There was a slight rise in residential burglaries during November in comparison to October, according to Alhambra's Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Sharon Williams. However, overall burglary statistics indicate that residential burglaries are down this year compared to last. "There will have been sixty fewer housing units victimized during the year," Williams wrote to neighborhood crime watchers.
The map below tracks residential burglaries between November 2 and December 9, 2011. Click on the houses to find out the location of the reported burglary.
Alhambra Police arrested two groups of burglars during the month of November. In both cases Alhambra police officers “were tipped off by alert neighborhood watchers” said Williams. A Long Beach-based criminal group with ties to Asian gangs were targeting Asian residents in Alhambra, Monterey Park, and San Gabriel. "How did they identify Asian residents and Asian owned homes? The answer: They would look for shoes left outside the front door," Williams said.
The second group of burglars arrested were three young men from East Los Angeles who had no known gang ties. The burglars told a detective that they cruised around Alhambra and Monterey Park looking for open windows in homes. When they found a home with an open window, they would check to see if someone was at home. If no one answered, they would enter. At one home, the burglars knocked but no one answered. But it turned out the homeowner was napping and didn’t answer the door. The burglars entered the residence through an open window and were startled when they opened the bedroom door to see the homeowner awake. The moral of the story is, “If a caller is at your door knocking or ringing the doorbell, let them know you are home without actually opening the door,” Williams said. The homeowner grabbed his phone and called the police and was able to provide a description of the burglars and their get-away vehicle. An officer happened to literally be “just around the corner” and spotted the vehicle.
If you witness or are victim to a crime, you can make a report through the Alhambra Police Department Citizen Online Reporting system or by calling 626-300-1529. For general information or to report a non-emergency situation call 626-570-5151.