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HBNW CRIME LOG
We are now using the information on CrimeReports.com for the crime log.
It will be a great benefit to the community as a whole to help increase awareness and encourage residents to be more cautious.
You can go directly to the site below any time you want to check out the crime status. You can also sign up to have the alerts sent to you. The crime information is downloaded daily.
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Hermosa Beach PD Facebook Page
For those of you that are interested in seeing the monthly crime statistics for crimes in HB, please click the link below.
This is a SAMPLE COPY of what a SOLICITOR PERMIT looks like for your reference.
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|Property Crime 10/23/2010 |
1ST ST & PALM DR
Unknown subject placed several clothing items in a shopping bag, and left the store without paying for the items.
1000 Block THE STRAND
Subject who was involved in a fight was arrested for 647(f) PC - public intoxication. During a booking search of the subject he became combative with officers in violation of 148(a)(1) PC - resist/delay/obstruct an officer.
Theft of Vehicle 10/18/2010
500 Block PIER AV
300 Block PIER AV
On Thursday 10-22-10 between the hours of 1430 -1630, $164 in cash was taken from the cash register of the Sun God Store in Hermosa Beach. A possible suspect was identified, but it is unsure if the possible suspect took the money. The Sun God store is desirous of prosecution.
Hermosa Beach Police Department Performance Survey
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MBNW CRIME LOG
Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department
NW Alert regarding workmen scam in Manhattan Beach
The following message is from a block captain who received this information from one of her neighbors. This incident regarding people posing as workers happened on Friday, October 22 around noon. Please pass this important information on to your blocks and tell everyone to be aware.
A man in a hard hat rang a door bell in the 1500 block of 19th Street and told the homeowner he was working on the house behind his. He said that a sewage pipe broke and it might be leaking into his yard. He asked the resident to go to the backyard with him and insisted that he also bring along his wife. The couple felt uncomfortable with this request especially since there were two more workmen waiting in front of the house. Instead, the husband told the guy to go around back and he would meet him there. The guy started to go around but returned to the front door telling the wife he had trouble opening the gate and needed to go through the house. So the wife escorted him to the backyard where the guy then asked the husband to turn on the faucet inside the house. The husband questioned why the regular water line would have anything to do with a sewage pipe break. Just at that moment one of the men from out front came in through the house uninvited. The wife immediately said she was going to call 911. The guy in the hard hat said they needed to go talk to their supervisor and they all left quickly in a car.
The homeowners called the police who did a neighborhood search but could not find the workmen. The police also discovered that no work was being done behind their house. The couple is very thankful they were not harmed or burglarized.
Thank you kindly to our block captain for sharing this information with us. This is Neighborhood Watch in action and the couple did exactly as they should have. They became suspicious and called the police. If you experience anything remotely like this, please don't hesitate to call 911 immediately.
10/10/10 4:15 p.m. - 7 p.m. 1400 block of 10th Street
(Vehicle Theft) Unknown suspect(s) stole a wallet that was sitting in plain view on the front passenger seat from the vehicle that the victim forgot to lock.
10/10/10 - 10/11/10 10:40 a.m. - 6:20 p.m. 1700 block of Oak Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) stole a GPS from the unlocked vehicle that was parked on the street.
9/26/10 - 9/27/10 2 p.m. - 10 a.m. 1300 block of Gates Avenue
(Vehicle Grand Theft) Unknown suspect(s) stole a GPS and wallet from the vehicle that was parked on the street. The victim was sure the vehicle was locked but there were no signs of forced entry.
10/14/10 - 10/15/10 5:30 p.m. - 8 a.m. 700 block of 26th Street
(Vehicle Grand Theft) The victim accidentally left his vehicle unlocked in his driveway and returned to find a briefcase containing an iPad had been stolen from the passenger seat. No suspects were seen or heard.
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FIRE CHIEF LANTZER'S CORNER
Last Thursday, October 21st at 10:21 in the morning, the California ShakeOut earthquake drill commenced. City of Hermosa Beach employees went into action. The City's new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was opened, staffed by a representative from each City department. There were some delays in department heads responding to the EOC: the Fire Chief had to make his way through clogged PCH from El Segundo where he was attending a meeting when the "shaking" began and the Finance Director was unable to reach the City from an out-of-area meeting because of roadway conditions.
Fire and police units surveyed the City in an effort to ascertain a big picture view of damage. Almost immediately after the "quake" reports of damage and emergencies started coming into the EOC. Many of these emergencies could not be dealt with. The injured were referred to a first aid station set up at Valley School or for self-treatment. Many other emergency calls went completely unanswered until additional fire and police units could be staffed. No mutual aid was available from our neighbors, as they were dealing with the same overwhelming problems.
Public Works had their hands full in dealing with sewage and water system problems. Sewage spills create a tremendous public health hazard and portable generators had to be brought in to ensure that pumping stations continued to keep the system operating. The water system was seriously compromised; the EOC requested shipments of drinking water from the County. But Public Works was also overwhelmed and there were sewage and water leaks they could not get to.
The preceding is just a snapshot of the "earthquake" that struck last Thursday. What City officials have taken from this drill is a list of items to address in order to improve our response to major emergencies/disasters. Exercises and drills always produce these lists. You can tell when you've had a good exercise when you have identified some areas where improvement is needed. Thursday was a good exercise and we will be addressing the issues identified.
However, no matter how refined we get, chaos during a major emergency will continue to reign. It is the nature of the event. For the citizens of Hermosa Beach, you must take away from this that when a major emergency (most likely a major earthquake) does strike our City, the fire and police departments will be unable to provide much assistance in the early going. Therefore, it is critical that we all prepare our household for a major emergency and be able to help ourselves and our neighbors. There are several ways to do this, including being an active member of Neighborhood Watch, becoming trained as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member, and/or becoming an amateur radio operator through the Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Association (HBARA). Visit www.ready.gov for more good information on how to start preparing yourselves and your family for a major disaster.
IN THE NEWS...
An explosion during a lunchtime cooking event at North High School in Torrance caused minor injuries Friday to 10 students, including four who sustained second-degree burns.
3 Calif. beaches closed after deadly shark attack
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - Several beaches on California's Central Coast are shut down and there is no word on when they'll be open again after a deadly attack on a bodyboarder from what some scientists are saying was probably a great white shark.
A man was critically wounded Saturday outside a Torrance restaurant during what police believe was a gang fight....
"It is not a place you would associate as dangerous, it is a place for families and kids," Hart said.
(KABC) -- Deputies have arrested a suspect in connection with a double murder of a couple in Hawthorne.
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials arrested 53-year-old John Ewell on Saturday, just two days after the killings.
Investigators believe that Ewell pretended to be a utility repairman to get into the home of Leamond Turnage, 69, and his wife Robyn, 57.
French garbage collectors waded through mounds of reeking trash as they headed back to work Tuesday and some oil workers deserted their picket lines - signs of fading momentum in the battle against raising the retirement age....
For two weeks, nationwide protests and strikes over the pension reform have disrupted French life and the country's economy, canceling trains, closing schools and shutting gas stations....
In Marseille, workers tackled some 9,000 tons of garbage that has piled up in the streets over the last two weeks of strikes. Authorities said it would take up to five days before France's second-largest city starts smelling like itself again. For safety and preparedness enthusiasts, Halloween offers great opportunities. Many popular Halloween items are excellent for preparing people and making facilities safer - especially for evacuations in the dark or when there are power failures. A fun preparedness task for everyone on your team is to be on the lookout for great sales and inventive uses for: lightsticks, reflective tape, glow-in-the-dark paint or appliqués, and reflectors. All of these items can be used to help people navigate more safely in the dark or just feel more comfortable when the lights go out.
Other excellent Halloween items include and recorders. Being small enough to fit under masks and costumes, these small devices make excellent evacuation aids.
Task everyone to make use of the post-Halloween sales to stock up on some of these great safety items.
CERT: An evening at the movies with CERT, Manhattan Beach
Good Day Sponsors and friends;
You and all your friends are invited to the new ArcLight Movie Theater, the Old Pacific, El Segundo on Monday evening, 11/1 at 7:30 PM for a Fund Raiser.
For $10.00 you will be able to watch one of 4 movies, and get a popcorn and soda too. All monies will go to CERT, MB. When you arrive, you will come to our table, pay the 10.00 and get your coupons.
An official flyer will come soon, but we need to RSVP numbers prior to the 28. A rough guess. SAVE THE DATE!
Please read the info below:
Your organization would be invited to our theater on Monday, 11/01 at 7:30pm for a fundraising opportunity. There is a special ticketing package of $10 which includes one ticket, regular popcorn and soda. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to your foundation.
Currently we have 4 films secured, which guests can select from once they arrive at the theater. ArcLight will provide a check-in table for you organization for you to collect money and distribute coupons for ticket/popcorn/soda redemption.
1. Pacific Vibrations: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0196823/
2. North Shore: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093648/
3. Blue Crush: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0300532/videogallery/content_type-Trailer
4. Surf's Up (Family Friendly): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423294/
We ask that you accept RSVP's for the night and provide an estimated number of attendees by 10/28. Lastly, once you confirm your participation I can send a custom PDF invite you can email to your contact list.
Please let us know if you and your friends can make it. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to raise funds.
More to come.
George G. Butts
Call Sign: W6GGB
Drug Influence Recognition in Teens Seminar
DATE: Wednesday Nov. 10th
LOCATION: Torrance Police Department
TIME: 6:00 PM
TOPIC: Identifying Drug Influence in Teens
Many teens make the mistake of experimenting with drugs. The key is to identify the problem early so you can help them before it is too late. This class will help you recognize the signs.
Go to https://www.torrnet.com/Survey/TakeSurvey.asp?SurveyID=4K3954L2372KG to register or contact the Community Affairs Division at (310) 618-6391. Attendance is limited to the first 35 people who register. Please note that these safety workshops are for adults only.
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El Segundo Police Department
Would like to warn residents of a male Hispanic, who poses as a city worker. He warns of a damaged water/sewer pipe and needs to check their property. He asks residents to run water in their backyards while he checks bathrooms for sewage back-ups. While in the house, the suspect ransacks rooms and steals valuables. ... Please dial 911 if you contact this person or see suspicious workers in your neighborhood.
BE A TREND SETTER
JOIN YOUR FRIENDS AND SHOP IN TOWN
SUPPORT OUR PIER AVENUE RETAILERS
SHOP. EAT. PLAY |
The First Thursday of every month in Downtown Hermosa Beach from 5pm-9pm. Participating shops, cafes, and art galleries will feature events and other cool stuff for you to enjoy.
Blue Rose Boutique
Bow Wow Boutique
C'Est La Vie
Crème de la Crepe
Curious Gift & Furniture
Hermosa Lock and Safe
Mark of Excellence Hair Salon
New Orleans Cajun & Creole
Planet Earth Eco-Café
Mani Pedi Cutie!
Stars Antique Market
The Coastal Connection
The Massage Spot
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
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.
- Unusual foot traffic.
- People you don't recognize walking your block with no seemingly specific direction or purpose.
- Parked, occupied vehicles at unusual hours.
- Abandoned vehicles.
- Business transactions conducted from vehicles.
- Unfamiliar people peering into parked vehicles.
- Person removing vehicle accessories.
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.
It's now over 72 hours since the ShakeOut. Imagine it had been a real event. Imagine that a major aftershock just hit, about a minute ago, while you were trying to cook on a barbeque. The barbeque was knocked over, & a small fire has started. You realize you could have avoided this by better planning, but there's n o time now for regret. Do you have a fresh fire extinguisher? Would you know what to do?
It is known that aftershocks are frequent and heavy in the first few days. A wiser approach would be to prevent such an occurrence by having a food plan that did not require any cooking for at least three days. What if the cook (or their child) was standing in front of it when it went over? That could result in clothes or hair catching on fire & serious burns. A plan & capability to respond to accidental fires should be in place, but prevention is key.
AFTER THE SHAKEOUT
City officials activate the emergency operations center for the first time Thursday during the statewide Great California Shakeout.
Beach Cities Joint CERT Organizations Host Over 100 Volunteers in Multi-City Response Drill for The Great California Shakeout October 21, 2010Beach Cities Joint CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Organization; A joint committee of Redondo Beach CERT, Manhattan Beach CERT, and El Segundo CERT.Mission:WHAT DO WE DO?Coordinate the efforts of our combined membership to optimize participation of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and El Segundo in the Great California Shake Out. This yearís Shake Out took place on October 21, 2010 at the AES Power Plant in Redondo Beach.HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED?Redondo Beach CERT www.rbcertaa.orgManhattan Beach CERT www.mbcerta.orgEl Segundo CERT www.elsegundo.org/depts/fire/emergency/cert.asp
When Disaster Strikes, it's too late to prepare.
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Sometimes it is the seemingly little things to us that make the biggest difference to others.
Have you and/or your neighbors helped another neighbor in need? Let me know about it and I may include it in this section.
THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS
HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster preparedness neighborhood program.
To view all ACTIVE blocks in HBNW
Please request an INTRODUCTION Block Meeting, so your block will be considered as 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 if you have not had it.
Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings
|MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
READY THE RESIDENT
CONGRATULATIONS TO BLOCK CAPTAIN DONNA G. AND HER BLOCK FOR COMPLETING THEIR BLOCK TRAINING ON SATURDAY.
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING A MAJOR DISASTER AT HOME...
1. TAKE CARE OF YOUR LOVED ONES.
2. PROTECT YOUR HEAD, FEET AND HANDS.
3. CHECK THE GAS AT YOUR HOME.
4. SHUT OFF WATER AT THE HOUSE...
If you have had the MYN training but have not yet trained your block and would like some assistance just let me know.
View the MYN PowerPoint Presentation
"Map Your Neighborhood" (MYN) is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters. It is a program that HBNW has adopted and highly encourages Block Captains to attend a class and implement the program on their street.
MYN will help you to:
- Learn the "9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster" to secure your home and to protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following disaster and these steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives.
- Identify the Skills and Equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing which neighbors have supplies and skills helps your disaster response be timely, and allows everyone to contribute to the response in a meaningful way.
- Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas for quick response if needed.
- Create a Contact List that helps identify those with specific needs such as elderly, disabled, or children who may be home alone during certain hours of the day.
- Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.
Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.
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The CodeRED system gives Hermosa Beach city officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification messages.
Please answer your phone when you see this number 866-419-5000 and save it as CodeRed.
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American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Courses
For those interested in attending a future CPR/AED training session in Hermosa Beach, please email: email@example.com
We know how we will communicate when phones, cell phones and Internet go down. Do you?
T-038 / K6KAH
Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Association
Voice : 310-376-4776
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FOCUS ON SENIORS
Welcome to Hermosa Beach's new,
Senior Activity Center!
Located at the Community Center 710 Pier Ave. 310-318-0280
BINGO, LECTURES, FITNESS, EXCURSIONS, SOCIAL HOUR
Let your Senior (50+) family and neighbors know about the new Senior Center today!
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 seniors residing in Hermosa Beach.
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