Carolyn Seitz of the sheriff' Community Advisory Council has posted this notice:
A variation on the behavior of some burglars has been reported. I don't know at this point in which part of Altadena the incident occurred, but at approximately 2:30 am on Wednesday morning, a resident was awakened by the sounds of a woman in distress at the front door. The woman at the door said she and her baby needed help.
As the resident was talking to the woman through the door, a man was attempting entry at the rear of her home. If you have a similar experience, call the sheriff's station first and then holler through the door - "don't worry, I've called the sheriff for you." That has been a deterrent in some areas.
Altadena Sheriff's Station - 626 798 1131.
You can stop in at the Sheriff's Station and ask for stickers with the Sheriff's Station's phone number that you can put on your phone, so when something happens, you don't have to try to remember the number. It'll be on your phone.