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Sex Offender Map April 24, 2010

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Just a reminder

Pasadena Sex Offender Map Results 4-24-10

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Crooks Recycle, Too… Your Stuff April 24, 2010

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Please read a neighbor’s email below regarding individuals who rummage through recycling bins. It is best to shred or destroy all your personal data before discarding/recycling it.Many times these individuals-like our neighbor mentions below- are looking for bank account, social security and credit card numbers. Do be careful with what you discard, and report anyone you see engaging in this behavior to the police by calling the non-emergency number (626) 744-4241.

Subject: Arroyo Blvd – Raiding Recycling Bins

Reported to PPD non-emergency dispatcher a male Hispanic, about 5’ 6”, walking southbound on Arroyo Blvd in 100 block stealing recycling out of the bins on the street at 11:45.  Concern for me is not the garbage per se but any potential identity theft materials; he is ripping open garbage bags and rifling through the contents.

13 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You August 17, 2009

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From the article on the Reader’s Digest website…

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

Read the rest of the article here.

Magazine Subscription Scams July 1, 2009

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From MSNBC’s site, 7/1/09:

This summer, like every summer, deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are out in full force across the country. They are mostly high school and college-age kids who are taught to use a number of phony pitches. They say they’re raising money for a local hospital, school or charity. They’re earning points toward a school trip. Some even claim to be supporting the troops in Iraq.

In the last 12 months, the Better Business Bureau has received 1,100 complaints against more than 50 companies that sell magazines this way. Many of the victims were so moved by the fictitious pitch they paid hundreds of dollars for subscriptions.

Read the full article here: ConsumerMan – Subscription rip-offs

A Message From Bungalow Heaven May 24, 2009

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This comes to us from the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association:

CRIMINAL  ACTIVITY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Bungalow Heaven has received several emails recently regarding  burglaries and suspicious activity in the neighborhood. In the case of break-ins, all burglars entered by breaking a window in the rear of the house during the daylight hours. Items taken were laptops, cameras and other types of small electronics. Another person reported seeing late-night loitering in McDonald Park which resulted in a man peering into the homeowner’s window. With the rise of such activity in our neighborhood and Pasadena, we need to heighten our awareness. The Pasadena Police Department has stated that ANY and ALL door-to-door solicitation is a WARNING that your home is being  “cased”. In fact, in many cases, according to the Police, adults are using their children [as] accomplices, actually enlisting them to both enter homes and to “solicit” residents, using magazines, newspapers and candy as a cover. These days, any school or church sponsored fund raising is done online or through magazines, distributed at your office, school or church. There are no reputable fund raising organizations that send children door-to-door. It’s a scam.
 
The  Police Department also suggests the  following actions:

1.  Do not let solicitors onto your property or inside your home.  

2. Report any and all door-to-door solicitors to the police and try to obtain a physical description of those solicitors and/or their vehicles and license plates.

3. Snap a photograph of all  solicitors at your door and let them know you will send that  photo to the police. Keep a camera or your camera phone by the front door.

4. Close your curtains and keep valuables hidden when you are away from home.

5. Keep jewelry in plastic containers in your freezer and cover it with frozen  food. (Apparently, thieves rarely open freezers.)

6. Use an alarm system,  including motion detectors.

7. Call the Police and request extra patrols when you are going to be away for an  extended period. This is a free service!

8. Photograph your valuables and keep those photos in a safe place or on a memory stick or disk.  Keep these photos in a safe deposit box or in an  alternate location.

9. Record your computer, television, electronics or other valuables’ serial numbers and keep receipts for insurance purposes.

10.  Watch for anything suspicious and report anything you suspect might be  unusual.

For additional information please call the Pasadena Police at 626.744.4501 or the non-emergency number at 744.4241.

Let’s keep an eye out for one  another.

Property Tax Reassessment Scam Letter January 31, 2009

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2009 Property Tax Reassessment Scam Letter

2009 Property Tax Reassessment Scam Letter

A letter just hit many mailboxes in Pasadena that promises a reassessment of property taxes. It’s a scam. Please note the message from UCAN – Utility Consumers’ Action Network.

UCAN wants to know:  Have you been contacted by a company that is offering to reassess the value of your property for a fee?  Consumers should be aware the county will reassess property value for free.   The company has a P.O. Box and goes by the name of “Property Tax Reassessment.”  The notice looks like it’s an official government notification but it’s not.   If you have received a notice from this organization, did you ignore it, try to contact someone with the company or pay the fee?  UCAN has received several calls from people who have received this notice.  They have been advised to contact their tax consultant or the Attorney General’s Office.  They have also been told to call the District Attorney’s Office if they would like to file a complaint.

Helpful Information from the Pasadena Police Department October 1, 2008

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A good afternoon to everyone and happy October 1 – Halloween is just around the corner and hopefully some cooler weather and don’t we and the plants and animals need that!! 

In talking with PPD Detectives, the following information they would like me to pass along to my citizens so they can make their neighbors/friends aware of some recent trends in our city.  There have been garage burglaries during the past week or so where the burglars cut the hasps on the garage door with bolt cutters.  Bicycles have been stolen in several of the burglaries.  

Other unsecured garages have been burglarized and taken were items ranging from miscellaneous tools to more bicycles and a golf club carryall.  

There have also been thefts of delivered items left on porches around town, and this is also occurring in neighboring communities such as Sierra Madre and Arcadia.

Of particular note, please help your older neighbors stay safe.  There are suspicious individuals coming into the city.  In one example, two subjects knock on an elderly resident’s front door and try to sell him a product.  One of the sellers asks for a pen, glass of water, etc. When the elderly resident walks away from the door, these “salespeople” enter the home and start looking around.  

Luckily, in the above described incident, a neighbor saw these people enter the home, knew something was not right, and went over to the elderly neighbor’s house, at which time the two “salespersons” left in a hurry.

We mentioned before to be sure and secure your doors and windows, especially when retiring for the night.  Case in point: an older lady went to sleep one night and forgot to lock her door.  She woke up to find an intruder going through change on her dresser.  She screamed and he ran away, so luckily she was unhurt, but this could have ended very badly.

Our friendly and helpful Auto Burglary detective is pleased to inform folks that burglaries in the areas of the Rose Bowl and Eaton Canyon Nature Center have decreased 25% to 30%, possibly due to the apprehension of a couple of suspects.  To assist in this trend, remember to remove everything from your vehicle and keep it locked even if it is parked in your driveway or in front of your home.  

Pass this along to your kids, as sometimes when they arrive home from school, they forget and leave things like laptops in the vehicle.  One thing that the Detective is starting to see is fuel theft from vehicles.  The thieves burglarize the vehicle so they can open the gas door and siphon the fuel.

Citizens may want to give consideration to having a key locking gas cap as a deterrent.  Burglary of vehicles parked in underground garages is apparently random and more likely a crime of opportunity. Video cameras can be effective of these areas.

With the situation of the economy, continued vigilance and awareness of our surroundings cannot be emphasized enough.  Like our Detective says, reporting of suspicious activity and just paying attention to your surroundings can do a lot towards keeping our citizens safe.    

Cynthia Murphy

Police Specialist IV

Pasadena Police Department

Community Services Section

(626)744-7657

Protecting Your Mailbox September 12, 2008

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1. Call this USPS number to report fraud and emergencies regarding your mail: 877-876-2455. The USPS website is very helpful, as well: http://www.usps.com/

2. This suggestion from a local resident: “…We’ve had a lot of mailbox theft … over the years that I’ve lived here and most of us now have locking mailboxes. There are boxes sold with a lock that all mail carriers have a key for, and a lot of other box styles can accept a small padlock. [Here] many of us put the open padlock in the box and the carrier locks the box with the lock after he’s put the mail in. Then, when we open our box to remove the mail, we just put the opened padlock back in the box. This system works well for us.”

Latest Crime Alert from PPD Detectives September 11, 2008

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Flurry of Activity; Part 3 of 3 August 24, 2008

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From the Neighbor referenced in Part 2 (content edited):

I talked to my neighbors and we confirmed the mailbox was fine yesterday 8/22. The postman did notify my neighbor when he delivered the mail.

 At first I thought it happened last night but I believe it happened around eleven this morning. I recall an unknown person walk past our kitchen window at a very brisk pace. Because of this pace, it caught the corner of my eye. I jumped to the window and saw I believe a skinny white female walking towards the mailbox area. I thought it was odd but I didn’t check it out. There is so much in and out around here I made the assumption it was someone going to the south building. I now recall she was heading towards the mailboxes not the building.

Description: She was about 5 ft three inches tall. Short clipped hair. Very slender. Hair was brown. Caucasian. Possibly could have been a male. Almost androgynous looking. I only saw a quick side  and rear view. 

Two weeks ago I too saw a person (woman) wandering around the street in front of  a house on Ellis street. Her car was parked under the camphor tree. I thought it was odd but remembered many location agents scope out properties for filming in this area. Ellis street is a favorite spot for people to eat there lunch in their car or catch a nap as well. So watch that west end of Ellis on the south side near Grand.  It is a pretty street to visit  but it could be someone casing the area.