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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Oct. 7, 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

We would like to THANK Block Captain Robbie Dobbie and the 1000 block of 8th Place for hosting a HBNW Introduction Meeting.  The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy, Chief of Police Greg Savelli, HB Interim Fire Chief Steve Parker, Traffic Motorcycle Officer J.R. Smith and EPAC Commissioner Al Benson.    
 

 Great coverage on HB Amateur Radio! 

 

Radio club is ready to take action if a disaster hits
Electricity is out, cell phones are unable to be used and streets are impassable because Hermosa Beach has just been hit by a natural disaster.      

 

Radios, war room to await disaster    See page 60 

 

 

Did you hear that plane fly over HB last Wednesday night at 11:24p.m.?  At first hearing it, we thought that it was going to crash as it was low.  Too low for our comfort!

 

By visiting this site, we learned that it was flying at an altitude of 2700 ft. followed by a second plane a few minutes later flying at 3500 ft.  Both airplanes were B744 leaving LAX. 

 

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) operates a noise and aircraft monitoring system in neighboring communities. They also maintain a 24-hour Aircraft Noise Complaint Response Office that utilizes the community noise hotline to identify problems as they emerge and to inform and assist community members. To report noise complaints, call LAX's hotline at 310-64-NOISE (310-646-6473).

 

 

Celebrate Safe Communities

 

  • Breaking a large window is a tactic used by burglars to both gain access to your home and also determine whether anyone is home. Sometimes the burglar will hide for a few minutes to see if anyone in the house comes to check on the broken window. If no one does, they know no one is home.
  • Most burglars prefer to strike when no one is home. This gives them more time to look for things to take and makes for less "surprises" once they are in your house. When burglars do arm themselves, it is often because they fear encountering someone in the home.

HBNW encourages everyone to take time now to consider your actions if confronted with this type of crime in your home.

  • Evaluate your home's layout, along with your family's strengths (such as training/experience handling armed, potentially violent intruders) and weaknesses (such as the presence of young children or other vulnerable victims) and formulate an action plan if confronted with this type of crime.
  • Determine the most advantageous escape routes from your home.
  • Keep your cell phone with you at home (in your pocket or on a belt clip) in case you have to make a quick escape. Program the number for Hermosa Beach police dispatch (310-524-2750) into your phone now. Call the police when you reach a location of relative safety.
  • Do not oppose an armed suspect who wants to take your property.

Be a good neighbor and report suspicious activity at other homes in your community. If our officers catch a criminal or interrupt a crime in progress, most of the time it is because a member of the community calls.

 

If one person can make a difference, many people working together can make a huge difference when it comes to crime prevention. That is why we are enlisting citizens to join the crime prevention movement through HBNW.

 

There is no denying that crime is present in one form or another in our communities. Crime rates may be up or down, in big cities or small, in one part of the country or another. And overall crime rates may be lower than they were years ago. But national statistics are little comfort to those who are directly affected by crime.

 

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. 

 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 9-29-2008 to Sunday 10-5-2008

 

 

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
FI - Field Identification Card - information taken "in the field" on a person; such as name, address, distinguishing marks, clothing if needed for future contact.

 

 

 

Wednesday 10-1-08

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

2nd St and Valley Dr

Theft

There was a call of a male on a bike going through the recyclables in the area. The subject was located and advised on the violation. A Field Identification card was completed and he was sent on his way.

       

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

31st St and Palm Dr

Theft

There was another subject on a bike going through the recyclables in the area. The subject was contacted and an FI card was completed. He was advised and sent on his way.

       

 

Friday 10-3-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

Longfellow and Palm Dr

Theft

There was a call of a subject going through the trash in the area. An area check for the subject met with negative results.

       

 

Thursday 10-2-08

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

8th St and Valley Dr

Vehicle Burglary

A vehicle was burglarized in the area. The vehicle was entered via a punched lock on the driver door. There were several items taken from within the vehicle such as a camera, wallet and misc jewelry. This occurred during the evening hours between 4:oop.m. and 8:00p.m.

       

 

Saturday 10-4-08

           

Area 2

 

484 PC

31st St and Palm Dr

Theft

There was a Male Hispanic Adult seen in the area going through the trash. The subject was last seen in a faded red truck with lots of junk in the back. An area check for the vehicle was negative.

       

 

Area 2

 

594 PC

1400 block of Monterey

Vandalism

During the night at approximately 10:00p.m.,  the RP heard a noise in their front yard. He looked out and noticed a subject walking away from his yard. It appeared that the subject jumped over the RP's fence and broke off the top trellis part. Police responded and the subject was UTL / GOA. It does not appear that any additional criminal activity occurred at the victim's residence.

       

 

 

LEARN AMATEUR RADIO
 

 WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, COUNT ON HBARA

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LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

Courtesy of the HB Fire Department


The Engine company conducted Life Safety/Occupancy checks on Saturday night, October 4th.  No problems 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 

  • Daytime Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown

  • Nighttime Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown

  • Bicycle Watch and Awareness 

  • Alley Check  

  • View and Valley School Check  

  • Skateboard Awareness 

  • Parking Structures & Parking Lots

  • 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

  
 

"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 8
10/05/08                        2:12 a.m.                      1700 block of 1st Street
(Attempted Vehicle Theft) The resident was upstairs when she heard a thump or bang coming from outside. She looked out the window and saw a white male adult, approximately 25 years of age, thin build, wearing dark colored clothing and a light colored baseball cap crouched underneath a vehicle parked at the end of the driveway on the street. The resident turned on a light and woke up another resident who looked out the window and saw a male matching the description and a white female adult wearing a light colored skirt and tall boots walking westbound on 1st Street. The car had been jacked up on the passenger side with a black scissor style car jack in an attempt to steal possibly the catalytic converter or the wheels and tires from the vehicle. The suspects were not located by the police.
 
Area 9
10/01/08                        9:39 a.m.                      3400 block of Walnut Avenue
(Attempted Residential Burglary) A neighbor observed two male blacks in their late teens that had been walking together, split up. One suspect wearing a baseball cap opened a gate to the residence and entered the backyard. The other suspect wearing a backpack, walked slowly westbound on 35th Street. When the first suspect exited the yard, the neighbor asked what he was doing and he said that someone was expecting him, but he wasn't home and would come back later. He walked westbound on 35th Street out of sight. The neighbor called police and they detained the suspects. They searched the home and discovered the door leading to the residence in the backyard was open. They discovered the homeowner upstairs in her room and she said she had left the door open to get some air. Officers asked her if she knew anyone by the name the suspects gave and she did not. She did not give anyone permission to enter her yard or her residence. Nothing appeared to be missing or moved inside the home. 





 

 

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:

 

Individual plastic bags can get caught in recycling machines and keep other items from being recycled.  Keep your plastic bags separate and take them to your local grocery store for recycling.  Grocery Stores collect them in bulk which makes for easier recycling. To find a drop off location, go to http://www.plasticbagrecycling.org/01.0/
 

 

HELPFUL WEBSITES

  

Watch Now

 

NEW HOME SAFETY COUNCIL® RESEARCH SHOWS MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN FEEL PREPARED FOR DISASTERS, BUT FEW HAVE TAKEN ACTION. 
 
Watch this fun video with your children to help get better prepared.
 
  
Protect yourself from ID theft


More recently, a ring of sophisticated retail-chain hackers made away with millions of credit card numbers, before being busted in early August.
The horror stories of identity theft have consumers fretting about what they should (or even can) do to protect themselves.
Using a specialized service may provide some peace of mind, but it's important for consumers to do their own part in protecting themselves, especially given the reality that ID theft damage may occur months, even years before it's finally detected. 
 
YOUR BRAIN ON DRUGS

 

CaliforniaScienceCenter exhibit aims to show kids why they should just say no  October 2, 2008 - May 3, 2009 (temporarily closed January 12-16)
Open your eyes to the science behind illegal drug abuse and addiction and explore the many costs and consequences to individuals, American society and the world. This exhibit takes an in depth look at how science and technology reveal the damaging effects of illegal drugs on the mind and body and the tremendous costs associated with its production, sale and use.
 
 

 

 

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

 

Utility6

 

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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