HUNTINGTON BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER Date: July 2010 Vol. 38 No. 7 POLICE/FIRE EMERGENCY 911 Information Desk 714 960-8843 NON-EMERGENCY/DISPATCH 714 960-8825 Graffiti Hot Line 714 960-8861 POLICE Business Line 714 960-8811 Neighborhood Watch- Nilda Berndt 714 536-5933 Vacation House Checks (RSVP) 714 374-1507 Layout/Graphic Design Tom Gaccione Website www.hbpd.org E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Compiled and edited by Nilda Patiño de Berndt, HBPD Community Relations Specialist DONATION UPDATE THROUGH JUNE 15TH 2010 NEVER LEAVE The Huntington Beach Neighborhood Watch Program (HBNW) fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30 each year. YOUR CHILD ALONE We have estimated we will need approximately $25,000 IN THE CAR! this year to cover the various HBNW program expenses which include, but are not limited to, newsletter assembly, (Dept of GeoSciences, San Francisco State University) distribution costs, returned postage, mailing labels, etc. From the start of our fiscal year to now, we have received $16,414 in donations and newsletter advertisements-- Here are some hints when travelling with children: we still have $8,586 to go by June 30 2010. The HBNW Never leave a child in an unattended car, Board thanks you and our advertisers for your support and even with the windows down generous donations. A $6 donation pays for each subscriber’s distribution costs; a $10 donation helps with Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle these costs and other needed expenses and puts your when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping name in the Newsletter as a contributor; and a $25 or babies. more donation accomplishes the above, plus you will Always lock your car. If a child is missing receive a HBNW sticker and a token of appreciation. check the car first, including the trunk. Remember, HBNW is a non-profit organization; donations are tax deductible. Teach your child that vehicles are never to be used as a play area. As a citizen of the city, we encourage you to review the Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and HBNW program budget and expenses. when the child is put in the seat place the We strongly suggest you sign up to receive your animal in the front with the driver. Newsletter either electronically or through the mail. The Newsletter has valuable crime prevention information and Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat crime statistics. Donations are not necessary to receive as a reminder you have your child in the car. the Newsletter, but if you wish to make a donation, please Make “look before you leave” a routine make your check payable to: whenever you get out of the car. HB NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up for Send to: HB NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH school. PO BOX 5667 Children left in vehicles can die of hypothermia: HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA 92615 Total number of hyperthermia deaths of Or: HB POLICE DEPARTMENT children left in cars, 1998 – 2009: 444+ Attn: NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Average annual number of hyperthermia 2000 MAIN ST. deaths of children in cars, 1998 – 2009: 37 HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA 92648 Heatstroke occurs when the body core temperature reaches 104 degrees F. For more information please call (714) 536-5933. (continued on page 2) NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER – July 2010 Page 2 Never Leave Your Child Alone (continued from page 1) sure that the cover of the pool is completely A body core temperature of 107 degrees F is lifted over the pool. Do not partially open the usually fatal! pool. Also make sure that your child does not walk over the pool cover. A Child’s body warms 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s. 6. Spas and Hot Tubs must also be avoided, especially in the case of younger children who are susceptible to overheating. Protect Your Child From 7. For good pool safety, you can make sure that Drowning With These there is always a life saving floatation device Simple Pool Safety Tips handy near the pool. Also, every parent From Dipika Mirpuri, former About.com Guide should be conversant in basic CPR techniques in case of any accident. Drowning is one of the major causes of accidents 8. The last, but not the least, to ensure resulting in serious injury and death in children. swimming pool safety, is to be observant. Parents should not be fooled into thinking that their Watch what your kids are up to, and supervise child is safe just because he/she knows how to swim. their activities. Do not leave them alone. In a lot of these cases accidents happened even though the child knew how to swim. Accidents in the swimming pool can happen very suddenly without warning. It is very important that all parents follow these basic safety precautions especially if there is a swimming pool at home. 1. Never allow your youngster to swim alone without any adult supervision. It is quite common to develop a cramp underwater, or ADVERTISING SPACE AVAILABLE for accidents like hitting your head while HB NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH diving for example, to occur. It is paramount NEWSLETTER that there should be persons around to help in such situations. 2. Do not allow children with no knowledge of swimming in or around the pool. For good We are presently accepting applications for pool safety make sure that all kids above the advertisements in our HB Neighborhood Watch age of 4 attend a certified swimming class, or Newsletter. The space available is approximately at least learn basic flotation techniques and 4 ½” (length) x 3” (height). life saving techniques in case of accidents. Your advertisement will be located on the bottom Children younger than 4 should always be of page 7 of our newsletter. accompanied by their parents in the pool. You will need to submit your advertisement in PDF 3. Enclose your pool with high fences, which format and we will request that you make a 6 can be locked. Do not leave the pool open month commitment. and accessible since children can fall in. If you would like more information please call Keep your pool safe, and keep your kids away Nilda Patiño de Berndt, HBPD Community from the poolside. Relations Specialist, at 714-536-5933 or send a 4. Avoid leaving your kids alone even with letter with your request and a copy of the small portable pools or water bodies like advertisement to: buckets, fountains, and barrels. There is HB Neighborhood Watch always a danger of drowning occurring even Attn: Newsletter Advertisement in small bodies of water. 2000 Main St. 5. In case of a backyard swimming pool, make Huntington Beach, CA 92648 NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER— July 2010 Page 3 Important Reminder (2nd Printing) Safe Jogging Tips Feeding Wildlife is (Just Yell Fire) Dead Wrong Wild animals are in Know your running route. Be familiar with your trouble, and the problem surroundings. is people who are care- Avoid running in the early morning or at night less with food and trash. (CA Dept of Fish and Game) If you must run in the early morning or evening try to run with a group or a partner and be sure Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem, to run in well lit areas. helping to keep rodent populations under control. They Be aware of the terrain. Watch for cracks and are by nature fearful of humans. If coyotes have access potholes in the sidewalk and road. This may to human food and garbage, their behavior changes. sound simple but you don’t want to fall and be They lose caution and fear. They may cause property vulnerable while running. damage. They might threaten human safety. They might be killed. Relocating a problem coyote is not an Always bring a form of identification in a pocket option because it only moves the problem to someone or in your running shoes. else’s neighborhood. Help prevent deadly conflicts for Bring enough money for a phone call or a cab these beautiful wild animals. ride. Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes. The result Carry a cell phone with you. There are many may be deadly conflicts with pets or livestock, or stylish and fun arm and wrist bands with zipper serious injuries to small children. pockets that can hold a cell phone. Do not leave small children or pets outside Be sure to always inform your parents, friend, or unattended. spouse if you are going for a jog. Be sure that Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house. there is always someone to receive a call in case Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding you have an emergency or need assistance. places. Wear reflective clothing and dress in a way that Be aware that coyotes are more active in the spring, protects your safety. Unfortunately, we do live when feeding and protecting their young. in a society where wearing revealing shorts and If followed by a coyote, make loud noises. If this sports bra may increase your likelihood of being fails, throw rocks in the animal’s direction. noticed by a predator. If a coyote attacks a person, immediately contact the Know your routes, but don’t take the same route nearest Department of Fish and Game or law at the same time everyday. Vary the routes so enforcement office. that your running routine is not too obvious. Put trash in tight containers that can’t be tipped Stalkers and predators are more likely to attack over. when they know your routine. Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates. We all love to run with music, but try to avoid Bring pets in at night, and do not leave pet food wearing head sets while running alone. Not only outside. can you not hear the cars coming up behind you, Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting but you also can’t hear a person running behind rodents and other coyote prey. you. If you must listen to music, wear the Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry, etc. headphones in only one ear. Ask your neighbors to follow these tips. Find a reliable running buddy and look out for Please respect and protect wild animals. Keep them one another. wild. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER — May 2010 Page 4 RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES, VEHICLE BURGLARIES, GRAND THEFT AUTO into the house was unlocked None reported The police patrol areas are the allowing the suspect to gain entry. north and south. The patrol BEAT 6 In RD 486, Melinde Cr.; the suspect beats are 2-13. Your RD 8 Residential Burglaries was described as, male, white, late (Reporting District) is the half- 4 Vehicle Burglaries 20’s, height 5.7”, weight 150 lbs. mile square surrounding your 4 Grand Theft Auto thin build, no facial hair, wearing home. jeans, white button down shirt and Residential Burglaries To locate your Beat and RD, a dark baseball cap. RD 349-2 RD 359-2 please check the map on the RD 441-1 RD 451-4 There was one garage entry. back inside page. In most cases, your BEAT/RD is Streets: Pacific Coast Hwy. 15th Vehicle Burglaries identified on your address St., Lake St., Poppy Cr., 12th None reported mailing label. St., and Frankfort Ave.8th St., RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES Grand Theft Auto 3rd St., and 7th St. RD 466-1 31 entries May 15 - June 15 In RD 349, Pacific Coast Hwy; It BEAT 3 appears the suspect used a 37 entries April 15 - May 15 0 Residential Burglary spark plug to shatter a window Seventeen of the entries were due 1 Vehicle Burglaries and gain entry. to OPEN OR UNLOCKED windows 0 Grand Theft Auto In RD 349, 15th St.; A garage or doors. Twelve of these door opener was possible used burglaries were committed during Residential Burglaries None reported to gain entry. the day; Six were committed at In RD 441, Lake St; It appeared night, and thirteen were committed that someone had removed or at an unknown time. Vehicle Burglaries RD 444-1 broken the louvers to the There were nine garage entries. bedroom window to gain entry. Grand Theft Auto In RD 451, 12th St.; Suspect There was one attempted entry. None reported described as: male, unknown VEHICLE BURGLARIES BEAT 4 race, 30 to 40 years old, height 32 reported May 15 – June 15 3 Residential Burglaries 5’6”, with think build and 69 reported April 15 – May 15 1 Vehicle Burglaries shaved head. Suspect was 1 Grand Theft Auto wearing a dark jacket, dark GRAND THEFT AUTO jeans, and possibly white tennis Residential Burglaries 22 reported May 15 – June 15 shoes. RD 432-1 RD 433-1 31 reported April 15 – May 15 RD 443-1 In RD 451, Main St; Suspect removed screen from open BEAT 2 Streets: Alabama St. Vasile Cr., bathroom window to gain entry. 3 Residential Burglaries and North Port Dr. Items stolen included a silver 0 Vehicle Burglaries 1 Grand Theft Auto “Ruger” P85 9mm pistol with a There was one garage entry. 15 round magazine and a black Residential Burglaries “Ruger” .22 caliber pistol. RD 466-1 RD 475 -1 Vehicle Burglaries In RD 451, 7th St; suspect in RD 486 RD 473-1 custody. Streets: Strathmoor Ln, Malibu Ln., Grand Theft Auto and Melinde Cr. There were three garage RD 452-1 entries. In RD 466, Strathmoor Ln; The outside door that leads into the BEAT 5 There was one attempt entry. garage may have been unlocked. 1 Residential Burglaries Once inside the garage the interior 0 Vehicle Burglaries Vehicle Burglaries door that leads from the garage to 0 Grand Theft Auto RD 327-1 RD 348-1 the interior of the house was also RD 359-1 left unlocked. This perhaps, was Residential Burglaries the point of entry and exit. RD 425-1 Grand Theft Auto In RD 475, Malibu Ln; suspect RD 339-1 RD 359-1 possible entered via an unlocked Streets: Willhelm Cr. RD 451-2 doggie door (2’ by 1 1/2”) that Vehicle Burglaries leads into the attached garage. The None reported door that leads from the garage Grand Theft Auto NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER — May 2010 Page 5 RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES, VEHICLE BURGLARIES, GRAND THEFT AUTO BEAT 7 1 Grand Theft Auto 4 Residential Burglaries Residential Burglaries Residential Burglaries RD 251-1 RD 261-1 0 Vehicle Burglaries RD 164-1 RD 165-1 4 Grand Theft Auto Streets: Bluesails Dr., and Tunstall Streets: Harkness Ct., and Sims St. Ln. Residential Burglaries RD 413-3 RD 422-1 In RD 261, Tunstall Ln.; Suspect Vehicle Burglaries entered a locked storage container Streets: Constantine Dr., Flagstaff RD 153-1 RD 164-1 and removed an electric cart Ln., and Delaware St. Vehicle Burglaries In RD 413, Constantine Dr; Suspect In RD 153 this was an attempt. RD 241-3 RD 242-3 possibly used a key. RD 251-1 RD 252-1 In RD 413, Constantine Dr., Suspect Grand Theft Auto RD 253-1 RD 261-1 enters residence through an unlocked door then walks into the garage RD 165-1 Grand Theft Auto where they accessed the trunk from RD 242-2 RD 251-1 the unlocked vehicle. The suspect BEAT 11 RD 261-1 may be known. 3 Residential Burglaries 2 Vehicle Burglaries Free There were two garage entries. 4 Grand Theft Auto Vacation house Vehicle Burglaries Residential Burglaries checks Available None reported RD 158-1 RD 159-2 Grand Theft Auto Do you wonder whom you RD 292-3 RD 423-1 Streets: Edinger Ave., Laurelhurst should call to check on your Dr., and Whittier Ln. BEAT 8 home when you’re going to be 1 Residential Burglaries 4 Vehicle Burglaries In RD 159, Laurelhurst Dr; suspect is away for an extended period of in custody. time? Your first thoughts usually 2 Grand Theft Auto Vehicle Burglaries go towards a family member or Residential Burglaries RD 156-2 RD 176-1 friend, but sometimes you may Grand Theft Auto feel it might be a bother for them Streets: Greenleaf Ln RD 156-1 RD 157-1 RD 158-1 RD 169-1 because they live a distance away There was one garage entry. or don’t really have the time. BEAT 12 Vehicle Burglaries 2 Residential Burglaries The Huntington Beach Police RD 177-2 RD 281-2 1 Vehicle Burglaries 0 Grand Theft Auto Department provides House Grand Theft Auto Vacation Checks courtesy of the RD 176-1 RD 178-1 Residential Burglaries RD 117-1 RD 139-1 HBPD Retired Senior Volunteer BEAT 9 2 Residential Burglaries Streets: San Souci Cr. And Hanover Program (RSVP). 7 Vehicle Burglaries Ln There’s absolutely NO fee for 1 Grand Theft Auto this service and it’s easy to sign In RD 117, San Souci Cr; Suspect Residential Burglaries entered an open garage and stole a up. You may call the HBPD RD 263-1 RD 273-1 bicycle. RSVP office at 714-374-1507 to Streets: Heritage Ln., and Marken There was one garage entry Ln. complete the form over the Vehicle Burglaries phone or you can check out the Vehicle Burglaries RD 263-1 RD 272-3 RD 139-1 HBPD web page at RD 283-3 Grand Theft Auto www.hbpd.org and click on Grand Theft Auto None reported “Vacation House Check”. Please RD 273-1 provide at least 1 week notice BEAT 13 BEAT 10 2 Residential Burglaries before you leave on your trip. 2 Residential Burglaries 10 Vehicle Burglaries 2 Vehicle Burglaries 4 Grand Theft Auto NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER – July 2010 Page 6 GRAND THEFT AUTO SPECIAL THANKS TO MEMBERS LISTED BELOW FOR THEIR 40 DONATIONS 30 Dorothy Alexander 20 Jerry Anderson Carol Black 10 Mary Kay Blake Kathy Bolton 0 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Joseph and Frances Borra 2008 2009 35 30 24 21 37 23 18 32 32 32 43 28 30 33 29 17 19 31 31 25 37 29 31 22 Norbert Bunt 2010 24 24 25 35 31 22 Tom and Tonia Cooper VEHICLE BURGLARIES Carl Curtis Kiyoko Deans 120 Danny Dempsey Art Den Heyer 100 Sam Eagle 80 Merrill Esaki 60 Frances Fain 40 S. M. Fairbanks Anne Farber 20 Jack and Mary Felcoski 0 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC David and Ann Ferbert 2008 2009 64 64 73 39 77 67 68 60 61 112 97 69 74 59 58 83 60 75 111 31 79 71 76 49 Joan Jeanette Fisher 2010 61 95 70 70 69 32 John and Victoria Frank Dennis Gabrielli RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES Marilyn Harris Delores Hartke 60 Lena Harvey 50 Dorothy Henderson 40 Daniel Jimerson 30 Kirsten Kirleis 20 M. Jean Kovacs 10 Benton and Nicole Kunnecke 0 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Manford Kunze 2008 44 24 33 14 51 27 37 33 25 44 32 32 Mary Kay Lowry 2009 30 26 23 39 30 37 40 30 59 33 37 22 2010 43 43 30 56 37 31 Anthony Mattazaro William and Lorraine McCune Ray and Grace Michihira Luella Ottele HUNTINGTON BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Vithalbhai Patel EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS & Prichard and Kathy Pearce EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE/SPEAKERS BUREAU George Saitta Mary Jo Settles TOM DOTI, President JIM DWYER, Vice President Robert Slater MICHELLE GRANTHAM, Secretary Lorraine Smith FENG VOGT, Treasurer Damaso and Nessifa Sutis D. M. Terry Gudelia Ramirez, Member at Large Elizabeth Wolterman Ken Kirkup, Member at Large NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER — July 2010 Page 7 SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT BUREAU (SEB) N Lt. Mitch O’Brien (714) 536-5588 e-mail: email@example.com DIRECTED ENFORCEMENT TEAM (DET) Sgt. Mike Freeman (714) 374-1664 W E e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SOUTH AREA: BEATS 2, 3, & 5 Officer Dan Boldt (714) 960-4540 e-mail: email@example.com S SOUTH AREA: BEATS 4, 6, & 7 Officer Jerry Goodspeed (714) 536-2942 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org NORTH AREA: BEATS 8, 9, & 13 Officer Dave Wiederin (714) 375-5095 e-mail: email@example.com NORTH AREA: BEATS 10, 11, & 12 Officer Rich Eidlhuber (714) 375-5140 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Note: Locate your Beat and Reporting District (RD) by referring to this map. In most cases your BEAT and RD are on your mailing label. Example: If you live in Beat 3 and RD 455, you will have 3-455 on your address label. ALL ADS ARE PAID FOR AND DO NOT REPRESENT AN ENDORSEMENT BY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO OUR ADVERTISERS FOR CONTRIBUTING TO FINANCING THE MAILING OF THIS NEWSLETTER.