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Mission Community Newsletter

December 2014 Vol. XIIII, No. 12

Happy Holidays everyone!

I want to express a sincere thank you to each of you for your hard work, commitment, and partnership we share. This was a difficult, challenging and at times, extremely heartbreaking year for many of us. We endured these trying times together, and I know we will continue to do so together working towards a fresh and new beginning in 2015.

I would also like to thank every community members who attended the CPAB Summit last month. I truly hope it was worth your time and that you gained some useful information to share with your respective communities.

Next month in January, the Los Angeles Police Department is conducting its first Community Police Academy of 2015 (English speaking). If you are interested or know someone who would like to become more familiar with their Los Angeles Police Department, please contact Sergeant Adrian Torres in the Mission Area Community Relations office for further information.

Good news! Total Violent Crime which includes homicides, rapes, robbery and burglary is down over 10% the last two years! Victims of shootings are also down 43% within the same time period.  Outstanding! Remember, we don’t achieve these results without the partnership we share.

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:

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

In closing, as we near the end of year, please take time to reflect on what matters most to you and make a renewed commitment to make a difference. Each and every one of you is an important part of this organization and I appreciate the great work you do. Together, you have made this Department what it is and what it will become for those to follow. I look forward to the opportunities created by the challenges the New Year will bring.


Area Commanding Officer
Mission Community Police Station

Neighborhood Watch groups are an important part of community policing. You will get to know your neighbors and important crime data for your community. Give me a call for a meeting near you.

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, Telephone Tree and Events. CPAB meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:15 PM, Mission Community Police Station Community Room, 11121 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, CA 91345.

Basic Car 19A1
Senior Lead Officer John Lonergan
Office Phone (818) 838-9848
Cell Phone (818) 634-0610

We have had no homicides to date this year. Violent crime is down 6.8 %. Property crime is down 23.3%. Year to date total crime is down 21.3 % equaling one-hundred twenty-nine less crimes over last year.

LAPD Mission Area patrol officers continue to make significant arrests contributing to the decrease in crime.  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) The preventable crime continues to be a serious problem. Don't leave your purse, cell phone or packages in your car, back seat or on the floor where potential thieves can see them. Lock packages and valuables in the trunk.

Credit/ID Theft: Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused. Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
Inspect your credit report. Credit reports contain information about you, including what accounts you have and your bill paying history. The law requires Equifax, Experian, and Transunion to give you a free copy of your credit report each year. Use a different company every 4 months: 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).

The Sylmar Block Captains Neighborhood Watch meets the third Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 pm at Mission Community Police Station, 11121 Sepulveda Bl... Everyone is welcome. You will receive current crime data for your community and hear from Guest Speakers.

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

Aggravated Assaults are our primary concern at this time.  If anyone has any information regarding any suspects, please contact me as soon as possible.  Also please keep in mind that it is the time of the year when our Burglary from Motor Vehicles go up. Please be mindful of this and properly secure your vehicles, any bags and leave porch lights on to illuminate the area.

From 11/02/14 to 11/29/14, the crime trends were property crimes.  The area had 5 Burglaries, 10 Grand Theft Autos, 8 Thefts, and 17 Burglary for Motor Vehicle, 1 homicide, and 5 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.
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.

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

I hope everyone is doing well and that you all had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Holiday with your loved ones. With Christmas & New Year’s right around the corner, I would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Holidays. Remember when gathering with family and friends during holiday celebrations, “DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE”. We want you to have fun and enjoy gatherings with loved ones, but we also want you to be safe and avoid any tragic incidents. So please, have a designated driver and Don’t Drink & Drive. I also ask that you be a good neighbor when having a party and keep the noise level down and not disturb your neighbors.

I want to give a special thank you to The San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade Committee for organizing the 11th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade, which was held on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, at Laurel Canyon between San Fernando Mission Bl and Paxton St. The parade had a great turnout and was a huge success.
If you have any questions on joining or creating a neighborhood watch group in your area, please do not hesitate to contact me (Ofcr Ruiz) at (818) 838-9843.

Currently, our year-to-date crime in Mission Hills has seen a (- 9.7 %) reduction from the previous year. In 2013 we had 494 Part 1 crimes reported, and so far in 2014 we have had 446 Part 1 crimes reported. Remember, our goal for 2014 is to reduce crime by (-3%) from the previous year.

Property crimes continue to be our main issues. Burglary Theft from Vehicles are the most common crimes occurring throughout the area. The majority of the crimes have been taking place between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. Remember to never leave anything valuable in your vehicle or in plain sight and remember to always lock your doors. With the holidays approaching, it’s important to not leave shopping bags in plain sight for the criminals to see.

If you observe any suspicious persons or suspicious activity in your neighborhoods, don’t hesitate to call the non-emergency number at (818) 734-2223. 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 listed above. Let us officers respond & determine if it’s a big nothing!!!

19A43 Monthly Basic Car Meeting (Neighborhood Watch)
4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Mission Area Community Police Station Community Room

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

Happy Holidays to everyone. We are at a -9.7 % in crime reduction.  The crime trend for this month is Grand Theft Auto and Burglary for Motor Vehicle.  Please secure your homes and property this Holiday season.  Don’t become a Victim!  Report suspicious activity and be a good neighbor. Please keep crime prevention as part of your Holiday plans.  Be aware of anything suspicious in your neighborhoods.  “See Something, Say Something!”  Call (877) ASK-LAPD if you see anything suspicious.

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! Especially Apartment Managers! Please be good neighborhood leaders and lead by example.  Keep your buildings and streets clean for your residents and especially the children.

For this period, property crime is occurring along Sepulveda Bl, Orion Ave and Columbus Ave. 
Please lock and secure your vehicles.  Do not leave valuables in plain sight or you will be a victim of Burglary! 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! 

Call 311 for pick-up of trash, furniture and debris on YOUR streets!  Let’s have a safe and clean Holiday season.

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 January 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Denny’s Restaurant located at 15540 Roscoe Bl.  See you there!

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

As we approach the end of the holiday’s season, I want to continue to remind everyone to lock and secure your homes and vehicles.  In the past years criminals have used this time of year to prey on residence in the community.  Often, we get caught up in the holiday season and forget to secure our homes and vehicles. 

BFMV and Burglaries have continued to increase in the area along the Van Nuys corridor and the neighborhoods to the east and west of the corridor.  I have recently received reports of Burglaries where the victims have left their doors unlocked to their homes.  This is one of those situations where the victims could have prevented this crime from occurring. 

I am continuing to receive reports of BFMV’s where the property taken out of the cars have been 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. 

On several occasions, I have conducted foot beats in some apartment buildings along the Van Nuys Corridor.  I have noticed in some of these buildings, the front security door for the building were propped open allowing, anyone access to the complex. In these same buildings, I noticed that the front doors to some apartments were unlocked allowing someone to enter your actual unit.  Please, don’t be a victim and remember to secure your front door to your residence.  Remind your neighbors to do the same.    

Remember to lock your doors and windows, don’t leave valuables in plain view, be aware of your surroundings, and report suspicious behavior.  To report any suspicious activity call LAPD non- emergency number (877) ASK-LAPD or call 911. 

No meetings this month

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

Crime rate in the Arleta community continues to decline. As of November 15, 2014, Part 1 crime is down -9.4%. (GTAs -5.4%, Burglary -15.8%, BFMV -18.8%).

In recent years during the holiday season, our community was impacted by an increase of theft related crime. Area citizens ordered items from the internet and had them shipped to their home via United Parcel Service (UPS), Federal Express (Fed Ex), or United States Postal Service. Upon arrival, the carrier delivered the package and placed it on the resident’s front porch area. When the carrier drives away, a theft suspect entered the property, and removed packages from the porch area.  Beware of these thieves! The citizen often ONLY calls the carrier service to inquire about their lost package. A citizen should also contact their local law enforcement agency to report the theft. I suggest if you are unable to personally receive the package, have it delivered to a trusted neighbor or you pick it up at the carrier’s service center. “If you see something, say something.”

If you have any information that could assist us investigate criminal activity, please contact the Detective front desk at 818-838-9810.

Meeting Groups            Locations        Date & Time
1. Arleta Looky Loos            13821 Osborne St    Dec 4th at 6:30
2. Debell St                 13222 Debell St    Dec 5th at 7:00 pm
3. Arleta Neighborhood Council    9757 Beachy Ave     Dec 18th at 6:30 pm

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
Office 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.

As of 11/29/14, our Basic Car is -8% down in Part 1 crime.  We have had 658 Part 1 crimes year to date.  In 2013, at this time, we had 715 Part 1 crimes.  I am asking the community to continue to help us with locking up their valuables.  One car break-in is one too many.  Remember “Lock it Hide it Keep it!”  We have seen a rise in the theft of personal documents from inside vehicles, so please don’t leave any paperwork with your personal information inside your cars. 

There were (9) stolen vehicles and (5) car break-in’s/thefts (BFMV’s), particularly Honda Accords and Toyotas.  Most of our crime is occurring on Sundays, and between the hours of Noon- 6 PM.  There were (8) 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 continue to do foot beats at our shopping centers.  This is another way that we are trying to reduce the number of thefts and stolen vehicles in this area.  

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.  I strongly recommend that you get involved in your local Neighborhood Watch.  Please see the below list of meetings.

Another way to stay informed is by signing up for the Nixle service, Nextdoor, and Twitter.  They are free and they help you receive critical information.  Sign up at and look for “LAPD Mission.”

Safer Cities Area Enhancement Meeting (***No December meeting***)
(Covers area between 405 Fwy/Roscoe/Van Nuys/Nordhoff St)

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
Senior Lead Officer Cesar Larios
Office Phone (818) 838-9847
Cell Phone (818) 679-2082

Burglary Theft from Motor Vehicle and Stolen vehicles 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 12:00 a.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. See something say something.

From 10/19/14 to 11/15/14 the crime trends were property crimes.  The area had 4 Burglaries, 11 Grand Theft Autos, 16 Thefts, and 16 Burglary for Motor Vehicle, 0 homicides, and 0 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.

The Holidays are upon us. Along with heavy traffic, we have a million things on our minds. Please slow down and pay attention to your surroundings while shopping. Secure your belongings where they are not visible in your vehicle. Always remember it’s the season of giving and be kind to each other.

Blythe Street Neighborhood watch meeting will be December 24, 2014 (fourth Wednesday of each month) at 5:30 PM at 14705 Blythe Street.

Panorama City Neighborhood Council, December 18, 2014, due to Christmas Holiday (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:
December 10, 2014 (second Wednesday of each month), at 5:30 PM. Marson Park (Sepulveda Blvd and Marson St).

•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. Call me for details.