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Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated August 18, 2015

August 3 – 9, 2015

There were 28 Part 1 felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, an increase of six from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: six residential burglaries, five commercial/other structure burglaries, nine vehicle burglaries, four vehicle thefts, and four grand thefts. Cerritos Station deputies made three felony arrests, eight misdemeanor arrests, four warrant arrests, and issued 66 citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 246 calls, a decrease from the 2015 weekly average of 254.

Residential Burglary

12300 block of Ashworth Place (Attempt, 08/04—Early Morning): The suspect(s) attempted to enter the home through a bathroom window by cutting off the screen and sliding the window open.
12400 block of Fallcreek Lane (08/06—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the home by prying open the rear sliding door and stole miscellaneous valuables and currency.
19300 block of Teresa Way (08/04—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered the home through an open kitchen window and stole various items of value.
12400 block of Fallcreek Lane (Attempt, 08/06—Day): The suspect(s) attempted to enter the home through the rear bedroom sliding glass door that had intentionally been left open. Unfortunately for the suspects, the screen door was locked and they were unsuccessful at trying to pry it open.
12600 block of Park Street (08/09 Unknown Time): The suspect(s) entered the home by prying open a rear sliding door. Miscellaneous electronic devices were stolen.
11700 block of Jerry Street (Attempt, Between 07/30 and 08/03): The suspect(s) attempted to enter the home through the rear windows. The homeowner found several screens removed but access to the inside was never made.

Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:

10700 block of South Street (Between 08/04 and 08/05 - Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the location by prying open the door. Miscellaneous currency was stolen from the location.
11300 block of South Street (08/04—Early Morning): The suspect(s) entered the location by prying open the front door. A safe containing miscellaneous currency was stolen from the location.
11500 block of 183rd Street (Between 08/07 and 08/08): The suspect(s) entered the location by prying open a storage unit door and made off with specialized work tools.
19700 block of Bloomfield Avenue (08/03—Afternoon): The suspect entered the location while it was open for business and found their way into an unlocked mechanical room before fleeing with a full size manikin.
18400 block of Studebaker Road (Between 08/02 and 08/03– Early Morning): The suspect(s) entered the location by cutting the wire screen off of a storage building door. A toolbox containing miscellaneous tools was stolen from the location.

Grand Theft:

310 Los Cerritos Center (08/09—Afternoon): The victim was sitting outside the location when the suspect exited a vehicle that had just pulled up. The suspect walked up to the victim, grabbed her purse, and fled the scene in his vehicle.
310 Los Cerritos Center (08/01—Afternoon): The suspect(s) stole the catalytic converter off of a vehicle parked at the location.
16300 block of Piuma Avenue (08/03—Morning): The suspect(s) stole an air compressor from the location.
12900 block of Moore Street (08/02—Afternoon): The suspect stole warehouse ceiling fans from the location.

Vehicle Burglary:

12700 block of Towne Center Drive (08/07—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2014 Toyota Sienna by shattering one of the vehicle’s windows and stole miscellaneous personal items.
11400 block of South Street (08/08—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2015 Honda Accord and stole a purse and an electronic device. The method of entry is unknown.
100 Los Cerritos Center (08/09—Day): The suspect(s) entered a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe by punching the door lock on one of the doors. Numerous wristwatches were stolen from inside.
10800 block of Alondra Boulevard (08/09—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 though the driver’s door and stole the victim’s wallet. It appeared that entry was made through the rubber molding surrounding the window.
13000 block of 166th Street (08/03—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 2009 Honda Odyssey by shattering one of the vehicle’s windows. A pair of sunglasses, an electronic device, and miscellaneous currency was stolen.
12700 block of Towne Center Drive (08/07—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2015 GMC Terrain by shattering one of the vehicle’s windows. An electronic device and wallet were stolen.
12200 block of Del Amo Boulevard (Between 08/06 and 08/07— Overnight): The suspect(s) entered a 2012 Mercedes GL450 by prying and breaking the trunk window. A binder containing various paperwork was stolen.
12200 block of Del Amo Boulevard (Between 08/06 and 08/07— Overnight): The suspect(s) entered a 2011 Toyota RAV4 by shattering one of the vehicle’s windows. An electronic device and a pair of sunglasses were stolen.
11200 block of 183rd Street (08/05—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2012 GMC Denali by punching the rear window lock. The middle and third row seats were stolen.

Grand Theft Auto:

18000 block of Gridley Road (08/05—Day): The suspect(s) stole a 1990 Honda Accord from the parking lot of the location.
18600 block of Gridley Road (08/06—Afternoon): The suspect(s) stole a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder from the parking lot.
12700 block of Towne Center Drive (8/05—Evening): The suspect(s) stole a 1988 Toyota Camry from the parking lot.
13400 block of Village Drive (Attempt, Between 08/08 and 08/09— Overnight): The suspect(s) attempted to steal a 2003 Honda Accord that had been left unlocked and parked in the victim’s designated parking spot. The vehicle sustained damages consistent with an attempted vehicle theft.

Simple Prevention Tips

Your home is your castle…or is it? Is your home really safe once you leave for work or school? Your home is considered a sanctuary where you should feel safe. Your home is the only environment where you have control over who can get close to you and your family. Protecting your home and family from criminal intrusion should be high on your list of priorities. The first step is to harden the target or make your home more difficult to enter. Remember, a burglar will simply bypass your home if it requires too much effort, time, or requires more skill and tools than he or she possesses. Most burglars enter a home through the backyard. The backyard affords concealment and time to plan their crime. This week all six homes were entered from the back yard. Always make sure the gate to your backyard is secured with a key lock. Experienced burglars know that the side garage door is often the least secure point of entry, followed by the back door and rear windows. The garage and back doors frequently provide the most cover from observation. When your car is parked inside the garage, do not keep your car keys inside your vehicle. Burglars know to look inside your car for keys and other valuables so keep your car locked even when it is parked inside your garage. Keep your keys out of view, perhaps inside a cabinet.

Sliding glass doors are vulnerable to being forced open from the outside. Inserting a wooden dowel or stick into the door’s track prevents the door from being pried open. Other inexpensive devices that prevent doors and windows from being forced open can be found at your local hardware store.

Vehicle burglary is on the rise in Cerritos and in the surrounding cities. This is primarily due to the fact that many motorists leave items of value on display in unattended and unwatched vehicles. Laptop computers, cell phones, GPS devices, aftermarket car stereo systems, video systems (often mounted in headrests), even purses and wallets are just a few examples of the “window shopping” goodies criminals have feasted upon. It takes less than a minute to break a vehicle’s window, unlock the door and remove items left inside. Most of the time there are no witnesses to these offenses because of the ease and speed of the theft. Often times if a thief reaches through the broken window and does not open the door, the vehicle’s alarm will not be activated.

Always remember to lock your vehicle. True, it only takes a second to break a window, but doing so makes noise—and criminals hate to make noise because it attracts attention. Hide valuables from sight - even better, take them with you. Try and hide your valuables BEFORE arriving at your destination. If a criminal sees you put a laptop computer in the trunk, they’ll just break into the trunk when you leave. The same applies for putting property under a seat. If a criminal sees you reaching under a seat, they’ll assume you left something of value there.

Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you're away from it, even for "just a minute". Always roll up the windows and lock the car, even if your car is parked in front of your home. Always try and park in busy, well-lighted areas. Don't leave personal identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle. When you pay to park in a lot or garage, leave just the ignition or valet key with the attendant. Make sure no personal information is attached. Do the same when you take your car for repairs.

No one ever expects to be the victim of a crime. Consequently, crime prevention is rarely in the forefront of our daily lives. But the reality is that it only takes a few minutes to protect yourself and your property. Those who implement the simple tips provided in this notice will significantly diminish the chances of becoming a victim.

Being safe is no accident. “Harden the target” and avoid the drama.

If you see suspicious person(s) or activity in your neighborhood or business, call the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station at (562) 860-0044 or 911 immediately. It’s a good idea to keep the Sheriff’s Station phone number stored in your cell phone for quick reference.

Visit safercerritos.com

The City's safety website, safercerritos.com, has an extensive library of crime prevention tips, disaster preparedness information, and a variety of links to other relevant sites. On the website you can join the City's Virtual Block Club, regularly keep abreast of crime trends, and use the knowledge to protect yourself, your family, and your property. Remember, Neighborhood Watch works, and in partnership with Cerritos Sheriff's deputies you can significantly reduce your risk of becoming a crime victim. If you "see something, say something," and call the Cerritos Sheriff's at (562) 860-0044.

Opportunities

Volunteers on Patrol Wanted

Looking for an interesting and useful way to serve your community? You may want to consider becoming a Sheriff's Volunteer on Patrol. Patrolling the City in distinctly marked vehicles, VOPs assist with crime suppression, traffic control, vacation checks, special events and park patrols. 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.

For more information, contact the City of Cerritos Community Safety Division at (562) 916-1266, or visit the Division office at the Cerritos Sheriff's Station to obtain an application.

Neighborhood Watch Works—Block Captains Wanted

Neighborhood Watch Block Captains are also a valuable and important way to serve your community and neighborhood. Block Captains serve as a liaison between residents and our Sheriff's Department by networking with neighbors, distributing information about crime incidents and trends, and providing feedback to our law enforcement personnel. Anyone interested in becoming a Block Captain is encouraged to contact the Cerritos Community Safety Division at (562) 916-1266.

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