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Tuesday, 7/21/09

 

   

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In This Newsletter...

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: CRIME PREVENTION ~ Home security survey. Part 2 of 2.

:: RECOGNITION OF HBNW VOLUNTEERS ~ Block Captain Nancy Fulton-Rogers

:: IN THE NEWS...

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log

:: HB Amateur (HAM) Radio Association - You can communicate, but will you?

:: SURVIVAL KITS - FREE SHIPPING TO HB

:: TAG YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ Accurate Emergency Services

:: COUNCIL & COMMISSION MEETINGS ONLINE NOW!

:: FOCUS ON SENIORS ~ FANNY PACK STILL AVAILABLE

:: LOCAL PHONE NUMBERS AND WEBSITE

:: CONTACT US AT HBNW

 
HBNW CRIME LOG 

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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 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 

  

 

This is a SAMPLE COPY of what a SOLICITOR PERMIT looks like for your reference.     
SAMPLE SOLICITOR PERMIT 

AREA CRIME LOG

Monday, July 13, 2009 to Sunday, July 19, 2009

 

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

NRD    No Report Desired

ADAST  Advised and/or assisted 

   
Monday, July 13, 2009
 

Area 2
 
459 PC-Attempt Burglary     1500 block of The Strand 
Unknown suspect attempted to pry off the bedroom window screens to the residence, but was unsuccessful in gaining access.   

 
Tuesday July 14, 2009
 

Area 2
 
484 PC-Theft from Unlocked Vehicle        100 Block 34th Street Theft 
Unknown suspect entered the unlocked vehicle and took a backpack and coins. The backpack contained a laptop.
LOCK YOUR VEHICLE AND DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES INSIDE!

 

Area 1
 
10852 CVC-Tampering with Vehicles        400 Block 11th Street 
The witness observed a suspicious subject trying door handles on vehicles. Officers responded and located the suspect. The suspect was identified by the witness. The suspect did not get into any vehicle, but was looking for an unlocked vehicle. The suspect, Andrew Morton, 21 year old from Harbor City was arrested on a no bail burglary warrant out of Redondo Beach Police.

 
Friday July 17,2009

 

Area 1
  
484 PC-Attempt Theft of Bicycle       500 Block of Pier Ave. 
At 2:41a.m., an officer observed Anthony Spittle, 21 years of Redondo Beach attempting to remove a bicycle chained to a street sign. Spittle ran from the officer, leaving the bicycle behind, He was located at the community center.

 

Area 2
 
594 PC-Cut padlock             3200 block of Hermosa Avenue
The juveniles were observed cutting the padlock to a construction site and the witness called the police. Officer stopped four juveniles, who stated they were just trying out a pair of bolt cutters. The juveniles were released to their parents. The investigation is continuing.

 

Area 2
 
484 PC-Theft of Wallet           715 Pier/Vons 
The wallet was taken out of the Victim's purse while shopping at Vons Market.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times and remember it just takes seconds to commit a crime.

 
Saturday July 18,2009
 

Area 2
 
484 PC-Theft of Purse            3400 block of The Strand 
The Victim left her purse under a chair on the patio facing The Strand. She went for a walk on the beach and when she returned it was gone.

 

Area 2
 
594 PC-Vandalism                    Valley Park 
Unknown suspect(s) used black spray paint on a wall at Valley Park and wrote "Bonez & Geria." 


  
HBNW received the below email from a Block Captain to verify the contents.  We asked Chief Savelli and below is his comments.  We appreciate that this Block Captain emailed us as many times emails are mass forwarded without confirming it is true.  

 

This incident occurred Saturday night (actually early Sunday morning) at 2am.  According to the victims, ( who declined to file a full report), the suspect came up from behind them, grabbed her buttocks and then ran off.  He did not attempt to abduct or drag the victim. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 8 inches, with a moustache.  The suspect was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, with the hood up, dark jeans and white shoes.  The victims walked home to report the incident which took 10-15 minutes.  The area was checked for the suspect but they were unable to locate anyone matching the description.  The police agree with the recommendations given by the victim in regards to walking with friends and/or taking a taxi home and we also encourage that if you are walking home, that someone have a cell phone.  Rather than waiting to get home to call, a cell phone call immediately would help us in capturing the suspect.   We believe that incident on 4th Street was directly related to the victim and not random.  ~ Chief of Police Greg Savelli
 

HBNW took out the names of below email to protect the privacy of author. 

 

 Hello all,
I just wanted to write to some of my Hermosa girlfriends and friends to let you know of a scary incident that happened to Victim and I last night..well early this morning (1:45 a.m.) After a night at the bars on the pier, Victim and I decided to walk back to my place on 5th Street instead of taking a cab. After Barnacles, we figured I lived close enough to just walk. We were on Ardmore coming close to 6th Street when I suddenly heard footsteps creep up behind us. I immediately gasped, grabbed Victim's hand and we both turned around. A man in a hooded sweater was running towards us, it appeared as if he didn't expect us to turn around so quickly. It was then that he grabbed Victim's dress, lifted it up, and proceeded to feel her up. Since I had taken off my shoes earlier, I was prepared to hit him in the head, but he bolted north bound on the Chip Trail. Completely terrified, we ran up to my house and called the police. They sent out patrol cars around the area and an officer came over to interview us. I can remember what this creepy man looked like:
 
Latino man in his 20's
About 5'8
Thin mustache
Wearing a gray hooded jacket (with the hood over his head,) dark collared shirt, dark jeans, and white sneakers
 
I think Victim and I can both agree that is incident was by far one of the scariest moments in our lives. I can't imagine what would have happened if we weren't together, or what he intended to do if we didn't hear him and turn around. A couple of months ago, Hermosa Ladies got a scare when a girl was nearly kidnapped near 4th Street in broad day light.  I know we all want to believe that Hermosa is a relatively safe place but I just want to emphasize how important it is to just hop in a cab or walk with a guy friend. Luckily this incident was not as severe as the most extreme assault cases, but I want us all to be cautious. Having a man in a hooded sweater creep up behind you is not cool. 
 
Thanks and be safe:)
 
 

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STOP CRIME 

The Next Step

Now that you have identified the weak points in your home security, you can take the next step and learn about securing your home.

 

Protecting Against Entry

Many of the locks and other items described in this section are inexpensive and can be installed yourself. Some, however, may require a professional to install them. HBNW recommends Aviation Lock & Key.  The owner is a resident of HB.

 

Key Control

True security begins with key control. When you move into a home or apartment or lose your keys, always have the locks re-keyed. You don't have to replace the lock itself, as re-keying of locks will render the previous keys useless. Any licensed locksmith can change the tumblers in your outside door locks quickly and inexpensively.

 

Do not leave an "emergency" key under the door mat, on top of the door frame or in any other "hiding spot" so well-known to burglars.

 

Never attach a name, address, or license tag to your house keys or your children's. If keys are lost or stolen, you will have an unwelcome visitor very quickly!

Keep car keys and house keys separate. Never leave your house keys with an attendant when you go to the car wash or parking lot.

 

Exterior Lighting

Exterior lighting is extremely important in residential security. Each exterior doorway should be lighted from dusk to dawn so a burglar can't hide to break in.

 

Yards and windows should be lighted. Night blind spots can be eliminated by use of ornamental porch and yard lamp posts.  Yard lights and entrance lights can be equipped with sensors that turn the light on at dusk and off at dawn or when it detects motion. The motion detectors seem to work better because when the light turns on there is a change in environment.  Motion detector lights can also be equipped with bell or other warning sounds. Check the sensors or motion detectors periodically to make sure they work.

 

Landscaping

Keep doorways, windows and porches clear when planting bushes and flowers.

Remember that the bushes that provide you with privacy also give a burglar a place to hide.  Prune large trees. A burglar can climb the lower limbs to the second story. A well-maintained lawn is a very effective clue that someone is at home and cares.

Plan your landscaping with both privacy and security in mind - planting thorny bushes and shrubs near windows and along fences may discourage burglars.

 

Locked gates and well-maintained fences can make break-ins more difficult and prevent the removal of large items.

 

Walks and driveways should be easily seen so no landscaping offers concealment for intruders.

 

Doors

Hinge doors

The hinge door is the most common type used in houses and apartments. They are used for front, porch, garage and basement doors leading into the home. All exterior hinge doors should be of solid core construction, 1-3/4 inch thick. The door frame should be of solid construction and be equipped with a proper strike plate. Hollow core or composition board doors can easily be battered or broken through.

 

Outside hinges. Doors with hinges on the outside will provide a burglar with easy access to your home. The burglar only has to remove the hinges and lift the door away from its frame. This situation can be corrected in three ways:

  • Remove the door and remount the hinges on the inside of the frame so that the door swings inward; or
  • Install a set of hinges with non-removable hinge pins; or
  • Install a locking pin below the existing hinge plate. 

Here is how:

(1) Drill holes below the hinge plate.

(2) Insert a "headless" screw, bolt or nail into the door jamb below the hinge plate. Leave at least one-half inch of the screw, bolt or nail extending from the frame.

Once this is done, as the door closes, the pin in the jamb will penetrate the hole in the door and the door will be held in position even if the hinge pins are removed.

 

Dead bolt locks. The best defense for a good solid core wood door is a dead bolt lock with one-inch throw bolt. The security dead bolt lock can be used on any hinge door where the strike plate can be securely fastened to the door frame. When installing a dead bolt, attach the strike plate (the jamb fastening that receives the bolt in the locking position) to the door with four to six, three-inch brass wood screws. The screws should penetrate through the frame to a structural member.  Dead bolt locks come in double key cylinder and inside thumb-operated models. If there are no windows in or near the door, the bolt may be operated from inside by a thumb turn. Both single and double key cylinder dead bolt locks should meet the following criteria to be a good security device:

The bolt must extend a minimum of one-inch and contain a hardened steel insert.

The dead bolt should contain a cylinder guard to prohibit twisting of the lock with a wrench or pliers. It must be solid metal - not hollow casting or stamped metal.

The key way should contain a five-pin tumbler system to make it more difficult to pick.

The connecting screws that hold the lock together must be on the inside and made of case-hardened steel. No screw heads should be exposed on the outside.

The connecting screws must be at least one-fourth inch in diameter and go into solid metal stock, not screw posts.

 

Key-in-the-knob locks. These locks on an outside door are an invitation to even the most inexperienced burglar. These locks can be forced by breaking off the knob, and frequently they can be opened by prying or slipping a piece of plastic between the jamb and the bolt. Do not rely on these locks. Install a dead-latching plunger type lock to supplement it.

 

Locks for double doors. Many homes with double doors use half-barrel slide bolts on the inactive door. These are weak and inadequate and should not be relied upon. Additional locking devices should be installed. Flush bolts installed at the top and bottom of the inactive door of a pair of doors offer additional security since the intruder cannot get at these devices to tamper with them if the doors are locked. It is important that the bolts have at least one-inch of throw and that they protrude well into the top frame and threshold. Additionally, the strike plates should be well secured with at least three-inch brass wood screws.

 

Locks for dutch doors. Dutch doors can be secured by adding a dead bolt lock to both the lower and upper door.

 

Security for doors with glass

If an exterior door has a glass window or if there is glass within 40 inches of the lock, you may want to install security screening, window guards or burglary rated glazing. Use non-removable screws to securely mount screens, bars or window guards.

 

Sliding glass doors. Sliding glass doors present a major security problem if they do not have the proper locks and if special steps are not taken to prevent removal of the door.  A sliding glass door is lifted into position when installed and, therefore, must be lifted from the track to be removed. To prevent this, insert #8 or #10 sheet metal screws into the top of the door frame at both ends and the middle.  Adjust these screws so that the door barely clears them when it is operated. If properly inserted, this will take up the slack between the upper part of the door and the interior frame.

 

It is important to note that dowels alone placed in the door track will not prevent a burglar from removing the sliding door.  The best lock for a sliding glass door is operable by a key from the inside.

 

The lock bolt should engage the strike sufficiently so that it will not be disengaged by any amount of movement. When the existing inside pull has to be changed in order to accommodate a new deadlock, an inside cylinder pull is recommended as a replacement. A single lock is not recommended because of the softness of aluminum frames.  A supplemental lock should be installed at the top or bottom, made out of steel and inserted in the sliding door at a slightly downward angle.

 

Garage Doors

Garage doors should always be closed and locked whenever you are away from home. Most garages offer burglars a wide selection of tools to use in breaking into your home. Garages provide ladders for accessing second story windows and also a convenient, hidden route for entry into your home through the connecting door. Remember, a securely locked garage will prevent burglars from the opportunity to steal automobiles, tools, bicycles, lawn mowers and other property.

 

Sectional roll-up doors

For overhead sectional roll-up doors, drill a hole of proper size in the door track, just above one of the guide rollers while the door is in the closed position, and install a padlock. Many doors are installed with pre-drilled holes that will accommodate this security feature without having to drill. Or, install eye bolts on the inside top of the garage door and the door frame. When the garage door is closed, a padlock can secure the bolts and prevent opening of the door.

 

Electric garage door openers

An electric garage door opener should have steel gears and chain activation.  Periodically check the door to make sure it is adjusted to prevent the bottom from being lifted up. This stops the thief from crawling under the door.  When you move into a new home, reset the code in the opener and the remote control units.  Cane bolts can be installed on the inside of the door. These can only be locked from the inside. Sliding hasps can also be used on the inside of the door.

 

Lifting doors

Hardened steel hasps and padlocks are recommended to secure both sides of a lifting garage door. This is to prevent the lifting of the opposite side and crawling under the door.

 

Installing the hasp. A hasp must be of hardened steel and installed with carriage bolts through the door. Use large washers on the inside. When installing hasps, make sure that the mounting screws are covered when the hasp is locked.  After the bolts are secured, deface the threads of the bolt ends with a hammer to keep the nuts from being removed.

 

Selecting a padlock. Use a good quality padlock to secure your garage door. There are many padlocks on the market from which to choose. Some can even be keyed to your house key. Do not be guilty of economizing on a padlock that will not give you the protection you need. Most combination padlocks are poor security because the bodies of these locks are very weak.  The most common assault on a padlock is with a large bolt cutter or pry bar.  Some padlocks have built-in shackle guards which make them difficult to attack with bolt cutters. The following description of the minimum standard for an exterior padlock can be taken to the locksmith or hardware store:

  • Case hardened steel, 7/16 inch shackle. (Short, heavier shackles offer additional security.) Stainless steel shackles offer the ultimate in padlock security.
  • Double-locking mechanism - heel and toe.
  • Five pin tumbler. 

A key retaining feature, whenever possible. This prevents you from removing the key until you have locked the padlock.  Some padlocks have the key code number printed on them. This should be filed off. Otherwise, a burglar can go to a locksmith, give the brand/number and buy a duplicate key. Never leave your padlock unlocked. This is an invitation to have the padlock removed so that a key can be made and the lock returned to its original location. Later the burglar returns when no one is home and enters at his or her leisure, using that key.

 

Other garage doors

The weakest link in an attached garage is usually the side (rear) door. Doors with window panes or thin veneer wood or no dead bolt locks should be considered a primary entry for a burglar. Take measures to make this door as secure as the front door. In most cases, it is easier to either replace the door or use plywood on the interior to reinforce the existing wood panel, or to replace the glass with burglary resistant glazing to prevent entry through the window.

 

Windows

Sliding windows

Sliding windows should be secured by the same methods used for the sliding doors. Both the pan head top screws and the bracing devices are effective on this type of window, if the slider is on the inside. Several types of auxiliary locks which offer improved security are also available.

 

Casement windows (crank type)

These windows are the easiest to secure. Make sure the locking latch works properly and the crank which opens and closes the window has no excessive play. Replace any worn hardware. Key lock handles are available, if you desire.  If the window is not normally opened or closed, remove the crank handle.

 

Double-hung sash-type windows

To secure these windows, drill a hole that angles slightly downward through a top corner of the bottom window into the bottom of the top window, on both sides.

Then place an eye bolt or eight penny nail into the hole to prevent the window from being opened. Auxiliary latches may also be installed. The most effective protection for double hung windows is a key-locking security sash lock. If possible, mount the lock with two-inch wood screws.

 

Louvered windows

It is best to replace louvered windows with another type. Metal grating may also be used as long as it is secured with large bolts, preventing the bars or grating from being torn free from their mount.

For the interim period of waiting for the replacement windows or installation of window bars, you might want to secure the windows:

  • Remove each individual pane of glass and sand the glass and metal frame where the two meet; and,
  • Apply a two-part epoxy resin glue to the sanded area and replace the piece of glass into the framework.

 

Basement windows

Basement windows are one of the most common points of entry for burglars.Special attention should be paid to securing them if they are hidden by bushes or trees which provide burglars with an ideal place to work unobserved. Such windows should be replaced with plexiglass or polycarbonate, or reinforced with decorative security bars.

 

Garage windows

If you use garage windows for ventilation, install the same security items as

recommended for the windows in your home. Hang curtains or miniblinds to

prevent a potential burglar from checking to see if you're home or window shopping

for valuables.

 

Window guards or grilles

For extremely vulnerable windows, you may wish to consider installing heavy gauge

metal (iron) grilles. Before installation, consult your fire department

about emergency release requirements. Grilles should be attached with one

way screws or fastened from the inside. Bars and gratings are not recommended

for sleeping rooms because they could create a fire hazard. If they are used, however, they must have an inside mechanism that allows them to swing out in an emergency.

 

Alarms

An alarm system can contribute to your home's security. However, do not depend

only upon an alarm to protect you. Be sure to use the proper locking

devices and join a Neighborhood Watch program in your area.

 

There are many types of alarms on the market. Before deciding what type of

system to install, check with your local law enforcement agency to determine if

there is an alarm ordinance in your area.

 

Any alarm system should include:

  • A fail-safe battery backup.
  • Fire-sensing capability (ionization sensors are best).
  • Readout ability to check the working of the system. Test your alarm periodically if your system has that feature.
  • Horn-sounding device.

Most residential alarms emit a loud noise from a bell, siren or tone generator. An

audible alarm on doors and windows can be an effective deterrent to the amateur

burglar. Make sure that your family understands how the alarm operates and

sounds. Notify your neighbors that you have installed an alarm and make sure

that they are aware of the alarm's sound and that it is loud enough to be heard in

their homes. Family and neighbors should be trained to call your law enforcement

agency when they hear the alarm.

 

If most of your neighbors are gone during the day, you may wish to consider having a system with an automatic dialer to a central reporting station. This type of system is activated when your alarm goes off. An alarm responder will call your home to find out if it is a false alarm, requesting your password or other code. If no one answers, or if the proper response is not received, they will call your local law enforcement agency.  

 
Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe environment.
 
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 occurs.
 
 
DIRECT HB Dispatch Number 
310-524-2750

 

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 parking complaint.
  • 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 in your
    neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal activity.
  • Solicitor just came to your door or are in the neighborhood.
  • Trash diggers.

 
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.
 

If 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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RECOGNITION OF HBNW VOLUNTEERS

 

We would like to THANK Block Captain Nancy Fulton-Rogers and the 100 block of 34th Street residents for hosting and participating in an Introduction Block Meeting.  The meeting was attended by Kelly and Tracy, Chief of Police Greg Savelli, Fire Chief David Lantzer, HBPD Motorcycle Officer JR Smith and EPAC Commissioner Al Benson.  The block received their new Neighborhood Watch signs courtesy of HB Public Works.

  

THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS
HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster preparedness neighborhood program. 
 
To view all ACTIVE blocks in HBNW
If 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
    
 JULY 2009 
  
July 22
Donna Gin
1100-1200 block of 21st Street 
 
 
AUGUST 2009 
 
August 12
Hilary Young
1900 block of Ardmore and Ava Avenue
 
August 26
Tom Gombas
1100 block of Palm Drive 
 
SEPTEMBER 2009 
 
Sept 16
Hayley Larkin
00 block of Hermosa Ave 
 
Sept 23
Lisa Burt
Pacifica Villas Condo Complex
 

Sept. 30

Josh Ochs

00 blocks of 9th and 10th Street

900 block of The Strand 

 

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IN THE NEWS...

 

It's hot out there!

The Southland's heat wave began a new week today, promising several more days of torrid temperatures and prompting National Weather Service forecasters to extend an excessive heat warning because of "a dangerous situation in which heat-related illnesses are likely".

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors."

http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_12875445?source=rv

 

Swine flu is spreading even in summer

Experts, who expected a seasonal slowdown, think that more than a million Americans have been infected with pandemic H1N1 influenza. They say a rise in cases is likely when school starts.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-sci-swine-flu18-2009jul18,0,6483644.story?track=rss

 

Thieves Target Mourners At Whittier Graveyard

Thieves are preying on mourners at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.

Purses, laptops and other valuables are being taken from the unlocked cars of the grief-stricken attending mortuary and graveside services.

 

Rose Hills officials and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are warning people to lock cars and leave valuables at home.

 

http://cbs2.com/local/thieves.mourners.Whittier.2.1093115.html

 

Los Angeles youths' nitrous oxide use has adults taking action

 

Los Angeles Unified School District health advisor Antonio Roque displays some of the common household products that young people are inhaling -- and in some cases dying from.

 

Parents are getting the word out about the harmful inhalant, and an Assembly bill limiting sales of small canisters has been introduced.

 

Many experts now view inhalants as the gateway drug for pre-adolescent and young teenagers who then move on to experimenting with harder substances. A 2008 report by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found inhalants were more commonly used among 12- and 13-year-olds than marijuana and prescription drugs.

 

First-time use of inhalants, which include other gases, aerosols and solvents, can disrupt heart rhythm and result in serious brain damage or death from cardiac arrest or asphyxiation. The phenomenon has been labeled sudden sniffing death syndrome.

 

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-inhalants20-2009jul20,0,1874132.story?track=rss

 

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CODE RED

 

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.

 

The CodeRED system gives city officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages.
 
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

 

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MBNW CRIME LOG

Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

 

The following are the latest crime reports and some "heads up" items to be aware of.
 
We have recently seen an increase in vehicle crime reports from the parking lot of the Manhattan Village Mall. In some of the instances, people have shopped, placed items in their vehicles and gone back into the mall. When they returned they discovered someone had broken into their vehicle and taken their purchases. We also have had a few reports of shoppers leaving the mall with large purchases and driving to another location nearby to continue their shopping, only to come out and find their vehicles were also broken into, usually by force.
 
As always, be very aware of your surroundings and the possibility of being followed and if it all possible, don't leave anything in your vehicle that you would like to see again.
 
On that note, several vehicles were recently burglarized at the parking lot at 24 Hour Fitness parking lot. In all of them, items (mostly wallets and purses) were left either on the front passenger floorboard or on the front seat. Please spread the word to your neighbors to take those extra steps to protect your property. Many thanks.
 
 
Area 3
07/12/09 - 07/13/09       7 p.m. - 8:55 a.m.                     800 block of 14th Street
(Vehicle Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle, which may not have been locked, and ransacked it, but nothing was reported missing.
 
Area 4
07/12/09 - 07/13/09       9:30 p.m. - 8:45 a.m.                 800 block of 6th Place
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked the vehicle on the street and believed it was locked. In the night the victim heard the sound of the garage door being opened and the police were called but at that time it appeared nothing was missing. The next morning the victim discovered the car had been ransacked and some items were missing including sunglasses, eyeglasses, the garage door opener, an earring and coins.
 
Area 6
07/11/09 - 07/13/09       9 a.m. - 8:35 a.m.                     400 block of 4th Place
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked her vehicle across from her residence. Unknown suspect(s) pried the driver's side door handle, entered the vehicle and took a DVD player and case from the vehicle.
 
Area 6
07/13/09                        6 a.m. - 10 a.m.                        500 block of 3rd Place
(Bicycle Thefts) Unknown suspect(s) took two bicycles that were left locked to a water pipe in the front of the residence, possibly using bolt cutters to cut the lock.
 
Area 6
07/11/09 - 07/13/09       2:30 p.m. - 10:59 p.m.               100 block of 1st Place
(Stolen Vehicle) The victim parked his locked vehicle on the street near his residence and returned to find the vehicle gone. No suspects were seen or heard.
 

Area 2
07/15/09                                    1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.                 1700 block of 2nd Street
(Theft of Bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) took the unlocked bicycle that was parked on the side of the house.
 
Area 2
07/16/09 - 07/17/09                   7 p.m. - 2 a.m.                          1500 block of 5th Street
(Residential Construction Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) took a brand new Jacuzzi tub from the upstairs bathroom.
 
Area 3
07/16/09                                    6 a.m. - 3 p.m.                          600 block of Manhattan Beach Blvd.
(Theft of Bicycle) The victim closed his garage door with his remote, but is unsure if the door closed completely. When he returned the garage door was open and a bicycle was missing. No suspects were seen or heard.
 
Area 3
07/15/09 - 07/16/09                   4:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.                 600 block of 18th Street
(Residential Construction Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) stole two air compressors that had been secured with a chain on the ground floor of the house. The chain was cut with an unknown tool.
 
Area 6
07/18/09 - 07/19/09                   10 p.m. - 8 a.m.                        500 block of 6th Street
(Theft from yard) Unknown suspect(s) took an unsecured jogging stroller from the front porch.
 
Area 7
07/16/09 - 07/17/09                   7 p.m. - -5:15 p.m.                     2800 block of Highland Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle on the street in front of his residence. Unknown suspect(s) removed the driver's door lock and took the third row seats from the vehicle (Yukon) and other miscellaneous items including an iPod, GPS, and a sports bag containing sports equipment.
 
Area 10
07/17/09                                    1 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.                     4000 block of Ocean Drive
(Theft of Bicycle) The victim was unloading groceries from the vehicle inside the open garage. A neighbor observed a heavyset male white adult wearing a fanny pack enter the garage and ride away on one of the bicycles that had been parked in the garage.
 

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RBNW / RBPD CRIME LOG

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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?

 

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Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Association
Voice : 310-376-4776
 

 

FCC "Technician" course (entrée level)
2 day class for FREE!
 
Technician License class day 1: Sat. Aug. 15th @ 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Technician License class day 2: Sat. Aug. 22nd @ 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.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) RECOMMENDED
- 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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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.     (1) 8.5" x 11" Laminated Map Page.

2.     (1) 8.5" x 11" Label Page.

3.     (5) 2.5" x 3.5" (approximate size) Location Signs.

4.     (1) 11" x 17" Instruction Page.

5.     (1) Gas Valve Shut Off Wrench.

6.     (2) Nylon Zip Ties.

7.     (2 feet) of small link chain or elastic cord.

8.     (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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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.    

To receive a kit, please contact tracy@saferhermosabeach.com or call 310-374-1828.

 

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310-524-2750

 

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310-318-0360

 

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310-376-2479

 

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310-318-0239

 

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