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From the Pasadena Police Department April 25, 2010

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PASADENA, CA – On April 9, 2010, shortly before 11:00 p.m., officers responded to the area of Wilson Ave. and Del Mar Blvd. to investigate a report that a suspect armed with a knife attempted to force the female victim into an isolated area away from view.
The 22 year old female, Pasadena resident, was walking westbound on Del Mar Blvd. between Michigan Ave. and Wilson Ave. when she observed the suspect walking behind her.  The victim ran when she heard the suspect running toward her, but was unable to outrun the suspect.  The suspect grabbed her and brandished a knife as he pushed her toward a nearby alcove.  The victim yelled for help to a person who was standing nearby on the sidewalk.  The suspect released the victim and ran from the area.
Officers searched the area, but did not locate the suspect.  The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, 30 years old, 5’6”, 180 lbs, black hair; wearing a blue shirt, white ball cap with vertical blue stripes and blue jeans.
This was an isolated incident occurring during the late evening hours.  The Pasadena Police Department encourages personal safety practices and advocates always being aware of situations where victimization can occur.  Be aware of surroundings and when possible, enjoy walks during daylight or with a friend during the evenings.
Please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626)744-4241 if you have information about this incident or to report suspicious person or activity.


Sex Offender Map April 24, 2010

Posted by David S. in Helpful Hints.
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Just a reminder

Pasadena Sex Offender Map Results 4-24-10

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.

Been Busy April 24, 2010

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Sorry for abandoning the site for the last few months. Been busy. Updates forthcoming…

Three Mugs December 4, 2009

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The Pasadena Star-News reports that sketches of the Arcadia home invasion robbers have been released.

Authorities released a composite drawing Thursday of the men. One is Latino, 25 to 30 years old, unshaven, with spiky hair. A second robber is Latino, about 30 and clean-shaven. The third man also is Latino, in his early 30s and clean-shaven.

The family’s home in the 100 block of West Forest Avenue was broken into at about 7:20 a.m. Sunday. The mother, father and their 9-year-old son were bound. The gunmen choked the father and demanded money before leaving with cash and jewelry.

Sketches released of Arcadia home-invasion robbers – Pasadena Star-News

Not so random links December 2, 2009

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The National Crime Prevention Council

Crime Prevention Tips

Preventing Crime: A Report to Congress

Crime Doctor

Crime Drops November 14, 2009

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From the Pasadena Star-News

Violent crime – homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – in Pasadena fell by 24 percent during the first half of this year, the Police Department announced.

The figure was based on a preliminary crime report by the state’s Criminal Justice Statistics Center, which compared crime reports from January through June 2008 to reports from January through Aug. 31, 2009, officials said in a news release.

In addition to a drop in violent crime, Pasadena had a 4 percent decline in property crimes, which include burglaries, vehicle thefts and larceny thefts, officials said.

Violent Crime Down Article from Pasadena Star-News

Pasadena Crime Stats September 20, 2009

Posted by David S. in Burglaries, Incidents, Law Enforcement, Robberies.
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Courtesy of the Pasadena Police Dept., here’s an overview of Pasadena’s Area 1 Crime Statistics from 2007 up to June of 2009. As soon as more data becomes available this graph will be updated. Click here for a more granular look at the numbers (posted on the West Pasadena Residents Association site).
Click on the graph to see it full size.

Pasadena Home Invasion September 6, 2009

Posted by David S. in Burglaries, In the News, Incidents, Law Enforcement, Robberies.
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Folks on the Pasadena Neighborhood Watch email list were barraged this week with a flurry of email alerts from neighbors and the Pasadena Police Department regarding a series of criminal confrontations. The Pasadena Star-News has the details on one of the incidents:

Two teenage boys used a handgun to carry out a home invasion robbery Friday, police said.

The crime occurred about 6:30 a.m. at a house in the 1100 block of Romney Drive, Pasadena police Lt. Chris Russ said.

A 47-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman were home but were not injured, the lieutenant said.

“They were in bed when they awoke to suspects inside their home,” Russ said.

One of the robbers pointed a gun at the man, as the crooks proceeded to help themselves to a laptop computer, a Rolex watch, a small amount of cash and other items, he said.
They also stole a key to car parked in the driveway, but were apparently unable to start it after they jammed the key in the ignition, Russ added.

“As the suspects were leaving, the male victim came outside and confronted them,” he said.

The armed robber fired one shot at another parked car belonging to the man, Russ said, before fleeing on foot toward Church Street.

Police searched with a helicopter and a bloodhound but were unable to find the robbers, he said.

One of the robbers was described as a Latino boy of 15 or 16 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and between 140 and 150 pounds. He had short black hair, wore all black clothing with black tennis shoes and carried a small silver handgun.

The other robber was also 15 or 16 and was either black with a light complexion or Latino with a dark complexion. He had short black hair, a white t-shirt, light blue jeans and tennis shoes.

Download and read the article here: Home-invasion robbery reported in Pasadena – Pasadena Star-News

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

Posted by David S. in Burglaries, Helpful Hints, In the News.
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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.