Basic Car 8A35
Westside Pavilion / Rancho Park
Senior Lead Officer Rashad Sharif
Basic Car 8A95,
Pico/Robertson and 8500 Cadillac Avenue
Senior Lead Officer Mario Gonzalez
Together the Community and the Police can make a difference. I
will stress though that in order to be successful in this
endeavor we must always remain persistent and vigilant. The
area that I would like to concentrate on is the crime of
burglary. A burglary is someone enters your car or residence
with the intent to commit a crime. That crime of burglary is
most often is geared to deprive the victim of property. This
can easily be on of the most violating crimes to society,
where someone has disturbed in inner sanctity of your abode
and somehow it can take forever to get over. Fortunately,
there are things you can do to protect you, your family and
your home from the predators out there. Please read the
following directive carefully and implement a few suggestions
into your safety routine.
Barriers to Burglary
Burglary is a crime of opportunity. Make their work risky and
difficult, and you stand a good chance of stopping them before
they get in. Your first line of defense to a burglar
visibility means vulnerability. They hide behind fences and
shrubbery. The key is to keep trespassers out while keeping
your property visible. Use picket or chain link fences. Keep
hedges clipped down around waist level.
On the outside looking in burglars try the doors and windows
first. If burglars have difficulty here, chances are they will
move on to another property.
• Locks. The strongest
are deadbolt locks with a minimum 1" throw bolt containing a
hardened, saw-resistant steel insert. Attach the strike plate
to the door frame with 4" screws. The double cylinder deadbolt
lock requires a key from both sides, preventing a burglar from
breaking glass in the door and turning the knob from the
inside. Make sure the cylinder of the lock has a steel guard -
a ring around the key section. The cylinder guard should be
tapered, or it should rotate around the key section to prevent
Remember, though, a double cylinder dead- bolt can also block
your exit in an emergency. Check with your local law
enforcement agency or building inspector to see if these locks
are permitted in your area.
• Hinges. Doors that
swing out have hinges on the outside. A burglar can easily
remove the hinge pins and lift the door out. To foil this,
remove the center screw from each side of the hinge and insert
a metal pin or headless screw on one side. When the door is
closed, the end of the pin will fit into the opposite hole.
Thus, even if the pins are removed, the door will remain
bolted to the frame.
• Padlocks. Overhead
doors, receiving doors, garage doors - all are typically
secured with padlocks and hasps. Look for sturdy padlocks that
don't release the key until the padlock is closed. The padlock
should be case-hardened with a 3/8" shackle to resist repeated
smashing. Remember, a padlock is only as good as the hasps on
which it is mounted; so bolt hasps securely to a metal plate,
and make sure the bolts are concealed when the padlock is
• Door construction.
Burglars can kick in a weak door. Replace hollow core doors
with solid core doors, or strengthen the existing ones with
metal sheets. Replace weak door frames, or reinforce them with
steel or concrete. Protect glass in the door with steel bars
or mesh; or place a polycarbonate sheet over the glass on the
Protect windows by putting grates, grill work, or bars over
them; or cover the glass on the inside with a clear
polycarbonate sheet. The sheet should extend 1-1/2" beyond the
perimeter of the glass and be bolted to the door. Space the
bolts approximately every 3 inches. Unbreakable safety glass
is also available, but it is more expensive.
Skylights, ventilation ducts, and fire escapes tempt burglars
because these openings usually are not visible from the
street. Protect skylights and ducts with metal grates and iron
bars. The first stair of a fire escape should be too high for
the average adult to reach from the ground. The door or window
leading to the escape should be equipped with emergency exit
features: window guards should be removable or hinged to allow
for an emergency exit. Keys to locked windows or door should
be kept nearby.
Key control. Because any lock gives way to a key, practice
good key control.
- Label keys with a
code indicating back door, receiving door, display case,
- Engrave "Do Not
Duplicate" on all keys.
key-access to your most trusted employees; maintain a log to
record removal and return.
- Consider having
locks re-keyed when an employee leaves your business.
Join neighboring businesses to hire a uniformed guard from a
reputable security company. Check references. The security
staff should be familiar with your employees, your store hours
and your shoplifting/internal theft policies.
Light is a great crime deterrent. In fact, some states have
minimum standards for exterior lighting. Light up all dark
areas, especially doors and windows. If your business is in a
poorly lit commercial area, join with other merchants to
petition local government for more lights or pool funds and
underwrite the cost yourselves.
Before you invest in an alarm system, weigh the cost against
your need. How valuable is your merchandise? How great is your
risk? After installing an alarm, let burglars know by putting
warning signs in windows and entrances.
Every alarm system should include:
- a fail-safe
- a feedback device
to check the system
For an expert
appraisal of your security needs, ask for a premise security
survey by your local law enforcement agency, or check with a
reputable security consultant.
Mark your property with your California driver's license
number (preceded by the letters "CA"). Then put Operation I.D.
decals (obtained from your local law enforcement agency) on
all windows and doors to warn burglars that your property can
be traced. Keep a complete, up-to-date inventory of your
merchandise and property: office machinery, personal
belongings, etc. Put a copy in your safe deposit box or at a
location away from the business site.
Locks and alarms can't prevent a burglary unless they're in
use. Establish a routine for "closing up shop," locking doors
and windows, setting up alarms.
burglar breaks in
Your best protection against an intruder is visibility:
Well-lit open spaces, low counters, and large, uncluttered
display windows - these precautions keep the burglar in the
Put your safe and cash register up front so that the burglar's
activity will be visible from the outside. Empty your cash
drawers and leave them open so a burglar won't be tempted to
break them open. Anchor safes in concrete, and make sure they
have combination locks. Put locks on all interior doors and
hook them into your alarm system. (Always check fire
regulations before installing such locks.)
If you suspect a burglary:
- Don't go in - the
burglar may still be inside.
- Don't open for
business - your employees and customers may unwittingly
alter valuable evidence.
- Call police
Distraction burglars come into the area and prey on elderly victims, by
befriending them, gaining their trust and then stealing from them. Usually
they are posing as a utility worker, a contractor or a person in distress.
Immediately report suspicious persons in you area.
Burglaries are on the increase. Secure your homes. Lock all doors and windows.
Also do not leave valuables in plain view inside you car. There are
opportunists out there that are tempted by laptop computers, cameras, purses
and other valuables lying on the seat.
Any questions or quality of life
issues please give us a call at (Office) 310-444-0701