Press release from Hermosa Beach:
March 16, 2021
HERMOSA BEACH – Hermosa Beach Police Department (HBPD) recently launched Project Secure, a crime prevention initiative that seeks to eliminate “easy targets” for thieves by encouraging residents to close their garage doors, lock up their vehicles and take other actions to protect their property.
HBPD patrol and community services officers working at night often close garage doors and take other actions to secure property. Residents are frequently unaware that the officers helped protect their property. With Project Secure, HBPD officers will leave pre-printed cards to let residents know that an officer secured their property and remind residents to reduce potential thefts by closing and locking doors.
“Property crimes continue to be the most common crimes in our community, and thieves tell us that they come to Hermosa Beach with the expectation that will find desirable items that are easy for them to steal for personal gain,” HBPD Chief Paul LeBaron said. “If they don’t find easy targets, they are more likely to go elsewhere to commit their crimes. Project Secure is another way for us to remind residents that closing garage doors, locking vehicles and securing valuable property can help keep criminals and crime out of our community.”
Project Secure is the latest crime prevention and enforcement effort launched by the HBPD as the frequent demand for police responses in Downtown Hermosa Beach declined during the pandemic. HBPD…