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Foothill Community Newsletter
 
 
August  2014 Vol. VI, No. 8

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


We are excited to announce that Valley Bureau was the first to launch the Nextdoor Program. Nextdoor is a free private social network for your neighborhood community.  Each senior lead officer will be monitoring the site and updating issues, concerns, or community events in your community.  So please register on the site to get updated information.

Remember National Night out will be August 5th at Roger Jessup Park.

Crime Trends
We are negative 33.1% in part one crimes.  That is 150 victims less this year compared to last.

Free Bulky Item Pickup:

I would like to let everyone know the number for large or buly item pick-up for the City of Los Angeles is 3-1-1.  This number is to alleviate the problem of furniture such as, couches, mattresses, refrigerators, etc. being left on the sidewalks and streets.  You can call this number and make the appointment to have the items picked up.  You don’t have to be present and it can be for any address that you spot bulky items.  I encourage all of you to give this number to your friends and neighbors.

Upcoming Events And Meetings:
Pinney Street Neighborhood Watch Group: 
August 6, 2014 6:00 PM
13361 Pinney Street. Pacoima

Humphrey Park Neighborhood Watch Group:
August 12, 2014 7:00 PM
12560 Filmore Street, Pacoima

Foothill Community Police Advisory Board:
August 14, 2014 6:00 PM
12953 Branford Street, Pacoima

Pacoima Neighborhood Council
August 20, 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.  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) 485-0627

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

Hello, hope everyone is well.  National Night Out is around the corner, Tuesday August 5th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. at Roger Jessup Park – 12467 Osborne Street Pacoima, CA 91331.  Bring the family and enjoy a couple of hours with the community (your neighbors) and Foothill Area officers.  There will be games, entertainment, door prizes, free food & drink, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles County “Shaky Quaky” truck, and so much more.  We will also have guest speakers and numerous static displays.  Hope to see you there.
   
CRIME TRENDS  
In my area, South Pacoima, year to date we are down in part one crime 17.2%.  At this time last year, we had 522 part one crimes, this year we have 432.  That is 90 less crimes and most importantly, 90 less victims.  The 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 9-1-1 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.

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.  

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 - August 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm.
At the Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Boulevard. 

The Montague Neighborhood Watch – August 25, 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 – August 21, 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.

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.  August 20 at 6:30 pm at the Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Boulevard.

We have our Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) meeting on August 14 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

Hello, I hope everyone is doing well and is enjoying this very warm summer.  During the summer one of the most popular places to beat the heat is the pool and whether you’re relaxing at home in your private pool or at one of our public facilities it is important that no matter how safe you feel your kids already are around swimming pools and spas, adding as many proven safety steps as possible is the best system because you can never know which one might save your child’s life…until it does. –
See more at http://www.poolsafely.gov/

CRIME TRENDS
  
IMPOSTORS ARE SCAMMING LADWP CUSTOMERS BY PHONE

• LADWP employees will NEVER ask for personal payment information over
the telephone. They will never ask you to purchase pre-paid cash cards
from a convenience store to pay your utility bill.

• Payment by telephone can ONLY happen through the Department’s voice
automated payment system, not with live employees. LADWP personnel
do not accept payment information verbally over the telephone.

• If you receive a call asking for a cash card, credit card, person-to-person
cash payment, or a request for any other personal information, hang up
immediately and call the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) at
1-877-275-5273 or go to your local LAPD station.

• LADWP customers who want to inquire about their accounts should call
1-800-DIAL-DWP and speak to a customer service representative, or
check online at ladwp.com with no waiting time.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Sunland/Tujunga Neighborhood Council, Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
7747 Foothill Boulevard, Sunland

Community Police Advisory Board meeting, Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Japanese American Cultural Center, 12953 Branford Avenue, Arleta

Sunland/Tujunga Neighborhood Watch, Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
7747 Foothill Boulevard, Sunland

Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council, Thursday August 21, 2014 7:00 pm
11075 Foothill Boulevard., Lake View Terrace, CA
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.

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 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 National Night Out Tuesday August 5th.   It will be held at Stonehurst Park at 5 pm.  Please come out and stand together against crime and enjoy the great BBQ cooked by Phil Tabbi and his son.

CRIME TRENDS
Overall crime is down 17% from last year, from 369 reported crimes to 305 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.

 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.   

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 your 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.  Hope everyone is having a blast so far this summer and that it has been a safe one also.  Speaking of safe, the latest in crime reduction, shows Foothill Division still has a 16% decrease in overall crime.  Compared to last year, yes we are doing great, but in basic car 16A81, we could do better.  The only crime that is still in a reduction phase right now is burglary.  The crime that has increased is robbery.  

In the month of July, robberies increased.  There were six robberies in which strong arm or bodily force was used.  For instance, a suspect punched a victim in the stomach and stole his property.  Two businesses had employees punched as the employee attempted to stop the suspect from leaving the store with merchandised. Lastly, there was an attempt by a suspect to grab the purse of a victim, luckily the victim was aware of her surroundings, she saw that the suspect was running towards her and she instantly turned and started running away screaming.  The suspect attempted to grab at her purse several times as they were running, but this victim out ran the suspect and because of her screaming, people began to come outside to see what the commotion was about.  The suspect ran off.  This is a great example of being aware of your surroundings, don’t get caught off guard.  As for aggravated assaults, there was a 13% increase last month and we are down to a 10% increase.  Out of the six crimes that occurred this month, three arrests have already been made.

Burglaries in the area are still down by 21% but car break-ins increased to 4%, meaning there have been 4 more victims than last year.  There was a rash of window smashes in which third row seats were taken, along with other items such as air bags and navigation systems.  I strongly suggest an audible alarm for vehicles that do have this back seat.  I did write about tools being taken and that seems to continue into this month.  I always recommend using your garage if possible or removing the tools into your residence if you park your truck on the street.  Any deterrent is worth the extra time. 

Lastly, we have had a small increase in stolen cars.  Lock up those cars, park in well-lit areas and use any anti-theft device if possible.  This is how to harden that target. 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Crockett Street National Night Out, Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 5:00 p.m.,
8300 San Fernando Road, Industrial Metal Supply

Sun Valley Neighborhood Council Meeting, Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m.,
10631 Vinedale Street, Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center

Community Police Advisory Board, Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 p.m.,
12953 Branford Street, Japanese American Cultural Center

Foothill Clergy Council Meeting, Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 12:00 p.m.,
13520 Van Nuys Boulevard, Pacoima City Hall

North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:00 p.m.,
7063 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Fire Station 89 

CRIME TIP
The latest scam.  You check into your hotel.  You are upstairs in your room and you get a phone call from a person claiming they work at the front desk and there was a problem with your credit card, could you please verify the number and the 3 digit security code.  Freeze.  This is not the front desk.  Tell this person you will walk to the front desk to correct the problem, which more than likely isn’t a problem.  Go to the front desk and tell the manager that someone called impersonating the front desk.  It seems that this scam has duped some people for some time now.  Don’t get duped.  Have a great rest of the summer.
 
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