Neighborhood Watch Newsletter July 2023

This newsletter is a publication by the South Pasadena Police Department, Crime Prevention Unit. Officer Richard Lee

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Distraction Thefts

We continue to see various types of distraction thefts occur where the thieves target wallets and cell phones. Distraction thefts usually involve two or more thieves who target females since they carry purses.

The most common type of distraction thefts occurs at the market. The female victims would keep their purse in the baby seat portion of the shopping cart when one suspect would distract the victim by talking to them. Once the victim turns their back from their purse, the second suspect would remove the wallet.

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We have seen distraction thefts occur at gas stations where the female victim was pumping gas and the thief would open the victim’s car door and remove the wallet.

Another type of distraction theft we have seen occurs in a parking lot when the victim is reversing out of a parking stall. The first thief would run up to the victim and say they just ran over something. When the victim exits the car and looks under, the second suspect would open the car door and take the victim’s wallet.

A recent distraction theft occurred when the victim left a bank and the suspects claimed the victim had a flat tire. When the victim exited the vehicle to inspect, the thief opened the car door and took the victim’s wallet.

Always remember to keep purses zipped up and don’t let any distractions take your attention away from your purse. Always keep purses slung over your shoulder instead of inside the shopping cart.

National Night Out

The City of South Pasadena invites the community to come out and participate in National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 from 6 PM to 9 PM at Orange Grove Park (815 Mission St., South Pasadena).

National Night Out is a nationwide campaign that helps promote a partnership between the community and the police department to help fight crime.

Residents can learn about the various ways to help the community through Neighborhood Watch, CERT and Ham radio. Residents can also obtain information on all city services (Community Services, Library, Parks and Recreations, Fire, Management Services, etc.).

The event is FREE to attend and there will also be live music, food trucks and games for children.

Rolling Power Outages

The hot summer is here and many residents will have their air conditioner running all day.

However, with the increase in power usage comes the risks of rolling power outages around the city.

Make sure you plan for sudden outages. Here are some tips to remember:

  • Make sure your house alarm has a battery back-up. If you are unsure, contact your alarm company.
  • Have clocks and radios run on batteries as a back-up.
  • At night, keep a flashlight near your bed.
  • Should you have any medical equipment that uses electricity, be sure you have a battery as a back-up.
  • Remember, don’t leave children or pets inside parked vehicles. It only takes a few minutes for the interior to heat up.
  • Be sure to place portable generators outside your house and never run a generator inside your home or garage.
  • While driving, be cautious of non-operational traffic signals. Remember, California Vehicle Code 21800(d)(1) states that any non-operational traffic signal will be treated as a stop sign.


The Crime Prevention Unit offers these FREE services

  • Engravers to mark your property “Community Opportunity for Property Security (COPS) Program.”
  • Home Inspection Surveys.
  • Email alerts of crime bulletins and weekly crime summary. If you would like to start a Neighborhood Watch Group or receive future copies of this newsletter, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit.