Saturday, December 10, 2016

Why Is There A Crime Wave In Sierra Madre?

"You have to wonder if the news that Sierra Madre now has a rookie police force with little real time experience has gotten out to the criminal element." - Reader comment

Every once in a while something inadvertently revealing shows up in the Sierra Madre City Manager's Report (link). Or at least it appears to be. Now I don't have any crime statistics from when the LA County Sheriffs were patrolling these cold streets by night here, but whatever those numbers might be the following does not look especially good. This CMR item describes an urgent upcoming city meeting with the public on an apparent crime wave in Sierra Madre.


So how do you explain this surge in crime here in town? Why does the date of October 30th have such significance? The following November 3rd article from the Sierra Madre Weekly should help reveal all that you need to know (link).


That Sunday cited in the above Sierra Madre Weekly article was October 30th.

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55 comments:

  1. Chief Giannone was a nice guy, now that he has retired, the town will receive more informative updates on crime. He was not big on releasing info.

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    1. It would be nice to see what the crime figures were when the Sheriffs were patrolling Sierra Madre.

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    2. He wasn't big on smiling and saying hi to the kids and people around town either; this town needs a little of that - a little goes a long way.

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    3. He was big though.

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  2. Early jail release for good behavior. Thanks Governor Jerry Brown. Sierra Madreans are easy pickings, many in town don't lock up their cars or set alarms. Good time for neighbors to have the Police Department give Neighborhood Watch meetings on their blocks.

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    1. Too much paranoia so early in the morning. Swill a chill pill Phil!

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  3. After a home owner has work done on their house, it gets robbed. Let your neighbors know when you begin and end renovations. The thrives just blend in with the commings and goings, and they or their friends are familiar with the home and the patrol patterns of P.D.

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    1. Do you have Sierra Madre stats for that?

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  4. You have to wonder if the news that Sierra Madre now has a rookie police force with little real time experience has gotten out to the criminal element.

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    1. ..the above message typed while hiding under the bed

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    2. After ten home burglaries it would be better to get down to a local gun shop. Then you won't have to hide from criminals.

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    3. There's a local gun shop in SM?

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    4. It would be a good use for the empty portion of the Howie's site.

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  5. Give me the Sheriff any day. Their training is some of the best in the country. Now we are training 9 out of 21 personnel to be civilian officers of peace.

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    1. 9 out of 21 personnel to be civilian officers of peace? Do you mean Volunteers for Community patrol? That and Neighborhood Watch meetings for every block would be helpful.

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    2. Sheriffs dept is so corrupt

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    3. I grew up in Sierra Madre the best way to control burglaries and petty crime is to keep a close watch on your tween and teenage spawn. They commit thefts for alcohol,cigarettes,gasoline,and pot for Winter break.Do you think that money just dissapears from you purse wallet?

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    4. wow, you really know how to raise and respect your children.

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  6. What kind of police chief would allow almost half of its force to leave with out having replacements ready to assume those positions. Not very impressed with Sierra Madre's last police chief, hopefully we do better with the next one.

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    1. He was just in it for the cushy retirement phase

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  7. Residential burglary and other petty crimes seem to always spike around the holidays to the affluent,entitled just plain folk of Sierra Madre. As you sow so shall you reap..........

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    1. That's part of the reason for the crime wave - this myth about how wealthy Sierra Madre is.
      It didn't have many rich people until they ran out of land everywhere else.
      Now there are some, and their incomes screw up the average.

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  8. The Sheriffs who were patrolling the town said that it was pretty quiet up here.
    With this Presidential election, local gun shops did see an increase in sales; I was told.

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    1. There was a run on ammo during the last presidential turnover as well. The paranoid need to feel secure regardless of reality

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  9. One of my neighbors had an alarm system installed that would put that old Fire Horn to shame!

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    1. I'm so sorry how often do they blow their alarm horn?

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    2. cant wait to hear it...just hope its not on my block

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    3. The horn could be used to get the burglars to confess to their crimes.

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  10. Where is this(these) local gun shop(s)? Maybe someone should open one in Sierra Madre. They could make a killing...

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  11. (This post brought to you by George Zimmerman)

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  12. Every home in Sierra Madre should have an "Alarm Horn." We could test them weekly between 5 and 515 pm. George would be tickled pink.

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  13. Hey; don't come running at me from a poorly lit area, or you got a "fight" on your hands. No "suprize" hugs given to strangers.

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  14. One of my kids friends had her purse snached from her by some guys jumping out of their car and strong arming her. It was about 7 or 8pm, walking home from the local coffee shop. Never saw any reports of the crime in the local paper. Happened about two years ago.

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    1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

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    2. Glip - you can't call people names like that. C'mon!

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    3. Sorry broke rule #1 drive away traffic soree.

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  15. You go girl. I'll punch 'em in the nose!!

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  16. We pay a good percentage of our budget on the police department. Does anyone have a list of crime statistics for cities in the San Gabriel Valley? It would be good to know where Sierra Madre stands with other cities. That way we get an evaluation of our CRIME WAVE vs money spent.

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  17. Russian pawn Trump
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/russia-hacking-trump-election_us_584b658ae4b04c8e2bb01356

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    1. Something equally bad is leading Republican Senators were informed about this before the election, but voted to keep this all hidden. You have to wonder what country they are working for.

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  18. Sierra Madre often ends up on these Top 25 safest cities in California lists. Yet we also see reports like the one in the latest City Mngr's Report. Is the city correctly reporting our numbers to those that call us one of the safest cities?

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  19. Maybe people should lock their cars.

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  20. Maybe people should lock their homes.

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    1. It is always the resident's fault.

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    2. Just breathe deep y'all. The world's not as scary as Fox News wants you to think it is

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    3. I have some advice for Sirrra Madre police on how to stop your residential burglary problem. Please drive ASAP to Santa Anita Ave in Arcadia. On both north and south sides of the freeway on Santa Anita, notice the big electronic signs on side of the road. They both say to report suspect activity to the police. What a joke. What fool at Arcadia PD came up with that idea. We all know already about calling the police if someone appears to be doing something that's not right. Quit treating us like idiots with your stupid signs. The people of Arcadia should be irate. During the day, there are only 5 cop cars patrolling, even less at night. This is a fact as stated by the +$300K police chief last year at a community meeting. Arcadia PD is good at controlling traffic at community bike rides and horse races and terrible at stopping the burglaries. They've been going on at an alarming rate for 5 plus years. They're also good at differing the burglary problem by blaming whatever state proposition thats releasing criminals in addition to slamming Gov Brown for all the early releases. Not sure if this is really true. How about lose the silly electronic sign and learn some real policing techniques ?

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    4. Maybe the crooks read the signs and move on to S. Madre? Ya. Kno'

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    5. Arcadia, like San Marino, has had an increase in home robberies because they've both had a big increase in mansions, and in Asian populations. There was a period of time when it was known that Asians didn't trust banks.

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    6. Got stats for that?

      Seriously.

      Post them.

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  21. I called PD 2 different times about a suspicious car driving around the block real slow. I got questioned and felt like I was being investigated, kept asking for our phone number. One time a few years ago and the last time was this past spring. Our dogs and I will take care of our property and I'll never call the police again.

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    1. Glad you're not wasting their time now.

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    2. More time for Pasadena doughnut runs.

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  22. I've heard the same thing from an Arcadia cop, that the asians that keep lots of cash in their homes are fueling the robberies. So, at the community meeting in Arcadia, I asked the chief why the city couldn't put notice in our water bills or some other city publication that banks are FDIC insured to $100K (I think) and encourage people to use the banks. He replied my idea wasn't culturally acceptable. For once maybe it's ok to upset a culture. Whatever, then keep fueling the robberies as they ransack homes looking for that cash. Every break in is the same, entire home is ransacked.

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