Be a "Park Guardian"
Updated May 23, 2013
As the warm weather approaches, attendance at City parks increases for a variety of social get-togethers and recreational activities. Many residents use, walk by or drive through these neighborhood parks on a regular basis. There are an extremely low number of crime incidents such as vandalism and graffiti reported, but when they are, they usually are reported after the crime has already taken place.
As the "eyes and ears" of the Sheriff's Department, community members are encouraged to observe the activities taking place around them at neighboring parks. If you are in the park, take a moment to look closely at the facilities. If you notice any suspicious people or vehicles, call the Cerritos Sheriff's Station immediately at (562) 860-0044. (Remember, using a cell phone for a 911 call will connect you with the California Highway Patrol if you are in the proximity of a freeway and will cause an unnecessary delay in any local response.) If there is graffiti, please contact the Graffiti Hotline at (562) 916-1233.
While parks are an attraction for recreation and relaxation, they are also a lure for others that are looking for a place to congregate with less than legal intentions. Keep in mind that parks within the City are closed from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. If you see someone in any closed park, please call the Cerritos Sheriff's Station. Alcohol cannot be consumed in any park at any time, nor is smoking permitted.
By maintaining awareness of our surroundings, we can ensure that our parks will be a place for all of us to safely enjoy.