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Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated January 22, 2015

January 12 – 18, 2015

There were 18 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, a notable decline from the 27 reported the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: seven residential burglaries; five grand thefts; five vehicle burglaries; and one auto theft. Deputies made four felony arrests, two misdemeanor arrests, and issued 91 traffic citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 174 calls for service, a considerable decrease from the previous week and somewhat fewer than the 2015 weekly average of about 205 calls.

Residential Burglary:

17400 block Caliente Ave (1/9-10): Victim heard noises outside of his bedroom while he was sleeping. When he shouted out he heard someone running from the house. He discovered later that the suspect pried open a kitchen window and stole his television from the living room. When the victim learned on 1/12 that the loss would be covered by his homeowner’s insurance if he filed a report he called the Sheriff’s Station.
18900 block De Voss Ave (1/2): Suspect pried open a rear kitchen window, ransacked the bedrooms and stole cash from a dresser drawer.
16600 block Yvette Way (1/14): Suspect entered through possibly unlocked dining room window and stole a purse.
13700 block Aclare St. (1/15): Suspect opened a possibly rear sliding door and stole four computers and PlayStation.
11900 Eberle St. (1/15): Suspect entered through unlocked garage door and stole a television and coins.
16400 Midfield Ln. (1/16): Suspect stole a computer from an unlocked garage.
12700 block Edgefield St. (Attempt, 1/18): Suspect removed several window screens but failed to gain access.

Vehicle Burglary:

16100 Indian Creek Rd. (1/13): Suspect ransacked and stole a garage remote control from a ’93 Toyota parked on the driveway. There was no evidence of forced entry into the vehicle.
300 Los Cerritos Center (1/14): Suspect pushed open a window on a ’99 Honda Civic and stole a backpack and GPS.
239 Los Cerritos Center (1/14): Suspect forced open the window on a ‘96 Honda Civic and stole laptop from the trunk.
11300 block Palm St (1/15): Suspect broke a window on a ’08 Ford parked in driveway and stole a computer tablet.
11700 block Concord St (1/16): Suspect broke a window on a ’05 Infiniti parked on the street and stole a golf club.

Grand Theft:

12700 block Cuesta St. (1/12): Suspect stole tools from an unlocked truck’s camper parked in driveway.
17500 Bloomfield Ave (1/12): Two suspects entered the AT&T store, grabbed two display iPads and ran out.
12700 block Center Court Dr.(1/15-16): Victim reported the theft of a laptop computer from a conference room.
17700 block Palo Verde Ave (1/15): A watch was stolen during the victim’s housewarming party.
300 Los Cerritos Center (1/15): Suspect stole five men’s watches from a Nordstrom’s display case.

Grand Theft Auto:

10800 block Alondra Blvd (1/12): Suspect stole a ’96 Nissan Altima from a fitness center parking lot.

End of Year Crime Statistics

Here is some very good news on the crime fighting front as 2014 comes to an end. There was an almost 16 percent reduction in the nine categories of Part I crime tracked by the Cerritos Community Safety Division, including a nice decline in residential burglaries. As regular readers of this weekly summary know, the Cerritos Sheriff Station deputies have made reducing residential burglaries their primary crime fighting focus over the past two years. Deputies, aided by alert residents who have been willing to call when they see suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, made several good arrests of professional thieves who make their living preying on bedroom communities like Cerritos. In 2012 there were 285 reported residential burglaries in our City and this past year the total was 183, a reduction of about 36 percent in two years. Let’s keep the good news coming in 2015. Stay alert, practice simple daily safety precautions, and by all means, “If You See Something, Say Something.”

Safety Tips

We have had a couple of reports of men approaching people in commercial parking over on the west side of Cerritos who claimed their cars had been impounded and they needed some financial assistance. It turned out to be a scam, so be alert, be cautious, and be informed.

As indicated under the vehicle burglary reports section, it is very easy to simply use bodily force to push down the windows of older model cars, in this case a couple of Honda Civics, and gain access. In one instance the thief got into the trunk and the victim lost an expensive laptop computer.

Visit Safer Cerritos

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. 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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