recruit more officers. This, however, is not always feasible because of fiscal limitations. In Hermosa Beach, the Police Department has developed a way to maximize its service without incurring a substantial financial burden. The concept is simple: recruit volunteers from the community, train them in various police-related duties, and then allow them to function in direct support of Police Department staff. Hermosa Beach has proven to be an ideal environment for such a program since its citizens pride themselves in community involvement. Volunteers function as an auxiliary unit of the Police Department, with no powers of arrest beyond those of any private citizen. They serve as extra eyes, ears and helping hands. They carry no weapons, but they do have cellular phone/radios, which allows for direct communication with our dispatchers and police officers. This enables them to report any suspicious activity quickly so that an officer can investigate what might have otherwise gone unnoticed or unreported. V.I.P. volunteers will assume many tasks, which have previously been performed by paid police personnel. This program significantly enhances the Department's ability to focus sworn personnel on tasks, which volunteers cannot do. The volunteers will also undertake projects, which could not have otherwise been considered due to lack of manpower or resources.


Have the power to identify and address specific concerns and problems within your community.

 

We would like to start forming teams for the following areas:

 

  • Noble Park Patrol
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  • Daytime Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown
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  • Nighttime Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown
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  • Bicycle Watch and Awareness
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  • Alley Check
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  • View and Valley School Check
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  • Skateboard Awareness
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  • Parking Structures & Parking Lots
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  • DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints 
     

 

 

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DATE CHANGE! 

 READY THE RESIDENT 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8,2008

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

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

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

Reserve your seat TODAY

   

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

"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!   

 

MBNW CRIME LOG

Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

 

Area 7
09/24/08                               5 a.m. - 6:20 a.m.                     3500 block of The Strand
(Residential Burglary/Theft of Vehicles) Unknown suspect(s) attempted to gain entry to the residence first through sliding glass doors on the lower and downstairs levels but were unsuccessful. Suspect(s) then scaled a wall of the residence, cut the screen to an open kitchen window and entered the residence. Suspects took cash, credit cards, a coin purse and address book from the victim's purse which was on the kitchen counter. Suspect also took a set of keys from the kitchen counter and another set of keys from a table in the downstairs hallway, and stole two vehicles that were parked inside the garage. Two residents were home at the time and each heard noises including the garage door open, but each assumed it was the other resident.
 
Area 8
09/23/08            1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.                 700 block of S. Meadows Avenue
(Catalytic Converter) The victim parked and locked her Toyota 4Runner on the street. When she returned she discovered the catalytic converter had been stolen by unknown suspect(s).
 
Area 9
09/28/08                         3 a.m. - 7:40 a.m.                     600 block of 27th Street
(Vehicle Vandalism) The victim's vehicle was parked and locked on the street in front of the residence when unknown suspect(s) smashed the rear window with unknown object. Nothing was missing from the vehicle.

Area 1
09/24/08 - 09/25/08   10:30 p.m. - 7:45 a.m.            1800 block of Harkness Street
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked her vehicle on the street in front of her home. She returned to find the front passenger window had been smashed by unknown suspect(s). Suspects took a digital camera and a purse containing a debit card, id, check book and gift cards, all of which were located in the front passenger area. The vehicle is equipped with an alarm but it only activates when a door is opened.
 
DON'T FORGET: HOMETOWN FAIR THIS WEEKEND! Please stop by on Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Neighborhood Watch booth near JoslynCenter where our wonderful volunteers will be taking photos of kids on the Police motorcycle for a $3 suggested donation. All donations collected will be given directly to our Crime Prevention Officer Mark Vasquez who is battling Multiple Myeloma to aid in extensive treatment that is not covered by insurance. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation by check, please make checks payable to the South Bay Police and Fire Memorial Foundation and write Officer Mark Vasquez in the memo area.
 
In addition to our activities, the "Dunk Your Favorite Cop" booth and the MBPOA Barbeque booth will also be collecting money for Officer Vasquez on both days. And look for the Victims Assistance Team on Saturday with their fabulous Grab Bag Wheel, another fundraiser for Officer Vasquez. So please come by, say hi, take a photo, spin the wheel, eat some ribs, dunk a cop and have a great time all in the name of a wonderful cause. We really appreciate it!

 

 

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:

Have you ever left your car engine running while you waited to pick up your children, or while you waited in the drive-through line at your bank or a favorite fast-food restaurant? Have you sometimes let your engine idle for several minutes to warm up your car first thing in the morning?
Most of us have.  But when you leave your car running while it's parked or sitting still, the engine produces air pollution. This pollution contributes to problems like smog and global warming, and is also harmful to our health. Vehicle exhaust contains toxins and fine particles, among other pollutants, which are associated with increased incidence of respiratory ailments and heart disease, as well as greater cancer risk.

So, take a step and use the ten second rule; if you plan to be idling for more than ten seconds, turn off your car.  Stopping unnecessary vehicle idling is one relatively easy way to make a difference!
 

 

HELPFUL WEBSITES

Want To Know What's Happening During A Disaster?
 
You should be following me on Twitter, where I post updates on major disasters, links to stories and video from the event.
 
Twitter is a social media microblogging platform where users keep their followers up-to-date with what they are doing.  I have made a modification to this initial intended purpose by providing information regarding pre-disaster, during and post-disaster communications with short posts of 140 words or less.
 

 
Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)

When an emergency or disaster occurs many organizations mobilize to provide assistance to individuals.  However, the most effective way to recover is pre-disaster Emergency Financial Literacy and Preparation.  After a disaster, financial issues affect more people than personal injury or direct property damage.
 

 
 
Building Wealth 
A personal finance education resource for schools, nonprofit community organizations, financial services providers and consumers to help young people, adult consumers, families and others develop a plan for building personal wealth. Presents an overview of personal wealth-building strategies that includes setting financial goals, budgeting, saving and investing, managing debt, and understanding credit reports and credit scores.
 
 
 
Alzheimer's Safe Return Program
 
It is estimated that 60% of the 4 million Americans that have Alzheimer's will wander away from home or their caregivers and get lost. Wandering behavior is a potentially life threatening situation. The way we respond to wandering behavior is critical. The Safe Return Program has helped in the safe return of over 8,000 people since 1993.
 

 

 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

 

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Utility 3

 

 

Utility 5

 

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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 63 packs to our HB residents as this point.
 

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

  

 

 

 

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