Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Police warn residents of Atwater burglaries

A recent string of burglaries in Atwater Village prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to advise residents to take extra steps to protect their homes and belongings. Most of the burglaries have occurred during the day but are not believed to be related, according to a community e-mail alert sent by the Northeast LAPD Monday evening.

One burglary suspect was observed cutting a screen and entering a home through an open window. In another case, burglars entered through a front door after distracting an elderly residents, police said. The burglaries have taken place on several streets, including the 2900 and 3100 block of Los Feliz Boulevard.

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Police did not say how many burglaries have been reported. But, the according to LAPD statistics on EveryBlock.com, 8 burglaries have been reported in Atwater between Aug. 24 and Sept. 14.

1 comment:

  1. Lt. Wes Buhrmester, Rampart Detective DivisionSeptember 22, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    This blog is an excellent forum to write and discuss all things Los Angeles. Unfortunately, most burglars and thieves prey upon the trusting among us. They look for open windows, doors ajar, and sometimes they fast-talk the elderly and distract them, while another enters the residence and steals.

    Please close and lock all doors and windows, or if you want to leave a window ajar, utilize a competent locking device to only allow the window to open a certain distance. In Rampart Division, we are plagued with thefts from vehicles, wherein GPS devices and laptops in plain view are stolen. Many people take the GPS out of the cradle, but leave that cradle visible. Thieves know the GPS device is probably still in the car. Who among us takes a GPS into their house?

    Most of these items are pawned for drugs. Very few thefts are the work of professional thieves or large-scale operations. Those thieves steal truckloads of goods from warehouses and such. Avoid being a victim. Secure your residence, keep valuables out of plain view, and watch out for your neighbors. I'm not trying to foment paranoia, but encouraging preparation and awareness. LA is a great place to live, work and play. Minor modifications of your habits can keep you secure in your possessions.

    Lt. Wes Buhrmester