Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008
We would like to
THANK Block Captain Robbie Dobbie and the 1000 block of 8th
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
in earthquakes, and to get more prepared. Please
your friends, family, and colleagues and invite them to
You can forward this email to them, or just call them.
Get Ready to ShakeOut
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
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!
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,
and click on your county in the right column.
We Can Make History
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
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
(If you've read to the end of this update, we have a special
sneak peak for you! Keep an eye on
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
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
AREA CRIME LOG
Monday 9-29-2008 to Sunday 10-5-2008
AREA 1 - BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH &
AREA 2 - GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and
AREA 3 - RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to
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.
St and Valley Dr
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.
St and Palm Dr
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.
Longfellow and Palm Dr
There was a call of a subject going through the
trash in the area. An area check for the subject
met with negative results.
St and Valley Dr
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.
St and Palm Dr
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
block of Monterey
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
LEARN AMATEUR RADIO
ALL ELSE FAILS, COUNT ON
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
The Coordinators of the VIP's: Sgt. Kevin Averill, HBPD Ofc.
Jaime Ramirez, Kelly Kovac-Reedy of HBNW and Ken Hartley
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
- we'd love to talk to you.
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
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:
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
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
power to identify and address specific concerns and problems
within your community.
We would like to start forming teams for the following
Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown
Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown
Watch and Awareness
Valley School Check
Structures & Parking Lots
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8,2008
1P.M. - 3:30P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
MYN materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a door
Reserve your seat
"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
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.
together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the
first hour following a disaster and take the necessary
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.
Once the event occurs, preparedness ends and response &
MBNW CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
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
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
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 Green Tip
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
NEW HOME SAFETY COUNCIL® RESEARCH SHOWS MOTHERS AND THEIR
CHILDREN FEEL PREPARED FOR DISASTERS, BUT FEW HAVE TAKEN
this fun video with your children to help get better
yourself from ID theft
recently, a ring of sophisticated retail-chain hackers made
away with millions of credit card numbers, before being
busted in early August.
horror stories of identity theft have consumers fretting
about what they should (or even can) do to protect
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
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)
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
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
have given 63 packs to our HB residents as this point.
apply please contact Kelly@saferhermosabeach.com or
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
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