For Homegrown Officer, Job Really Is Community Policing

Kenric Wu
Kenric Wu

Cpl. Kenric Wu is his formal name and title, but “Ken” works just fine for him.
Having grown up and gone through school here, the 14-year veteran of the San Marino Police Department is used to being addressed by the shortened name, he said. A lot of the people he sees in town have known him since he was a kid.
“I see people all the time who really know me,” he said. “Being a part of the community gives me an insight as to how people here act. Me going to all the schools, I know a lot of the older teachers here as well. You grow up here, you have the affinity and bond with the people here.” Continue reading “For Homegrown Officer, Job Really Is Community Policing”

Neighborhood Watch: How to Win Friends and Influence Burglars

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Neighborhood Watch signs indicate residents on that block have agreed to look out for one another, including watching out for suspicious activity.

Twice last week and four times this week, Deputy Eric Matejka was scheduled to initiate a group of neighbors into the Neighborhood Watch program — of which there are now 35 active groups in La Cañada Flintridge.
Neighborhood Watch is program intended to educate and unite residents in an effort to prevent crime. Continue reading “Neighborhood Watch: How to Win Friends and Influence Burglars”

Sheriff Ramps Up Traffic Stops in Wake of Home Invasions

Capt. Chris Blasnek

Stephanie Arnold said she’s gotten messages from eight people seeking advice about starting a Neighborhood Watch on their blocks since a pair of armed home invasions were reported last month in La Cañada Flintridge.
“Home invasion robberies are a next-level thing,” said Arnold, who’s captained her Neighborhood Watch group for the past year. “Something I really take a lot of pride in is that we are a safe town, and to see that bubble burst a little bit, I’m sad.”
Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek said he too has heard from many residents since masked men, allegedly armed with a handgun in both instances, were reported to have forced their way into a home in the 800 block of Inverness Drive on Dec. 12, and into another home in the 800 block of Flintridge Avenue on Dec. 31. The assailants allegedly tied up residents, ransacked their homes and made off with valuables.
“The main thing I want to tell the residents is: Trust in us,” said Blasnek on Monday, after returning from a day spent issuing evacuation orders in the Kagel Canyon area susceptible to mudslides. “We’re there for them all year long and we need them to be there for us now. We take it seriously and we’re going to do everything we can to catch these guys, and eventually, we will catch them.” Continue reading “Sheriff Ramps Up Traffic Stops in Wake of Home Invasions”