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Van Nuys Community Newsletter
 
 
August 2014 Vol. XV, No. 8

Captain's Message

I hope this newsletter finds you doing well and enjoying the summer.  Please remember if you plan to travel this summer, to ask your neighbors to look out for your home.  Also, please hide and lock up any belongings you leave in your vehicles.  These two tips can help you from becoming a burglary or robbery victim.

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 July 19, 2014, we have an increase of 32.7% in Violent Crimes compared to this time last year.  Street robberies and aggravated assaults have been the greatest increase.  Although the percentage sounds terrible the actual total number of aggravated assaults is the second lowest of all the Valley Divisions.  We have a decrease of 14.0% in Property Crimes. Overall, Part I crimes are down 10.1% 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 all of you for your continuing support of the Van Nuys Community Police Station.  Also, I would like to thank all of you who attended our “Cops & Cowboys” 2014 event which was held on July 26, 2014.

 

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:

National Night Out.  August 5th, contact your Senior Lead Officer for locations.

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
We continue to see a slight increase in crime in the center most part of the area, near Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way.  Most of the crimes are Aggravated Assaults, Personal Thefts and Robberies.  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.  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
Clusters of property related crimes have been continuing around Sherman Way and Woodman Avenue.  Simply placing your valuables in the center console or glove compartment may be enough to avoid a criminal selecting your vehicle.  

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 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 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.

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 continuing to decrease along with other property crimes with the hard work of our community members and police officers patrolling the Valley Glen and Sherman Oaks area.  It is important to leave valuable electronic items such as cell phones and laptop commuters attached to us and within arms reach.  These items are easy for criminals to steal and conceal.     

Crime Prevention Tips
Never leave your phone or laptop computer alone in a car, or alone or in a coffee shop.  Leaving these items in your vehicle even as you get gas can potentially be the last you see of your electronic items.  Please report any unusual or suspicious activity by utilizing 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.  Myla311 is a great smart phone application to report bulky item pick up graffiti removal and more.   
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!”

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
Violent crime numbers have risen in Basic Car 41.  There were 19 robberies compared to 12 at this same time last year.  There were 29 aggravated assaults compared to 18 last year.  Currently, we have experienced five crimes of sexual batteries from June 7th to June 29th.  These crimes are believed to have been committed by the same suspect.  These crimes have occurred in the neighborhoods south of Oxnard to Valleyheart and east of Van Nuys Boulevard to Kester Avenue.  The suspect has victimized lone females walking their dogs early morning between 5:30 and 9:30 a.m.  The suspect would walk up from behind the victim and pull down their pants and flee.  The suspect was observed driving off in a dark (charcoal) gray, late 1990’s model Toyota Camry or Ford Taurus.  The suspect is described as male White or Hispanic, Black or Brown hair, Brown eyes, 5-7” to 509”, 145-160 lbs., 20-25 years old.  A community meeting was held alerting the community of the above, along with a notification and photo of the suspect.  If you have any information or would like a copy of the community alert, please contact Sex Crime Detectives at (818) 374-0040.

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.”

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 August, property crime is down about -7%, 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, 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 -18% 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.

This month, National Night Out is on August 5, 2014.  One location where community members can meet is the Sherman Oaks Park at 6:00 p.m.  We are encouraging all community members to attend and partner up with your neighbors in effort to come together and stand up against crime. 

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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