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Altadena Hit With Rash of Residential Burglaries

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Altadena Station released crime alert on Friday to warn areas residents of an rash of crimes.

The station said Altadena has been experiencing an increase in daytime residential burglaries for the past two weeks. 

"Residents are reminded to stay alert and notify the Altadena Sheriff Station if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood," the station said in a release. "Stay in contact with your neighbors and keep the lines of communication open."

Report any suspicious activity to Altadena Station at 626-798-1131.

Surf's Up February 09, 2014 at 01:43 AM
Where? What streets? This isn't news - it's a press release.
Linda R February 09, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Right! WHERE??????????? What kind of reporting is this anyway!
Mike February 09, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Scare tactics again. Now after reporting an increase in a number of crimes they'll blame this on the early release of prisoners because of lack of funding and the only way for this to stop is to lock the criminals back up. Now we are going to be asked for more money (taxes) while we have fewer and fewer police out in the street and more and more behind a desk.
malnich February 09, 2014 at 01:43 PM
Scare tactics & politics...agreed. But still would like the names of the streets and manner that the burglaries were done: night or day; break ins with violence or without...
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 09, 2014 at 06:05 PM
THE FOLLOWING will bring us up to Feb 1, with locations. I don't really see a "rash". It looks like they might be adding car break-ins to the total. http://www.altadenapoint.com/2014/02/05/crime-blotter-jan-26-feb-1-2014?tracking=related
Crowley3 February 09, 2014 at 06:27 PM
I'm not certain whether there's a "rash" of break ins, but I did catch two young men trying to break into my neighbor's house on Mar Vista two weeks ago. Called the sheriff which ended the break in and the capture of one of the men. I also have a friend who works for Pasadena PD who told me that there has been many break ins in North Pasadena. Worth knowing and just keeping a closer look on things in the neighborhood.
HAPPY CAMPER February 09, 2014 at 06:41 PM
People, You need to write a letter to the board of supervisors and explain that there is NO excuse why we do not have enough deputies on patrol. Lee Baca contracts with them to put as many deputies as he can into court services. Not saying they shouldn't be there, but there are too many working there daily, and then sure they want to say "O, I'm sorry. We can't staff your neighborhood sufficiently. We don't have enough deputies." Wrong! Anyway, it's a start. Good luck.
Linda R February 09, 2014 at 07:05 PM
Well Baca is gone and a temp taking his place....but before all this sub attention to issues......my caregivers car was vandalized with all four tires slashed or nailed and they didn't do anything.....sometimes there is no response to calls.......the Altadena is sub standard in helping. I have had to call LaCrescenta and talk to the watch commander. Meantime the bad guys are getting away with whatever.
Michelle Mowad (Editor) February 09, 2014 at 08:31 PM
Here the list of crime reports released this week: http://altadena.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/lasds-altadena-station-blotter-sewing-machine-stolen-and-other-crimes
Surf's Up February 09, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Well, from the data (at least until February 1, 2014) it looks like the rash of crimes relates mostly to vehicular vandalism. This is not the same as the home burglary epidemic in Altadena from a few years ago. However, an interesting question arises, which is - does a spike in vehicular vandalism usually precede a spike in home burglaries? Is this a warning bell?

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