Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008
Thank you to Block Captain Anne Sullivan on the 00 block of
18th Street for hosting the Map Your Neighborhood Meeting to
the residents. We
appreciate all of their efforts on behalf of neighborhood
We had 9 of the 15 lots represented for our MYN meeting
today and it went well. Thanks for all your
help. ~ Block Captain Anne Sullivan
YOU can prevent car theft by following a few simple
all windows and lock the storage
your packages or valuables, or even better,
store them in the trunk
in well-lit areas
your wallet or purse with you when parking
the wheels toward the curb and apply the
emergency brake to avoid towing
the car registration and other certificates
from the vehicle
and activate anti-theft devices
the car in gear or park
your car and take your keys with you, even
if you're "going to be right back"
Types of Burglars
There are four basic types of burglars: Opportunity,
Smashers, Prowlers and Pros
Each of these titles describes a specific type of modus
operandi that you must be aware of and guard against. What
will stop an Opportunity burglar, will not stop a Pro. The
good news is that numerically speaking Pros are as rare as
hen's teeth while Smashers are as common as fleas. The
really good news is if you protect against Prowlers, you
will have protected yourself against most burglaries
The name pretty well says it all. There is the criminal just
walking along, and he sees that your door was left open.
Although less common with burglary than other kinds of
crime, it still happens. There are times that petty
criminals take jobs that have them going from door to door
and delivering junk mail, selling things, etc., etc. The
door just swings open before him. Or he could just be
walking down the hallway of the apartment complex ... and
you didn't quite close the door because you were on the way
to the laundry room and had your hands full. Open door
equals opportunity. He'll dash in, grab something and run.
Although people are more cautious about closing the doors to
their homes, a very common opportunity burglary happens when
you leave your garage door open. The thief sees something he
wants and grabs it. If you have "just run to the store" and
left the garage door open, you have just invited in an
opportunity burglar. Items left on your front porch or in
your yard also are the target of such thieves. And kids
often leave things like bikes, your binoculars or
electronics out in the yard.
Items left on the car seat and the door unlocked also
encourages a common type of opportunity theft. Often
youngsters, whether individually or in a pack, will travel
between cars in a parking lot car and check the door
handles. When they find one unlocked, they will stop and
"toss" the car. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon among such
groups to destroy the inside of your car if they cannot find
anything worth stealing to express their displeasure. Unless
you know what to specifically look for, this behavior will
just look like some kids passing through a parking lot.
When it comes to your home or garage being targeted, the
same idea applies. Many opportunity thieves are either a
single or a pack of kids who are just roaming the
neighborhood. They see the chance and they take it.
Opportunity thefts are also common in areas where there are
a number of indigents and a degree of pass-through foot
traffic (such as bus stops and train or subway stations).
The closer you are to major streets, bus stops and schools,
the more care you must take not to leave yourself open to
Your best defense against opportunity burglars is a
combination of walk-aways and habits as described in the
Pyramid of Personal Safety. Simple habits about not leaving
things out, closing and locking doors will prevent most
To read more,
please visit this site!
See the show
It Takes A Thief week day afternoons on the Discovery
Channel (USA). Check your local cable listings. Jon and Matt
are ex-burglars who demonstrate exactly how fast and
effectively a "prowler" can enter, loot and trash your
house. Pictures are worth a thousand words. Pay close
attention to the explanations and details that they give
regarding how burglars work, what they are looking for and
how much they can get for items -- especially regarding
identity or banking.
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.
Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe
REPORTING CRIME - HB Dispatch Number 310-524-2750
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
ShakeOut Surpasses 4 million participants!
At 10 a.m. on November 13, join millions of Southern
Californians in the ShakeOut Drill, our largest-ever
earthquake preparedness activity!
WATCH ON YOU TUBE
ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario Shaking Simulation
With 22 million people living and working in southern
California, a major earthquake in the region could cause an
unprecedented catastrophe. What we do now, before a big
earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like
after. With earthquakes an inevitable part of southern
California's future, Californians must act quickly to ensure
that disasters do not become catastrophes. With this in
mind, the Earthquake Country Alliance has organized the
Great Southern California ShakeOut, a week of special events
featuring a massive earthquake drill at 10 AM on November
The ShakeOut drill centers on the
a realistic portrayal of what could happen in a major
earthquake on the southern end of the San Andreas Fault.
Created by over 300 experts led by Dr. Lucy Jones of the
U.S. Geological Survey, the scenario outlines a hypothetical
7.8 magnitude earthquake originating near the Salton Sea,
which would have the potential to devastate the region.
With a goal of at least 5 million participants, the ShakeOut
drill will be the largest in U.S. history. To participate,
and pledge your family, school, business, or organization's
participation in the drill. Registered participants will
receive information on how to plan their drill, connect with
other participants, and encourage a dialogue with others
about earthquake preparedness. There are many ways to take
part, but at the least participants should "Drop, Cover, and
Hold On" at 10 A.M. on November 13. It all begins with
registering, which is free and open to everyone.
For more information, visit
and be sure to visit the official ShakeOut Blog at
Why is important to do a Drop, Cover, Hold On drill? Just as
with anything, to act quickly you must practice, practice,
practice. In a big earthquake, there may be very little time
to protect yourself before strong shaking knocks you down or
drops something on you. Most earthquakes have a sharp jolt a
few seconds before the strong shaking, and we need to Drop,
Cover, Hold On immediately when we feel the jolt. By
practicing we will act quickly, rather than waiting to see
if the earthquake will be large. If it is, it may be too
late to protect yourself. ShakeOut. Don't FreakOut.
To see which organizations are participating, go to
www.ShakeOut.org and click on our county in the right
column. HBNW is mentioned in the COMMUNITY GROUPS.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8,2008
1P.M. - 3:30P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a door prize
provided when you sign up.
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
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 &
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
SIGN UP FOR CODE
SANTA RIDE 2008
Santa is making his list to visit our HBNW block children!
He will be in the neighborhoods on Wednesday, December 10th
and 17th from 5:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. escorted by the HB Police
& Fire Departments.
Kelly if you would like to sign your street up for the
2nd Annual HBNW Santa Ride 2008! Include what time would
be preferred as we are trying to accommodate the children on
your street! We are limited to the two days. Please sign
up ASAP and we will try and fill all requests as best we
For those who cannot participate, there are four
city sponsored events featuring Santa this season:
TREE LIGHTING: 12/4/08
SAND SNOWMAN: 12/6/08
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA :12/13/08
NEW YEARS EVE: 12/31/08
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 10-20-2008 to Sunday 10-26-2008
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:
Unable to Locate
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.
Sunday October 19, 2008
block of Hermosa Av
Female wakes up to bedroom window being slid
open. Female yelled and suspect fled. The Victim
can not describe the suspect
Monday October 20, 2008
and 4th St
Female parked her vehicle and got out holding
her son in one arm and her purse in the other. A
male Hispanic 16-17 years old wearing a dark
hooded sweatshirt approached and demanded her
purse. The suspect was armed with a handgun and
threatened the woman's life. The suspect got the
purse and fled west on 4th Stand then
south on Ardmore.
block of Longfellow
Theft of Package
UPS driver left a package on the porch and
sometime during the day someone stole the
Saturday, October 25, 2008
block of Hermosa Av
Suspect slid open the bedroom window and entered
the bedroom with one leg through the window.
Female woke up and yelled at the suspect, who
fled east to Palm Drive. The suspect was
described as a Hispanic or dark skinned white
male, 5-06, 175 pounds, and wearing white
block of Sunset
Suspect smashed a window to gain entry and
removed a GPS unit.
block of Loma
Suspect smashed a window to gain entry and
removed documents from the vehicle.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
block 24th Pl
Theft from Vehicle
Suspect removed the rear tail-gate from a Toyota
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
email - 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
Redondo program spurs abuse awareness
As a child in Guatemala, Ericka Sazo-Gonzalez could only
stand by as her father repeatedly abused her mother. But
she knew even then that when she grew up she would do
something - anything - to help people like her mother.
The EMP Threat
Not for the faint of heart
An EMP attack occurs when a nuclear bomb explodes high in
the Earth's atmosphere. The electromagnetic pulse generated
by the blast destroys all the electronics in its line of
sight. For a bomb detonated over the Midwest, that includes
most of the continental U.S. Few, if any, people die in the
blast. It's what comes next that has the potential to be
catastrophic. Since an EMP surge wipes out electronics,
virtually every aspect of modern American life would come to
DNA solving everyday crimes
DENVER - The burglar was undone by his taste for strawberry
soda. RazJohn Smyer, a suspect in a string of Denver-area
break-ins, often checked his victims' refrigerators and
helped himself to a drink. The soda cans he left behind gave
police enough DNA evidence to link him to five burglaries.
He's now serving a 20-year sentence.
What Does 'Strong Character' Mean? II -- Helping Your
Child Become a Responsible Citizen
Respect for others is based on self-respect and is summed up
in the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others
do unto you. It is the value that makes the world a more
decent and civilized place.
LEARN AMATEUR RADIO
Dream of outer space with the astronauts by talking with
them while they are there.
Reaching for the stars and coming up with a handfull of
Making friends who last longer than your stocks.
World wide touring without passports, without exchange
rates, and a host of great stories.
All of the great mystery stories of my youth can't
compare with the adventures I have found on ham radio.
The Hardy Boys started my shortwave interest and the
ARRL has completed
~ HBARA member, John Kovac
ALL ELSE FAILS, COUNT ON
LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT
Courtesy of the HB Fire Department
The Engine company conducted the checks on random
establishments on Friday night and encountered no problems.
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
10/19/08 - 10/20/08 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. 200
block of 16th Street
Burglary) The victim accidentally left the
garage door open. Unknown suspect(s) took a wallet from the
center console of an unlocked vehicle. The wallet contained
a driver's license and three credit cards, one of which was
used immediately. A workout bag containing boxing gloves was
also taken from the trunk which was found ajar.
10/13/08 9 a.m. - Noon
500 block of Manhattan Avenue
Burglary) The victim closed and locked her
garage upon leaving and also locked the deadbolt on a side
door to the garage. When she returned she found the deadbolt
lock on the garage was drilled out. The only items missing
from the garage were two antique oil cans and a plastic
bucket. No suspects were seen or heard.
Area 3 10/22 - 23//08
11 p.m. - 7:30 a.m. 1900 blk
of Pine Av
Burglary) At approximately 11 p.m. on 10/22,
the victim parked and locked her vehicle on the street in
front of her home. On 10/23 at approximately 7:30 a.m., she
discovered the rear drivers side window had been smashed and
her purse was missing.
10/14 - 17/08 6 a.m. - 5:30
a.m. 400 blk of Marine Ave
Theft) On 10/14/08 at approximately 6 a.m.,
victim moved his vehicle. At that time he did not notice any
problems or unusual noises. On 10/17/08 at approximately
5:30 a.m. victim started his vehicle and noticed loud engine
noises. His neighbor then walked out to see what was
happening. His neighbor inspected the vehicle and discovered
the catalytic converter to be missing.
6/20 - 22/08 4 p.m. - 10
a.m. 600 blk of 33rd St
Theft) On 06/20/08 at approximately 4 p.m.,
victim parked her vehicle in front of her residence. She
left some of her personal property inside the vehicle. She
does not remember locking the vehicle. She and her family
then left for the weekend. She returned to her residence on
6/22, at approximately 10 a.m.. She discovered that all her
personal property was missing from her vehicle.
10/22/08 11 a.m. - 1
p.m. 2700 blk of Flournoy
(Residential Burglary) Victim stated that
she left her residence at approximately 11 a.m. to go to the
bank. She returned home at approximately 1 p.m.. She noticed
that the screen from the southeast bedroom was on the ground
beneath the window. When she tried to unlock the sliding
door she noticed it was unlocked. Victim related that she
locked her house when she left, but she left the widow in
the southeast bedroom open a few inches. Victim stated that
all of her gold jewelry was missing.
ask your friends not to leave anything of value in their
A HVPTO organization dedicated to raising environmental
awareness in Hermosa Beach schools
We will feature the Weekly Green Tip from
Planet Pals Green Tip
The main ingredient in most liquid soaps lining store
shelves is triclosan, a pesticide that kills bacteria. Turns
out you just need to banish germs from your hands, not kill
them. Studies show that antibacterial soaps aren't more
effective at preventing illness or removing germs than good
old-fashioned soap and water.
In fact, antibacterial soaps may do more harm than good.
There are concerns that triclosan may contribute to the rise
of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It's also present in human
bodies and breast milk, as well as in streams. The
Environmental Working Group says triclosan has been linked
to developmental defects, liver toxicity, and cancer in lab
studies. It also may affect thyroid and other hormones that
are crucial to normal development.
The best thing you can do is avoid soaps that claim to be
"antibacterial" while we wait for more research to be done.
A quick read of the label will tell you if triclosan or
triclocarban (a similar compound that's found more commonly
in bar soaps) are active ingredients. If so, move onto
Excerpt taken from The Conscious Consumer at green.yahoo.com
ACCURATE EMERGENCY SERVICES
Great service for those of US with no time!
This can be very important NOW and not just for the
True story by Dr. LuAn Johnson, creator of Map Your
LuAn comes from a large family of siblings. The parents
went to "Back to School Night" and left the 6 kids home.
While they were gone, the water heater sprang a leak. The
children first grabbed all the towels in the house to soak
up the water. This worked for a little while but they did
not know that 40 gallons of water was in that heater. So,
they grabbed all the blankets in the house. Then, the couch
cushions and bed pillows. When the parents got home and saw
the fortress of towels, blankets, cushions and pillows
around the water heater and the water still everywhere,
their father took them all over to the water heater and
showed them how to turn off the water valve.
Lesson learned is to show everyone in the house how to turn
off all of the utilities as you never know what can happen
when you are not around.
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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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 70 packs to our HB residents as this point.
apply please contact Kelly@saferhermosabeach.com or