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Van Nuys Community Newsletter
 
 
November 2014 Vol. XV, No. 11

Captain’s Message

I hope all of you have a nice Thanksgiving holiday!  Please keep in mind to drive safely and courteously if you are traveling for the holiday weekend.  Also, if you will be shopping on “Black Friday” be sure to “Lock it, Hide it, Keep it” so your belongings will be safe in your vehicles.

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 October 18, 2014, we have an increase of 24.4% in Violent Crimes compared to this time last year.  Street robberies and aggravated assaults have been the greatest increase.  We have a decrease of 12.5% in Property Crimes.  Overall, Part I crimes are down 9.2% 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/.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Van Nuys Community 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 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 (3) 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:

African-American Forum, 11066 Norris Avenue, Pacoima 91331, November 13th, 6:00 p.m.

Salute to Kids Day, Delano Recreation Center, 15100 Erwin Street, November 15th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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 you are receiving a package by delivery, please be vigilant about removing it from your front door as soon as it is 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 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.  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.  

Crime Prevention Tips
November marks the beginning of the Holiday Season.  If you will be away, it is a good idea to let a trusted friend or neighbor know so that they can keep an eye on your house. 

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
We are seeing an increase of Aggravated Assaults.  Most of these crimes are Domestic related issues.  Please remember, if you see something, report it.  Don’t be afraid to talk to your friends, family and neighbors who may be the victim of Domestic Violence.  Let them know there are resources available to them. 
 
We have seen a trend of catalytic converters being stolen from vehicles in the southern portion of Basic Car 23.  Parking your vehicle in your driveway, garage or behind a closed gate are very effective ways to not become a victim.

Van Nuys area Vice along with the FBI and the Senior Lead Office are collaborating ideas on how to combat the on-going Human Trafficking epidemic along the Sepulveda Corridor.  Several residents surrounding the area have signed “Citizen Declarations” in an attempt to abate the local motels that lend assistance to the prostitution issue.  Sometime during the month of  November, the FBI will conduct a Human Trafficking Task Force along the Corridor.

Crime Prevention Tips
Attending Neighborhood Watch meetings are key factors in keeping your neighborhood safe. Get to know each other and keep an open line of communication.  Nextdoor.Com is a great way to accomplish this.

The holidays are quickly approaching.  Please remember to lock your vehicles, lock your homes, and hide your valuables.  Criminals prey on vehicles that are unlocked or have valuable items left in plain view.

Upcoming Meetings/Neighborhood Watch Meetings
On November 5, 2014, at 7:00 o’clock, a Neighborhood Watch Meeting will take place at Columbus Elementary.  This will include community members who mostly reside in RD 0914.

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 remains at a very low level in comparison to our surrounding neighbors.  There has been a small increase in residential burglaries.  These burglaries have involved a pair of males knocking on the front door of a home and waiting for the homeowner to answer the door.  After the door is not answered, they proceed to make their way to the backyard and attempt to gain entry into the home.     

Crime Prevention Tips
You can install motion sensor lighting surrounding your home, surveillance cameras, or even fake cameras monitoring the exterior of your home.  Please 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
November 15th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, “Strike Force” Community Clean-up, command post will be located at the LA Valley College parking lot located at Burbank Boulevard and Fulton Avenue.

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
We have now spiked to new highs in Basic Car 41.  We are up 19% in residential burglaries compared to last year at this time.  Apparently, we have done such a great job at removing property from our vehicles that thieves have moved on to stealing from our homes.  No rhyme or reason as to why our area has been targeted, and we have no solid leads as to who is responsible.  Recently, a community alert flyer was distributed to our Neighborhood Watch leaders with photos from the exterior camera that captured two burglary suspects who targeted a home along the 4700 block of Burnet Avenue.

The two suspects along with a female accomplice were seen in a newer Black Dodge Ram 4-door pick-up truck.  The well-dressed suspects were seen walking to the front door then returning to their vehicle.  Minutes later they returned to the home and entered the side yard making entry into the home by prying open a rear window.  The suspects took laptops and jewelry and then exited the front door returning to their vehicle and drove off.  The suspects wanted to appear professional and did not wish draw attention to their movement around the residence.  Do not judge a book by its cover.  This is precisely what these suspects were aiming at.  I purposely did not put any more of the suspect’s descriptors.  You need to key in on the suspicious activity and alert police.  Reminder, when the doorbell rings or there is a door knock please verbally acknowledge the visitor so as to let them know that you are home.

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 November, property crime for the northern Sherman Oaks community is still on a downward trend.  We are currently down -13%, 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 still 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, I am still experiencing a few day and night time residential burglaries south of Ventura Boulevard between Kester Aveue 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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