Highlights and tips...in public safety
Burglaries are down 20% and auto thefts are down 35% in Lakewood in the first three months of 2018.
Property crimes have been on the rise the past few years in communities across California. Many analysts attribute this to changes in state law, including Propositions 47 and 57, which have allowed many property thieves to do little or no time for their crimes.
Here’s what the City of Lakewood has done to help turn this trend around locally…and here’s what you can do to help protect your own property and your neighborhood:
What is the City of Lakewood doing?
• The city has provided extra funding to the Sheriff’s Department to deploy more staffing to combat burglaries. For example, the city has funded a “burglary suppression car” that has been targeting particular areas of concern. The effort has led to 60 arrests in the first three months of 2018.
• The Lakewood City Council and its Public Safety Committee meet more frequently now to discuss crime trends and crime-fighting strategies with the Sheriff’s Department.
• The city is increasing its outreach to residents to inform them of ways to make their homes and vehicles safer from property crime.
Tips to reduce your chances of a home burglary
• Buy a video doorbell or surveillance system -- Many burglars use the “knock-knock” technique at the front door to see if someone is home before they go around back and break in. A video doorbell or surveillance system sends a message to your smartphone if someone approaches your front door, even if you’re not home. You can talk to the person remotely, make them think you’re at home, and decide if it’s someone that should be checked out by Sheriff’s deputies.
• Make your home look occupied if you’re away – Leave some lights on that are visible from outside, along with a loud radio on a talk-station. And if you’re on vacation, make sure to have your newspapers and mail held, and have a trusted neighbor watch your home. Call the Lakewood Sheriff's Station at 562-623-3500 for "vacation checks" too.
• Join the Neighborhood Watch group on your block – The city organizes and supports one of the largest Neighborhood Watch programs in the region. For information, or for any questions or comments about public safety in Lakewood, contact the city’s Crime Prevention Office at 562-866-9771, extension 2114 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a crime in progress, always call 9-1-1.