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Alhambra police post residential burglary advisory

The Alhambra Police Department posted on Facebook Saturday a residential burglary advisory, asking the public to watch out for burglars in their residential neighborhoods. The post followed three burglary incidents on Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

"The Alhambra Police Department is asking for the public's help in keeping an eye out in our residential neighborhoods and to please be good witnesses," the Alhambra Police Department wrote on Facebook. "Don't Ignore It; Report It."

The first burglary on Friday occurred on the 2200 block of South Campbell Avenue, according to Alhambra police. A homeowner found two black males and a black female suspect leaving the house. The suspects fled the scene in a dark blue Toyota vehicle with new paper plates. They used a rear door pry to enter the house. The second burglary occurred on the 1100 block of Front Street. A resident reported seeing two black males leaving a neighbor's home carrying bags and getting into a silver SUV. The method of entry was a rear window smash. The last burglary occurred on the 1600 block of South Pyrenees Drive. Police say they have limited information and no suspects were seen.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity can call the Alhambra Police Department at (626) 570-5151. For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.

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6 thoughts on “Alhambra police post residential burglary advisory”

  1. It’s unfortunate that most residents don’t want to get involved in situations such as these. They’ll see something suspicious or out of place, but fail to report it.

    Trust your gut. If something doesn’t seem right (say strangers coming out of a house with bags, or people knocking on your day saying they’re from the phone company or an alarm company) tell them you don’t want them there and that you’re calling the police. You’ll know if they’re for real by their response.

    Protect yourselves and your family. Don’t ignore it, because it would be a crappy feeling if your house was burglarized and you later find out someone saw the suspects in the neighborhood.

    Be clear and descriptive with the police dispatcher. They’ll ask you a million questions, but that’s because they want to dispatch the relevant info and get police response as quick as possible. And don’t worry if you feel like you’re bothering the police. It’s their job to respond to calls for service. That’s what they get paid to do, so hold them accountable by calling them and reporting the suspicious activity.

  2. I appreciate the City putting out these advisories online where they are easily accessible (and to the Source for reprinting).

    That said, tying back to last week’s article about the City needing to provide more Chinese-language services, this is an excellent example of information that needs translation to the most common languages spoken/written by our residents. Our public safety depends on it.

    According to census data, 76% of Alhambra’s population (over 3/4) speak languages other than English at home. Only 24% speak only English at home. Of the group who do not speak English, about a third (34%) speak Spanish or Creole and two-thirds (66%) speak other languages. While the Census Bureau doesn’t break down the ‘other’ languages data point further, it is safe to assume the majority of those speak a dialect of Chinese as well as some Vietnamese.

    To be effective, advisories of this nature need broad dissemination so that everyone may be alerted to the need to be more vigilant and report details they may know about these or other recent crimes. By distributing only in English, the City is relying on the ethnic media and family members to communicate to a significant portion of our population. Its the equivalent to relying on a wing-and-a-prayer.

    This is also a good – but missed – opportunity to use Nixle and other innovative approaches at reaching city residents. The txt message from Nixle could just direct us to the city web site to view the advisory and download (in multiple languages) a copy to share with others in the community.


    Chart: home language

    Chart: comparison between Spanish and ‘other’ languages

    Google Doc

    Source: U.S. Census Bureau

    1. You ever heard of Google translate?

      1. Have you ever *used* Google translate? LOL What a joke! 🙂

      2. @John: Yes, I argued in my comment to last week’s article that the City could use Google Translate for some portions of its web site. That said, I expect certain city communications such as police advisories require a higher level of quality and certainty that Google Translate doesn’t provide, yet. What level of quality/certainty we need in specific types of communication is open for debate. I’m raising this issue because I think the topic deserves serious discussion and consideration by the City and its residents and businesses.

  3. These are junkies or children. If you see anyone from outside your neighbor hood hanging around call the Police. Our Police Department is very good and will be there quick to check them out. Lets help them out and be more involved in your neighbor hood watch program.

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