SMPD: Statement On Recent Home Burglaries

In the last 48-hours, the San Marino Police Department has conducted preliminary investigations of four residential burglaries and one commercial burglary.

Two burglaries occurred while the residents were home in the 1300 block of Wilbury Road and in the 1500 block of St. Albans Road. In the third and further burglaries, the resident was not at home in the 1400 block of Park Place and in the 1200 block of St. Albans Road. The attempted commercial burglary occurred at a business in the 2500 block of Mission Street in the Mission District. The suspect(s) were unable to gain entry.

One or more of the burglaries may not have occurred in recent days. The police department is attempting to contact the residents of those two homes as well as residents in the area of each crime. If you live in these neighborhoods, review your cameras for any information related to the above incidents. If you have information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) involved or aid in the investigation, please call us immediately at (626) 300-0728. The investigations are ongoing and will evolve as further information is received.

Please consider the following tips to help protect your residence or business:

  • Use ample lighting to give the appearance of someone is home (indoor and outdoor).
  • Activate your alarm system if you leave your home, and at night when you go to sleep. If you do not have a security system, please get one.
  • Keep your vehicle key fob on your nightstand or close to you. Use the panic button to make a loud noise to cause the burglars to leave your home.
  • Keep your cellular phone, tablets, and other electronic devices near you when you go to bed.
  • Always have access to a phone so you can contact the police in case of an emergency.
  • Be familiar with the location of your alarm keypad. If the keypad is not close to you, then utilize an alternative method (phone application or remote) to activate your alarm and panic alarm.
  • Always lock your doors and secure your windows, even when the weather is hot.
  • If you see a suspicious person or vehicle, immediately contact the police department for assistance.
  • Make sure all valuables are placed in a good quality safe that is firmly bolted to the floor and wall.
  • Remember, suspects, are looking for houses that are poorly lit or appear vacant, have excessive foliage or objects in the yard that can hide their movement. Ensure all cameras or other surveillance systems are mounted out of reach of criminals.

Last week, two burglaries occurred at the same residence within the 1000 block of Darby. The juvenile subject responsible for the burglaries was arrested and officers served a search warrant at his residence resulting in the recovery of most of the stolen property.

As of the end of August, the City has seen a 70% reduction in all burglaries this year compared to last and a reduction of residential burglaries of 74% this year compared to last. In real numbers, there were 39 residential burglaries last year at the end of August. This year, there have been 16, including last week's burglaries.

We truly need your help to be our eyes and ears. If you see something or hear something, call us and we will respond. We do not mind responding to any calls however slight. We would rather come out to a call of a sound of someone walking in-between homes and confirm the sound is possibly be an animal and not someone up to no good in your neighborhood.

You can sign up for emergency alerts through Nixle on our website. If you have any questions, you can call SMPD at (626) 300-0720.

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