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Foothill Community Newsletter
 
 
October 2014 Vol. VI, No. 10

Captain’s Message:

Foothill Station is undergoing a major facelift within the next month.  A local landscape artist will be removing and replacing all plants and bushes in an effort to beautify our station.  All new shrubbery will require less water.  The unveiling of the renovated facelift as well as a very special project will take place on October 25, 2014 at 11:00AM.

Also on the same day, please come out and participate in a planned Peace March that will begin at Hubert Humphrey Park located at 12400 Filmore Street.  I hope to see everyone there. 

   

 

Basic Car 16A11 (North Pacoima)

SLO Steve Nunez

(818) 634-0685

E-mail address:  35383@lapd.lacity.org

 I would like to invite everyone to our Foothill Division open house on Saturday October 25th, at 11:00AM.  This will be a great opportunity to meet the men and women that patrol your streets.

 Also join us for “Peace in the Street Unity March” starting at 8:00 AM at Humphrey Park in Pacoima.  The march will conclude at Foothill Community Police Station


Crime Trends

We are negative 32.2% in part one crimes.  That is 180 victims less this year compared to last.

We have seen an increase in violent crimes especially robberies. If anyone has any information regarding any Robbery suspects, please contact me as soon as possible.  Most of the incidents involving robberies taking place between 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 PM. Please be mindful of this and please be aware of your surroundings. Many children are seen walking down the street with headphones on listening to music from their cell phones not paying attention to what’s going on around them. This is an easy way to become a victim.

Keep in mind as the holidays approach auto related crimes traditionally increase. 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 ipods, cameras and GPS units in the glove box or armrest.

 

Upcoming Events And Meetings:

Pinney Street Neighborhood Watch Group 

October 1, 2014 6:00 PM

13361 Pinney St. Pacoima

 

Foothill Community Police Advisory Board

October 9, 2014 6:00 PM

12953 Branford St, Pacoima

 

Pacoima Neighborhood Council

October 15, 2014 6:30 PM

13520 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima

 

Foothill Station Open House

October 25, 2014 11:00 AM

12760 Osborne St, 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.  Make it your New Year’s Resolution 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.

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 16A23 (South Pacoima)

SLO Adriana Munguia

(818) 634-0685

E-mail address:  30116@lapd.lacity.org

Hello, hope everyone is well.  I want to address an issue that for some reason has been growing and growing here in Pacoima.  We always had a problem with Illegal Dumping and we tried to maintain it so it does not get out of hand.  But this year it has been over the top.  Please take care of the neighborhood.  If you are dumping trash without calling it in for pick-up or expecting someone else to call for you, shame on you.  If you see people dumping and you do nothing, that is not right either.  We need to work together and keep the community clean.  The number to call is 311 for City Services.  If that does not work well for you, call Felipe Fuentes office at (818) 485-0600 for any issues and concerns.  They will also call the proper services for the complaints you have.  Remember, it’s up to us to Take Back the Community…  Take Care and see you out there.  

Events 

October 10, Foothill Area Booster Association Golf Tournament. 

October 25, Foothill Station Open House.

Call (818) 756-8866 for further information. 

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, year to date we are down in part one crime 20.0%.  At this time last year, we had 654 part one crimes, this year we have 523.  That is 131 less crimes and most importantly, 131 less victims.  We have a rise in Domestic Violence/Assaults in Foothill.  This includes son vs father, mother vs daughter, nephew vs uncle, neighbor vs neighbor and so on.  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.  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 - October 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm.

At the Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Boulevard. 

The Montague Neighborhood Watch – October 27, 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 – October 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Located at 10982 Lehigh Avenue. 

The David Gonzalez Park Neighborhood Watch – October 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Located at Pacoima Charter auditorium, 11016 Norris Avenue.

The Haddon Neighborhood Watch – TBA

Haddon Elementary, 10115 Haddon Street.

You can also attend the Pacoima Neighborhood Council meetings and have a voice for your area.  October 15 at 6:30 pm at the Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Boulevard.

We have our Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) meeting on October 9 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.   


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.

 


Basic Car 16A35 (Sunland, Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills)

SLO Cesar Contreras

(818) 634-0705

E-mail address:  36373@lapd.lacity.org

Officer Contreras is on vacation until October 7, 2014. 

 


Basic Car 16A59 (Tujunga)

This basic car is vacant at the moment.  Please call our office at (818) 756-8866 should you have quality of life issues. 

 


Basic Car 16A77 (East Sun Valley)

SLO Richard Wall

(818) 634-0755

E-mail address:  30204@lapd.lacity.org

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 Neighborhood Watch meeting in the area of Stonehurst Park on October 21 at 6:00 pm at Stonehurst Park.

I’m also having 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 8:00 am to 930 am. Please drop in and say hi.  The next one is October 7th.

 

CRIME TRENDS

Overall crime is down 12% 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, 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.   


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.  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

(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.  So summer has come to a close and the gentle weather of autumn will begin.  I know I am not fooling anyone; it has been hot and probably will still continue to be hot.  With hot weather, there tends to be the forgetfulness of locking up our vehicles.  In September cars that were broken into was higher than usual.  Additionally, in the area there was an increase in crime, we were at a decrease at the end of July and now we have risen to 2.6% over from last year at this time.  Overall as for the whole division of Foothill, we are still leading the city in crime reduction.  Year to date we have a 15.8% reduction. 

In August and the first two weeks of September the burglary from motor vehicles had increased.  The most common way of entry was from unlocked doors and windows that were down.  All types of property were taken even small things such as sunglasses.  The next way was taking property from the outside of the vehicle, for instance, inside the bed of a truck or a part of the vehicle.  The next two methods are smashing a window and prying the door open.  Needless to say the unlocked doors and windows could be avoided.  It may be hot, but securing your vehicle is the best method for preventing this crime.  So you go through all the trouble to secure your vehicle, but then leave (quite possibly in sight) your valuables.  Typical property that was taken was purses, wallets, backpacks, laptops, and other electronics.  Don’t become a victim by leaving valuables in your vehicle and leaving it unlocked. 

There was an increase in robberies, but half of them were business robberies.  Usually businesses have surveillance equipment therefore half of those crimes have a suspect in custody already.  As for street robberies, there were approximately five and in three of those crimes the victims and suspects knew each other, so arrests are imminent.  Since school is well underway, there have been some crimes of aggravated assault with students at the park or skate park.  In those instances, arrests have been made.

Burglaries are still the only crime that is down in the area.  For the ones that did occur, the most common mode of entry was unlocked doors/windows, just like vehicles.  Again make your home a difficult place to try and enter.  Also if you have been a victim of a residential burglary, and property was taken from on particular area, make it a point to not put anything of value in that same hiding spot.  It is no longer a good hiding spot.  One resident was burglarized a year ago and jewelry was taken from a box in the closet.  Luckily the victim did not put anything else in the box and left it in the same location.  Unfortunately the home was burglarized again, and the suspect(s) took the box.  Had the victim continued to use the same location, additional property may have been taken. 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council Pride Day

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

7717 Bakman Ave, Sun Valley,

call 888-895-2647 for more information.


Whitsett Slope Clean-up

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Corner of Whitsett Avenue and Saticoy Street South.


Foothill Clergy Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 12:00 p.m.

13520 Van Nuys Boulevard, Pacoima City Hall


Peoria Street Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

12019 Peoria Street


Community Police Advisory Board

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

12953 Branford Street, Japanese American Cultural Center


Foothill Advisory Board Golf Tournament

October 10, 2014, 8:00 a.m.

9401 Foothill Boulevard.

Sunland, Angeles National Golf Club


Holy Rosary Festival

Friday, October 10 to Sunday October 12, 2014

7800 Vineland Avenue.

Holy Rosary Church


Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

10631 Vinedale Avenue

Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center


Strathern Street Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

12020 Strathern Street.

Church of the Nazarene


Crockett Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

8300 San Fernando Road.

Industrial Metal Supply break room


North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

7063 Laurel Canyon Boulevard

Fire Station 89. 

 

Cranford Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

8700 Cranford Avenue


Foothill Station Open House

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

12760 Osborne Street

LAPD Foothill Station

 

CRIME TIP

Halloween is on a Friday this year.  There will probably be additional children out trick or treating as well as other Halloween events going on.  Be very careful of all the pedestrian traffic during that night. 

 

 
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