Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sierra Madre Crime Wave: So Whose Fault Is It Actually?

You see these kinds of press releases from the Sierra Madre PD every once in a while. Usually around the time crime has spiked and people have grown concerned about it.

And while what you will read below might be useful and feel good tips for preventing crime from ever coming to your home or car, I have often thought there might be another motive at work as well. That being, should you ever become the victim of criminal activity, the fault could be yours. You must have not taken advice and done your due diligence.

The question that never gets asked being, "What can the Sierra Madre Police Department do to prevent any such increases in crime?" Which I think could be the point. The SMPD doesn't have much of a handle on the situation, and would prefer that any blame be focused on the residents rather than this city's green and inexperienced police force. Expectations and perceptions must be properly managed.

"The burglaries all took place because the vehicles were not locked." Seriously? Is this actually true?

This is from the Sierra Madre Weekly website (link):


sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

85 comments:

  1. I remember that recently the police wanted to have residents fined if their house alarms went off and the also wanted to charge people for having an alarm system. My god you think the police would encourage people to have alarms.

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    1. Your memory is faulty,you will be fined if your alarm is reporting false alarms . This was also when alarm systems were a new fad and not very reliable.

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    2. No, this was about 18 months ago. We have had a system since 2003.

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    3. City of SM Muni Code
      9.36.070 - Corrective action.
      On the first false alarm, a "False Alarm Notification Card" will be left at the location, describing the violation and specifying that a second and subsequent violation, within a twelve-month period, will result in the imposition of a fine. The fines shall be established by resolution of the city council.

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  2. Thanks Huggy. Seriously?

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  3. The Chief says all the robbed cars were unlocked, but the picture shows one being jimmied open with a screw driver. So which is it?

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    1. The picture is a stock photo not a picture of a burglary in action. The picture of the officer is also not really the SMPD.

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    2. Do you know of any thieves that would allow you to photograph them doing their dirty work?

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    3. Two come to mind donald trump,and Jerry Brown......

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    4. Donald is big on selfies.

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    5. Who took the naked pictures of his wife?

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    6. Baron's father.

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  4. Happy Father's Day, to all those goof off resident's that don't lock their cars or homes.
    Casting your vote for Jerry Brown (Dem.) is the real reason your belongings are being stolen right from under your nose.

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  5. Maybe SMPD could implement the approach that Arcadia PD did: put large electronic signs around the city warning residents of burglaries and saying to call 911 when suspicious people are seen. Complete Barney Fife policing mentality.

    And yes, Arcadia residents that have house alarms have to pay yearly fee and are charged after too many false alarms. How else they gonna pay the chiefs >$300k salary?

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    1. At $332K he's the top earner in Arcadia. What are the chances he actually lives in the city he protects?

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    2. Why is he worth so much money?

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    3. Even with that kind of money he can't afford to live in Arcadia.

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  6. And just think about it, we could have saved money yet increased LAC Sheriffs Department patrols by 21% over what we have now with the SMPD - once again it's what you get for which you pay for. Back in the saddle and loving it? Try the new RING Security Systems for your house an business protection.

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  7. Sometimes a spark plug to the window will do the trick, if the pampered residents of this affluent town forget and lock their car doors.

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    1. In my experience most residents do lock their doors and windows. This is victim shaming.

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    2. I have never "experienced" any residents. How do their doors and windows become unlocked when they are burglarized?

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    3. The burglars open them with jimmies and crowbars.

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  8. Evangelist Franklin Graham calls rounding up Iraqi Christians for deportation very disturbing
    http://bangordailynews.com/2017/06/18/news/nation/evangelist-franklin-graham-calls-rounding-up-iraqi-christians-for-deportation-very-disturbing/

    Trump is no Christian.

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    1. Did he leave his car unlocked?

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  9. False alarms continually going off, causes many of us residents our loss of nap time. These thoughtless home owner's should be trippled charged.

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  10. Instead of whining and stomping your feed maybe we should just lock our cars,our homes,and windows.

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    1. Here is my question. Are Sierra Madre crime victims to be held responsible for being being robbed, or is this victim shaming designed to distract blame from a not very effective PD? Instead of mindless name-calling you can give us your thoughts on that.

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    2. OK You should lock up any and all your belongings before leaving them unattended,your home,your car,your bicycle,your dog. I can't imagine any petty crime victim that leaves their property unsecured claiming to have acted responsibly. That being said I never lock my backdoor or vehicles in my driveway.I also don't lock my car in downtown SM. I'm lazy or possibly stupid and set in my ways (sorry for the name-calling)

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    3. Instead ** ******* *** ******** **** ****maybe we should just lock our cars,our homes,and windows.

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    4. You're right. We're pretty much on our own here.

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    5. Whenever I park in Sierra Madre I give a young boy a few Pesos to watch my car.Sometimes he will surprise me at Roberts Mkt. and carry my groceries back to my car,the grin on his face when I reward him with a piece of chocolate is priceless.

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    6. Good point, 7:19.

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    7. Are you people joking? Maybe, just maybe, we can blame the thieves that are commiting these crimes. Maybe we should talk about props. 57 and 47, that released thousands of "non-violent" criminal back to our streets. Maybe we could talk about the decriminalization of crime. If you get caught in the commission of a burglary you'll spend no more that 10 to 15 days, yes days, in custody. So it now comes down to risk vs. reward. Lock your car and home. Keep your valuables out of plain sight and report any suspicious activity. Or you can just whine about how nothing is being done and blame all of this on the police.

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    8. Sure. That would be far worse than the cops blaming the residents. Are you still selling guns out of your garage?

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    9. Can you show me the part of the open letter from the SMPD Chief where it says, "This is all your fault, you are to blame and you should be ashamed of yourselves?" Perhaps you should a have a grown up read the the letter to you and then explain it. He's telling you that you need to make it more difficult for thieves to take your property. He's telling you that if you are a little more aware you might be able to help yourselves and your community with this problem. But that seems too difficult for you. Its easier to sit at home and blame everyone else.

      P.S. I would never sell my guns from my garage or anywhere else. Once they are gone the anti gun liberals would never let me replace them. After all guns are bad and scary.

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    10. I can understand why you are having trouble following the discussion. It is OK. That doesn't make you a bad person, or undeserving of a nice piece of cake.

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    11. Now that is funny. Based on your response I believe you speak English. Comprehension seems to be a problem. Let me put to you this way. You get sick and go to the doctor. This doctor tells you to take some steps help you get better and give you some tips on how prevent you from getting the same sickness. He tells you to stop doing whatever you did that got you sick in the first place. Would that doctor be accused of "shaming" you or not doing his job?

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    12. You get your drugs from Dr. Law?

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  11. Unlocked cars have been a problem for several years. Who leaves money or purses or software in an unlocked car? I've often wondered if it is some insurance scam. Can't blame the police for a person's stupidity. We have ring, camera and are fully alarmed. Last weekend a guy came to the door, in a white truck with what looked like 2-3 guys in it. None of them known to us. They first were seen on the camera doing a very slow drive by. We reported it to the police. They took action immediately. The signs that were out did not appear to help Arcadia. There are more and more people who believe they have a right to steal your things. Don't blame the PD, at least not yet. Blame those who are not being careful. Yes, blame the victim!

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    1. Nah, blame the thieves - but the victims shouldn't enable them.

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    2. I used to live in NYC and always left my car unlocked with the glovebox open because I was tired of the Windows being smashed. Left my car unlocked here my first six month out of habit and was raided. Nothing valuable tho. We all just have to adapt in our own way to the sutuation. Police here don't do much except scan plates and hand out tickets.

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  12. If you go to the City of Sierra Madre Facebook page there is an apology from the SMPD about their "all of the cars were unlocked" statement.

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    1. Also in the Star News.

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  13. Huh. So we pay $800,000 a year for a police department whose solution to the crime problem is to blame the residents for not locking their windows and doors. Seems like a lot of money. Who is robbing who?

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    1. It is no surprise. It's right out of the cop union playbook.

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    2. no...we pay close to $4 million a year for our own PD.

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  14. Yes the solution to petty crime is prevention,that is best achieved by vigilance and taking the proper precautions.Posting an officer at your front door because you can't secure your home is not viable.

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  15. Victim blaming
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Victim blaming occurs when the victim of a crime or any wrongful act is held entirely or partially responsible for the harm that befell them.[1]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victim_blaming

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  16. With modern day electronics you would think all officers would be in the car around the city 24/7 for eye's on police work? Officers could be listening to training info while watching for criminals. Our police should never leave the city when they are getting paid. Wow, there's a novel thought. Officers in cars policing our streets and homes, a novel idea.

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  17. The SMPD are doing a great job. The Sheriffs were commendable, but they got bored quickly in this bedroom community.
    Ignorance is curable, stupidity is permanent; i just get a tingle up my leg, every chance I've used that saying. Sierra Madre residents, which are you?

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    1. Are you The Tingler? If so, Batman is looking for you.

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    2. Hopefully your tingle is curable

      Penicillin perhaps

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    3. Have been to your doctor lately?

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  18. Changing the subject slightly, today being Father's Day and all.
    The "crooks" generally come from sketchy neighborhoods of broken homes, no father figure that stuck around to guide these future criminals from becoming enterprising young people with free loaders mentality.
    Naturally, the bedroom community that many in Sierra Madre enjoy are the comforts of being free of responsibility of protecting themselves, while they enjoy this Fathers Day, also receiving a reminder from dad, " lock your doors".

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    1. Got stats to support your fatherless sketchy criminals in Sierra madre theory?

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    2. Actually the petty theives are usually teenagers on summer vacation that live in your neighborhood.

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    3. I blame high drug prices.

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  19. Why don't people lock their cars and front doors? Not all, but almost every crime report in this town has got the words "unlocked" in it. Is it because people want to live in a fantasy town where they don't have to lock things? Move to Canada.

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    1. My house was robbed a few years ago. I lost thousands of dollars in computer equipment. When the police arrived the first question they asked was did I leave my doors and windows unlocked. I told them I did not. It was later established that a backdoor was crowbarred open. That question is asked because the police department wants to deflect blame for crime in this community. Most people will answer that they don't know, or maybe they did. They have no idea that by answering that way they will take the blame for their own robbery.

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    2. I had some things stolen from my backyard in 2008. The report appeared in the blotter as the items having been takes from an 'unlocked' or 'unsecured' (can't remember which) section of the house. The cop basically just checked a box in a form and processed the paperwork.

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    3. I blame Jesus,what does it matter who is to blame? If you have insurance they pay if you don't too bad. The lower the crime rate the lower my premiums.I'm not concerned with the homeowners self esteem or pride

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  20. Troll#1 here. As stated before, I sleep with a gun under my pillow; intruders are welcome to enter my space.

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    1. Don't shoot your jimmies off.

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    2. Actually you're troll #2.

      But no one cares

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    3. You've obviously never gone thru the trauma of killing someone.You'd probably shoot your foot off.

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    4. While it's in his mouth

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  21. 12:17pm. Break into any cars lately? Control issues a problem? Who voted you troll shamer of #1&2?
    MAGA, Thank you Mr. President for the increase in spending for all local Law Enforcers.

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    1. Thank you, Comrade.

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    2. You're not done reading your Nixon homework assignment yet t. Go study fool!

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    3. Run Spot, run!

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  22. Estimated amount the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is spending to switch from silver- to gold-colored belt buckles : $100,000

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  23. 1:13pm. You would loose thst bet; no trama and I don't aim at my foot when taking a stance, sharp shooters tend to be good very, very good at making their mark count.FYI.
    The subject line for today's blog: breaking into another person's life, uninvited.
    My level of interaction with a perv, is determined by what level a perv wants to take "their" issues with me, while I am in my "own" space and minding my own business.
    Have a nice day.

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    1. WoW! a sharp shooter, interacting with perv. Perhaps a perp will show up also and you can make your mark and kill a perv and a perp.
      And what bet are you talking about sharp shooter?

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    2. A perp, a perv and a pig with wings walk into a bar ...

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    3. I'm gunna take a wild guess here,you're a Security Officer at a construction site graveyard shift?

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    4. And the bartender asks "What will it be President trump?"

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    5. Maybe troll 1 and 2 really are the same and the grammar comes during moments of clarity

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  24. Isn't that a pig with lipstick?

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    1. Yes. And she wants to know if you'd be interested in selling your home.

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    2. Or or at least if you lock it

      Sierra madre is a paranoid place

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  25. I wonder if the chief knows that if a car is left unlocked, there is no burglary under California law—just grand or petty theft depending on the value of what is taken.

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  26. The biggest thieves of all wear 2000$ suits and carry briefcases.

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