The Crime Prevention Section offers educational crime-fighting programs for residents, young & old, and the business community. While preventing crime is a community effort, the Alhambra Police Department offers training and information to help citizens take an active part in crime-fighting.
As the Police Department's Crime Prevention Specialist, I am often asked if Alhambra is a safe community to live, work and play. I honestly believe the answer to that question is a very positive "YES." As a community, Alhambra has one of the lowest crime rates in the greater Los Angeles area.
However, how safe you are and how safe you feel relies in large part on you "anticipating," "recognizing" and "appraising" a crime risk and "taking action" to remove or reduce that risk. I could cite several national criminology studies that prove crime prevention works, but my favorite case studies are the ones that show how Alhambra residents have used the power of prevention to thwart criminal activity in our hometown! Together with Alhambra's Neighborhood Watch Block Captains, Citizens on Patrol volunteers, and Citizens Police Academy graduates, these good citizens have made a profound impact on reducing crime in our community.
So here you are on the Alhambra Police Department's Crime prevention web page. Maybe you have recently been a victim of a crime and you don't want to go through that experience again. Maybe you are here because you're just checking things out. Regardless of your reasons, I hope you find the information contained on these pages useful and that you are inspired to join us in helping to keep Alhambra a safe community for all!"
At your Service,
Jessica Cuchilla, Crime Prevention Specialist
Volunteers are graduates of the Community Academy. They perform vehicle and foot patrols in business and commercial areas, City parks, and locations where specific crime problems have been identified. They serve as the "eyes and ears" of the Police Department without placing themselves in dangerous situations. Some additional duties may include:
For additional program information, contact Jessica Cuchilla at 626-570-5177.
The Alhambra Neighborhood Watch Crime Prevention Program enlists the community's active participation to working cooperation with the Alhambra Police Department to reduce neighborhood crime. Neighborhood Watch members attend meetings conducted by the Police Department to learn about the latest crime prevention techniques, tools, and crime trends. Studies show a significant reduction in burglaries and auto thefts in those neighborhoods with active Neighborhood Watch groups.
Going away? Get peace of mind by registering for the Alhambra Police Department Vacation House Check Registry.
It can be really exciting to travel to far away destinations, but leaving one's home unoccupied can be unsettling considering that it may be a tempting target for criminals. The Alhambra Police Department Vacation House Check Registry, a free service, is offered to give vacationing or hospitalized residents of single-family homes or duplexes greater peace of mind during their absence. Homes are periodically checked by uniformed Alhambra Citizens on Patrol volunteers who stop by periodically to conduct a foot patrol of the property to ensure that the home is secured and windows and doors are locked and undamaged.
While there is no guarantee against loss, theft or damage, the Vacation House Check Program is one additional measure residents can take to help ensure the safety of their home. The program is available for those whose homes will be unoccupied from 5 to 21 days. It is not available for homes that are vacant and up for sale or rent. In addition, the home must not be occupied for any length of time during the requested dates of service. While the service is most frequently used during the summer months, it is available throughout the year.