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Cerritos Crime Report for October 14 – 20

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Flag of City of Cerritos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hews Media Group-Community Newspapers in partnership with the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station and Department of Public Safety publish a Crime Report each and every week to our readers.  This is for the week of October 14-20.

There were 20 Part I felony investigations conducted by members of the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station last week, up from 18 the week before. Robberies and vehicle burglaries increased while commercial/”other structure” burglaries and locker burglaries remained the same. Residential burglaries and vehicle thefts dropped. Patrol deputies responded to 283 calls for service last week up from 266 the previous one. The 2013 weekly average in calls for service is now 299.

After two weeks without a robbery, one was reported last week. On Sunday October 20 at 8:27 p.m. a male shoplifting suspect struck two loss prevention employees in an attempt to escape from a store in the 11500 block of South Street. He was ultimately taken into custody and the stolen merchandise was recovered.

Residential burglaries dropped from six to three last week. Two windows were shattered and one entry was made via an unlocked kitchen window. Cash and jewelry were taken long with a back pack, which was recovered as one suspect dropped it while fleeing. The 2013 weekly average in residential burglaries is currently 4.2.

Two commercial /“other structure” burglaries were investigated again last week. Copper wire was stripped from a commercial building and headphones and cameras were stolen from a closed business. The 2013 weekly average in “other structure”/commercial burglaries is 2.5.

 

This map shows the incorporated areas in Los A...

This map shows the incorporated areas in Los Angeles County, California. Cerritos is highlighted in red. I created it in Inkscape using data from the Los Angeles County Website (Los Angeles County Incorporated Area and District Map (PDF). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the third consecutive week there were no locker burglaries.

Vehicle burglaries rose by one case as six were logged last week. Five of the most recent cases were in high-volume commercial parking lots. Two were SUVs. Cell phones, wallets, purses, a tennis bag, checks and ID were taken. The new 2013 weekly average in vehicle burglaries is 6.3.

Two vehicle thefts were reported compared to five the week before. An SUV and a Ford were stolen from high-volume commercial parking lots. The 2013 weekly average in vehicle thefts is now 4.3.

Go to www.safercerritos.com for an extensive library of crime prevention tips, disaster preparedness information, and a variety of links to other pertinent sites.

Opportunities

Volunteers on Patrol Wanted

The Cerritos Sheriff’s Station is seeking Volunteers on Patrol (VOPs). Patrolling the City in distinctly marked vehicles, VOPs assist with crime suppression, traffic control, vacation checks, special events and park security checks. They serve as additional “eyes and ears” for the Sheriff’s Department and train as first responders in the event of a major emergency or disaster.

If you are interested in helping Cerritos maintain its reputation as a safe place to live and work, the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station encourages you to apply to be a VOP.  For more information, contact the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station at (562) 860-0044, or visit the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station to obtain an application.

Block Captains Wanted

If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain in the Cerritos Neighborhood Watch, contact the Community Safety office at 562-916-1266.Block Captains act as contacts for the Sheriff’s Department and the Community Safety Division on behalf of their neighbors.  They are also responsible for distributing information and do a great deal to promote public safety in Cerritos.

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