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Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated May 27, 2016

May 16 – 22, 2016

There were 25 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, resulting in a decrease of one from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: five residential burglaries, three commercial/other structure burglaries, four grand thefts, seven vehicle burglaries, and six vehicle thefts. Cerritos Station deputies made two felony arrests, 13 misdemeanor arrests, six warrant arrests and issued 98 citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 359 calls for service.

Residential Burglary:

13500 block of Droxford Street (05/17—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the location by shattering a rear sliding door. Stolen were valuables.
19400 block of Lusk Avenue (05/16-18—Unknown): The suspect(s) attempted to enter a home that was being fumigated. A few window screens were found removed but no entry was made.
11500 block of James Street (05/19—Morning): The suspect(s) entered the location through a rear door that had been left unlocked. Stolen was a watch.
12300 block of Felson Place (05/19—Day): The suspect(s) entered the location through a rear door by cutting the screen. It is unknown what was stolen.
12400 block of Reva Street (05/19—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered the location by shattering a rear sliding door. Stolen was a safe.

Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:

16000 block of Butterfield Lane (05/17-18—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the detached garage of the home and stole items from the unlocked vehicle parked inside. It is unknown how entry was made into the garage.
12600 block of Artesia Boulevard (05/17-18—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the storage unit by cutting off the padlocks. Stolen from the unit was large work equipment.
11000 block of Artesia Boulevard (05/22—Early Morning): The suspect(s) entered the location by shattering the front door. Stolen was cash.

Grand Theft:

19200 block of Jacob Avenue (05/18—Early Morning): The suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the victim’s driveway. Stolen was cash.
17700 block of Palo Verde Avenue (05/19—Morning): The suspect(s) stole tires and rims off of a truck parked in a designated parking area of the complex.
13200 block of Moore Street (01/01/16-05/07/16—Unknown): The known suspect stole various gift cards while working at the location.
16700 block of Cedarwood Circle (09/01/15-04/26/16—Unknown): The suspect(s) stole valuables and personal paperwork from the location.

Vehicle Burglary:

11300 block of South Street (05/16—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2013 Audi A4 in the parking lot by shattering a window. Stolen was a duffle bag.
11300 block of South Street (05/16—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2010 Ford Escape in the parking lot by shattering a window. Stolen was a duffle bag.
10800 block of Alondra Boulevard (05/18—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe in the parking lot by prying the rear lock. Stolen was the third row seat and a makeup bag.
19800 block of Bloomfield Avenue (05/18—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2012 Honda Insight in the parking lot and stole a backpack and purse. It is unknown how entry was made.
18900 block of Vickie Avenue (05/21—Morning): The suspect(s) attempted to enter a 2002 Porsche Boxster in the designated parking area of the complex. Several pry marks were found around the door locks.
11300 block of South Street (05/21—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered a 2012 Honda Civic in the parking lot by shattering a window. Stolen was a purse.
100 Los Cerritos Center (05/21—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 1998 Ford F150 in the parking lot and stole tools, toiletries, and blankets. It is unknown how entry was made.

Grand Theft Auto:

18800 block of Studebaker Road (05/13—Evening): The suspect(s) stole a 2016 Lexus NX200T from the parking lot.
18700 block of Studebaker Road (05/16—Evening): The suspect(s) stole a 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser from the parking lot.
12700 block of Towne Center Drive (05/17—Afternoon): The suspect(s) stole a 1997 Honda Civic from the parking lot.
300 Los Cerritos Center (05/20—Morning): The suspect(s) stole a 1999 Nissan Sentra from the parking lot.
10900 block of Alondra Boulevard (05/21—Afternoon): The suspect(s) stole a 1997 Nissan XE from the parking lot.
10900 block of Alondra Boulevard (05/21—Overnight): The suspect(s) stole a 1999 Nissan Sentra from the parking lot.

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, the burglar will simply bypass your home if it requires too much effort or requires more skill and tools than he or she possess. Most burglars enter through the front, back or garage doors, the rear slider or windows. Experienced burglars know that the garage door is usually the weakest point of entry, followed by the back door and windows. The garage and back doors also provide the most cover. Burglars know to look inside your car for keys and other valuables, so keep it locked even when parked inside your garage. Use high quality locks on exterior doors that resist twisting, prying, and lock-picking attempts.

Sliding glass doors are vulnerable to being forced open from the outside. Inserting a wooden dowel or stick into the track will prevent or limit door movement. Other inexpensive devices can be found at your local hardware store to help secure windows and sliders.

Vehicle burglary is on the rise in Cerritos. This is partly due to the vast array of property that is left inside parked cars. Laptop computers, cell phones, GPS devices, aftermarket car stereo systems, and video systems (often mounted in headrests). Purses and wallets are just a few examples of the “window shopping” goodies criminals feast 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.

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 finding your destination parking spot. If a criminal sees you put a laptop in the trunk, they will 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 will assume you left something of value there.

Vehicles are stolen from shopping malls, streets, driveways, parking lots, garages, and car dealerships. Automobile theft seems to occur with greater frequency where large groups of cars are parked together for extended periods, like at shopping malls, theatres, and parks. 

Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you are away from it, even for "just a minute." Always roll up the windows and lock the car, even if it is in front of your home. Park in busy, well-lighted areas. Carry the registration and insurance card with you. Do not 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 it only takes a few minutes to protect yourself and your property. Once you start implementing the simple tips we provide every week, they will become habits and engrained in your everyday lives.

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

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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