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Van Nuys Community Newsletter
 
 
April  2014 Vol. XV, No. 4

Captain's Message

I would like to wish everyone a nice Spring!  If you travel when your children have spring break from school, please be sure to ask your neighbors to watch your home for you.  Also, if you plan to travel please drive courteously.   

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 March 22, 2014, we have an increase of 46.3% in Violent Crimes compared to March 2013.  The increase was in robberies and multiple aggravated assaults victims.  The good news is we have a decrease of 12.5% in Property Crimes compared to March 2013.  Overall, Part I crimes are down 8.0% 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/.

Please remember to be the “eyes and ears” for the Police Department.  We appreciate your being vigilant and helping us in the fight against crime!


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’ Meeting.  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-Temp Scott Nunez
Cellular Phone: 818-731-2556
Email address: 35381@lapd.lacity.org

Crime Trends/Statistics
Property crime is still my main concern at this time located in the northeastern part of the division.  Most of the incidents involving these crimes are vehicle related.  However, we are experiencing some minor activity with regard to residential burglaries. These burglaries are happening during the early afternoon hours, so please be mindful and properly secure your residence when away.  If you should see any suspicious activity during the afternoon hour such as truancy, please call to report it.  Finally, please continue to be mindful of not leaving valuables in plain sight within your vehicle.  This will help to reduce your chances of being victimized.          

Crime Prevention Tips
Please keep your valuables out of sight, prevent yourself from becoming a victim of a property related crime.

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
Heading into the month of April, my two problem areas are Burglary from Motor Vehicle and Residential Burglary.  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
With “petty theft” being a concern, please do not leave personal property or any items of value (cell phones, wallets, bicycles, etc.) unattended.  Control your property and be vigilant.
Central Van Nuys Basic Car Area 9A23
Senior Lead Officer Vince Di Mauro
Cellular Phone: 818-731-2557
Email Address: 37682@lapd.lacity.org

Crime Trends /Statistics
Vice issues along the Sepulveda Corridor are still being addressed.  I am happy to report that during the past month, our Vice Unit made several prostitution arrests and will continue to monitor the area.

Burglary/Theft from Motor Vehicles (BFMV) is still on the rise.  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.  Thefts 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.

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
Burglary from Motor Vehicles and Residential Burglary continue to be my main concern.  Most activity is located in the southeastern part of the division.  Most of the incidents involving these vehicle break-ins, are taking place during the late night hour. Although I am currently seeing a notable reduction heading into the month of March, I want to continue to stress the importance of properly securing your vehicles and not leaving valuables inside.

Crime Prevention Tips
Please notify your neighbor if you are going on vacation.

Please be mindful of this and 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.  Let us remember to harden the target to keep criminals away from your neighborhoods.  Remember, “Lock it, Hide it, 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
There has been a -25% decrease in “Property Crime” for my Basic Car area.  Let us continue to work together on strengthening our Neighborhood Watch groups, and “hardening the target” for criminals. Please remember to report suspicious activity and remind neighbors of the importance of not leaving valuables inside your vehicles. 

Crime Prevention Tips
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
I am pleased to report that the Northern Sherman Oaks community has experienced a reduction of -22% in “Property Crime.”  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 your vehicle.  This will help us to maintain our reduction in property crimes. 

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 -20% 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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