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CV Sheriff’s Captain Reports Sharp Rise in LCF Burglaries in 2022

First published in the Jan. 19 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

By Mia Alva
Outlook Valley Sun

Total burglaries in La Cañada Flintridge more than doubled during 2022, according to a year-end public safety report given by Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s station Captain Robert Hahnlein to City Council on Tuesday.

In 2022, there were 79 residential burglaries and 28 other burglaries reported, up from 42 residential burglaries and 9 other burglaries reported in 2021, according to statistics Hahnlein presented.

There were seven robberies reported for the year, versus two reported in 2021. Traffic collisions in 2022 totaled 200, including noninjury and injury, with one fatality, compared to 158 collisions in 2021.

During the month of December, there were five residential burglaries and three other types of burglaries reported. There was an increase of robberies connected with domestic violence incidents, Hahnlein said.

Also in December, one incident of vandalism, 99 traffic citations and 38 traffic warnings were reported.

In November, Hahnlein said there was one robbery, one aggravated assault, nine burglaries, 18 thefts, two grand theft autos and one arson reported. Additionally, Hahnlein reported two incidents of vandalism and four fraud identity theft incidents.

As for traffic citations in November, 212 were issued and 84 warnings were given. In LCF, there were 21 arrests in December and 37 arrests in November.

For both months, there were no rape or murders reported.

The L.A. County fire department also gave its summary of incidents to City Council, reporting that in December, three fires were reported: a small brush fire, a trash fire and a cooking fire.

In November, the fire department reported four fires, including three vehicle fires and one trash fire. There were three hazardous conditions reported, two of them were power lines downed, and one was a gas leak.

Acting Assistant Fire Chief Nicholas Berkuta said the most notable accident occurred on Nov. 27 at the 5100 block of Angeles Crest Highway, where a vehicle ran into the side of a single-family dwelling, which resulted in one minor injury and displacement of six residents, who lost power as a result of the collision. In December, eight traffic accidents were reported.

The fire department responded to 152 calls for service in December compared to 144 in November. For both months, there were 95 patients who received medical care. In December, there were 77 patients transported for medical issues, while there were 75 in November, Berkuta said.

Berkuta stressed the importance of driving safely in the rain.

His advice is to slow down, keep vehicles out of standing water, and refrain from passing through large areas of standing water.

The Sheriff’s Department plans to hire more deputies this year and host catalytic converter theft prevention events for the community, Hahnlein also said.

California Highway Patrol Captain Derek Moulton reported 23 crashes, which included a DUI arrest.

Moulton told the board that most of the recent crashes attended by the CHP were caused by the storms that started in December.

Moulton advised that if a motorist is in a traffic collision where no one is hurt, and the car is drivable, the driver should move to the right shoulder of the road to minimize the likelihood of a second collision.

Every Wednesday at their station on Windsor Avenue, the CHP offers car seat installation help for the community by appointment. The CHP has a senior Volunteer Program for community members aged 55 and older to learn about the community and to get a glimpse of what the patrol does. For the younger crowd, they have an Explorer Program for individuals 15 to 20 years old who are considering a career in law enforcement, he told council during his report.

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