Westwood South of

Santa Monica Blvd.

Homeowners Association


Crime

LAPD CRIME REPORT -
BFMV: Burglary/Theft from motor vehicle ….. Never leave anything

inside your vehicle


 

Business Robbery



Important Telephone Numbers | EMERGENCY CALL 911
CITY-WIDE DIRECTORY 311 | NON EMERGENCY 1-877-ASKLAPD
For additional Crime Prevention information, Log on: www.lapdonline.org

Support the LA Police Foundation: www.lapolicefoundation.org


FLASH MOB PARTIES

ATTENTION-AREA RESIDENTS

Recently, there has been a new trend of social media/flash mob

parties occurring, following the release of a particular movie.

Teenaged children are targeting homes where the parents

are either away for the weekend or on vacation leaving

the residence unattended or attended by an unsupervised teen.


Using social media, the address of the unattended residence

or teen willing to host the party is sent to thousands of

followers who will then converge on the residence creating

a flash mob party scene. Party goers will arrive at the

residence bringing alcoholic beverages, narcotics, commit

acts of vandalism, theft, burglary, physical and sexual

assaults. Most homes will sustain thousands to hundreds of

thousands of dollars in property damage and property loss.


Residents are reminded to always maintain their home

security and participate in a Neighborhood Watch. If

possible use a responsible adult house sitter while away.

Ensure your alarm is armed and a local responsible person

or neighbor is available to respond if necessary. Web based

surveillance cameras will also allow you to monitor your

residence from your smartphone or laptop.


If you suspect an intrusion or an illegal party call 911 or

1-877-275-5273 (1-877-ASK-LAPD).

Prepared by

West Los Angeles Crime Analysis Detail
Date: 4/10/12
CAS#: 08120410-2CC

 

LAPD Alert: Distraction Burglaries in West LA. Susp

Poses As City Inspector, Tricks Victim into their

backyard, suspect #2 entered house, steals.

March 8, 2012


THE WEST LOS ANGELES AREA HAS BEEN PLAGUED YEAR TO DATE WITH
SIX RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES WHERE A MALE INDIVIDUAL POSES AS A
CITY INSPECTOR, CONSTRUCTION WORKER OR DWP EMPLOYEE IN ORDER
TO COERCE RESIDENT OUT OF THEIR HOUSE WHILE A SECOND INDIVIDUAL
ENTERS THE RESIDENCE AND STEALS PROPERTY,

MOSTLY JEWELRY. THESE CRIMES HAVE OCCURRED IN THE 2700 BLOCK
BAGLEY AVE, 1800 BLOCK BARRY AVE, 1600 BLOCK COMSTOCK AVE, 1900
 BLOCK ARMACOST AVE, 10300 BLOCK KEWSICK AVE AND 1500 BLOCK
KELTON AVE.

THESE INDIVIDUALS WORK IN GROUPS OF TWO OR MORE AND MOST TIMES
THE INDIVIDUAL DISTRACTING THE RESIDENCE'S OCCUPANT WILL BE
TALKING ON A CELL PHONE OR WALKIE/TALKIE, MOST LIKELY TO THE
SECOND SUSPECT. BE AWARE OF ANY UNFAMILIAR INDIVIDUAL IN YOUR
RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD KNOCKING DOOR TO DOOR AND ATTEMPTING
TO ENGAGE YOU IN CONVERSATION REGARDING POSSIBLE HOME REPAIR,
TREE TRIMMING OR BROKEN WATER PIPES. ALWAYS ASK ANY INDIVIDUAL
IDENTIFYING THEMSELVES AS A CITY OR UTILITY WORKER FOR
IDENTIFICATION.

Instructions:  CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY IF YOU SUSPECT AN INDIVIDUAL
AT YOUR DOOR IS FRADULENT. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION
REGARDING THESE INDIVIDUALS OR DISTRACTION-TYPE ACTIVITIES,
PLEASE CALL THE WEST LOS ANGELES BURGLARY DETECTIVES AT THE
NUMBER LISTED BELOW. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE
CONTACT WEST LOS ANGELES BURGLARY DETECTIVES AT
(310) 444-1524 OR (310) 444 -1522.

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SUSPECT FROM 1800 BLK BARRY AVE

MALE, WHITE, 5"8", 160 LBS., LATE 30s

WORE BASEBALL CAP WITH "CITY INSPECTOR"

BLUE WINDBREAKER WITH"SMART METER"


SUSPECT FROM 1600 BLK COMSTOCK AVE

MALE, HISPANIC, 5'5", 160 LBS., MID 40s,

WORE MAROON CHECKERED SHIRT, BLUE

JEANS


 

SMILE, WHO'S on CANDID CAMERA?

WLA Community Police Station seeks to inventory community-based

surveillance  cameras.  Please prepare information about your camera and use

their new form to submit the info to the LAPD.  Watch this website for the new

form.  Coming soon!  

Avoid Bicycle Theft

Take a quick release front wheel with you or take it off and lock it up to the frame.

Always lock your rear wheel, frame and front wheel. Cable lock your seat for extra protection.

Secure the lock tightly. Leave no room for a lever or crowbar to pry the lock open.

Always take accessories (lights, bottles, computers, bags, bells, etc) with you or lock them to your bike.

Use locking skewers and bolts for your wheels, seatpost, headset and brakes.

Never lock ONLY your front wheel, handlebars, seatpost, top or head tube.

Don't rely on a bolt or screw to hold down anything - Wrenches and screwdrivers are common tools.

Park at a bicycle rack signs, fence, light post, parking meters, gas mains, or mature trees.

Properly secure it to a fixed location that can't be lifted up and away.

Keep the bike within your view, view of the front door and highly pedestrian traveled area.

Make a record of identifying information:  Serial Numbers are located on the bottom of the frame where the pedals are.
Brand:
Model:
Color:
Gears/Speed:
Serial Number:
Date Purchased:
Take photographs of your bike.




If you see anything that you feel is suspicious,
but not an emergency, go to: 


                                www.alertcommunity.com  

It allows citizens on the Westside to document
suspicious activity  quickly, easily, and anonymously.

This web site contributes to the safety of  our
community and  to the prevention of crime.

The database is accessed only by  the  LAPD.

 
 

IMPORTANT LAPD CONTACT INFO: 

WLA Watch Commander:   (310) 444-0701
Senior Lead Officer Rashad Sharif:   (310) 444-0738 Office
                                                    
(310) 622-0372 Cell
                                                     Email:
27162@lapd.lacity.org
City-wide Non-emergency  LAPD Phone #:   (877) 275-5273

Emergency phone #:  911

 DAYTIME BURGLARIES ON INCREASE IN OUR AREA

LATE 2011.....

Important Contact Information

Watch Commander (310) 444-0701
Senior Lead Officer Rashad Sharif (310) 444-0738 Office
                                                            
(310) 622-0372 Cell
                                                             
27162@lapd.lacity.org
City-wide Non-emergency Phone # (877) 275-5273

BE ON THE LOOKOUT! 

The majority of burglaries are committed during daytime hours, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., when people are at work.

Some people go door-to-door scouting potential homes to burglarize, often with a clipboard to seem like more credible sales persons. They may note the addresses of homes
where no one is home, and other pertinent information.

  • •If you are home, it is best NOT to ignore a doorbell or knock on the door. An empty home may be an inviting target. Call out, "I'm busy, please go away." It is safer to use a man's name, so a woman could call out, "John, I'm busy, can you get the door?" If they do not leave, call a neighbor.
  • •If you can safely engage them in conversation, ask what they are doing, or what they are selling, that is often enough to cause them to leave the area. Most burglars do not want to be seen.
  • •If you can safely take a picture of a person who seems suspicious, or their license plate, please email it to Officer Sharif at 27162@lapd.lacity.org or Lt. Carlos Islas at 24985@lapd.lacity.org These can be parts of a puzzle which detectives use to investigate criminal activity. State the reasons for your suspicions. Do not confront someone, or put yourself at risk. It may be safer to take a photo from a distance.
  • •If you see suspicious behavior, you can call the watch commander at (310) 444-0701.
  • •If they find a house with no one at home, they may go to a side or rear door or window, and break the glass.
  • •When you hear alarms, or noise like glass breaking or a dog barking, check out the sound.
  • •If your alarm company is actually located outside of the state, when an alarm goes off, they may actually notify the police station near the corporate office rather than the local station. It may be useful to ask that question of your alarm company.
  • •Don't mail things of value during the holidays.
  • •If you are shopping and want to put your packages in the car, and keep shopping, remember that thieves may be watching. You can put the packages in the trunk, and then move your car.
  • •If you are purchasing a big-ticket item, make that your last shopping stop. Do not leave those items in the car while you do more shopping. If you sense that you are being followed, go to a high-traffic area, eg a mall or a police station.
  • •It is safer to approach your car from the front. Watch for vans with sliding doors parked next to the driver's side of the car.
  • •If you purchase something that will be delivered, do NOT authorize them to leave it without a signature. It is better to have a safe pickup location.

    Make Your Home a Harder Target
  • •Lock your doors and windows.
  • •Lock gates and fences to your side and back yards.
  • •Set your alarms if you have them.
  • •Get a set of inexpensive cameras.
  • •Place video cameras at common access areas, outside, front, back, sides and master bedroom.
  • •Some people place a motion-activated camera pointed at a place where they store valuables.
  • •Have lights on timers in different areas of your home set to go on and off at different times.
  • •Leave a radio or TV on when you leave, but not so loud that it does not seem as if anyone is actually home.
  • •If you have a ladder, make sure it is secured and locked.
  • •If you keep cash or jewelry at home, do not leave them in the master bedroom or the bathroom. Sock drawers are the first place a burglar will look. Use a safe, if you have one, or a safe deposit box. Keep them in a safely locked place.
  • •If people will be in your home, lock up your medications, as well.
  • •Dogs, even small ones, are a deterrent. Burglars do not want any noise to call attention to themselves.
  • •Special shatter-proof glass on a vulnerable window may provide a slightly harder target.
  • •If you have a sliding glass door, get a thick dowel rod (similar to a broomstick) cut to fit in the door track.
  • •Sensors on the glass can be helpful.
  • •Install tracking software on laptop computers. If it is stolen, the police can locate it and get a search warrant. This is not a difficult or costly approach, and can be very effective.
  • •Take photos of your valuables. Etch your driver's license number on bikes, etc.
  • •If you lose items in a burglary, scan Craigslist and Ebay to see if you can identify any of your stolen items.
  • •Do not buy magazines from a door-to-door salesperson. They may have compelling personal interest stories, but they are gathering information, and you will/may never see a magazine.
  • •The police advise to have everything delivered to a post offiice box, if possible. Inconvenient, perhaps, but safer.

THEFTS FROM MOTOR VEHICLES

ARE OUR No. 1 CRIME IN WLA

REMEMBER TO:

Lock It – A reminder to always lock your vehicle.

Hide It – If you must leave valuables in the vehicle, hide them from plain sight.

Keep It – A positive reminder that personal responsibility can safeguard your

valuables from theft .

Top Items Stolen from Vehicles:
GPS Devices
Cell Phones/Chargers
Money
Stereos/Radios
Documents, Mail, Check books

For more Crime Prevention Information or to get involved in a local

Neighborhood Watch, contact your local Los Angeles Police Station or visit

the LAPD Web Site at WWW.LAPDONLINE.ORG 

 

COMMUNITY ALERT

WEST LOS ANGELES AREA /LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPT.

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE WLA AREA CRIME ANALYSIS DETAIL

                 CONSTRUCTION SITE BURGLARIES

THE WEST LOS ANGELES AREA HAS EXPERIENCED AN INCREASE IN

BURGLARIES FROM CONSTRUCTION SITES. MOST BURGLARIES ARE

OCCURRING DURING THE NIGHT BY UNKNOWN SUSPECTS WHO ARE

BREAKING THE PAD LOCKS TO THE STORAGE CONTAINERS AND

REMOVING TOOLS.

 

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY REMODELING OR ARE PLANNING TO

REMODEL YOUR RESIDENCE, PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE CRIME

PROBLEM AND TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS BY DISCUSSING SAFETY

PRECAUTIONS WITH CONTRACTORS TO MINIMIZE POSSIBILITY OF

THEFTS.

 

CONSIDER USING MOTION-ACTIVATED LIGHTS, SECURITY CAMERAS,

AND HIGH-SECURITY LOCKS.

IF YOU OBSERVE A CONSTRUCTION SITE BURGLARY IN PROGRESS

OR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, PLEASE DIAL 911 OR 877-ASK-LAPD.

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT WEST LA

BURGLARY DETECTIVES AT (310) 444-1568 OR SENIOR LEAD

OFFICERS AT (310) 444-0735.

 

Prepared by: West Los Angeles Crime Analysis Detail Date: 12/27/11

CAS#: 08111208-1U1

 




LAPD COMMUNITY ACADEMY Volunteers can help serve the community, reduce crime, build bridges with LAPD and improve the quality of life in Los Angeles.


Purpose:

The ten-week academy is designed to give community members an overview
of the Los Angeles Police Department's policies and procedures. The curriculum
and teaching methods are similar to the traditional law enforcement academy;
however, the weekly sessions are not designed to certify the participant as a
law enforcement officer.

Through the Community Police Academy, enrolled students will be encouraged
to build a lasting partnership with the Department, with the ultimate goal of
reducing crime and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

Academy Schedule

The ten-week courses are held at various locations within the West Bureau area.
The courses conclude with a graduation ceremony.

Details on off-site training locations will be presented during the first class.
There is no fee to attend the Community Police Academy. Due to limited class
space, candidates are accepted on a first come, first served basis, until each
class is filled.

Community Police Academy Overview

The Operations-West Bureau Community Police Academy will provide
community members with an inside look at the Police department and various
facets of law enforcement. During the ten-week academy, students will be
introduced to police operations and participate in a firearms training simulation.
Classes will be conducted on the organization of the LAPD and its history, patrol/
detective operations, pursuits and traffic policies, child abuse, hate crimes, vice
and gang operations, criminal law, a presentation by Metro Division (SWAT, K-9),
domestic violence, narcotics, and Internal Affairs. The class will also participate
in tours of LAPD’s new Police Administration Building, Air Support Division,
and the Communications facility. The curriculum and teaching methods are
similar to the traditional law enforcement academy; however the weekly
sessions are not designed to certify the participant as a law enforcement officer.

The Academy will culminate with a graduation ceremony wherein students will
be awarded their certificates of completion.

Instructors

Experienced police officers and staff will teach academy classes. Participants
will have the opportunity to meet with Command staff from the area divisions
and the Commanding Officer of Operations-West Bureau. Students are
encouraged to ask questions and express their concerns to Department
employees. The Los Angeles Police Department hopes to provide a greater
awareness and understanding of law enforcement's role in the community
through the education provided by the Community Police Academy.

Save the Date!

The 2013 Operations-West Bureau Citizen Community Police Academy has not
yet been scheduled.


The eleven-week course will be held at various locations on the west-side of
Los Angeles, each Wednesday night between 6:30pm and 9:30p.m.

Each Community member must meet the following criteria:
· Must be 18 years old or older (see note below);
· Live, work or go to school in the Operations-West Bureau vicinity;
· No prior felony conviction;
· No outstanding warrants;
· No pending criminal cases; and
· Must be approved by an Area Commanding Officer.

Interested citizens should contact the Officer-in-Charge of the Community
Relations Office and or their Senior Lead Officers at their local police station;
Hollywood Area, Sergeant Darrel Davis, (213) 485-4316
Wilshire Area, Sergeant A. J. Kirby, (213) 473-0200
West Los Angeles Area, Sergeant Mark Durrell, (310) 444-0732 or
        via email at:  25706@lapd.lacity.org
Pacific Area, Sergeant Jeffrey Merlo, (310) 202-2890
Olympic Area, Sergeant Teodoro Urena, (213) 382-9130


      LACoDA Warns of “Robo-Call” Banking Scam


Banking Information Request Scam
(LA Co. District Attorney News Release)

District Attorney Steve Cooley warned consumers of a new “robo-call scam”
aimed at getting confidential banking information from unsuspecting victims.

The “robo-calls” play recorded messages claiming to be from major banks. The
messages state there is a problem with the banking network and ask for verifica-
tion of banking account information, including credit and debit card numbers,
along with personal identification numbers (PINs).

“Consumers need to be extremely wary of telephone calls requesting sensitive
information about banking or credit cards,” Cooley said. “Legitimate banks and
financial institutions do not call their customers to request personal identifying
information or discuss banking network problems.”

The District Attorney urged consumers to contact law enforcement if they
believe they are victims of the fraud.

The latest Consumer alert is available on the Los Angeles District Attorney’s
website at :

http://da.co.la.ca.us/mr/122711a.htm

http://da.lacounty.gov/consumeralert/

 

Advisory Message has been issued by the LAPD - West L.A..

Stolen Gardeners' Trucks Trend in West LA
 
A trend occurring this year in West Los Angeles, especially the Brentwood,
Pacific Palisades, and Century City areas, is gardeners' trucks being stolen. The
unknown suspect(s) take the unattended vehicle while the gardeners are in the
backyard. The suspects often drive the vehicle two to four blocks away, take all
the gardening equipment, then abandon the vehicle.

If you have a gardener or know someone in this area that does, please advise
the gardener of the trend and have them lock & secure their vehicle. Do not
leave the keys in the ignition or on the driver's seat. The trucks are often taken
from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

If you or the gardeners see unusual activity, please call 877-ASK-LAPD or 911.
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BLOCK CAPTAINS

Most of our blocks now have a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain or Co-
Captains.  If you need help to contact your Block Captain, or if you want to
volunteer to be a captain, or block contact for our Neighborhood Watch,
please contact Pat Tobias (310) 474-4223 or Margaret Healy (310) 474-7937.

Help us to build our network so that each block has a contact person that can
serve as a link with WSSM and the LAPD. 

 

DON’T BE A VICTIM OF AN AUTO-RELATED


PROPERTY CRIME:

 

Lock It: 

A reminder to always lock your vehicle.

Hide It: 

If you must leave valuables in the vehicle, hide them from plain

sight (and do

so before reaching your destination so that you cannot be seen placing your valuables in the trunk!).

Keep It: 

A positive reminder that personal responsibility can safeguard your valuables from theft.

 

TOP ITEMS STOLEN FROM VEHICLES

 

GPS Devices

Cell Phones/Chargers

Money

Stereos/Radios

Documents, Mail, Check Books

 

Many thefts from vehicles are PREVENTABLE crimes.  

Do your part and be smart!

 

 Social Networking Sites: A Parent’s Guide


“It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?”
(FTC – Protecting America’s Consumers)

* Help Kids Socialize Safely Online

* A Few More Tips to Protect Pre-Teens

* What to do if there’s a problem

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/tech/tec13.shtm


For More Information:

* ConnectSafely

* Cyberbully411

* GetNetWise

* Internet Keep Safe Coalition

* National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

* Staysafe

* Wired Safety



http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/tech/tec13.shtm

U.S. Federal Trade Commission

 

HOW TO REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

If you see anything that you feel is suspicious, but not an emergency, go to:  
www.alertcommunity.com

It allows citizens to document suspicious activity  quickly, easily, and anonymously.

This web site contributes to the safety of  our community and to the prevention of crime.

The database is accessed only by  the  LAPD.
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Lottery Scammers Targeting the Spanish-Speaking Community (10/30/10)

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Foothill Area detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a group of suspects who are working in pairs to target Spanish-speaking individuals in the San Fernando Valley area communities including Pacoima, Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Sun Valley and Sunland.

During the last few months in 2010, Spanish-speaking con artists were duping unsuspecting victims into a lottery scam with no winning ticket. The suspects approached a lone person and told the victim that they were in possession of a winning California State Lottery ticket. They then told the victims that the winners were in the country illegally and couldn't claim their winning tickets or the lottery required them to give cash or something of value before they could collect their winnings. The victim is then offered a share of the winnings if he or she presents themselves as the owner of the ticket to the state lottery authority. Ultimately, the suspects demand something of the value from the victims, preferably cash, as their protection.

The suspects have been so creative as to call a third suspect on the phone who pretends to be a representative from the state lottery office. The victim was allowed to speak to this person by cell phone to verify the ticket. Sometimes the conversation on the cell phone is by speakerphone.

The victims drove to their homes and banks to retrieve money and/or jewelry and gave it to the suspects and later found out there was no winning lottery ticket.

Detectives are warning the public to beware of strangers approaching them and claiming to have a winning lottery ticket.

The suspects are identified only as male and female Hispanic ranging in age from mid-twenties to late-forties.

Anyone with information on these suspects or who believes he or she may have been a victim of these scammers is asked to contact LAPD Foothill Area Detectives at (818) 834-3142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police Non-Emergency Number: (877) 275-5273

NON EMERGENCY 1-877-ASKLAPD

Rashad Sharif,Senior Lead Officer Basic Car 8A35:
27162@LAPD.LACITY.ORG
310-444-0738


LAPD Community Alert

If you see anything that you feel is suspicious, but not an emergency, go to www.alertcommunity.com.  It allows citizens to document suspicious activity quickly, easily, and anonymously. This web site contributes to the safety of our community and to the prevention of crime. The database is accessed only by the LAPD 

 


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Sign up now!

Nixle keeps residents connected to their community. Whether it is an important alert from your local police department, or a reminder from City Hall that a local event has been postponed, Nixle delivers the information to you by text message, email & over the web.   You can sign up to receive NIXLE updates!  Visit their website.

Community Crime Update

To see the locations and dates of  recent crimes, you can visit an LA TIMES website that posts up-to-date info from LAPD:

http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/neighborhoods/neighborhood/west-los-angeles/crime/

DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING of value visible in your car.  If you do, you should not be surprised to find that your car has been broken into and the item(s) stolen.  Cars parked in driveways as well as on City streets are especially vulnerable.  (Those living in security buildings with locked gates are sometimes surprised to find that their vehicles have been broken into.)   Do not leave valuables in your vehicle, not even for a moment!
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During 2010, some of our residents  reported thefts of catalytic converters, especially in cars with high ground clearance which makes them more easily accessible.  Burglaries from motor vehicles remains the greatest problem in our area. 

 

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