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Mission Community Newsletter
 
 
March 2014 Vol. XIIII, No. 3

This year promises to be another great year for our communities as our Department has set goals of achieving nine straight years of significant crime reductions throughout the City. I would like to share those goals with all of you. They are as follows; Commitment to Constitutional Policing, Crime Reduction and Community Engagement, Preparation, Prevention and Response for Catastrophic and Terrorist Events, Employee Wellness (because we need to take great care of our employees in order for them to better serve you), and lastly, Maintaining the Personnel Strength of the Department. I encourage you to be a part of the solution to keep our communities safe and maintained.

You can help by becoming a volunteer or by joining or starting a Block Club, Neighborhood Watch or Business Watch. There are also opportunities for children and teens to become involved and make a difference in our communities through our Cadet and Junior Cadet Program, Jeopardy, and Juvenile Impact Programs. If you have questions or want to become involved, please contact the Mission Community Relations Office at (818) 838-9860.

As of 2/22/14, we have had 1 homicide, 2 rapes, 26 robberies, and 22 aggravated assaults.  This is a 21% decrease in total violent crime over a two year period.  In the category of property crimes during the same time period, we had 39 burglaries, 72 grand theft autos, 92 burglary/theft from motor vehicles and 118 personal/other thefts; representing a slight increase over a two year period. Our Goals are challenging with opportunities to better our community; with your continuing support we will achieve our goals.

I want to hear your concerns and encourage your participation in our Community policing efforts. Your questions regarding Mission Area may be directed to me at (818) 838-9980 or to Sergeant Adrian Torres, Officer in Charge, Mission Area Community Relations Office,
at (818) 838-9856.  You may also e-mail us at the below listed addresses:

* Captain Todd Chamberlain, 24642@lapd.lacity.org
* Captain Rob Marino, 27226@lapd.lacity.org
* Sergeant Adrian Torres, 31467@lapd.lacity.org

Respectfully,


TODD C. CHAMBERLAIN
Commanding Officer
Mission Community Police Station


Basic Car 19A1 Sylmar (West of Glenoaks Blvd.)
Senior Lead Officer John Lonergan
Office Phone (818) - 838-9848 
Cell Phone (818)-634-0610

Welcome to the Newsletter for Basic Car 19A1 for March 2014.

CRIME TRENDS:
Residential burglaries and theft from vehicle, Burglary Theft from Vehicle (BTFV): An automobile is not a safe place to leave valuables, even for a few moments-they will be stolen.  Do not leave ANY personal property- including bills and mail, visible in your vehicle. Avoid becoming a victim- Lock your vehicle and secure all items of value out of sight, in the glove box or trunk.

Protect yourself from ID and Credit theft
Criminals scavenge through our trash and recycling bins on trash day. Please shred all papers thrown in the trash or recycling bin that contain personal information.  If you see someone going through yours or your neighbor’s trash, immediately call (877) 275-5273 and request a Patrol car in your area.

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 the information is asked for and if it is required. Do NOT carry your Social Security card with you. You are allowed one free credit report yearly from each credit company: 1-877-322-8228, ww.annualcreditreport.com

When mailing bills, items with checks or personal information- Do not use 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 Mission Station lobby 11121 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

Community Awareness is the Key to Crime Prevention
A Neighborhood Watch of One- You can make a difference.
Do not depend on your neighbors to call the police. Responsibility starts with YOU! Keep an eye out for suspicious people and vehicles in your neighborhood and take action!
What you can do:
•    Pay attention to what is going on in your neighborhood. Be aware of pedestrians and vehicles, joggers and bicyclists, vans and delivery trucks, juveniles out during school hours.
•    A license plate number can crack a case. If it is safe- collect and report details including the number and description of suspects, vehicle description, license plate numbers and distinguishing marks.
•    If you see someone knocking on doors on your block or other suspicious or criminal activity immediately call LAPD non-emergency dispatch: (877) 275-5273 (1-877-ASK-LAPD).
•    Call 911 for emergencies, immediate threat or if you believe a crime is in progress.
•    Neighbors who know each other are more likely to watch out for each other. Get to know your neighbors, and then get them involved. Create a neighborhood roster and phone tree to alert your neighbors if you see suspicious persons or activity on your street
•    Engrave expensive electronics such as television sets, DVD players, computers and game consoles with your California Driver License or an identifying mark. This will make your items identifiable for the police and returned to you.
•    Communities with a Neighborhood Watch are better prepared and a less desirable target for criminals. You will learn ways to protect yourself. The more people we can get involved, the safer your community will be. Sylmar has several Neighborhood Watch Groups

Quality of Life issues:
Graffiti removal call Sylmar Graffiti Busters (818) 362-8702
Free Bulky Item Pickup: When you need to discard items such as couches, mattresses, etc. call 311 to have them picked up. Wait until the evening before your collection date to put items at the curb.
Abandoned pets: In hard economic times there can be an increase in abandoned pets. These animals were once a part of a family but are scared, confused and hungry. If you encounter an abandoned pet call 311 or Animal Service (888) 452-7381 ext. 145. To assist the animal, leave out a dish of clean water and pet food or cut up scraps. Please Use Caution.

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS:
The Sylmar Block Captains meeting and Neighborhood Watch is Tuesday, March 18,
6:30– 7:30pm at Mission Community Police Station in the Community Room. We will share crime trends and community events. Everyone is welcome.

Sylmar Neighborhood Council meets the fourth Thursday, 6:30 PM. For meeting locations, check their website:  www.sylmarneighborhoodcouncil.org or call (818)833-8737.

Mission Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) - The purpose of the Board is to improve relations with the LAPD and discuss Community issues. Committees include Public Nuisance, Community Outreach, and Events. CPAB meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:15 PM, Mission Community Police Station Community Room, 11121 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills.

Basic Car 19A7 Sylmar (East of Glenoaks Blvd.)
Senior Lead Officer A. Menchaca
Office Phone (818) - 838-9846 
Cell Phone (818)-634-0619

CRIME TRENDS:
Burglary Theft from Motor Vehicle is our primary concern at this time.  If anyone has any information regarding the BFMV suspects, please contact me as soon as possible.  Most of the incidents involving BFMV are taking place between 8:00 p.m. – 6:00 AM when most people are sleeping. Please be mindful of this and properly secure your vehicles and leave porch lights on to illuminate the area. 

From 01/12/14 to 02/08/14 the crime trends were property crimes.  The area had 14 Burglaries, 11 Grand Theft Autos, 18 Thefts, and 17 Burglary for Motor Vehicle, 0 homicides, and 3 robbery crime incidents.   The Mission Detectives are working hard to solve these crimes.  If you have any information that could help us find these criminals, please contact the Detective front desk at 818-838-9810.

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.
 
Inspect your credit report. Credit reports contain information about you, including what accounts you have and your bill paying history. The law requires the major nationwide consumer reporting companies- Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, to give you a free copy of your credit report each year if you ask for it. Experts tell me to use a different company every 4 months, utilizing the free service three times a year: www.annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228

Reduce the amount of personal information available by limiting the number of pre-approved offers of credit that you receive. If thrown in the trash identity thieves can use them to open credit cards using your identity. To remove your name from the marketing lists: (888) 5OPTOUT (888-567-8688)

At Home
•Make an inspection of your residence's exterior in the daytime and at night and note areas where someone could hide unseen. Trim bushes and trees to remove hiding places and add exterior lighting.
• Check to make sure the contents of your residence are not visible from outside.
•Lock your doors and windows and set your alarm every time you leave.
•Put an interior light on a timer so your residence is not dark when you are out.
•Put a lock on your gate.
•Remember to bring in your trash cans on trash days. Trash cans left outside tell burglars no one is home.

Report suspicious vehicles and/or persons in your neighborhood by calling the LAPD non-emergency number at 1 877-ASK-LAPD (1 877-275-5273). Please share this information with family and friends.

UPCOMING EVNTS/MEETINGS:
Next block captain meeting will be held March 18 at 6; 30 PM at LAPD Mission community police station located at11121 N. Sepulveda Blvd. 

•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. I invite you to attend the monthly Sylmar Block Captains meeting. Call me for details.

Basic Car Area 19A43 (Mission Hills Area)
Senior Lead Officer Philip Ruiz
Office Phone: (818)-838-9843
Cell phone: (818)-634-0519

This is Senior Lead Officer Ruiz, for basic car 19A43 (Mission Hills Area). I hope everyone is doing well. After finishing the 2103 year strong and achieving our goal of reducing crime, we must now focus in on the 2014 year. We just completed the first two months of the 2014 year and so far we are holding steady as far as crime this year compared to crime the same time last year. Our goal for the 2014 year is to reduce Part 1 crime by (3) percent from the previous year. We have a lot of work to do to achieve our goal, but with your assistance and continued involvement, we can accomplish our goal.

One of the things I would like to do in the 2014 year is to increase the number of Neighborhood Watch Groups we currently have. If any of you are interested in starting up or even joining a Neighborhood Watch in your neighborhood, please contact me at (818) 838-9843 so we can go over details and get you started up.

Again, I would like to remind everyone to please don’t call my office or cellular telephone numbers if you want to report crimes in progress. Please call 911 if there is an emergency or (877) 275-5273 for non-emergencies. Time is valuable so do not hesitate to call.

CRIME UPDATE:
We recently had two Thefts from Motor Vehicles (TFMV) occur last week involving the thefts of Catalytic Converters. Both were in RD 1935 between Brand Blvd and Rinaldi, the I-5 and Sepulveda, and both were involving older model Honda's. One vehicle was a 1998 Honda Accord and the other was a 1999 Honda Accord. Both occurred during night time and overnight hours. I just wanted to make everyone that owns an older model Honda aware of what’s going on in the area.

CRIME PREVENTION TIPS:
Please continue to call to be involved and report those suspicious persons riding up and down the street on bicycles that are often wearing dark clothing, carrying backpacks, and looking into parked vehicles. If they look like they are up to something and you don’t recognize them as your neighbor, please report them to the non-emergency number at (818) 734-2223.

Once again, please do not leave anything valuable in your car or in plain sight and always lock your doors. Thieves have been known to look into parked vehicles for items such as (I-Pods, Cell Phones, GPS systems, as well as purses) that the Victim has left in plain view. Remember, personal responsibility is the best prevention to becoming a victim.

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS:
Please join us at our next Neighborhood Watch meeting which will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7pm at Mission Area Police Station.

Mission Hills Neighborhood Council – 1st Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
Mission

Basic Car 19A61 North Hills
Senior Lead Officer Charles Chacon      
Cell Phone (818) 634-0545
Office (818) 838-9845

CRIME TRENDS/STATISTICS:
We have a lot of theft in the area.  Residents are reporting homeless people walking around their neighborhoods, stealing recyclables and anything else that is left unsecured.  Please secure your valuables and keep your garages closed and homes secure.  If you have suspicious people walking around in your neighborhoods, please call the Police.  Stealing recyclables is against the law! 

The Encampments on the freeway off and on ramps are being cleaned up by Cal Trans and the CHP.  Please continue to report the encampments in order to address them immediately and avoid further problems. 

Graffiti is a big problem in North Hills.  If you see graffiti, please report it!  The faster we can remove the graffiti, the more it will discourage other graffiti from going up.  Please call Graffiti Busters at 311.    
Trash in the area has increased.  Please call 311 and report your bulky items, such as couches and furniture, for free pick-up.  It keeps the neighborhood clean and a clean neighborhood is a safer neighborhood!
 
CRIME UPDATE:
We are at a -24% for the period of 1/19/14 to 2/15/14.  Theft is a problem, including Burglary from Motor Vehicle.  We had 14 car burglaries this period. 
 
CRIME PREVENTION TIP:
Attend Neighborhood Watch!  It makes a difference when we all work together to prevent crime.  Please make sure that your vehicles are locked when parked on the street.  We still have residents leaving valuables inside their parked vehicles.  Individuals are looking into parked cars and stealing your property.  Don’t make it easy or attractive for them to break into your cars! 

Report suspicious activity and call 1(877)-ASK-LAPD.   

Remember there is no excuse for domestic violence.  Talk to a friend, pastor, or your local support group for relationship problems prior to any violence.  You can always call a domestic violence hotline for referrals and assistance 24 hours a day at 1-818-887-6589.

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS:
The next Neighborhood Watch Meeting is scheduled for March 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Denny’s Restaurant located at 15540 Roscoe Bl.

Basic Car Area 19A75
Senior Lead Officer Sean Smith
Office Line (818) 838-9842
Cell Phone (818) 442-3183

CRIME TRENDS/STATISTICS:
There continues to be an increase in BFMV and GTA in the area of Van Nuys and Plummer Street.  I want to continue to encourage residence to report any suspicious activity to the police.  For residences that live in apartments, please encourage the property managers to fix any broken security doors and repair lights in the buildings. 

I am receiving reports that there have been a lot of abandoned residences in the area.  I have noticed that crime increases around abandoned homes.  I have been asking for the communities help so I can identify these properties so I can contact the real estate companies regarding this problem. If you notice any abandoned homes in your neighborhood please call me.  

CRIME UPDATE:
At 9147 Tobias Ave, there is an abandoned house that has become a hang out spot for young people and a group of gang members.  These young people are using this location as a place to drink, smoke narcotics, and have vandalized the interior of this residence.  I have noticed there has been an increase in crime in this area.  I believe the increase in crime is associated with the people who have been trespassing at this residence. 

I have met with the property owner and we are working on ways to secure this property. If you live in the area please call the police if you see any suspicious activity.  Thank You. 
 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS:
8407 Murietta Ave
March 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm

9618 Van Nuys Blvd
February 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm
The community room located at 9618 Van Nuys Blvd, first floor across from the manager’s office. 

8810 Katherine Ave
March 25, 2014 at 7:00pm

If you have any questions or you want to become more involved within your community please contacts me at (818) 838-9842. 
 
Basic Car Area 19A79
Senior Lead Officer Lee Perry
Office Line (818) 838-9844
Cell Phone (818) 634-0624

CRIME TRENDS:
The Arleta community continues to be impacted by property crimes (grand theft auto/GTA and burglary). Approximately 12 GTA’s were committed in the last reporting period. A majority of the stolen cars were older Toyota Camry’s. Burglaries also impacted the southeastern section of Arleta. Three Burglaries were committed within blocks away from each other during the same week. Crime is up in the Arleta area, but together we can reduce crime and improve the quality of life.

CRIME TIPS:
LAPD Mission Division police officers are working hard to apprehend criminals and recover victim’s property.  The Arleta area has experience an increase of GTA’s. Officers are patrolling the impacted areas and recovering numerous stolen cars and returning them to the registered owners. 

Recently, a local citizen observed suspicious activity across the street from his residence on his home surveillance video system.  Video showed a possible suspect removing items from a residence and placing them in his vehicle. Further investigation revealed that his neighbor home was burglarized. With assistance of the citizen surveillance video system, police officers were able to obtain the possible suspect’s description and his vehicle’s description. Within 36 hours of the crime, an officer observed the suspect’s vehicle then observed the suspect nearby. The suspect was arrested, his vehicle impounded and majority of the victims’ properties were recovered and returned to them. Great job all! 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS:
Meeting Groups                    Locations                Date & Time
1. Arleta N/W                        13821 Osborne St        March 4th at 6:30 p.m.
2. Debell St N/W                    13222 Debell St        March 5th at 7:00 p.m.
3. Branford Park N/W                13306 Branford St        March 11th at 6:30 p.m.   
4. Arleta Neighborhood Council    9757 Beachy Ave         March 18th at 6:30 p.m.
5. Gain St N/W                    14219 Gain St            March 26th at 6:45 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding joining or creating a neighborhood watch group in your area, please do not hesitate to contact me at (818) 838-9844.

Basic Car Area 19A85                                       
Senior Lead Officer Edwin Ayala
Desk Phone (818)-838-9854
Cell Phone   (818)-634-0718

Thank you for being involved in your community.  The LAPD does such a great job reducing crime, but it is with your help that we are able to do so.  I know I can count on you to help make Panorama City a safer place to live and work in by being aware of your surroundings.  Please continue to be aware of what is happening and who is on your block.

CRIME TRENDS/STATISTCIS:
As of 2/22/14, our Basic Car is -2.6% down in Part 1 crime.  We have had 111 Part 1 crimes, year to date.  In 2013, at this time, we had 114 Part 1 crimes.  We are currently seeing a rise in robberies in the area of Parthenia/Kester.  We have been making arrests in the area, and it is extremely important that the public is aware of this activity.  We are also seeing an 18% increase in the number of arrests from 2013, 251 compared to 212.

CRIME UPDATE:
There were 9 stolen vehicles and 12 car break-in’s/thefts (BFMV’s), particularly Honda Civics.  Most of our crime is occurring on Sundays between the hours of Noon-6 PM.  There were 32 Thefts reported, which include the Shoplifts at our local stores.  Thefts are something that the community can help us prevent; one easy way is by simply not leaving your property unattended, or not leaving any valuables out in plain sight when you park your vehicle. 

We have assigned officers to work the Panorama mall as a foot beat unit.  This is another way that we are trying to reduce the number of thefts and stolen vehicles in this area.  

CRIME PREVENTION TIP:
Thieves often access apartment building parking lots through inoperable gates.  Please ensure that all the gates in your complex are working.  Magnetic locks are very difficult to break and will last much longer.  Cameras are a great investment and have often assisted us in making arrests.

We see a lot of thefts near the Panorama Mall and Wal-Mart.  Please keep an eye on your personal property so that it does not get stolen; do not turn your backs to it.  The Panorama City Business Improvement District (BID) has played a key role in impacting crime in the commercial areas, such as the Van Nuys Blvd corridor.  A “Business Watch” is a great way to share information among other business owners and a great way to let the LAPD know about your concerns.  Contact me regarding a Business Watch.

Another way to stay informed is by signing up for the Nixle service.  It is free and it helps you receive critical information.  Sign up at www.nixle.com and look for “LAPD Mission.” 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS:
Below is a list of Community Meetings, please contact me with any questions.

Safer Cities Area Enhancement Meeting
(Covers area between 405 Fwy/Roscoe/Van Nuys/Nordhoff St)
Held on a Quarterly basis-next meeting will be in April, Location and time TBA
Panorama City-West Neighborhood Watch Meeting
2nd Wednesday of every month – 7:00 PM
Mission Community Hospital, 14860 Roscoe Boulevard

Panorama City-Tyrone Ave Neighborhood Watch Meeting
4th Wednesday of every month, 7:00 PM
8600 Block of Tyrone Ave, exact location TBA

Panorama City Neighborhood Council
4th Thursday of every month – 6:30 PM
Mission Community Hospital, 14860 Roscoe Boulevard

Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB)
3rd Wednesday of every month - 6:15 PM- Social/6:30 PM- meeting
Mission Community Police Station, Community Room

Basic Car 19A93 Panorama City Area
Acting Senior Lead Officer Cesar Larios
Office Phone (818) - 838-9847
Cell Phone (818)-637-2082

CRIME TRENDS:
From 01/19/14 to 02/15/14 the crime trends were property crimes.  The area had 2 Burglaries, 5 Grand Theft Autos, 11 Thefts, and 7 Burglary for Motor Vehicle, 0 homicides, and 3 robbery crime incidents.   The Mission Detectives are working hard to solve these crimes.  If you have any information that could help us find these criminals, please contact the Detective front desk at 818-838-9810.

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.
 
CRIME TIP:
•Make an inspection of your residence's exterior in the daytime and at night and note areas where someone could hide unseen. Trim bushes and trees to remove hiding places and add exterior lighting.
• Check to make sure the contents of your residence are not visible from outside.
•Lock your doors and windows and set your alarm every time you leave.
•Put an interior light on a timer so your residence is not dark when you are out.
•Put a lock on your gate.
•Remember to bring in your trash cans on trash days. Trash cans left outside tell burglars no one is home.

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENT:
Blythe Street Neighborhood watch meeting will be March 26, 2014 (fourth Wednesday of each month) at 5:30 PM at 14705 Blythe Street.

Panorama City Neighborhood Council, March 27, 2014 (fourth Thursday of each month) at 6:30 PM. At Mission Community Hospital, at 14860 Roscoe Blvd Medical Office 2nd floor.

Marson Park Neighborhood Watch: March 12, 2014 (second Wednesday of each month), at 5:30 PM. Marson Park (Sepulveda Blvd and Marson St).
Noble Marson Neighborhood Watch, March 21, 2014 (3rd Friday Altering months) at 6:30 PM (Marson Street and Saloma Ave cul-de-sac.

Kaiser Hospital Neighborhood Watch, (Altering months) at 6:30 PM Panorama City Kaiser Hospital.

 
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