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HBNW CRIME LOG
Every Monday, Kelly views the HBPD Daily Activity Logs for
the prior week. With the assistance of Motorcycle Ofc. JR
Smith, Dect. Mick Gaglia or Lt. Tom Thompson, we select
crimes that our residents can learn from in order to
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
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
This is a SAMPLE COPY of what a SOLICITOR PERMIT looks like
for your reference.
AREA CRIME LOG
Monday, June 29, 2009 to Sunday, July 5, 2009
BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo
GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and Manhattan
RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to Harper/Reynolds)
Abbreviations Used by Officers:
Unable to Locate
Gone on Arrival
Field Identification Card is information taken "in the
field" on a person; such as name, address, distinguishing
marks, clothing if needed for future contact.
No Report Desired
ADAST Advised and/or
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
400 block of Herondo
Unknown suspect smashed the rear window
to a vehicle and took a black Swiss Army
bag containing a Sony camera and Dell
Saturday, July 4, 2009
1600 block of Loma Drive
Theft from Unlocked Vehicle
Unknown suspect entered the unlocked
vehicle and took a wallet containing
cash, bank debit card, and other store
600 (a) PC
2nd St. and The Strand
Assault on Police Horses
A male suspect was arrested after
throwing an M-80 explosive device at
police horses. The suspect attempted to
flee, but was corralled by the horses.
The suspect was charged with a felony
for assaulting police horses and
possession of dangerous fireworks.
1100 block of Ardmore
Theft from Unlocked Vehicle
The Victim observed three suspects
inside his vehicle and gave chase when
they ran. The suspects got away and the
victim lost a Garmon GPS unit.
Theft of Bicycle
Unknown suspects took a pink beach
cruiser with a wicker basket with the
sign that reads "I love My Bike".
00 Block 7th St
Theft from Residence
The Victim had a Fourth of July party
and later discovered his wallet had been
taken from his bedroom closet.
During the summer we see an increase of thefts of
bicycles and items left on the beach unattended. Do
not take valuables to the beach and lock your
bicycle. Record the serial number of your bicycle
and etch your driver's license number on the frame.
We can enter the bicycle into the computer as stolen
if we have the serial number. This will increase
your chances of getting the bicycle back no matter
who recovers the bicycle.
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MESSAGE FROM THE POLICE CHIEF
4th of July in Hermosa Beach was well attended. The crowds
appeared to be larger than the past two years, with
thousands on the beach, attending parties throughout the
City as well as being patrons in our many businesses. The
City population swelled to approx. 100,000 (by rough
estimate) by 5pm, when the wind picked up and much of the
Beach crowd began to leave the City. Many of the home
parties ended around 10pm at the conclusion of the fireworks
show. The downtown stayed active until bar closing.
We are pleased to report there were no major assaults and
the most serious injury of the day came from horse-play
where a female struck her head on the pavement when she fell
off her boyfriend's shoulders. She was taken to the
hospital by paramedics. The police department handled over
300 calls for service and responded to 70 disturbance calls,
consisting of loud parties to illegal fireworks to minor
The T3 devices (Stand Up Vehicles) were effective early in
the day and for patrolling our walk streets. I will be
recommending their purchase if we can secure and/or use
grant funds from either Air Quality Management Board or
State Funds for technology purchases. If those sources
don't work out, we had some members of the community
indicate they would donate some funds.
The Mounted Patrol appears to have been well received by the
community. They served to provide higher officer visibility
both on and off the beach and were instrumental in
dispersing a crowd on the Strand that formed in front of a
home that was having a party. The host requested our
assistance in moving the crowd away from his home. The
Mounted Patrol simply lined up along the Strand (six horses
wide) and walked slowly past the home asking those in front
to move along. Compliance was not a problem and the area
was cleared in a few minutes. The Mounted Unit was targeted
by an individual who threw fireworks under the horses in an
attempt to get them to spook, yet the animals remained calm
and they were able to chase and apprehend the suspect. It
is my hope that we can use this team next year and our local
mounted officers for some of our other events, such as the
Fiesta's, St. Patrick's Day parade and New Years Eve. This
program is just being developed and we may seek to partner
with other South Bay Police agencies and maintain our
efforts with the Sheriff's Department.
Overall the 4th was relatively calm in Hermosa Beach.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief of Police
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Remember the 4 P's.
Distinguish a fake from the real thing, and avoid being
disappointed, ripped off or hurt.
the PRICE reasonably reflect the value?
seems too good to be true, it probably is.
The cost of
the product is significantly lower than usual
offers to drop the taxes or doesn't give you a receipt
is in a hurry to make the sale
Is the PACKAGING properly labelled and appropriate?
Legitimate businesses invest a great deal of money to
attract consumers' attention. Make sure to look out for
errors on the packaging.
packaging design is shoddy or inaccurate
normally sold in packages is being sold individually
instructions are available only in a foreign language
packaging or instructions contain spelling mistakes
label fails to include the usual elements, such as the
manufacturer's name, the logo, the brand name and a
Are you familiar with the PLACE of purchase? Does it match
the products being sold?
seller questions. Counterfeiters don't know their
products very well.
unable to reach the business's customer service
business's main address is a post office box
business's suppliers are unknown
business's warehouse and sales facilities are shoddy
Does the PRODUCT'S quality seem acceptable?
product? That's a red flag!
you have doubts about the quality of a product you've
purchased, don't use it!
doesn't fit the packaging well.
on the item is blurry.
of the product is unsatisfactory.
Certification marks are printed on the packaging, but
not on the product.
logo or colours are different than usual.
number is lacking, damaged or incomplete
Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe
Report Crime - Don't assume that your neighbors have already
reported the crime or that the police already know. Report
criminal or suspicious activity each and every time it
DIRECT HB Dispatch Number
Reasons for calling the non-emergency number include, but
are not limited to the following:
You want to report a nuisance, such as a noise or
To report a non-emergency crime, one that did not just
occur, and the
suspect(s) are not in the immediate area.
You have questions about something suspicious occurring
neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal
Solicitor just came to your door or are in the
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.
you are in another city in the South Bay, these are their
direct dial phone numbers to their PD/FD dispatch.
El Segundo Dispatch 310-524-2760
Manhattan Beach Dispatch 310-545-4566
Palos Verdes Dispatch 310-378-5211
Redondo Beach Dispatch 310- 379-5411
Torrance Dispatch 310-320-2611
If you are in a city that you do not know or are on the
freeways, call 9-1-1 and your call will be routed to
the appropriate call center.
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FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER
The July 4th holiday presents a challenge to the Hermosa
Beach Fire Department every year. This year, with the 4th
falling on a Saturday, it was feared that things could spin
out of control very quickly. However, through cooperation
with law enforcement, the fire department was able to handle
every challenge it faced.
The fire department averages a little more than six
emergency incidents a day. On the 4th, the department
responded to 40 incidents from 1 p.m. to the early morning
hours of the 5th.
The fire department anticipates this increased demand for
service, as we increase staffing to deal with it. Regular
staffing consists of one fire engine, one paramedic
ambulance, and one EMT ambulance. For the 4th, the
department staffed a second engine. Additionally, two fire
arson investigators were assigned to patrol the City. The
fire chief also patrolled the City. In all, the fire
department was able to staff six units for emergency
response and patrol.
The sheer volume of incidents means that we have not yet
been able to complete the input of all the incident
information, so the numbers of our activity are
preliminary. As I mentioned, we responded to 40 incidents.
About half of those were related to fireworks or reports of
smoke problems (related to fireworks). A vast majority of
the incidents responded to involved the use of alcohol.
Alcohol-related incidents ranged from alcohol-influenced
combative behavior (fights) to severe inebriation.
There were no major problems with overcrowding. There was
one case where one establishment had reached its capacity
and had to be reminded not to exceed that number. They
complied and no other problems were reported from that
location. In all, establishments throughout the City
complied with their posted occupant loads and maintained
means of egress and exits.
I would like to recognize the firefighters of the Hermosa
Beach Fire Department for sacrificing yet another July 4th
holiday in order to protect the residents and visitors of
our City. Almost all of our personnel worked some time
during that holiday weekend. In the week leading up to the
holiday we had two firefighters injured on an incident when
a stair case they were descending collapsed. Both are still
off from that incident/injury.
HB Neighborhood Watch, HB Police, HB Fire and HB Public
Works participate in the 26th Annual NNO program.
LIVE Tuesday, August 4th from 5:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.
has closed the opportunity to participate with our
procession of HBPD, HBFD, HBPW as we can only cover so many
blocks in the time period. We appreciate that these Block
Captain's have signed up their neighborhood and will compete
in the challenge for BEST CRIME PREVENTION IDEA to win a
very special ribbon. Other HBNW blocks are welcome to
gather with their neighbors and have a party. We will block
off your street for your party but will not be able to visit
FINAL PARTICIPATING BLOCKS
Block Captain Erin Phillips and the 1900-2000 block of
Captain's Ken & Dorothy Hartley and the 600-700 block of
30th Street (and surrounding streets)
Block Captain Dyan Kaufman and the 500 block of 11th Street
Block Captain Mary Goshtigian and the 500 block of 21st
Block Captain Dana Graner and the 400 Block of 31st Street
Block Captain's Terrie Sanchez and Gloria Vialpando and 17th
Block Captain Jennifer Chew and the 1100 - 1200 block of
Block Captain Doris & Greg Eberhardt and the 1100 - 1200
block of 8th Street
Block Captain Janine Bozeman and the 1100 - 1200 block of
SEE YOU THIS SATURDAY!
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RECOGNITION OF HBNW VOLUNTEERS
HBNW would like to congratulate the Volunteers in Policing
(VIP's) program for celebrating their one year anniversary!
We appreciate the HB resident volunteers, the HBPD officers
and Chief Savelli for implementing this program in Hermosa
VIP's at Bicycle Saturday Event
Kyle Smith, Jeff Smith, Ken Hartley & Dave Buckland
Photo courtesy of Kim MacMullen
THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS
HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster
preparedness neighborhood program.
To view all ACTIVE blocks in
you have not had an INTRODUCTION Block Meeting, your block
is not considered an active block in HBNW. You may
have volunteered to be your block's captain and receive the
HBNW E-Mails. However, we do not know if you are connected
to your residents until you have had this meeting. Please
e-mail us today if you have not had it.
Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings
Nancy Fulton Rogers
100 block of 34th Street
1100-1200 block of 21st Street
1900 block of Ardmore and Ava Avenue
1100 block of Palm Drive
00 block of Hermosa Ave
Pacifica Villas Condo Complex
SAVE THE DATE
At 10:15 a.m. on October 15, millions of Californians
throughout the state will drop, cover, and hold on in the
largest earthquake drill ever!
We all must get better prepared for major earthquakes, and
also practice how to protect ourselves when they happen. The
purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations
Why is important to do a Drop, Cover, Hold On drill? As with
anything, to react quickly you must practice often. You may
only have seonds to protect yourself in an earthquake,
before strong shaking knocks you down--or drops something on
You may have heard of a theory called "Triangle of Life,"
perhaps by email. Reputable emergency organizations,
emergency responders, and legitimate search and rescue
organizations support "Drop, Cover, and Hold On." Our
special report describes this issue in detail.
www.dropcoverholdon.org links to a great deal of
information about what to do during earthquakes.
When Disaster Strikes, it's too late to prepare.
IN THE NEWS...
Officials report calm Fourth of July in South Bay
pristine weather and that the Fourth of July fell on a
Saturday this year, police were in full force this weekend
monitoring illegal use of fireworks, drunken driving and
For the most
part, however, South Bay residents behaved themselves,
departments across the South Bay reported about two dozen
arrests for drunken driving, with no fatal accidents or
major injuries on the road.
LA. County grand jury issues `senior tsunami' warning
Angeles County facing a "senior tsunami" in the decades
ahead, county officials are not adequately prepared to deal
with the explosion in demand for senior services and a
growing rate of physical and financial crimes against the
elderly, the civil grand jury warns in a new report.
How to report elder abuse
To report elder abuse in Los Angeles County, call
877-477-3646. If calling from outside the Los Angeles area,
dial 213-351-5401. You can also go online to the county's
Adult Protective Services agency at
css.lacounty.gov/Aps/Aps.html. To see the Grand Jury
report, go to
Chasing after a 'storm chaser'
Fraud complaints, lawsuits and government investigations
have dogged a Southern California-based firm offering
one-stop disaster recovery services.
Disaster Information Center
Board Warns Consumers About Unlicensed Contractors After
Unscrupulous, unlicensed contractors often prey on victims
of natural disasters. It is a felony to contract without a
license in a declared disaster area. Consumers can protect
themselves by using CSLB's resources to check a contractor's
license status and history.
Disaster Don't Get Scammed Pamphlet
Don 't Get Burned by a Scam Artist
leaves more than torn shingles and uprooted lives in its
wake. The winds also can blow in armies of fly-by-night
contractors and door-to-door scam artists eager to
capitalize on the misfortunes of innocent people.
After a loss
has occurred, you will be facing many problems you probably
have not confronted before. It may be helpful to keep the
following in mind.
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
The CodeRED system gives city officials the ability to
deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone
No one should automatically assume his or her phone number
is included. All businesses should register, as well as all
individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have
changed their phone number or address within the last year,
and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone.
When you receive a call from CODE RED, the number will be
displayed on your caller ID as (999)911-9999.
SIGN UP FOR CODE RED
MBNW CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
Here are the latest crime reports to pass on. There are four
separate incidents of side mirrors being removed from parked
vehicles. In all of these cases, the mirrors were removed
from the housings and all of the vehicles were GM models. If
you see anything suspicious please call 911 immediately or
(310) 545-4566 from a cell phone.
06/25/09 - 06/26/09 6:30 p.m. - 7:30
a.m. Highland & 24th Street
(Vehicle Theft) Unknown suspect(s) removed the two side
mirrors from the victim's vehicle which was parked and
locked on the street.
The other incidents were the following:
06/29/09 - 06/30/09 11 p.m. - 7
a.m. 1300 block of Manhattan Avenue
06/27/09 - 06/30/09 4 p.m. - 8
a.m. 500 block of 2nd Street
06/27/09 - 06/30/09 8 p.m. - 8
a.m. Highland & 28th
06/26/09 10:30 a.m. -
1:30 p.m. 700 block of 26th Street
(Bicycle theft from garage) The victim closed her garage
door and returned to find it open. Unknown suspect(s) stole
a bicycle from the garage, leaving other bicycles and items
of value behind. The victim stated the garage door has
occasionally opened on its own in the past, and there were
no signs of forced entry.
07/02/09 - 07/03/09 5 p.m. - 7:30
a.m. 2400 block of John Street
(Construction Burglary) The residence is currently under
construction. Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence by
prying open a window. Two closet doors were damaged and
suspect(s) took a refrigerator and various tools.
07/01/09 - 07/02/09 11 p.m. - 9:15
a.m. 300 block of 8th Street
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked her locked vehicle
half-in and half-out of the open garage. When she returned
she discovered her front passenger side window was smashed
and several items were taken from the front seat including
clothing, vitamins and a briefcase. No suspects were seen or
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RBNW / RBPD CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
Please follow the link below to learn about recently
published weekly crime information.
Click here to see CRIME STATISTICS
To subscribe to City of Redondo Beach e-zine service, please
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JOIN THE AMATEUR (HAM) RADIO TEAM!
We know how we will communicate when phones, cell phones and
Internet go down. Do you?
Ken Hartley @ HBARA
Beach Amateur Radio Association
FCC "Technician" course (entrée level)
2 day class for FREE!
Technician License class day 1: Sat. Aug. 15th @ 10:00a.m. -
Technician License class day 2: Sat. Aug. 22nd @ 10:00a.m. -
Test: Sat, Aug. 29th @ 10:00a.m.
The location is Hesse Park
29301 Hawthorne Blvd.
Rancho Palos Verdes
- No pre-registration required -
- No fee for class -
- Taking the FCC Test is $14 -
Optional Material (available to purchase at class)
- Study book with FCC test questions, $15 -
- Copy of Power Point charts, $10 -
Students (thru grade 12) who take this course and get their
license will be reimbursed up to $40 by Hermosa Beach
Amateur Radio Association.
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ACCURATE EMERGENCY SERVICES
Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit Description:
The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit is a means by
which a homeowner, tenant, or neighbor can easily locate
their gas, water, and electrical mains and shut them off in
case of a natural disaster or accidental emergency.
Following the detailed instructions and utilizing the label
page the consumer will transform the blank graph section of
the laminated Map Page into a customized map of their
property denoting the locations of their utility shut off
valves and the electrical main shut off. The Location Signs
are mounted at all three of the utility shut off locations
with the included nylon zip ties. Due to the fact that some
properties have different types of valves and or electrical
systems, (5) five different laminated Location Signs are
provided and a maximum of (3) three will be used. The kit is
designed for homes, apartments, condominiums, and commercial
buildings.The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit
includes several pieces of original graphic artwork and are
all included in this provisional patent application.
The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit includes:
(1) 8.5" x 11" Laminated Map Page.
(1) 8.5" x 11" Label Page.
(5) 2.5" x 3.5" (approximate size) Location Signs.
(1) 11" x 17" Instruction Page.
(1) Gas Valve Shut Off Wrench.
(2) Nylon Zip Ties.
(2 feet) of small link chain or elastic cord.
(1) 2" x 2" (approximate size) piece of double face carpet
tape to attach the electrical shut off instructions to the
door of the electrical panel box.
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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 Beach.
To receive a kit, please contact email@example.com or
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