The Manhattan Beach Police Department reported five separate residential burglaries over the course of three days earlier this month, according to police crime reports.
With the school holiday coming up next week in Manhattan Beach, police are encouraging residents to be vigilant about protecting their homes and watching out for other homes in their neighborhood.
Manhattan Beach crime prevention officer Stephanie Martin offered the following tips to residents leaving town for vacation next week:
- Secure your home and cars
- Ask surrounding neighbors to keep an eye on your home and advise the neighborhood watch block captain the dates of your vacation.
- Leave emergency contact information with a neighbor or your block captain.
- Place interior and exterior lights on timers.
- Do not stop your mail or newspaper delivery. Instead, ask a friend or neighbor to pick it up.
- Ask a neighbor to park their car in your driveway.
The following crime reports were provided by the Manhattan Beach Police Department and span from Feb. 4 through Feb. 9:
Feb. 6; 900 block of North Rowell Avenue
An unknown person kicked in the front door of a home and took a computer, watch, costume jewelry and other miscellaneous items.
Feb. 7; 1100 block of 8th Street
Someone used a shovel to shatter the rear sliding glass door of a home in order to enter the residence. The unknown person or persons then ransacked the bedrooms of the home and took jewelry. According to police, an attempt to pry open a small safe was unsuccessful.
Feb. 7; 1600 block of 6th Street
Someone used a tool to cut and remove the kitchen window screen of a home and proceeded to push the sliding glass window open in order to enter the residence. Several rooms in the home were ransacked and cash, jewelry and documents were stolen.
Feb. 8-9; 1500 block of 3rd Street
Unknown person or persons pried open the front door of a home and gained entry to the residence. Jewelry, televisions and other items were then taken from the house.
Feb. 4-5; 2400 block of John Street
Someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway and looked through the contents of the vehicle. No property was stolen.
Feb. 4-5; 1900 block of John Street
Someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked on a residential street and took change from the ash tray of the vehicle.
Feb. 5-7; 600 block of 33rd Street
An unknown person entered a unlocked vehicle and took two rolls of quarters and sunglasses from the vehicle.