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Mission Community Newsletter
June 2014 Vol. XIIII, No. 6

We had personnel changes in our Command Staff at Mission Area this month.  Captain Rob Marino was reassigned from Mission Area to Devonshire Area. Lieutenant Lee Sands from Robert Homicide Division was promoted to Captain and assigned to Mission Area as the Patrol Commanding Officer.  I would like to personally thank Captain Marino for the dedication and leadership he displayed while serving as the Patrol Commanding Officer at Mission Area.   I would also like to welcome Captain Sands to our “Mission Area Team”.  Captain Sands brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, enthusiasm and energy to Mission Area and I am very excited to work with him to make our community safer. 

A national holiday is upon us as the 4th of July approaches. There will be many family parties to celebrate the birth of our Nation. I wish all Mission families a safe and enjoyable holiday. Yearly, the Fire Department reports hundreds of fire and personal injuries due to illegal fireworks in the Los Angeles Area.  I would encourage everyone to take advantage of the numerous public and professional fireworks displays in the San Fernando Valley. Again, have a safe and festive 4th of July. 

Here is a look at our 2014 Year-to-Date crime statistics: 5 homicides, 18 rapes, 125 robberies, and 141 aggravated assaults.  This is a 1.4% decrease in total violent crime compared to last year’s year-to-date statistics.  In the category of property crimes, we had 243 burglaries, 352 grand theft autos, 565 burglary/theft from motor vehicles and 585 personal/other thefts; representing a 2.9% decrease in total property crime compared to last year’s year-to-date statistics. Our goals are challenging with opportunities to better our community; with your continuing support we will achieve our goals.

* Area Commanding Officer Todd Chamberlain,
* Patrol Commanding Officer Lee Sands,
* Mission Community Relations Office, Sergeant Adrian Torres,


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 July 2014
The sale, use or possession of all fireworks is illegal in the City of Los Angeles. The LAPD will be strictly enforcing the law.

How to report a crime/Who to call
If you see suspicious activity anywhere in the City of LA, call the LAPD non-emergency number: 1-877-275-5273 (1-877-ASK-LAPD).
Suspicious people in your neighborhood-suspects going door to door, someone claiming to need access to your home or yard- Immediately call (877) ASK-LAPD (1-877-275-5273). When safe to do so note description of suspicious persons, vehicles license plate or distinguishing marks.
Loud Parties, Fireworks, Illegal vendors, vehicles not belonging to a neighbor (possibly stolen) parked for more than 72 hours, persons occupying a Foreclosed home: (1-877-275-5273) (877) ASK-LAPD, Mission Front Desk (818) 838-9800. Provide the address if possible. When reporting a loud party: You may ask your name be kept confidential; please leave a call back number so we can confirm the situation is no longer a problem. You can also call the Mission Station Front Desk (818) 838-9800 and request the Party Response Car.
After you have called them, then give me a call so I’m up to date with activity in your neighborhood.

Protect yourself: Criminals look for easy targets. Help us in preventing these crimes by taking responsibility for your valuables.
Do not let strangers in your home or yard for any reason! Do not rely on a vest or hat with a CABLE or GAS logo. Require ID. Ask them to wait outside, close and lock the door, call the company to verify who they are and their need to be on your property. 311 will connect you to all city services.
Do not leave personal items unattended in grocery stores, gas stations, gyms, and restaurants.

Burglary Theft from Vehicle (BTFV) The preventable crime. To avoid becoming a victim always lock your vehicle and ensure all items of value are locked out of sight in the trunk or glove box. Popular item include expensive electronics, portable GPS systems, IPODS, cellular telephones, lap top computers, along with purses, mail and items with personal information.
Do not leave the remote garage openers visible in your vehicle.
Do not keep spare keys to your vehicle or residence in your vehicle.

Stranger Danger: Children are out of school with free time. Teach them to be cautious in public areas such as pools, parks, Malls, Amusement and Entertainment facilities. Report any suspicious activity immediately to a parent and Security Guard. The LAPD has several programs available including the Extreme Teen in Sylmar Park, the Explorer and PALS programs, contact our Explorer and Community Relations Office at (818) 838-9860. Sylmar Library calendar: , Library, Library.  See Links below for June events   

Illegal Vendors I continue to receive complaints from the community regarding the illegal vendors plaguing our neighborhoods with their unsanitary food items. They are unlicensed and unregulated. Please do not purchase anything from them.

The Sylmar Block Captains meet on the third Tuesday of the month at Mission Station 11121 Sepulveda Bl., in the community room. Everyone is welcome.  Please spread the word, so we can work together to make your neighborhoods safe.

Sylmar Neighborhood Council: or call (818) 833-8737
311 LA City services including broken streetlight, bulking trash items, LADWP, abandoned animals.

You are allowed 5 two day Yard Sales per year. Items must be used and from within the property. If you know of a repeated Yard sale or one selling new items call 311. Include the address, dates and times. You may also report online at Your name & call back info will be kept confidential.

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

Robberies are our primary concern at this time.  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.

From 04/27/14 to 05/2414 the crime trends were property crimes.  The area had 7 Burglaries, 6 Grand Theft Autos, 7 Thefts, and 28 Burglary for Motor Vehicle, 1 homicide, and 2 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: 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.

Next block captain meeting will be held June 17 at 6; 30 PM at LAPD Mission community police station located at11121 N. Sepulveda Blvd. 

Next neighborhood watch meeting will be held June 26 at 7; 30 PM at Bible Baptist church located at 13725 Fenton Ave in Sylmar. 

•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 Philip Ruiz. I hope all of you and your families had a safe Memorial Day weekend. With the just concluded Memorial Day, I would like to thank all military personnel who sacrificed their lives for us and died while serving their Country.

Now that it’s starting to heat up even more. I want to remind all residents to always keep your doors and windows locked when leaving your homes, even if you’re going to be gone for just a few minutes. This is the time of year when residents leave to run daily tasks and often forget to lock and secure their homes. Upon returning to their homes, the resident discovers an unknown suspect entered their house through an unlocked window or screen door and has stolen their property. Don’t become a victim, remember to lock up!!!

I also ask that you continue to call in the 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. Remember, it is the partnership between the community and the Police Department that can help solve problems and reduce the fear and incidence of crime. Keep up the good work!

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) 838-9843.

At the moment, we are currently down (- 6.9 %) in Part-1 Crime from a year ago. Last year in 2013, we had a total of 217 Part-1 crimes in the Mission Hills Area. So far this year, we have had a total of 202 part-1 crimes. The hottest crimes at the moment are Thefts. Most of these thefts are occurring along the Sepulveda Corridor. Please remember to secure your purses, cell phones, I-pads etc. when out at public locations such as hospitals, restaurants, gas stations etc. If you set your property down, please remember to not take your eyes off it. Once again, personal responsibility is the best prevention to becoming a victim.    

Please join us at our next MH Neighborhood Watch meeting which will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 7pm at Mission Area Police Station.

Mission Hills Neighborhood Council – 1st Monday of every month at 6:45 p.m.
Mission Area Community Police Station Community Room

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

I have had numerous concerns brought up regarding Prostitution and Homeless Encampments.  The encampments around and on freeway property is handled by Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol.  Encampments on the City Street are handled by the LAPD and the Street Services Department.  The city street encampments have a new procedure due to recent law suits.  The clean-ups now will take longer due to the new procedures.  Please report the location of the encampments to 311 and ask to be transferred to Street Services.  Also give me a call and I can start to work on it.  I ask for patience and your understanding in this matter. 

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!

The property crime occurring in the area is Burglary for Motor Vehicles.  The majority of the crime occurring from 12am to 6am. The Motels are bringing in a lot of activity into the area.  Please report criminal activity, including loitering at apartment buildings and motels.  The individuals may be involved with prostitution, drugs or gang activity.  Please call 877-ASK-LAPD and report the activity.
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.

The next Neighborhood Watch Meeting is scheduled for June 25, 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

I have recently received reports of vehicles that have been stolen where the victim left the keys in the car and the car was running.  This is one of those situations where the victims could have prevented this from occurring.  Let’s not give these criminals these kinds of opportunities to take your vehicles.   

I want to continue to remind everyone to lock and secure your homes and vehicles.  I am continuing to receive reports of BFMV’s where the property taken are now personal documents (mail containing personal information, completed employment applications, and credit card statements).  This is just another reminder to protect your personal information and your property. 

As we approach the summer time I wanted to ask residence to inform me of any locations that have a history of having issues regarding fireworks.  I wanted to contact those residents and remind them of the law regarding fireworks in the City of Los Angeles.  We understand that this is one of the biggest complaints residents have during the 4th of July. 

I want to encourage everyone to report any suspicious activity to either the LAPD non- emergency number (877) ASK-LAPD.  There have been several arrests that were due to the community’s assistance. 

I am excited to continue to serve the people of north Panorama City. 

8400 Murietta Ave
June 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Front yard

9618 Van Nuys Blvd
June 17, 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
June 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Front lawn

If you have any questions or you want to become more involved within your community please contacts me at (818) 838-9842. 

Basic Car 19A79
Senior Lead Officer Lee Perry
Office (818) 838-984
Cell (818) 818-634-0624

Crime has continued to decrease this past month. BFMVs and Grand Theft Auto (GTA) slightly decreased, however, and burglary increased. During the past month, 11 burglaries were committed in the basic car area. Majority of the burglaries occurred during the day.

LAPD Mission Area patrol officers are conducting continuous enforcement throughout the area. As a result of the patrol officer’s attention to details, they recently made a great GTA arrest.  LAPD 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.

Hide it! Lock it! Keep it!

Meeting Groups                Locations                        Date & Time
1. Arleta N/W                    13821 Osborne St                June 3rd at 6:30 p.m.
2. Debell St                    13222 Debell St                June 4th at 7:00 p.m.
3. Arleta NC                    9757 Beachy Ave                 June 17th at 6:30 p.m.
4. Gain St N/W                14219 Gain St                    June 25th 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 19A93 Panorama City Area
Senior Lead Officer Cesar Larios
Office Phone 818- 838-9847
Cell Phone 818-637-2082

Burglary Theft from Motor Vehicle and Grand Theft Auto is our primary concern at this time.  If anyone has any information regarding the BFMV/GTA suspects, please contact me as soon as possible.  Most of the incidents involving BFMV/GTA’s 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 04/20/14 to 05/17/14 the crime trends were property crimes. Burglaries are down -22.2%, Grand Theft Auto are up 5.9%, Thefts are up 30.5%, and Burglary for Motor Vehicle are up 8.8%, 0 homicides. 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.

We are in a drought year, so do your best to conserve water. Minimize time on your sprinklers when in use. DWP is currently working on an incentive program for whoever reduces their water bill by 20 % or more. Stay informed.

Blythe Street Neighborhood Watch meeting will be June 25, 2014 (fourth Wednesday of each month) at 5:30 PM at 14705 Blythe Street. Moved this month due to special guest speakers.
Panorama City Neighborhood Council, June 26, 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:
June 11, 2014 (second Wednesday of each month), at 5:30 PM. Marson Park (Sepulveda Blvd and Marson St).

Noble Marson Neighborhood Watch:
Canceled due to vacation, at Noble and Marson St) at 6:30 PM (Marson Street and Saloma Ave cul-de-sac.

Kaiser Hospital Neighborhood Watch:
(In progress of revamping) at 6:30 PM Panorama City Kaiser Hospital.

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