Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
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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.
You can also visit the HBPD on Facebook at:
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.
|Go to www.CrimeReports.com|
Go to CrimeReports.com to access official crime data in your neighborhood and sign up for free email alerts.
Breaking & Entering 11/21/2010 900 Block MONTEREY BLVD Time: 00:29 Burglary
Info. Rept. regarding an unknown subject(s) who kicked in R/P's back door and possibly slept in her bed (Nothing taken from residence). Subject(s) left location prior to R/P's arrival. R/P not desirous.
Property Crime 11/20/2010 1700 Block MANHATTAN AV Time: 02:42 Vandalism/Graffitti
5150 W.I.C. Hold
Assault 11/19/2010 16TH ST & PACIFIC COAST HWY Time: 23:58 Assault
The victim claims that two suspects attacked her in attempt to get her purse.
Robbery 11/16/2010 1500 Block PACIFIC COAST HWY Time: 11:35 Robbery
Suspect enters bank and presents a note to the teller that had the words "I have a gun. Give me the $" written on it. Teller hands the suspect several stacks of cash ($3,944.00) from her money drawer. Suspect then places cash inside the pockets of his hooded sweatshirt and leaves the bank running across the parking lot out of sight.
MBNW CRIME LOG
Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department
Here are the latest crime reports to pass on to your blocks, including several incidents involving what appeared to be a BB gun and a residential burglary during an open house.
11/12/10 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. 1100 block of 11th Street
(Residential Burglary) Three suspects entered an open house under the guise of potential home buyers and stole a watch and gold bracelet that had been inside an ash tray inside a dresser drawer. Two of the suspects had been upstairs unsupervised for a few minutes. The first suspect is described as a male white, 5'9" to 5'10" tall, 180 lbs., 45- 50 years old, stocky with short salt and pepper hair, full goatee, tattoos on both upper arms, wearing a tan t-shirt and khaki work pants. The second suspect is described as a female with dark olive skin, 5' tall, petite, 45 to 50 years old, with dark eyes, dark black shoulder length hair wearing a floral print shirt, cream colored jeans and white tennis shoes. The third suspect is a male white, 28 to 30 years old, 5'10" tall, 160 lbs, with light brown or blonde short spiky hair, wearing a black baseball cap, black t-shirt and black pants. A fourth suspect that remained in the vehicle is descried as an older white male, 50 to 55 years old. The suspects drove away in blue four door vehicle similar to a Toyota Corolla.
11/14/10 - 11/15/10 6 p.m. - 9 a.m. 1200 & 1400 block of 9th Street
(2 Vehicle Vandalisms) Both vehicles were parked in driveways when the rear windows of the vehicles were smashed by what appeared to be some type of BB or pellet gun. No suspect(s) were seen or heard.
11/14/10 - 11/15/10 1 p.m. - 9:15 a.m. 900 block of 9th Street
(Vehicle Vandalism) Unknown suspect(s) shot a BB through the back window of the vehicle, causing the window to shatter. The vehicle was parked in the driveway.
11/14/10 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. 9th Street & Ardmore Avenue
(Vehicle Vandalism) The victim parked his vehicle on the street and returned to find what appeared to be small bullet/BB holes in four of the windows. No suspect(s) were seen or heard.
11/14/10 10:40 a.m. 200 block of S. Redondo Avenue
(Information Report) An unknown suspect driving a dark gray pickup truck told a female to "get in the car" twice. The female became scared and starting running southbound on Redondo Avenue and the truck fled northbound on Redondo Avenue, out of sight. The driver is described as a male white, 35 to 45 years old, average build, short brown hair and clean shaven.
Here are the latest crime reports to pass on to your blocks. As you will see they are all stolen bicycles, so please pass this information on.
Project Blue Light, is a program that encourages residents to decorate for the holidays with blue lights (a string of lights or a single blue light in a front window) to show support for both current law enforcement officers and those that have died in the line of duty. We appreciate your support!
11/13/10 11:15 a.m. 1200 block of Chestnut Avenue
(Stolen Bicycle) The victim parked his bicycle in front of his house, left the garage open and went inside for approximately three minutes. When he returned the bicycle was gone. No suspect(s) were seen or heard.
11/13/10 - 11/14/10 10 p.m. - 11:30 a.m. 1800 block of 12th Street
(Stolen Bicycles) Two bicycles that had been locked to separate pillars were stolen from a carport. The bicycle locks were cut by unknown suspect(s).
|RBNW / RBPD CRIME LOG
Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department
Click here to see CRIME STATISTICS
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FIRE CHIEF LANTZER'S CORNER
Cooking Fire Safety
I know I covered this subject last week, but I would like to re-emphasize the importance of cooking safety as we head towards Turkey Day! (Go COWBOYS!). Anyway, please take note of these recommended precautions so everybody has a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. After all, Thanksgiving is that time of year when families gather in the kitchen to prepare the big meal and spend time together, but it can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the house if you don't practice safe cooking behaviors. Cooking equipment, most often a range or stovetop, is the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Cooking equipment is also the leading cause of unreported fires and associated injuries.
Safe Cooking BehaviorsIt's a recipe for serious injury or even death to wear loose clothing (especially hanging sleeves), walk away from a cooking pot on the stove, or leave flammable materials, such as potholders or paper towels, around the stove. Whether you are cooking the family Thanksgiving dinner or a snack for the children, practicing safe cooking behaviors year-round will help keep you and your family safe.
Choose the Right Equipment and Use It Properly
- Always use cooking equipment tested and approved by a recognized testing facility.
- Follow manufacturers' instructions and code requirements when installing and operating cooking equipment.
- Plug microwave ovens and other cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance, as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire.
Use Barbecue Grills Safely
- Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area by declaring a 3-foot "kid-free zone" around the grill (we do that all the time in my family so we adults can be the first taste-testers).
- Put out several long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames when cooking food.
- Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.
- Use only outdoors! If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces, such as tents, barbecue grills pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to carbon monoxide.
- Purchase the proper starter fluid and store out of reach of children and away from heat sources.
- Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals or kindling have already been ignited, and never use any flammable or combustible liquid other than charcoal starter fluid to get the fire going.
- Check the propane cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will reveal escaping propane quickly by releasing bubbles.
- If you determined your grill has a gas leak by smell or the soapy bubble test and there is no flame:
- Turn off the propane tank and grill.
- If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
- If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not attempt to move the grill.
- All propane cylinders manufactured after April 2002 must have overfill protection devices (OPD). OPDs shut off the flow of propane before capacity is reached, limiting the potential for release of propane gas if the cylinder heats up. OPDs are easily identified by their triangular-shaped hand wheel.
- Use only equipment bearing the mark of an independent testing laboratory. Follow the manufacturers' instructions on how to set up the grill and maintain it.
- Never store propane cylinders in buildings or garages. If you store a gas grill inside during the winter, disconnect the cylinder and leave it outside.
Watch What You Heat
- The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you're cooking.
- Stay alert! To prevent cooking fires, you have to be alert. You won't be if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
Keep Things That Can Catch Fire and Heat Sources Apart
- Keep anything that can catch fire - potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from your stovetop.
- Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean.
- Keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.
- Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire if it comes into contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
Deep Frying Turkeys
In recent years, deep-frying turkeys has become increasingly popular. The cooking method requires placing the turkey in three gallons or more of oil, heated by propane. At temperatures over 300 degrees, that oil becomes about as flammable as gasoline. Cooking with deep-fat turkey fryers can be very dangerous as they have a high risk of tipping over, overheating, or spilling hot oil.
Five dangers associated with deep frying a turkey:
- Units can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
- An overfilled cooking pot or partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is inserted.
- A small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with the burner can cause a large fire.
- Without thermostat controls, deep fryers have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
- The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot, creating severe burn hazards.
The following precautions should be followed, if you choose to fry a turkey:
- Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
- Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.
- Do not overfill the fryer- READ AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS
- Never leave the fryer unattended because, without thermostat controls, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
- Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours.
- Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter.
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in a fryer.
- Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby.
- If a turkey fryer fire occurs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
IN THE NEWS...
Police searching for child stalker
Two female minors were reportedly approached by a man on separate occasions earlier this month - exposing himself to one - near a school and an area where children were playing in Redondo Beach.
A power outage hit 1,100 residences in Hermosa Beach Nov. 10 at 5:43 p.m. when a connection of overhead wires failed in the area of 10th Street and Ardmore Avenue, said SCE regional manager Scott Gobble. Power was restored by 7 p.m. except for 30 residences that received power by 7 a.m. the next day.
The Beach Reporter, Nov. 18, 2010, page14.
Security protest could disrupt Thanksgiving travel
CHICAGO (AP) -- As if air travel over the Thanksgiving holiday isn't tough enough, it could be even worse this year: Airports could see even more disruptions because of a loosely organized Internet boycott of full-body scans.
Santa Sleigh Ride 2010
SANTA SLEIGH RIDE
To celebrate this holiday season with our HBNW residents, our Hermosa Beach Police & Fire Department with the assistance of our Hermosa Beach Public Works Department will be escorting Santa and his Sleigh to the neighborhoods listed below.
Santa's Sleigh will stop and he will take photos with the residents waiting to meet and greet him. Don't forget to bring your camera!
A special thank you to PD Chief Greg Savelli, FD Chief David Lantzer, Lieutenant Garth Gaines, and the Police and Fire department for their assistance.
The locations were picked based on easy access for the neighborhoods and the sleigh.
Santa Sleigh Ride appearance locations and times:
December 8, 2010
Monterey and 10th Street 6:00 PM to 6:20 PM
Hermosa and 6th Street 6:25 PM to 6:45 PM
Manhattan and 2nd Street 6:50 PM to 7:10 PM
900 Block 3rd Street 7:15 PM to 7:35 PM
6th and Prospect 7:40 PM to 8:00 PM
Hillcrest and 21st Street 8:05 PM to 8:25 PM
December 15, 2010
Power and 21st Street 6:00 PM to 6:20 PM
25th Street and Silverstrand 6:25 PM to 6:45 PM
30th Street and Morningside 6:50 PM to 7:10 PM
20th Place and Prospect 7:15 PM to 7:35 PM
15th Street and Golden 7:40 PM to 8:00 PM
Bonnie Brae and 14th Street 8:05 PM to 8:25 PM
The Santa Sleigh will spend 20 minutes at each stop.
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Vehicle burglariesThe Torrance Police Department is warning motorists in the city to lock vehicles and not to leave valuables visible inside.
The department says that vehicle burglaries are on the rise and that unlocked vehicles are being targeted. The majority of vehicle burglaries in apartment complexes and single-family resident neighborhoods happen between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., the department says.
The Manhattan Beach Police Department offers the following tips on preventing vehicle burglaries. To read all the tips go online to www.citymb.info/Index.aspx?page=1473.
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.
| Beach Cities Joint CERT Organizations
Beach 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.
HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED?
Hermosa Beach CERT - Janice Brittain at Misc98@yahoo.com.
Redondo Beach CERT - www.rbcertaa.org
Manhattan Beach CERT - www.mbcerta.org
El Segundo CERT - www.elsegundo.org/depts/fire/emergency/cert.asp
When Disaster Strikes, it's too late to prepare.
|RECOGNITION OF VOLUNTEERS |
Sometimes it is the seemingly little things to us that make the biggest difference to others.
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
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.
|JOIN THE AMATEUR(HAM) RADIO TEAM!
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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|SURVIVAL KITS |
Order your supplies TODAY!
We want to help you get prepared!
Hermosa Beach residents receive FREE SHIPPING TO HB.
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.
Visit AES online today!
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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.
DON'T MISS A MEETING
SEE ONLINE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
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