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As a community service, Los Cerritos Community Newspaper will be updating the reported crimes in our community. This is the most recent report.
Part I felony crimes rose from 23 to 35 last week. Residential burglaries, commercial burglaries, and vehicle burglaries were up. Vehicle thefts remained the same, and robberies dropped. 269 Calls for service were handled by patrol deputies last week leaving the new 2012 weekly average in calls for service at 262.
One robbery was reported last week. A shoplifter was detained on Sunday April 29 at 3:45 p.m. at a store in the 10700 block of South Street. The suspect pushed loss prevention personnel and attempted to escape but was ultimately taken into custody.
Residential burglaries increased from three to five last week. Two of the homes were entered via unlocked doors/windows, and three had sliding glass doors pried open. Jewelry was the only reported loss. The 2012 weekly average in residential burglaries is now 4.2.
We remind residents to make an ìexit checkî each time they leave the home. Make sure that all doors and windows are secured, even if the weather is warm. Don’t present an opportunity for a burglar to enter your home with ease. When you return, you can ìair outî the residence in a short period of time. This is a much safer practice than finding valuable property stolen when you get back.
There were two ìother structureî/commercial burglaries investigated last week. A fitness center locker was burglarized where cell phones, a wallet, and ID were taken. A detached garage was entered through an unlocked door and stereo, bicycle, and GPS units were stolen. The 2012 weekly average in ìother structureî/commercial burglaries is 1.3.
Vehicle burglaries increased from 10 to 19 last week. Numerous reports were taken in the condo complex in the northeastern section of the City. High-volume commercial parking lots were involved in 18. SUVs were involved in 10. Backpacks, cameras, cell phones, books, purses, wallets, clothes, cash, credit cards, and third-row seats (from SUVs) were reported stolen. The 2012 weekly average in vehicle burglaries is 7.2.
Think twice about the property you leave in your vehicle, and especially an SUV. If it is valuable and important to you, consider leaving it at home or taking it with you when you exit the vehicle. Valuable items left within the passenger compartment make it just too easy for the thief.
Vehicle thefts remained at two last week, both of which occurred in high-volume commercial parking lots. A Honda and an SUV were stolen. The 2012 weekly average in vehicle thefts is now 4.1.
There was no information to suggest that any of these vehicles were equipped with any type of anti-theft device. While transportation is a frequent cause of vehicle thefts, Hondas and Toyotas are often taken for parts. Consider a steering wheel locking device that serves as a good visual deterrent.
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