Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from the Los Alamitos Police Department

Safety Tips

Travel and Emergency:
Whether flying or driving, give yourself enough time to arrive early.  Anticipate more traffic than usual during the holiday season.  Pack an emergency safety kit in your car that includes:

  • first aid kit
  • flashlight
  • blankets and warm clothes
  • cell phone charger
  • jumper cables
  • shovel, ice scraper, & tire chains - if traveling to the mountains
  • water and snacks - baby formula and diapers if traveling with infants
Pets Tips

Leaving pets unattended during the festivities can mean they'll eat food that is unsafe for them (bread dough, alcohol, turkey bones, cake).  Be careful with seasonal decorations and plants, as they can cause a possible injury to pets.

Don't Drink and Drive

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Predicts that 25,000 traffic injuries will be the result of drinking and driving during the holiday season.  Don't do it!
  • assign a designated driver or take a cab
  • know your limits
  • even a small "buzz" is an impairment
Black Friday Sales Tips

Many people will be out to get the best deals on Black Friday Sales.  Just a few things to remember to ensure the safety of your family:
  • stay alert and be aware of your surroundings
  • report suspicious activity, if you see something say something
  • use extra caution while driving
  • always lock your vehicle
  • be aware of phone scams as they increase during the holiday season
  • store all your purchases/packages in the trunk of your car, out of view
  • walk to your vehicle with your car keys in your hand

Black Friday Sales Safety Tips

Many stores will be open tomorrow on Thanksgiving for early Black Friday Sales shopping. There will be a frenzy of people shopping and thieves will be watching.

  • Lock your vehicles and put your items in the trunk if possible. Thieves know that a blanket covering a large bulky area in the back seat/cargo area of an SUV is probably hiding multiple items to steal.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash to be seen by others. Keep your wallet and purse close to your body to deter thieves. Don’t leave purses in the child seating area of a shopping cart. As soon as you turn to look at something it offers easy access for a thief to steal.
  • Don’t pull out your credit card or ID until asked by the cashier to avoid shoulder surfers obtaining your information.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious persons or activity.
  • Shopping with several people is safer than shopping alone.
  • If using a debit card or ATM, be mindful of anyone watching and shield your PIN.
  • Make sure to lock all the doors and windows of your house if you plan to be gone for a long day of shopping and have a neighbor keep an eye on the place if possible.
  • Officers do not referee who was entitled the open parking space first.
  • There will be long lines, minimal parking and a lot of patience needed. 
Enjoy Thanksgiving first with family and friends and remember the military service men and women, police, fire and hospital staff who often work the holidays.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Weekly Crime Summary

The new Weekly Crime Summary is available for November 6 - November 12, 2016.

The most recent Weekly Crime Summaries will be listed on the homepage of our website,

Monday, November 14, 2016

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department - Deputy Dennis Wallace

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Deputy Dennis Wallace and our partners at the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department for their loss of a brother  law enforcement officer who was shot and killed November 13th.

The suspect is in custody.

Deputy Wallace is the 121st law enforcement officer killed on duty in 2016, the 11th in California, and the 10th this month.

Officer Down Memorial Page

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Weekly Crime Summary

The new Weekly Crime Summary is available for October 30 - November 5, 2016.

The most recent Weekly Crime Summaries will be listed on the homepage of our website,

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Arrest of Interest

Date:  November 6, 2016


Palmer, Reed Alan; CA Penal Code 211 Robbery

On November 3, 2016, at about 9:00 PM, a robbery occurred at Ameci Pizza and Pasta, located at 10847 Los Alamitos Boulevard.  A suspect wearing a scarf or rag over their face took an undisclosed amount of cash from the business using a firearm.

On November 5, 2016, at about 4:40 PM, a report of two suspicious persons looking into parked cars in the 4300 to 4400 block of the Howard/Farquhar alley was made and officers responded to investigate.  During the investigation, it was noted by the patrol officers that one of the subjects was wearing clothing that matched the clothes worn by the robbery suspect on November 3rd.

Reed Alan Palmer, born September 13, 1997, who has a prior address in Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of an illegal knife.  He was later interviewed by detectives and was subsequently booked into Orange County Jail for suspicion of committing the robbery at Ameci Pizza and Pasta.

Los Alamitos Police detectives are conducting further investigation and if anyone has further information about this incident, please telephone the Police Watch Commander at (562) 431-2255 ext. 426.  If you wish to remain anonymous, tips can also be provided at Orange County Crime Stoppers 1-(855) TIP-OCCS, or at

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Weekly Crime Summary

The new Weekly Crime Summary is available for October 23 - October 29, 2016.

The most recent Weekly Crime Summaries will be listed on the homepage of our website,

Coffee with a Cop - Today at 8AM

Join the Los Alamitos Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's Department staff serving the community of Rossmoor today at 8AM until 10AM.  We will be having coffee and conversation at the Starbucks at 3575 Katella Avenue.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Awesome Halloween Visitors

We had the great fortune to have several awesome visitors at our Police Department for Halloween!  

First, we had the City Pre-School Class come by and get a tour of the building, equipment and police cars in use to serve the community.  They are a great bunch of kids and they left with goody bags and big smiles.

Next we had kids from the Wheaton and Hasty families of Rossmoor who dropped off a tasty snack and some wonderful cards that were a hit among all the staff working to keep the neighborhoods safe.  Thank you so much for the kind words and expression of support!

The Los Alamitos Police Department wishes you a safe Halloween and beginning of the Holiday Season