The Police Department prepares a report on crime each month known as the “Uniform Crime Report.” This report is submitted to the Department of Justice by every law enforcement agency in the United States, and the numbers are then used for statistical comparisons by agency and type of crime. The Federal Bureau of Investigation selected seven of the most serious offenses to comprise a Crime Index. These offenses are known as “Part One” crimes, and include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft/larceny, and auto theft.
Homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault are considered violent crimes. Robbery is defined as taking or attempting to take valuables from the care, custody, or control of a person by force or fear. Aggravated Assault is defined as an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. (e.g., a bar fight or domestic violence incident).
Property crimes include theft/larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft.
Burglary is defined as the unlawful entry (or attempted unlawful entry) into a structure to commit a felony or theft. The term “burglary” can include both residential and commercial burglary.
Most property crimes are preventable if residents take the simple steps necessary to protect their personal property. Everyone is strongly advised to lock their cars and remove any valuables each time they exit their vehicle – even if parked in the household driveway. Over 90% of thefts from a vehicle in Manhattan Beach are because valuables are left in plain view, and nearly 65% of these vehicles were left unlocked. Countless laptop computers, cameras, cell phones, portable GPS systems, briefcases, sunglasses, purses, and wallets are stolen because owners left them visible to passersby. Vehicles left unlocked with valuables visible are an invitation to criminals.
The Police Department will continue its outreach efforts to educate residents and work with the community to reduce the potential for crime. Residents are encouraged to call Manhattan Beach Police dispatch when something suspicious is observed; dial 911 or (310) 545-4566 and let our officers respond to investigate. You may be solving a crime or preventing one from occurring.
For tips on reducing your risk of theft from vehicles and for other crime prevention tips, please visit the Community Affairs Section website.