Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: Burbank HomeCollectionsCrime
IN THE NEWS

Crime

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
September 25, 2012
In reply to the letter to the editor regarding the traffic issue and Walmart (“ Walmart traffic issue is a red herring ,” Sept. 19), it's probably true that the traffic problem is a non-issue. I really wonder, though, do we need another superstore in the Empire Center? We already have a Target and a Costco, and a Kmart not that far away. Perhaps Whole Foods is not the answer, but anything but a Walmart, please. The type of people the store attracts, and the crime, would be bad for the rest of the businesses in that area.
NEWS
December 13, 2011
I'm writing in rebuttal to the Dec. 11 letter “How to keep Walmart out” in the News-Press & Leader. First, the writer forgot to mention the lady at Walmart in Tulsa who was arrested for allegedly mixing meth in the store. That being said, crime is all around us. The people who were shot up in Hollywood by a guy who snapped, and the guy in Rialto shot and killed at Taco Bell in April after he handed over his wallet and valuables. Then there's the alleged shoplifter in the Burbank Kmart who used a police officer's gun against the officer and his partner, and the CVS on San Fernando that has been robbed.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | August 2, 2006
CHANDLER PARK DISTRICT — Residents took a stand on Tuesday night. A colorful cluster of canopies and balloons beside the Chandler bikeway drew between 200 and 300 Burbank residents for the "National Night Out Against Crime," the Burbank Police Department's effort to promote public safety and community ties with police. "It's designed around encouraging people to get together as a single unified group and stand against crime," Burbank Police Sgt. David Gabriel said. "It has as its primary focus Neighborhood Watch, because that is where neighborhoods work together as neighbors and also with local police departments to do something about making neighborhoods safer."
NEWS
February 5, 2000
Amber Willard MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Police are looking into who is responsible for etching a 6-inch swastika into the paint on the back door of a Burbank health food restaurant. An employee at Juice Heaven at 345 N. Pass Ave. noticed the marking Sunday and reported it to Burbank police Monday afternoon, said Lt. Robert Giles. The vandalism is being considered a hate crime because of its nature, Giles said. The store's owner, Sassi Mizrahi, said the incident was not reported when the marking was discovered because he was out of town.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | May 26, 2007
BURBANK — The Burbank Police Department and Burbank High School officials are conducting a joint investigation into a hate crime that occurred this month in a campus classroom. The perpetrator — who police believe is a student, but not necessarily from the school — reportedly scrawled anti-Semitic epithets on a teacher's whiteboard on two separate occasions during a one-week period, Burbank Police Sgt. Matthew Ferguson said. The teacher is Jewish. Incidents like these become a police matter once they cross over into racial or religious territory, and any alleged perpetrator would be arrested, Ferguson said.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | July 22, 2009
CITY CENTER ? Burbank?s National Night Out ? the program that since 2002 has been bringing the Burbank community together under the banner of uniting against crime ? is scheduled to once again take hold Aug. 4. The Burbank event has grown steadily over the years, going beyond one organized city event to several individual neighborhoods participating. ?We have separated the night into two areas,? said Burbank Police Detective Peter Eirich, the community resource officer. The first is an event sponsored by the city at the Chandler Bikeway, a 2-mile bike path within the former Chandler Boulevard railroad right-of-way, running from Mariposa Street to the city border of Clybourn Avenue.
NEWS
July 12, 2003
Ryan Carter Law enforcement officials are encouraging local neighborhoods to unite against crime. Burbank police are inviting the community to participate in the 20th Annual National Night Out Against Crime from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 5 in neighborhoods throughout the city. It would mark the first time the city has participated in the event. Neighborhoods around the country, including Glendale, participate in the event, which is staged to promote crime awareness and prevention, neighborhood safety and to send a message to criminals that citizens are united against crime, Police Chief Thomas Hoefel wrote in a letter to local Neighborhood Watch captains.
NEWS
December 14, 2002
Ryan Carter Violent crime is down in the city compared to last year, but a 63% increase in identity theft has police warning residents to be vigilant about protecting their personal information. Det. Matthew Ferguson said the ease of the crime and its minimal punishment after conviction probably contributed to the increase in identity theft, which is on the rise throughout the country. The department's crime analyst, Lt. Kevin Krafft, agreed. "More of the criminal element is getting involved in identity theft, believing they get more bang for their buck with less risk of being caught, " he said.
NEWS
January 9, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Burbank has been rated the 55th safest city out of 327 around the country in a recent study. The eighth annual Morgan Quitno "Safest City" rankings were based on 2000 crime numbers reported by local law agencies to the FBI, said Scott Morgan, the publisher for Morgan Quitno Press. The Kansas-based firm compiles and publishes state and city statistics for researchers. Each of the study's cities had at least 75,000 residents.
NEWS
October 16, 2012
I see the Topless Maids van with a phone number on the side of the van hit the front page of the Oct. 10 issue of the Leader. This seems to be OK, but don't let the dreaded Walmart come to town because of the crime it will bring in. Where is our City Council while all of this is going on? Jim McAllister Burbank
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
May 1, 2014
The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, known as PAS, a political party with a strong base in the Malaysian state of Kelantan, pushed through the Sharia Criminal Code Enactment (II) 1993, which calls for hudud , or extreme corporal punishment when there is strong evidence of a crime to insure "justice and equality. " Only Muslims convicted of the crimes would pay with punishments that include, for example, the amputation of a thief's hand. So far, the federal constitution has delayed enactment of the law, but its backers aim to remove all obstacles to its implementation in Kelantan by next year.
Advertisement
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 17, 2014
Overall, crime in Burbank dropped by 4% last year, with violent crimes plunging by almost 30%, according to year-end statistics. Violent crime - which includes robbery, aggravated assault and murder - declined from 243 reported incidents in 2012 to 172 incidents last year, according to statistics released by the Burbank Police Department this week. Of all the violent crimes, police saw the most dramatic drop in robberies, which reduced 54% from 111 incidents reported in 2012 to 51 last year.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 22, 2013
Burbank city attorneys filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court this week arguing that a Burbank police detective who reported officer misconduct is not protected by the First Amendment and therefore cannot sue the city for retaliation because as a police officer it was his professional duty to report crimes he witnessed. The petition, authorized by the Burbank City Council last month, asks the Supreme Court to review a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that the former detective, Angelo Dahlia, was protected under the First Amendment when he reported the misconduct.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 15, 2013
Burbank police are rolling out a new community-oriented policing program which officials said will allow the department to quickly identify, and more effectively respond to, ongoing community issues and crime trends.  The program, dubbed the Neighborhood Policing Team, is similar to existing programs in the Los Angeles and Glendale police departments and will allow the department to efficiently respond to quality-of-life concerns, officials said....
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 7, 2013
Clayton Stricker, 11, grinned as he slipped into a bullet-proof vest and helmet at Burbank's annual National Night Out Tuesday. Burbank Police Officer Tim Murphy then let him hold a heavy ram, a Special Weapons and Tactics tool used to knock down doors. “I'll be back in about two hours, you just hang on there,” Murphy joked. The SWAT team was stationed at one of the dozen or so community booths set up at the city-sponsored event, where neighbors could get to know law enforcement officials and other community members.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | July 23, 2013
Violent and property crimes dropped 5% in Burbank through June of this year when compared to the same period last year, reports show. Police attribute the trend for the first half of the year to "predictive policing," or deploying resources to areas with higher rates of crime as a preventive measure. "We're able to see where crime is trending," said Burbank Police Capt. Denis Cremins. "We share that information so everybody looks at the problem situation from a particular angle.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 22, 2013
Violent crimes in Burbank jumped 27% last year - a trend police attributed to a spike in robberies, mostly at retail stores where security guards and would-be shoplifters tussle. As a whole, the number of violent crimes - which include robbery, rape, assault and murder - increased from 191 incidents in 2011 to 243 in 2012, according to recent figures released by the Burbank Police Department. The category that jumped the highest was robbery, which shot up 63%, from 68 reported incidents in 2011 to 111 last year.
THE818NOW
December 12, 2012
The Burbank Police Department's crime mapping website could be down for up to two weeks during an upgrade of the system, officials announced Tuesday. The website, CrimeMapping.com, provides information about crime activity in the city by location. The temporary shut down is the result of a larger overall upgrade to the computer system, according to the police department. --Jason Wells, Times Community News Follow Jason Wells on Facebook , Google+ and on Twitter: @JasonBretWells.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki and Alene Tchekmedyian, Times Community News | October 27, 2012
A report issued by the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission on Wednesday found that the number of hate crimes reported countywide rose 15% last year after falling to a 21-year low in 2010. The commission's annual study on hate crimes documented 489 such events in 2011 in L.A. County, up from 427 the previous year but far below a peak of 1,031 in 2001. Eight hate crimes occurred in the Burbank-Glendale region last year, said Marshall Wong, a commission staff member who was the report's principal author.
NEWS
October 16, 2012
I see the Topless Maids van with a phone number on the side of the van hit the front page of the Oct. 10 issue of the Leader. This seems to be OK, but don't let the dreaded Walmart come to town because of the crime it will bring in. Where is our City Council while all of this is going on? Jim McAllister Burbank
Burbank Leader Articles Burbank Leader Articles
|