Alert Citizen’s Call To Police Nets Three Residential Burglary Suspects

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crime 3 arrested for residential burglaryOn Monday, January 31, 2011, at approximately 11:58 a.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to a call from a resident of several individuals acting suspiciously in the area of the 3800 block of Rose Avenue.

Officers responded to the area, contained it and conducted a through search. With the community’s help along with various departmental resources, the officers apprehended three suspects in the vicinity.  The men arrested for the crime are a 24-year-old resident of Signal Hill, a 37-year-old and a 19-year-old, both residents of Long Beach. The property they stole from the residence they broke into was recovered and returned to its rightful owners.

The LBPD can’t stress enough the importance of citizens looking out for each other and serving as the eyes and ears of the police. The community is quickly able to discern who does and does not belong in their neighborhood, and their involvement great assists officers. The “suspicious person” calls that many discount as being trivial can sometimes yield significant results, as in this case.

In addition, there are some simple steps the community can take to greatly increase the security of their homes, and also the likelihood that their stolen property be returned to them in the event that it is later recovered.

Keeping residences properly secured, with all doors, windows and entry gates locked is a very effective deterrent. Taking an inventory of personal property, engraving it and recording serial numbers allows the police to return stolen property back to its owners.

“Operation Identification,” involves citizens engraving their California driver’s license number on items that are commonly stolen, such as mp3 players, laptops, and other small electronics. This practice is a deterrent to burglars who will find it difficult to pawn or sell the items, and allows the police to identify the owner of the property when it is recovered. Citizens with a valid library card can borrow an engraver free of charge from the Long Beach Public Library (call (562) 570-7500 for more information).

Keeping track of serial numbers of property is very useful as well. If your property is stolen, it will enable you to provide that information for the police report, and if the property is later recovered, the serial number can be cross-referenced to the report and the victim gets the property back.

Sometimes patrol officers stop suspects for one crime, and may find that the suspect has multiple cellular phones or mp3 players with him/her. If any of them are engraved and reported stolen, it makes it easy for the officer to verify that this suspect is also in possession of stolen property, and can be charged accordingly.

We also recommend that smaller, non-engraveable items such as jewelry should be photographed. This will also help identify the property if it is pawned or recovered, and also good for insurance purposes in the event of a fire or other disaster as well.

For more crime prevention information, please visit the LBPD website.

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