||Vol. VI, No. 3
I am proud to announce that on February 13, 2014, Foothill Area had no crime reported for an entire 24-hour period. This is a proud fact that we can all boast about. Your police officers as well as every one of you deeply care about your communities. Continue to work with us by keeping abreast of what’s going on in your respective neighborhoods so that this trend can remain. Spread the word that neighborhood watch does work. Meet with or phone your Senior Lead Officers regularly about setting up meetings. All of them are the bridge between you and us. Together, we can drive crime out of our neighborhoods. Keep up the great work!!!
DISPATCH…(non emergency)………………………………(818) 734-2223
FOOTHILL FRONT DESK………………………………….(818) 756-8861
VALLEY TRAFFIC MOTOR OFFICER ……………….…..(818) 644-8142
CITY OF LOS ANGELES INFORMATION…(any city entity)..3-1-1
GRAFFITI REMOVAL…………………3-1-1…or.…..........(800) 247-3395
FOOTHILL VICE……………………………………………(818) 834-3170
ABANDONED VEHICLES……………3-1-1…or….………(800) 222-6366
OPERATION BRIGHT LIGHTS………3-1-1…or….………(800) 303-5267
BULKY ITEM PICK UP……………… 3-1-1…or…………..(800) 773-2489
Basic Car 16A11 (North Pacoima)
SLO Steve Nunez
E-mail address: email@example.com
Welcome to the Newsletter for Basic Car 16A11 for March 2014. Let’s do our best to make Pacoima as safe as possible. Remember to make a difference in your community and go out and vote for your Pacoima Neighborhood Council board members Saturday March 8, 2014 at Pacoima City Hall.
We have started off the New Year with low crime numbers. We are -48.2% in part one crimes. That is 47 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 ipods, 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:
March 5, 2014 6:00 PM
13361 Pinney St. Pacoima
Foothill Community Police Advisory Board:
March 13, 2014,6:00 PM
12953 Branford St, Pacoima
Pacoima Neighborhood Council
March 19, 2014 6:30 PM
13520 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima
The LAPD continues to do its best to protect & serve the citizens of Los Angeles but we cannot be everywhere at once. Having a Neighborhood Watch on your block could prevent crime from occurring in your area. Be a good neighbor. Make it your continued 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, please contact Foothill Community Relations Office and speak with Officer Avila (818) 686-1946
Basic Car 16A23 (South Pacoima)
SLO Adriana Munguia
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, hope everyone is doing well. I just want to say that Pacoima is doing great as far as crime is concerned. We have 43 less crimes this year than we did last year at this time. And because we are doing well, let’s focus a little on Cleaning Up the neighborhood. Please call it in when you see furniture, shopping carts, trash etc… on the street. If you see graffiti/tagging on walls or sidewalks call it in. Let’s make it a Clean and Safe neighborhood. Everyone needs to take responsibility and do their part to better the community. Call me if you have any questions or want to get more involved with the area.
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.
In my area, South Pacoima, the number one problem is still property crimes. One issue right now is thefts and burglary from motor vehicle. Be mindful of leaving any visible items in your car. I just had another report today where a lady left her wallet with her tax return money (1,900.00) in it and it was taken from her car. Remember: Lock it Hide it Keep it…It works…We are also seeing a few catalytic converters taken. Watch out for people going under the cars and act like it they are doing mechanic work. It only takes a few minutes to remove the item and they always have a car waiting for them to get away. Call the police if you see someone in your neighborhood going under cars.
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 - March 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm. At the Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Boulevard.
The San Fernando Gardens Neighborhood Watch TBA.
Located at 10982 Lehigh Avenue.
The David Gonzalez Park Neighborhood Watch TBA
Located at David Gonzalez Park, 10943 Herrick Avenue.
The Haddon Neighborhood Watch meeting will be on March 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm located at Haddon Elementary, 10115 Haddon Street.
You can also attend the Pacoima Neighborhood Council meetings and have a voice for your area. March 19 at 6:30 pm at the Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Boulevard.
We have our Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) meeting on March 13 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, Shadow Hills and Lake View Terrace)
Acting SLO Adriana N. Sanchez
E-mail address: email@example.com
16A35, I am pleased to say, crime continues to be down in the area. However, there are continued areas of concern.
As the Acting Senior Lead Officer in 16A35’s Area, I have gained the support and trust of many and I thank you for that. I cannot do my job without you! Senior Lead Officer Rich Wall (16A59), along with Council District 7 and I are working closely to address the issues of the homeless. There will be a Homeless Outreach in the near future as well as some enforcement in areas of concern.
Also, traffic enforcement is a huge concern for many in Foothill Area. It is important to know that if you are pulled over for a traffic violation, you will more than likely be cited. Unfortunately, Foothill had many fatalities last year and we’d like to avoid that for this year. If you have an area of concern, please feel free to contact me via email or my City cellular number. I have a very good working relationship with Valley Traffic Division, Traffic Complaint Unit.
Lastly, I want to thank the many citizens who bring their families to the Hansen Dam Park on Sundays. The majority of the families come to celebrate birthday parties, bar-b-q-‘s , good food and company. Unfortunately, it has been noted that a hand full of citizens come to drink alcohol beverages, smoke, and even speed and burn-out in the parking lot where there are families with children. I want to advise those park-goers that there will be extra patrol by police and Park Rangers. This will be a zero-tolerance zone.
Lake View Terrace Improvement Association Council Meeting, Monday, March 10, 2014,
7:00 p.m., Lake View Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foothill Boulevard
Community Police Advisory Board meeting, Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m
Japanese American Cultural Center, 12953 Branford Avenue
Shadow Hills Property Owners Association Meeting, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:30 p.m.,
Sunland/Tujunga Neighborhood Council, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
7747 Foothill Boulevard, Sunland
Foothill Trails Neighborhood Council, Thursday, March 20, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Lake View Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foothill Boulevard
To provide anonymous tips, text CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone and begin the message with LAPD.
You may submit 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
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWS
Hi everyone!. I’m back! I’m in the field. I’ll be at the next scheduled community coffee at the Starbucks in Albertson’s at 6240 Foothill Boulevard from 8AM-9AM.
The next community neighborhood watch meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 18, 2014 at 6:30PM at 7747 Foothill Boulevard. Park in the rear parking lot near behind the auditorium.
On Saturday March 8, 2014 from 11:00AM – 3:00PM there is an Emergency Preparedness Fair that will be held at Hansen Dam Park. The Fair is full of information for you and your family to plan for the best and prepare for the worst. There will be fun kid activities. Learn about first aid and fire safety. There is also a Red Cross blood drive.
Our largest crime concern is still vehicle thefts, burglaries, and burglaries from motor vehicles (BFMV). 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 at La Tuna Canyon Road at the 210 Freeway trail head. Please leave nothing of value in your car and lock your car! The first thing criminals do is to check and see if the vehicle’s doors are unlocked. If it is locked if they see something of value, they will break a window. 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
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 people 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 your finished ask for a confirmation number from the operator.
Basic Car 16A77 (North Sun Valley)
Acting SLO Ivan McMillan
E-mail address: email@example.com
Hello to all. Hope everyone is doing well and staying dry during this wet season.
CURRENT CRIME TRENDS
Crime within the City of Los Angeles, in particular Foothill Area, is still seeing dramatic decreases in reduction of Part 1 crimes. These Part 1 crimes truly affect the quality of life of our community members. Burglaries, Robberies and Homicides are at an all-time low. This is of course due in large part to the outstanding effort and police acumen set forth by patrol officers and detectives. I look forward for continued reduction in the years to come.
As I have stated in previous newsletters, Foothill Area has experienced something extremely unusual and it was the first time I experienced this in my career. Foothill Area experienced more traffic collisions resulting in fatalities than homicides. Given this fact, Foothill Area has vamped up traffic enforcement throughout the division. Please take note of this and pass it on to family and friends who may visit you in our division in the near future. “Warnings” for the most part will no longer be given and traffic violators will be cited. I know no one likes receiving a traffic ticket, so please pay attention to posted speed and traffic signs. Also, continually inform your children and young people in general of the dangers of driving while distracted.
Speaking/texting on your cell phone, fumbling with the car stereo and even eating are simple ways to become distracted. Some of the most serious traffic collisions can be avoided if you pay attention!
Please join Foothill Area for our Emergency Preparedness Fair. The event will held March 8 2014 between the hours of 11:00 and 3:00 pm. All festivities will be held at Hansen Dam Recreational Center located at 11770 Foothill Bl. Lake View Terrace 91342.
Several City entities will be in attendance, including LAFD, LAPD and several more. Given the fact that we all live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, I highly recommend this day of training for everyone.
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
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Basic Car 16A81, Saticoy north to the 5 Freeway and the 170 Freeway east to the border of Burbank. As usual, February moves quickly. I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. An exciting incident happened to the community of Foothill Area. On Thursday, February 13, 2014, Foothill Area had its first ever zero crimes in a 24 hour period. Amazing, for one whole day, there wasn’t a victim. We here at Foothill were excited about this and in order to commemorate this achievement, our own Captain Malinowski brought around zero looking pastries in for all department personnel. You may know of these pastries which are commonly referred to as doughnuts! With that said, we are still above our yearly goal of a 3% decrease in crime, in fact we are at approximately a 29% decrease for the Division. As for the area of coverage by yours truly, we are looking at a 10% decrease so far. But we still have ten months to go, so no slacking off. I will start with the crime that is still up and we continue to work at, robberies.
Robberies are still up year-to-date. Although we had a couple of weeks without any robberies, we are still up due to the January seven that we had. So far in the month of February, we have had one robbery at a retail store. A patron took a swing at a loss prevention employee who observed the theft and wanted to just get the product back. Now this person is looking at a robbery. Lately, our robbery detectives have done a great job of identifying suspects from video surveillance at these retail stores. Once we get that information, it is only days until we have our suspect in custody.
Residential burglaries have usually been a problem but the first two weeks of the month of February, there were only three. Two were unlocked doors (really, after all of my education to the community), and the other was a rear garage in which the window was broken and no property was taken. Preventative measures, if you leave your door unlock and a criminal makes it inside, gets property, then leaves, don’t you think this criminal is going back to the same area, maybe everyone does the same thing….leave doors unlocked. Again, preventative measures, please lock all doors and windows.
We were averaging at least 3-4 car break-ins per week in the area for the month of January and it seems to have not changed for February. One thing that happened again in February is the theft of catalytic converters. There were three. After speaking with our neighboring division, North Hollywood, they too had six catalytic converters taken. After an arrest of two suspects in the West Valley Area, the crimes have ceased. That might have done the trick for now but still be vigilant in looking for persons near vehicles that just don’t look right and calling that in. Someone new always comes along to take over this crime.
There were several thefts throughout the area as well but most notably there was a theft of copper wire at a business. This is the first I have seen in a while so if you travel at night and something just doesn’t look right at a business, call police and let us check it out.
Emergency Preparedness Fair, Saturday, March 8, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.,
11770 FoothillBlvd., Hansen Dam
Sun Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 12:00 p.m.,
10631 Vinedale, Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center
Sun Valley Neighborhood Council Meeting, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:30 p.m.,
10631 Vinedale, Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center
Foothill Clergy Council Meeting, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:00 p.m.,
Please call for location 818-756-8866
Crockett Street Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 7:00 p.m.,
8300 San Fernando Road, Industrial Metal Supply
Asian Forum, Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:00 p.m.,
Please call for location 818-756-8866
Community Police Advisory Board, Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:00 p.m.,
12953 Branford, Japanese American Cultural Center
Strathern Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 6:30 p.m.,
12120 Strathern, Church of the Nazarene
North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, Thursday, March 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m.,
7063 Laurel Canyon, Fire Station 89
Spring is coming upon us quickly as well as the yearly time change for those longer days. Due to the extra daylight, enjoy the community, specifically your neighborhood, by taking those nice walks. This is definitely two fold. You get exercise and you are the eyes for your neighborhood.