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Ask a Cop: Are motor burglary crimes up? How do you start a neighborhood watch?

The Alhambra Source asks your questions to the Alhambra Police Department's Sergeant Brandon Black. Have a question? Send it to info@alhambrasource.org.

Are burglary crimes up in Alhambra for motor vehicles? I’m near Electric Lane and someone broke in and stole all my things.

Auto Burglaries are actually down for the year but were up slightly in September. This is a chronic problem, but each one is important. If you have noticed a pattern in your neighborhood, I encourage you to call the Watch Commander and talk to him or her about it. It will be helpful if you call during the time that the crime trend that you’ve noticed is occurring. For example, if you’ve noticed that cars on your street are getting burglarized on Monday evenings, then call the Watch Commander on Monday evening. Please don’t confuse crime trends with a crimes in-progress. You would want to call 911 or our dispatch center immediately if you observe a crime in-progress. Our Dispatch Center can be reached at 626-570-5151, 24/7 365 days a year.

Alhambra Police Department's Sergeant Brandon BlackIs there a neighborhood watch in my area? How would one start one? I want to start one if not, but half my block does not speak English?

A quick way to find out if you have a Neighborhood Watch Program in your Neighborhood is to call our Crime Prevention Specialist, Sharon Williams. She coordinates all of the Neighborhood Watch Programs in Alhambra and her number is 626-570-5177. In the event that you do not have a Neighborhood Watch Program, she is also the best person to talk to about starting a program. Language barriers are certainly challenging, but not prohibitive. We have ways to work around language barriers and will try to facilitate each neighborhood or situation as to best meet the needs of that particular neighborhood. But even if you don’t speak the same language as your neighbor(s), this is not a reason to at least get to know them and communicate with them as best you can so that you can work together to make your neighborhood a safer place. 

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