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Van Nuys Community Newsletter
 
 
September 2014 Vol. XV, No. 9

Captain's Message

I would like to wish everyone a nice Labor Day holiday!  It seems like the summer went by so quickly.  If you are traveling on the holiday weekend, please drive safely and courteously.  Please ask your neighbors to look out for your home while you are away.  Also, now that the schools are back in session, please be careful of the children crossing at intersections as they walk to school.

I would like to share our crime statistics with you.  For 2014, the Department set a goal of reducing Part I crimes by 3%.  As of August 23, 2014, we have an increase of 32.6% in Violent Crimes compared to this time last year.  Street robberies and aggravated assaults have been the greatest increase.  We have a decrease of 14.4% in Property Crimes.  Overall, Part I crimes are down 10.4% over this time last year.

I would like to encourage all of you to participate or start a Neighborhood Watch program, and to think about joining our Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) or the Mid-Valley Community Police Council.  These two groups are an integral part of Van Nuys Community Police Station’s relationship and outreach with the community.  The C-PAB Co-Chair is Penny Meyer.  The President of our MVCPC Executive Board is Ron Feinstein.  If you would like information about the meetings for the C-PAB or MVCPC, please contact Sergeant
Tarek Ismail, Officer in Charge, Community Relations Office at (818) 374-1996.

If you have not had an opportunity to logon to our websites, please do so.  You can “LIKE” us on Facebook at facebook.com/LAPDVanNuysDivision, “FOLLOW” us on Twitter at twitter.com/lapdVanNuysDiv, and “FOLLOW” us on Nixle at local.nixle.com/lapd---van-nuys, FOLLOW” us on Patch at shermanoaks.patch.com/listings/lapd-van-nuys-station, and “VISIT” us online at www.lapdvannuys.com/.

I hope everyone enjoyed the summer.  I would like to thank all of you for your continuing support, and and for being the “eyes and ears” for the Van Nuys Police Station.

 

IVAN MINSAL, Captain
Commanding Officer
Van Nuys Area




Who to Contact?
Please report any suspicious activity or persons by calling the Los Angeles Police Department Non-Emergency phone number at: 877.ASK.LAPD.  For crimes in progress dial: 911.

Keep our community clean!  Call: 311 or visit http://lacity.org/MyLA311/index.htm to report graffiti, bulky items on the street or sidewalks, and shopping carts in the area.  You can also download the MyLA311 Smartphone Mobile Application to submit your report.  Keeping the streets clean shows the criminals that we have pride in our community and we will not tolerate their activities.

If you would like information on resources available to support or counsel victims of domestic violence, call the City of Los Angeles “211” support number (option 7) or www.211LA.org.

For more information about domestic violence see the LAPD webpage, where you will find online information and resources to go to: http://www.lapdonline.org/get_informed/content_basic_view/8893

Also, you can contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233) and Domestic Abuse Center, 14402 Haynes Street, Van Nuys, CA 91401; (818) 904-1700 (not a 24-hour hotline)

Neighborhood Watch News

Nextdoor.com: LAPD is recommending www.Nextdoor.com.  This is a free service that builds community and promotes community awareness.  To logon go to www.Nextdoor.com and click on create account, or enter your zip code and press “Get Started.”

Neighborhood Justice Program (NJP): The LA City Attorney is launching a new program called “The Los Angeles City Attorney Neighborhood Justice Program.”  The Neighborhood Justice Program (NJP) is an opportunity for three community members to take an active role in how the community responds to the commission of minor crimes, such as vandalism and petty theft.  People who commit certain misdemeanors appear before a panel of community members  (instead of going to court and having a criminal record) to discuss the crime, the reasons for its commission and the negative impacts it has caused.  For more information contact: Peter Borenstein (213) 978-8735 or peter.borenstein@lacity.org.

If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain and starting a Neighborhood Watch Program in your neighborhood, please call your Senior Lead Officer at their number below for further details.

The L.A.P.D. is continuing to bring community policing to the Internet.  The E-Policing program enables Senior Lead Officers, Area Captains, and Detectives to e-mail Newsletters, crime trends, and other important information to you.  It is easy, sign-up now.  Get LAPD crime maps join/start a Neighborhood Watch and become part of our team of crime-fighters.

Remember to: LIKE us on Facebook: facebook.com/LAPDVanNuysDivision.  FOLLOW us on Twitter: twitter.com/lapdVanNuysDiv.  FOLLOW us on Nixle: local.nixle.com/lapd---van-nuys.  FOLLOW us on Patch: shermanoaks.patch.com/listings/lapd-van-nuys-station.

Upcoming Community Events

Please come out and support:

9/11 Memorial at LAFD, Station 88, 5101 Sepulveda Boulevard, September 11th, 6:30 pm.

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. Their meeting is the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., in the Marvin Braude Constituents Center located at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd. 

Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council.  Their meeting is the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., in the staff lounge at Valley College located at 5800 Fulton Avenue.

Valley Glen Neighborhood Association.  Their meeting is the 3rd Tuesday of every even numbered month at 7:00 p.m., at Kittridge Elementary School located at 13619 Kittridge Street.

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council.  Their meeting is the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at Sherman Oaks Elementary School located at 14755 Greenleaf Street.

Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association.  Their meeting is the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at Notre Dame High School located at 13645 Riverside Drive.

District 3 (Sherman Oaks) Neighborhood Watch Block Leaders.  Their meeting is the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at the Sunkist Building located at 14130 Riverside Drive.

North Van Nuys Basic Car Area 9A5
Senior Lead Officer Justin Bergmann
Cellular Phone: 818-731-2556
Email address: 32052@lapd.lacity.org

Crime Trends/Statistics
LAPD has joined with Nextdoor.com to further enhance our ability to work hand and hand with our local communities. Nextdoor.com is an internet site that you can only join as a verified resident in your neighborhood.  It is a great way to keep up with what is going on with your neighbors and keep abreast of what is happening in your specific area.  Please take a look at their site and join for your neighborhood. I will periodically be posting crime information, crime prevention and community events for issues specific to your area.  The site can be found at www.nextdoor.com

I am in the process of re-building our Neighborhood and Business Watch groups in the North Van Nuys area.  If you are a resident or business and are not part of a group in your area, please reach out to me so that we can collaborate to make your area as safe as possible.  

Crime Prevention Tips
If your receiving a package by delivery, please be vigilant about removing it from your front door as soon as its  delivered, or if your not going to be home, have a neighbor pick it up.  Or arrange with your mail person to place delivered packages in an out of sight area.

East-Central Van Nuys Basic Car Area 9A19
Senior Lead Officer Kathryn Paschal
Cellular Phone: 818-731-2566
E-Mail address: 36128@lapd.lacity.org

Crime Trends/Statistics
Prperty related crimes have been continuing.  Criminals are still checking for unlocked vehicles with items of interest inside.  These items can be a purse, CD case, navigation system, etc.  When criminals find the unlocked vehicle, they take advantage of the opportunity.  Therefore, please, remember to lock your vehicles and take your valuables inside or place them under a car seat.  Simply placing your valuables in the center console or glove compartment may be enough to avoid a criminal selecting your vehicle.  Your vigilance will help make our community a safer place to live.  

Crime Prevention Tips
Make sure that you are aware of your surroundings.  If you are walking and talking/texting on your cell phone, take a moment every once in a while to look at who and what is around you.  Criminals love to prey on people that are not paying attention. 

Now that we are in the full swing of summer, please be mindful of children playing in the neighborhoods.  Please do not leave children or pets unattended in your vehicle.  You may be surprised to find out how high temperatures can soar within the interior of a car during a hot, sunny day.  However, it is important to note that the outside temperature does not have to be hot in order for a car to become an oven-like death trap.  Even temperatures considered mild can lead to death during an extended period of time.

Remember to report crimes and suspicious behavior.  If we don’t know what’s happening, then we won’t know what resources to use!

Central Van Nuys Basic Car Area 9A23
Senior Lead Officer Erika Kirk
Cellular Phone: 818-731-2557
Email Address: 37525@lapd.lacity.org

Crime Trends /Statistics
Burglary/Theft from Motor Vehicles (BFMV) is still a problem.  A majority of these are vehicles either left unlocked, or left unattended with valuables in plain sight.  Please talk with your family and friends and remind them to be vigilant by always securing their vehicles, and removing any valuables from inside.  If you have a garage or secured parking, take the opportunity to use it and park your vehicle there.
 
Thefts as well as robberies of persons, at our local businesses are also an issue, not only shoplifting, but thefts of personal property from store patrons.  When you are shopping, always pay attention to your belongings, and never leave them unattended in a shopping cart, on a counter, on the floor, etc.  If it is important, always keep it with you.

Vice issues along the Sepulveda Corridor are still being addressed.  Our Vice Unit will continue to monitor the area.  Councilwoman Martinez has extended a grant which will allow trained Vice investigators to work extended hours along the Sepulveda Corridor.  We will now have seven day coverage to combat the ongoing Human Trafficking issue in our Area.

Crime Prevention Tips
Remember the basics.  Your mind set will keep you from becoming a victim.  Always think about the simple things you can do to keep from being the next report I review.   Lock it, Hide it, Keep it!

Valley Glen Basic Car Area 9A37
Senior Lead Officer Steve Underwood
Cellular (Field) Phone: 818-731-2562
Email Address: 36355@lapd.lacity.org

Crime Trends/Statistics
Crime has decreased considerably in comparison to 2013.  All crimes continue to be present, just at a very small scale.  A hot topic has been identity theft at local gas stations.  Credit Card scanners can be placed at gas pumps easily.  There have been a few day time residential burglaries, though there is not a consistent pattern. 

Crime Prevention Tips
If you decide to use plastic in place of cash at the gas pump use a credit card instead of an ATM card.  With Credit Cards they are taking the credit card company’s money, with an ATM card they are stealing your money.  Banks sometimes take four to 10 weeks to replace money taken from an ATM, credit cards are normally quick to replenish.  If you must use an ATM card, try to use the gas pump that is in clear view of the gas station attendant.  When the credit card readers are in place, they are usually placed out of view of the gas station attendant.  Join Nextdoor.com and get plugged into your community.

Upcoming Community/ Neighborhood Watch Events
Please come out and support events in the Valley Glen and surrounding area.  On September 8, at 7:00 p.m., is the Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council meeting.  On September 11, at  6:30 p.m., there will be a 9/11 Memorial at LAFD, Station 88, 5101 Sepulveda Boulevard.  On September 24, at 6:00 p.m., an Armenian Forum, location TBA, will be hosted by LAPD, North Hollywood Division.

Neighborhood Watch News
Sign up for Nextdoor.com to get involved in your community.  If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch Program, please call me at (818) 731-2562 for further details.

Central Van Nuys Basic Car Area 9A41
Senior Lead Officer Anthony Cabunoc
Cellular Phone: 818-731-2560
Email Address: 25170@lapd.lacity.org

Crime Trends /Statistics
Upon return from vacation, I learned that our area crime numbers took a turn for the worse. Overall we are even with last year’s numbers 384 crimes reported to date.  Violent crime percentages have risen 40.9% along with residential burglaries up 17.4%.  There are no patterns or areas within Basic Car 41 that have experienced a cluster of these crimes but never the less the number of incidents rose.  As for the violent crimes, robberies and aggravated assaults, officers have been directed to patrol Van Nuys Boulevard north of Oxnard Street.  As for our residential burglaries, I again remind everyone to secure windows and doors when you leave for any period of time. Know your neighbors and develop a relationship that would make your neighbor feel at ease to question someone who is perhaps trespassing, is a contractor, or appearing suspicious.

Crime Prevention Tips
Please remember to report suspicious activity and remind neighbors of the importance of not leaving valuables inside vehicles.  Remove all valuables from your vehicle “Lock It, Hide it, Keep it.”  Stop the circle of violence.  Please report any incidents of Domestic Violence or family violence.

North Sherman Oaks Basic Car 9A63
Senior Lead Officer Trent Berry
Cellular Phone: 818-731-2563
Email address: 27270@lapd.lacity.org

Crime Trends / Statistics
As we head into the month of September, property crime for the northern Sherman Oaks community is down about -10%, as compared to this same time period from last year.  Please continue to take extra precautions in securing your vehicles and not leaving property behind, to help reduce the incidents of Theft from Motor Vehicle.  I am currently experiencing a slight spike in residential burglaries, in the northwestern part of Sherman Oaks.  Please be mindful of this, and properly secure your homes when away at work. Our Neighborhood Watches have been asked to forward the word and to put crime prevention measures into practice.  I cannot stress enough the importance of “Lock It, Hide it, Keep It” and removing valuables from inside your vehicles.  This simple step will help to maintain our reductions in property crime.

Crime Prevention Tips
Let us watch out for one another as a community and be the “eyes and ears” for your Police Department.  Please report all suspicious activity in your neighborhood.  To combat auto theft, try to utilize a theft deterrent device such as steering wheel locks, alarms, etc.   Be mindful of keeping doors and windows locked when leaving your residence.  Often these points of entry are forgotten and left unsecured.  When on vacation, have a close friend or neighbor keep an eye on your residence and stop mail and newspapers deliveries.  Set interior and any exterior lights on timers, and have that same neighbor or family member park a car that is often moved in and out of the driveway.  Please note the descriptions of persons loitering in the area and call non-emergency dispatch to report it.

South Sherman Oaks Basic Car 9A89
Senior Lead Officer Jose Saldana
Cellular Phone: 818-731-2565
Email Address: 30853@lapd.lacity.org

Crime Trends / Statistics
For the southern Sherman Oaks community, we are still down about -19.9% in overall crime as compared to this same time period from last year.  With this being said, Iam still experiencing a few day and night time residential burglaries south of Ventura Boulevard between Kester Avenue and Van Nuys Boulevard.   Please remember to secure your homes when away at work, and talk with your neighbors about reporting suspicious activity.

Crime Prevention Tips
The Department continues to push its slogan in the battle against vehicle break-ins “Lock it, Hide it, Keep it.”  Please help us help you by being aware of what is going on in your neighborhood, and reporting any suspicious activity.  Remember, the best way to avoid becoming a victim is to remove all valuables from your vehicle every time you leave it.  Too many people continue to make themselves an easy target for Burglary from Motor Vehicles by leaving valuables in plain sight inside their vehicles.  Please remember, what may not be valuable to you, may be extremely valuable to someone else.  Things such as coins, CDs, clothing, cell phones, laptop computers, GPS units, and purses are just some of the targeted items.  You must keep your vehicle free of any visible items to reduce your chances of becoming a victim.  REMEMBER, “LOCK IT, HIDE IT, KEEP IT.”
 
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