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Van Nuys Community Newsletter
 
 
July 2014 Vol. XV, No. 7

Captain's Message

I would like to wish everyone a happy 4th of July!  Please remember that fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles.  There are many fireworks displays held throughout the City for your enjoyment.

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 June 21, 2014, we have an increase of 30.8% in Violent Crimes compared to this time last year.  The increase has been in robberies and aggravated assaults.  For the aggravated assaults, the biggest increase has been in vehicle related assaults.  We have a decrease of 13.2% in Property Crimes. Overall, Part I crimes are down 9.5% over this time last year.

The upcoming fundraiser held by the Mid-Valley Community Police Council (MVCPC), namely the “Cops & Cowboys” 2014 event will take place on Saturday, July 26, 2014.  There will be cocktails, a silent auction, BBQ, country music, line dancing, and more.  It will be held at the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas.  For further information please contact Sergeant
Tarek Ismail or Police Officer Michelle Lopez at (818) 374-9409, or go to  www.midvalleypolicecouncil.org.   This fundraiser is in support of the Van Nuys Community Police Station.

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 look forward to seeing many of you at the “Cops & Cowboys” 2014 event.  I know it will be a fun evening for everyone.  Also, thank you  to everyone who came to our Open House on June 7th.  It was a memorable day!


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.

Neighborhood Watch News
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.

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.

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:

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. Their meeting is the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., in the Marvin Braude Constituent Service 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
Crime has been on a decline since the beginning of the year.  Currently, we are seeing a slight increase again, which is normal for this time of year.  Most of the problems are located on the far east-side of the area, near Sepulveda Boulevard, and the far west-side, near Sherman Way and Woodman Avenue.  In order to see specific crime details in your area on a regular basis, please take a look at www.crimemapping.com., which is an excellent resource to stay informed about the crime in your area.   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 you are receiving a package by delivery, please be vigilant about removing it from your front door as soon as its  delivered, or if you are 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
We have seen a cluster of property related crimes pop up around Sherman Way and Woodman Avenue.  Finding an unlocked vehicle is a gold mine for criminals and they will take full advantage of the opportunity.  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 but not always.  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. 

With “petty theft” being a concern, please do not leave personal property or any items of value (cell phones, wallets, bicycles) unattended.  Be careful not to leave your property (example - cell phones) on restaurant tables or in shopping cart baskets.  Control your property and be vigilant! Lock it, Hide it, Keep it!

Remember to report crimes and suspicious behavior.  If we do not know what is happening, then we will not know what resources to use!

Central Van Nuys Basic Car Area 9A23
Senior Lead Officer Temporary Jennifer Jedynak
Cellular Phone: 818-731-2557
Email Address: 30893@lapd.lacity.org

Crime Trends /Statistics
We have seen a rise in Grand Theft Auto crimes this last month.  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.  During the past month, our Vice Unit has conducted task forces to combat the prostitution activity and made several prostitution arrests.  Our Vice Unit will continue to monitor the 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 Phone: 818-731-2562
Email Address: 36355@lapd.lacity.org

Crime Trends/ Statistics
Car break-ins are decreasing with the hard work of our residents and the Van Nuys area cadets educating the community.  As we enter into summer, our crimes have continued to decrease in comparrsion to last year, though car break-ins are continuing to occur.  Secure your vehicle in a garage if possible, or in a driveway if a garage is unavailable, with the windows up and doors locked. 

Crime Prevention Tips
Please report any unusual or suspicious activity, do not wait to find out the next morning that you observed a crime the night before.  Utilize 1-877-ASK-LAPD (Non-emergency LAPD dispatch, available 24/7).  Nextdoor.com is a great resource to get to know your neighbors and discuss neighborhood happenings. 

Properly secure your vehicles and avoid leaving valuables in plain sight.  Please do not leave any windows or doors unlocked while away from your residence.  Remember to harden the target to keep criminals away from your neighborhoods. “Lock it, Hide it so that you can Keep it!”


Crime Prevention Tips
Please notify your trustworthy neighbor if you are going on vacation.  Nextdoor.com is a great resource to get to know your neighbors. 

Properly secure your vehicles and avoid leaving valuables in plain sight.  Also, please do not leave any windows or doors unlocked while away from your residence.  Leave a porch light on, install a motion sensor light, leave a radio or even a television on, or leave them on a timer so that a “would be” criminal gets the idea that someone is inside.  Let us remember to harden the target to keep criminals away from your neighborhoods.  Remember, “Lock it, Hide it so that you can Keep it!”

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
Overall Basic Car 41 continues to be doing well in comparison to crime numbers last year at this time.  We are holding even at 0.0% in violent crime and minus 15.2 % in property crimes.  The current breakdown for property crimes are as follows: 29 Burglaries to 28 last year and 49 Burglary/Theft from motor vehicle compared to 65 last year.  Grand theft auto 26 to last year’s 34.  Personal Theft, items such as wallets, purses, phones and other unsecured items not taken by force, 74 this year 83 last year.  I could further break it down as to which reporting districts had the highest percentage of crime and perhaps give some of you a sense of security or relief, but  I will not do that because suspects who commit these crimes will make their rounds.  You can bet that a neighborhood that is not pro-active in crime prevention and not practicing Neighborhood Watch will see these numbers spike.  School is out, vacations start, and warm summer evenings are sometimes spent outside.  Take this  opportunity to get to know your neighbors and build a solid communication between each other for years to come.  

Crime Prevention Tips
Please remember to report suspicious activity, and remind neighbors of the importance of not leaving valuables inside vehicles, and remove all valuables from your vehicle. “Lock It, Hide it, Keep It.”

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
Currently as we head into the month of July, property crime is down about -9% as compared to this same time period as last year.  Please continue to take extra precautions in securing your vehicles, and not leaving property behind.  I am still experiencing a slight spike in vehicle break-ins, in and around the area of Sherman Oaks Park.  Please be mindful of this when visiting the area.  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 -21% in overall crime as compared to this same time period from last year. With this being said, I am still experiencing a few daytime residential burglaries south of Ventura Boulevard.  Please remember to secure your homes when away at work and talk with your neighbors about reporting suspicious activity. We are also seeing vehicle airbags being stolen.  The popular vehicle right now for this problem seems to be the “Toyota Prius.”

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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