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Foothill Community Newsletter
Vol. VI, No. 9
Schools are once again back in session. The National Safety Council reminds all of us to share the road safely with child pedestrians. All drivers need to recognize the special safety needs of pedestrians, especially those that are children. Young, elderly, disabled and intoxicated pedestrians are the most frequent victims in auto-pedestrian collisions. Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections; however, regardless of the rules of the road or right-of-way, you as a driver are obligated to exercise great care and extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians.
• Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. Do not stop with a portion of your vehicle over the crosswalk. Blocking the crosswalk forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.
• In a school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.
• Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer or designated crossing guard.
• Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.
• Don’t honk your horn, rev your engine or do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian in front of your car, even if you have the legal right-of-way.
Let’s make this school year as safe as we can for our young people. Welcome back to school!!
Basic Car 16A11 (North Pacoima)
SLO Steve Nunez
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Nunez is on vacation until September 9. Should you need any assistance with quality of life issues while he is away, please call Senior Lead Officer Adriana Munguia at (818) 634-0685.
Basic Car 16A23 (South Pacoima)
SLO Adriana Munguia
E-mail address: email@example.com
Hello, hope everyone is well. I wanted to let you know of another way to stay connected via the internet. It’s called Nextdoor. It is free, log in at nextdoor.com and communicate with your neighbors, officers and the entire area you live in. Check it out and join us in making a difference in Pacoima. I also wanted to thank everyone who helped with National Night Out. It was again a huge success and people are already looking forward to next years. We had approximately 500 people throughout the event enjoying the entertainment, food, the community members/neighbors and the static displays. The businesses who donated, the Pacoima NC, the volunteers, the Cadets and everyone involved, Thank You.
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.
In my area, South Pacoima, year to date we are down in part one crime 20.4%. At this time last year, we had 594 part one crimes, this year we have 473. That is 121 less crimes and most importantly, 121 less victims. We have a rise in Domestic Violence crime in Foothill. Please talk to your family and friends. Make sure this is addressed if it’s a problem in your household. There is help available and it could be done without the police being involved. Call if you have any questions. My number one problem is still property crimes. Grand Theft Auto remains my number one issue. My second problem is Burglary from Motor Vehicle and Theft. Do not leave anything visible in your car or leave your purse or wallet unattended…Remember to Lock it Hide it Keep it…: )
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 - September 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm.
At the Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Boulevard.
The Montague Neighborhood Watch – September 29, 2014 at 8:00 am.
Located at 13000 Montague Street. At Montague Charter School
The Amistad Park Neighborhood Watch – TBA
Located at 13116 Kagel Canyon Street.
The San Fernando Gardens Neighborhood Watch – September 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm.
Located at 10982 Lehigh Avenue.
The David Gonzalez Park Neighborhood Watch - TBA
Located at David Gonzalez Park, 10943 Herrick Avenue.
You can also attend the Pacoima Neighborhood Council meetings and have a voice for your area. September 17 at 6:30 pm at the Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Boulevard.
We have our Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) meeting on September 11 at 6:00 pm at the Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford Street.
Please join us. It is a good way to find out what is going on in your area.
If there are any problem traffic areas that you would like to have patrolled, please call Valley Traffic at (818) 644-8142.
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.
Basic Car 16A35 (Sunland, Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills)
SLO Cesar Contreras
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, I hope everyone is doing well. I will be on vacation September 5 and returning October 5. Please feel free to contact any Foothill Senior Lead Officer for assistance.
Identity theft tends to increase around the holiday shopping season. Here are a few tips to help you from being a victim.
• Never give out your PIN, birthdate, social security number or other personal ID over the phone or in response to a text or email.
• When filling out forms, question why personal information is asked for and if it is
• Do NOT carry your Social Security card with you.
• You are allowed one free credit report yearly from each of the three credit companies: 1-877-322-8228, www.annualcreditreport.com
• When mailing bills, items with checks or personal information, do not use outside postal drop boxes after the last scheduled pick up or on weekends. Use the slot located inside the Post Office.
• When using an ATM: be cautious, go in the daytime with a friend who can look out.
• If you are alone or at night, choose a well lit and visible ATM. Inspect for tampering. If you feel something is wrong cancel the transaction and find a different machine.
• There is a secure ATM available to the public in the LAPD Foothill Station lobby,
12760 Osborne Street.
Sunland/Tujunga Neighborhood Council, Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
7747 Foothill Boulevard, Sunland
Community Police Advisory Board meeting, Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Japanese American Cultural Center, 12953 Branford Avenue
Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council, Thursday September 18, 2014 7:00 pm
11075 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
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)
Although the Tujunga area has no dedicated Senior Lead Officer at this time, please know that Senior Lead Officer Cesar Contreras (Sunland, Lake View Terrace and Shadow Hills) is available to assist with quality of life issues. Should you have questions regarding problems, please contact him at (818) 634-0705.
Basic Car 16A77 (East Sun Valley)
SLO Richard Wall
E-mail address: email@example.com
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWS
Hi everyone!. I’ve moved and am now the Senior Lead for Sun Valley. I’ve been the Senior Lead Officer for Tujunga for the last 6 years and for Arleta 2 years before that.
I’m looking forward to serving your community.
The big news is I’m starting a community coffee every first Tuesday of the month at Bob’s Big Boy, 8274 Sunland Boulevard. Myself and Senior Lead Officer Vasquez will be there
From 8:00AM to 9:30 AM. Please drop in and say hi.
Overall, crime is down 16% from last year, from 407 reported crimes to 339 so far this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once again, just 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’re finished, ask for a confirmation number from the operator.
Basic Car 16A81 (West Sun Valley)
SLO Esther Vasquez
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
CURRENT CRIME TRENDS
Basic Car 16A81, Saticoy north to the 5 Freeway and the 170 Freeway east to the border of Burbank. What a great summer it has been. Crime still continues to decrease holding strong at a 16.9% reduction in Foothill Area. As for basic car 16A81, we still had a small percentage of the decrease at -1.8%. There was a spike in robberies in the area. Year to date, there have been 4 more robbery victims this year than last year. Aggravated assaults have come down slightly but there is still an increase over last year by one. Theft and car break-ins have increased slightly as well showing 3 and 4 additional crimes more this year than last respectively.
In July there were approximately 9 robberies as compared to August where there have been 3 and two of the suspects are in custody. Total for July and August combined for aggravated assaults was 8 with 5 in custody. We are working to suppress these crimes but any preventative measures such as being aware of your surroundings or being in well-lit areas assist in not becoming an easy target.
Burglaries were down for the first six months of the year so with this quick increase, I definitely look towards everyone to play a part in prevention such as locking all doors and windows. One burglary in particular, the suspect made entry using the spare key that was left in the rear yard. Now there is a possibility that the suspect had this information but if you do keep a spare key, make it very difficult to get inside your house. For instance leave a shed or garage key and then hide the actual house key within the shed or garage. Either the suspect realizes the key isn’t for the door and tries to find the correct door or gives up all together. If in fact the discovery is for the shed or garage, just make sure there isn’t anything valuable that is in either of these locations.
In July, there was an increase in third row seats being taken and in August there wasn’t any taken. This doesn’t mean that these criminals have stopped doing this crime. They were either arrested or moved on to a different area. Either way, take precaution for ensuring your vehicle is parked in a well-lit area or inside a garage or in an area that may have cameras.
Sun Valley Neighborhood Council Meeting, Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m.,
10631 Vinedale Street, Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center
Community Police Advisory Board, Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 p.m.,
12953 Branford Street, Japanese American Cultural Center
Foothill Clergy Council Meeting, Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:00 p.m.,
13520 Van Nuys Boulevard, Pacoima City Hall
North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.,
7063 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Fire Station 89
School is in session. Take the extra time to travel to and from the school and be mindful of speed and drop offs. Safety is of most concern.