This quarterly CyberWatch report from Bob Genest is a summary of all police reports filed with the Harbor LAPD for South Shores only. Please bear in mind that not all crimes are reported to the police. This is particularly true of vehicle break-ins where the theft is often quite small.
VEHICLE BREAK-IN THEFTS – 4
April 12: 1900 block of W. 35th St. – Grand theft ($950.01 or over).
May 5: 1700 block of Grenadier Drive – 10:10 a.m.
May 22: 1800 block of Pescadores Ave. – 11:45 p.m.
May 26: 1700 block of Pescadores Ave. – 2:00 p.m.
ATTEMPTED VEHICLE BREAK-INS – 2
April 5: 1900 block of Palacios Drive – 2:49 p.m.
June 26: 1800 block of 27th St. – 10:40 p.m.
ROBBERY – 1 (Taking property of another by means of force or fear).
June 9: Paseo del Mar and Western Ave. – 12:30 a.m.
ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON – 1
April 3: 1800 block of W. Paseo del Mar – 4:00 a.m.
CyberWatch has requested more details of this case. We will let you know if we learn anything useful. Frequently, reported ADW cases are found to stem from family disputes and often don’t represent a threat to the community at large.
As reported in past CyberWatch Quarterly Reports, the trend continues to show a shop drop in home burglaries from pre-COVID days. The bad guys make it a point of NOT breaking into homes that are occupied. That’s why there is an increase in auto break-ins. Car break-ins, of course, are almost always into vehicles that are unoccupied.
The charge of breaking into an occupied home is classified as a Home Invasion crime. That’s a felony with a very stiff penalty, if the suspect is convicted. If the home is unoccupied, it’s a Home Burglary. So, if the goods stolen amount to $950.00 or less, the crime is only a misdemeanor. A slap on the wrist and suspects go home with just a blemish on their record. Some would say that alone is a “crime”.
Thanks again, folks, for your continued vigilance. It’s making a huge difference in crimes when compared to nearly every other community in the South Bay…even on a per capita basis.
This is CyberWatch’s 10th year. In year one, there were 17 home burglaries in South Shores!
Keep observing. Keep reporting. Keep sending those great videos that are all forwarded to the Harbor LAPD’s Burglary Division. This enables more follow up research and investigation to keep our crime rate low.