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Van Nuys Community Newsletter
 
 
October 2014 Vol. XV, No. 10

Captain’s Message                                   


I hope all of you have a safe and happy Halloween.  Please drive cautiously on Halloween, and keep an eye out for children crossing the streets to “trick or treat.”  I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying the fall weather.

I would like to share some exciting news with all of you. Our Patrol Commanding Officer Captain Eskridge has received a promotion to Foothill Area as Area Captain.  We would like to wish him well, and thank him for his hard work and dedication during his year here at Van Nuys Area.  Captain John McMahon will be our new Patrol Commanding Officer.  He is coming to us from Central Area, and we look forward to him joining the Van Nuys Area “Leadership Team” on October 5, 2014.

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 September 20, 2014, we have an increase of 23.9% in Violent Crimes compared to this time last year.  Street robberies and aggravated assaults have been the greatest increase.  We have a decrease of 13.6% in Property Crimes.  Overall, Part I crimes are down 10.2% 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 would like to thank you for your on-going support of Van Nuys Community Police Station!  Please continue to be the “eyes and ears” for the 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 got 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 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:

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

Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council.  Their meeting is the 1st Monday of the 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 the 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 the 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 the 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 you are receiving a package by delivery, please be vigilant about removing it from your front door as soon as it is delivered.   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 Katy Paschal
Cellular Phone: 818-731-2566
E-Mail address: 36128@lapd.lacity.org

Crime Trends/Statistics
Aggravated Assaults have become the number one issue for this Basic Car (up an astonishing 191.7% YTD over last year).  The majority of these have been Domestic Violence related.  Non-physical domestic violence can quickly turn into physical abuse with sometimes fatal consequences.  If you sense something is wrong, don’t wait until it’s too late.  If you or anyone you know needs assistance in locating resources for victims of Domestic Violence or any other type of familial violence, please contact myself at the number/email listed or Van Nuys Detectives at 818-374-0040.  Do your part to end Domestic Violence.  

Property related crimes have been continuing.  When criminals find an 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. 

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

If you do not know who your Neighborhood Watch Block Captain is or you would like to set up a watch group, please contact me to find out how!



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
Thankfully, overall crime in Basic Car 23 is down about 15% from last year.  This is highly due to our Burglary numbers being down at about 25%.  I firmly believe this is due to the on-going communication between neighbors and the Department.  Unfortunately, our aggravated assaults are up by 7% and this is mostly due to domestic related calls.
 
We have seen a trend of catalytic converters being stolen from vehicles in the southern portion of Basic Car 23.  Approximately, three vehicles have been affected in a two week span.  Parking your vehicle in your driveway, garage, or behind a closed gate are very effective ways to not become a victim.  Motion detector lights have also been a saving grace for some families.

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 on-going Human Trafficking issue in our Area.

Crime Prevention Tips
Please remember to communicate with your neighbors.  Like I mentioned before, I truly believe a neighborhood that looks out for one another is less likely to have crime occur in their area. Keep in touch with someone if you are going out of town, and ask if they can monitor your home while you are away.  Reach out to one another; it could potentially deter a suspect or crime from occurring in your neighborhood.  If you see something suspicious do not hesitate to call 911 or in a non-emergency situation 1-877-ASK-LAPD. 

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!

Upcoming Meetings/Neighborhood Watch Meetings
On October 13th the neighbors surrounding the St. Elisabeth Church and Van Nuys High School will be hosting a Neighborhood Watch meeting at the Parish Hall.  We will have a detective from the Auto Unit attend to help us better understand how to keep our vehicles from becoming “victims.”

On October 31st Delano Street Park will be hosting a Halloween event for the community. They will provide candy and hot dogs for all those interested in joining!



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
Crime continues to decrease considerably in comparison to 2013.  Identity theft and Aggravated assaults continue to be the most prominent crimes in the area.  Do not be a victim of identity theft, take precautions and protect your personal identity. 

Crime Prevention Tips
Keep your valuables out of view, do not leave your purse or wallet unattended in any local businesses.  Call about anything suspicious in your neighborhood and know your neighbors.  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. 

The Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council Meeting
October 6th, at 7:00 p.m.
  
Sherman Oaks Street Fair 
October 19th, at 9:00 a.m.
Ventura Boulevard between Van Nuys Boulevard and Kester Avenue. 

Valley Glen Neighborhood Association
October 21st , 7:00 p.m.
Kittridge Elementary School

The Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council Movie Night
October 25th, 6:00 p.m.
Valley Glen Park, Erwin Street & Ethel Avene

Connor Lynch 5k
October 26th, 7:00 a.m.
Sherman Oaks Park

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
Basic Car 41 crime numbers are just a hair better than last year’s numbers, 2% better.  In other words we are taking on water, and in a drought you would think that is impossible.  It could be because we had such a great last year that crime numbers should naturally go back up.  Again we see that residential burglaries are pushing the numbers up along with aggravated assaults.  As for aggravated assaults all I can ask is that you allow police officers to respond and keep the peace. It is that one on one confrontation that often results in some form of an assault or allegation. When it comes to burglaries, lock/secure all windows, doors and sliders.  Do this whenever you leave home even if it is for a short errand.  Burglars seek opportunities and what we have noticed is an increase in weekend burglaries.  When the doorbell rings or there is a door knock, please acknowledge whoever may be there.  This is to let those persons know that someone is home.

Crime Prevention Tips
Please remember to report suspicious activity and remind neighbors of the importance of not leaving valuables inside vehicles.  Please remove all valuables from your vehicle.   “Lock It, Hide it, Keep it.”  Also, please help 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 now head into the month of October, property crime for the northern Sherman Oaks community is still 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 newspaper 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, I am 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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