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Foothill Community Newsletter
 
 
April  2014 Vol. VI, No. 4

Captain’s Message

Hello everyone.  Crime continues to decrease as well as do the amount of crime victims.  Without the true support that our officers receive from all of you, we would not be able to drive the numbers down like we do, together.  Continue to think Lock it, Hide it, Keep it.  This strategy does work.  We work hard for the items we purchase.  Let’s not give a criminal the opportunity to take what is ours.    

Basic Car 16A11 (North Pacoima)
SLO Steve Nunez
(818) 634-0652
E-mail address:  35382@lapd.lacity.org

I’m proud to announce we will be starting a new neighborhood watch group for the area between Van Nuys Blvd and Filmore Street and Glenoaks Boulevard and San Fernando Road.  For additional information contact me at (818) 634-0652.

Crime Trends
We have started off the first quarter with low crime numbers.  We are negative 34.5% in part one crimes.  That is 49 victims less this year compared to last.

But remember property crimes are still the major problem in Pacoima. Burglary/Theft from Motor Vehicle (BTFV).  This crime in most cases is preventable, yet continues to be a serious problem.  Don’t leave your purse, cell phone or packages in your car, on the back seat or on the floor where potential thieves can see them.  Lock packages and valuables in the trunk, hide i-pods, cameras and GPS units in the glove box or armrest.

Remember if you see something, say something!  Remember to generate a radio call for police service when you see suspicious activity.  If it doesn’t feel right, it usually isn’t. 

Upcoming Events And Meetings:

Pinney Street Neighborhood Watch Group: 
April 2, 2014, 6:00 PM
13361 Pinney Street. Pacoima

Pacoima Charter
April 9, 2014 6:30 PM
11016 Norris Avenue, Pacoima

Foothill Community Police Advisory Board:
April 10, 2014, 6:00 PM
12953 Branford Street, Pacoima

Pacoima Neighborhood Council
April 16, 2014 6:30 PM
13520 Van Nuys Boulevard, Pacoima

The LAPD continues to do our best to protect & serve the citizens of Los Angeles, but we cannot be everywhere at once.  Having a Neighborhood Watch could prevent crime from occurring in your area.  Be a good neighbor.  Continue to make a resolution to yourself to join a Neighborhood Watch.  If you have any questions regarding joining or starting a neighborhood watch group in your area, please do not hesitate to contact me at (818)634-0652.

Basic Car 16A23 (Pacoima)
SLO Adriana Munguia
(818) 634-0685
E-mail address:  30116@lapd.lacity.org

Hello, hope everyone is doing well.  We have a couple of events coming up that I would like to invite everyone to.  One is the Senior Lead Summit.  It will be held on April 16th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 12120 Strathern St., Sun Valley, CA.  Meet all the Senior Leads of Foothill Area and together brainstorm to better the communities and reduce crime. 

The second is an event by Pacoima Beautiful being held at 10901 Bradley Ave. Pacoima, Ca. from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Drop by and have a say on what will be build in this area.  They need to hear your input on what works in the neighborhood.  We need to get involved and make sure that money is not spent on the wrong projects.  So come on out and let your voice be heard…     
 
Thank you and see you out there…Be safe. 
   
Don’t forget to sign up with NIXLE.COM for community crime alerts and information from Foothill Division that is text messaged to your cell phone.  This is a great way of staying informed with information that comes from your police station.  You will have up-to-date information and be well informed of what is going on in the community.  

CRIME TRENDS  
In my area, South Pacoima, the number one problem is still property crimes.  At the top of the list, we have Grand Theft Auto.  They are taking cars all around Pacoima, in some cases just for the battery.  They are taking easy marks, older Toyotas, Hondas & Nissans.  Protect your property by making it harder for the thief to take.  Use an anti-theft device if possible and be selective on where you park your car.  And of course, for Burglary from Motor Vehicle issues, Lock it Hide it Keep it…: )    

Don’t forget, drop by the station and get the special screws for your plates… free.  Come on down and we (police) will change out the screws in a few minutes.      

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS:

*  Be alert of strangers in your neighborhood.
*  If possible obtain an alarm or lock for your car.
*  If someone is “hanging around” in your block that does not belong, notify your neighbors.
*  Report suspicious activity.  Call the Foothill Desk and keep the SLO Officer (me) informed.
*  Foothill Desk (818) 756-8861.
*  ALWAYS CALL 911 when observing unknown suspects breaking in to any vehicle or home.

FOR ADDITIONAL SAFETY INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT FOOTHILL AREA AUTO OR BURGLARY DETECTIVES AT (818) 834-3115.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWS
There are different locations for the community to attend a neighborhood watch meeting.  Please make it a point to attend any of the following and do your part for your neighborhood. 

The Hansen Hills Neighborhood Watch - April 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm. At the Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd. 

The San Fernando Gardens Neighborhood Watch TBA.
Located at 10982 Lehigh Ave. 

The David Gonzalez Park Neighborhood Watch TBA
Located at David Gonzalez Park, 10943 Herrick Ave

The Haddon Neighborhood Watch meeting will be on April 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm located at Haddon Elementary, 10115 Haddon St.

You can also attend the Pacoima Neighborhood Council meetings and have a voice for your area.  April 16 at 6:30 pm at the Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd.

We have our Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) meeting on April 10 at 6:00 pm at the Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford St.

Please join us.  It is a good way to find out what is going on in your area.   

TRAFFIC SAFETY
If there are any problem traffic areas that you would like to have patrolled, please call Valley Traffic at
(818) 644-8142.

USEFUL INFORMATION
A reminder about the 3-1-1 system.  Any of the Los Angeles City services can be obtained from that phone number.  Remember that the number can only be dialed from your home telephone.  When you are finished ask for a confirmation number from the operator.

Foothill Voluntary Surveillance Team is looking for new members.  If you are interested, contact Foothill Community Relationship Office and speak with Officer Avila (818) 686-1946

Basic Car 16A35 (Sunland, Shadow Hills and Lake View Terrace) 
Acting SLO Adriana N. Sanchez
(818) 634-0705
E-mail address:  34364@lapd.lacity.org   

As your Acting Senior Lead Officer for 16A35’s Area, I am pleased to say crime continues to be down.

CRIME TRENDS
Theft from motor vehicles and burglary from motor vehicle continues throughout the area of Sunland , Tujunga, Lake View Terrace and Shadow Hills.  I want to remind you all to lock your vehicles and hide your belongings.  This will help deter these types of crimes from occurring.  However, there are people who are opportunist and will do what they have to.  So remember, Lock it, hide it, keep it!

Moving on, the homeless outreach in Tujunga this past month was a success.  Over 70 homeless were recorded.  Also, an outreach will be conducted in Hansen Dam in the near future. Our efforts with the homeless are moving along. 

Also, Hansen Dam on Sundays continues to be a problem with the drinking of alcoholic beverages, burn-outs and illegal vending.  Our efforts with extra patrol and other entities in the park will continue with a ZERO
TOLERANCE!

Lastly, I cannot stress the importance that “You” as a community member are.  I cannot do my job without you and I am thankful you let me know what is going on. If you see something, say something!  Remember to generate a radio call for police service when you see suspicious activity.  If it doesn’t feel right, it usually isn’t. 
Great Opportunity!! Foothill Voluntary Surveillance Team is looking for new members.  If you are interested, please contact Foothill Community Relations Office and speak with Officer Avila (818) 686-1946

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Lake View Terrace Improvement Association Council Meeting, Monday, April 7, 2014,
7:00 p.m., Lake View Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foothill Bld.

Community Police Advisory Board meeting, Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m
Japanese American Cultural Center, 12953 Branford Street.

Lake View Terrace Board Meeting, Monday, April 14, 2014,   7:00 p.m., Lake View Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foothill Bld.

Sunland/Tujunga Neighborhood Council, Wednesday, April 15, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
7747 Foothill Bld, Sunland

Foothill Trails Neighborhood Council, Thursday, April 17, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Lake View Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foothill Bl

CRIME TIPS

TEXT-A-TIP
To provide anonymous tips, text CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone and begin the message with LAPD.

You may submit an anonymous tip anytime an anonymous tip anytime, anywhere, 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, by phone 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477.

Basic Car 16A59 (Tujunga) 
SLO Richard Wall
(818) 634-0754
E-mail address:  30204@lapd.lacity.org   

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWS
Hi everyone I’m back and  in the field. I’ll be at the next neighborhood watch meeting on 630pm, Tuesday April 15th  at 7747 Foothill Bl. Park in the rear auditorium by the park.  We will have a Cert expert for emergency preparedness for our guest speaker.

Come join the  LAPD Community Coffee every first Tuesday of the month at 6240 Foothill bl at the Starbucks in Albertsons, from 0800-0930. Next date is Tuesday April 1st.

An amazing tool that we have been using is FREE and EASY to sign up for.  I ask that all of you sign up with NIXLE.COM for community crime alerts and information from Foothill Division that is text messaged to your cell phone.  This is a great way of staying informed with information that comes from your police station.   

CRIME TRENDS
Our largest crime concern is still vehicle thefts, burglaries, and burglaries from motor vehicles.  I can’t express enough how important it is for everyone to keep their homes and cars secure.  As I continue reviewing the crime reports there has been one reoccurring factor.  Most of the burglars have been able to walk into an unlocked door or get into an unlocked window and unlocked car doors. It’s imperative that all of us help each other.  This is an old trick to knock and see if someone is home.  Numerous BFMV’s have occurred and the first thing they do is to check and see if the vehicles doors are unlocked, even if it is locked if they see something of value they will break a window.  Please leave nothing of value in your car! If you see someone hanging around the neighborhood that you know doesn’t live there please call the non-emergency number for the Police Department (818) 734-2223.  If you see a crime in progress then please call 9-1-1.  Please lock all your doors and windows when you leave or go to sleep at night.  Remember to lock the doors on your vehicles as well.

TRAFFIC SAFETY
Please remember to slow down.  Valley Traffic Division will be enforcing traffic laws in the Foothill Area.  I too will be monitoring and enforcing the law within the Tujunga area.  Please help yourself avoid the potential financial strain of a citation.  Slow down.  Give yourself enough time to get where you’re going.  Please remember to pick a designated driver prior to attending a party or barbecue.  It would be a shame to have to watch one of our young citizens become injured in a senseless act of drunk driving. 

If there are any problem traffic areas that you would like to have patrolled, please call Valley Traffic at 818-644-8142, and leave a message for Officer Flores.

USEFUL INFORMATION
Once again, just a reminder about the 3-1-1 system. I continue to get success stories about the ease of using this new system.  Any of the Los Angeles City  services can be obtained from that phone number.  Remember that the number can only be dialed from your home telephone. When your finished ask for a confirmation number from the operator.

Basic Car 16A77 (Northern Sun Valley)
Acting SLO Ivan McMillan
(818) 634-0755
E-mail address:  36330@lapd.lacity.org   

Hello to all. I hope that this newsletter finds everyone doing well. It has been a pleasure serving you in the capacity of an Acting Senior Lead Officer the past several months. Again, I thank all that have been helpful during my transition.

CURRENT CRIME TRENDS
Crime is continuing to decrease in our area as Foothill Division continues to be one of the City leaders in crime reduction. In particular, violent crime is at an all-time low. However, please do not lower your guard or make yourself vulnerable to criminal predators. Avoid following the same routine day after day, try to use ATM machines during the day and in well-lit areas during evening and night time hours.  

As crime continues to decrease in record numbers, and that is by far our continuous goal, other areas of law enforcement will receive significant attention as well. In particular, traffic enforcement is a major concern. This is due in large part to the increase in injury traffic collisions and traffic collisions resulting in fatalities. So I advise you, please follow and adhere to the rules of the road. Watch your speed, particularly while driving down hill and along long stretches of road between traffic lights. Officers will no longer give warnings, and will issue traffic citations. Please, if you have children or know of young people that drive, inform them that speaking or texting while driving is extremely dangerous and against the law.     

COMMUNITY EVENTS:
If you reside within the community I encompass and wish to start a neighborhood watch, please send me an email or telephone me. I strongly encourage neighborhood watches, as community members are our best link to fighting crime. If you are unsure if you reside in my area, please call me or email me.

CRIME TIPS:
I want to introduce to you a tool that has been in effect for a short while. Given the fact that we’re in a “always on the go” age, Foothill area has created a new cellular phone device to keep its community members up to date on current crime. It’s free to sign up for and easy to set up. Please sign up for NIXLE.COM and receive updated Foothill Area crime updates and alerts.     

Basic Car 16A81 (West Sun Valley)
SLO Esther Vasquez
(818) 634-0854
E-mail address:  32824@lapd.lacity.org   
 
CURRENT CRIME TRENDS
Basic Car 16A81, Saticoy north to the 5 Freeway and the 170 Freeway east to the border of Burbank. 

St. Patrick’s Day has gone and Spring has come in.  Since we did not have a winter this year, I was completely unaware that spring was here.  You would think during this unusually warm weather, that there would be a surge in crime, but that has been the opposite.  Foothill Area leads the department in the reduction of crime.  In our area we are still showing a reduction of 10% in overall crime.  Even though there is a reduction, there was still an increase in one crime and that is theft. 

Thefts from stores are up, but so are thefts from properties.  There have been miscellaneous tools taken from the front of peoples yards, businesses that had employees stealing from them, and items such as purses and wallets left at a business and then missing when the owner comes back to retrieve it.  Those are most of the thefts being reported.  Please keep your personal property with you at all times in the stores and store property in your secured rear yard.  Also be on the look-out for other scams that are still popular with folks these days, such as you wining a million dollars and having to send in the tax money in advance.  If anyone ever calls or emails you with a winning amount of money, tell them to mail you the check and take the money out in advance.  You will never see the money, but then you will still have your money and not be a victim to a scam. 
 
Robberies for the area are down.  There were two business robberies, with one suspect in custody, and one street robbery with one identified suspect.  As for aggravated assaults, we saw four, in which two had persons known to them that committed the crime against them, and one where the suspect is in custody. 

We are still doing a good job on keeping residential burglaries down.  The only residential burglary that we had so far is of a residence where the suspect entered through a side door (unlocked), and left without taking any property.  Please lock those doors, because not all of us will be that lucky.

We were working hard on car break-ins and managed to get those crimes reduced by 6%, but now stolen cars have increased by nearly that same amount.  I know some of us drive some fairly older vehicles, but even though the vehicle is older, it is still a vehicle that does get stolen.  Remember to use those anti-theft devices, park under well-lit areas, and lock those doors. 

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Cranford Street Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:00 p.m.,
8100 Cranford, Sun Valley

Sun Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 12:00 p.m.,
10631 Vinedale, Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center

Sun Valley Neighborhood Council Meeting, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.,
10631 Vinedale, Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center

Foothill Clergy Council Meeting, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:00 p.m.,
Please call for location 818-756-8866

Sancola Neighborhood Watch, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m.,
7721 Sancola, Sun Valley

Community Police Advisory Board, Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6:00 p.m.,
12953 Branford, Japanese American Cultural Center

Strathern Neighborhood Watch Meeting / SLO Summit, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m.,
12120 Strathern, Church of the Nazarene

North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7:00 p.m.,
7063 Laurel Canyon, Fire Station 89 

City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation Open House,  Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 11050 Pendleton Street, Sun Valley

CRIME TIPS
Spring Break is coming for the schools.  Please remember to lock all doors and windows.  Some youngsters with idle time make unfortunate decisions to commit crime. 
 
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