Neighborhood Watch Newsletter

This newsletter is a publication by the South Pasadena Police Department, Crime Prevention Unit. Officer Richard Lee South Pasadena Police Department, 1422 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030 626-403-7270 Chief of Police - Brian Solinsky

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Halloween Safety                                                                                                Children look forward to Halloween, as it gives them an opportunity dress up as their
favorite character and go trick-or-treating.

However, parents shouldn’t fear ghosts or witches, but traffic and children safety instead.
Here are some tips for parents and children to remember:
-Never allow children to trick-or-treat alone. Parents should accompany small children.
-Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.

-Wear reflective tape or bright colors so you can be seen at night.

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-Be sure masks do NOT impair visibility or hearing.

-Take a digital photo of your child wearing their costume.

-Map out an area where your children will be trick-or-treating.

-Set a time limit for your children to trick-or-treat.

-Provide your child a cell phone in case of  emergencies.

-At night, carry a flashlight and stay on well-lit streets.

-Remind children to cross streets at crosswalks and obey all traffic laws.

-Never enter a stranger’s house to get candy.

-Remember to drive slowly and watch for trick-or-treaters.

-Know where the nearest “Emergency Call Boxes” are along your route. These are
identified by a blue light at the top of a red pole. These phones connect directly to the
police department.

-Vandalism is a crime, respect people’s property.

-Have parents check all treats before eating them.

Laundry Room Burglaries                                                                                  Recently, we have seen a rise in burglaries to coin laundry machines
that are located in apartment complexes.  Suspects would pry the laundry
room door open, then pry open the coin box and take the coins.
Good lighting around the laundry room is important to maintain
visibility at all times of the day. Laundry room doors should be
of solid construction and secured with a good dead bolt lock, with two
inch screws into the door frame.

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.

Prescription Drug Take Back
On Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10 AM to 2 PM, the South Pasadena Police Department will again partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and
participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back program.  Residents will have an
opportunity to bring their unwanted, or expired prescription medications
to the courtyard of the South Pasadena Police Department for proper disposal.  Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental
poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or doctor’s supervision.  Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed in drains contaminate the water supply.  Proper disposal of unused drugs
saves lives and protects the environment.

Ralphs Market will also be supporting the event. Alongside the DEA table, Ralphs Market will be giving out bottled water and other giveaway items, as well as providing information on prescription drugs.