LAPD Updates

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INFORMATION ALERT

Dear neighborhood watch members, recently Devonshire has experienced an increase in the number of residential burglaries.  The Granada Hills and Porter Ranch areas have been the selected targets in several occurrences.  These burglaries can occur at any time, but recent activity has been in the afternoon to evening hours.  The suspects knock to determine if the residents are home.  If the suspects receive no response, they attempt to force entry into the location, most often through a rear window or door.

Please make every effort to ensure your property is secure and remove all valuables from your vehicle.  Let your neighbors know what is going on and report all suspicious activity to LAPD Devonshire Division at (818) 832-0692.

ALERT- RECENT INCREASE IN AUTO THEFT, PARTICULARLY FOR THE AREAS OF GRANADA HILLS AND NORTHRIDGE

We are seeing an increase in stolen vehicles.  The most frequently stolen vehicles have been 1990′s model Toyota Camry, Honda Civic and Honda Accord.  These vehicles have been targeted because of the ease in which they can be stolen.

Below are some tips you can use to avoid being the victim of a car thief:

  • Never leave your car unattended, even to dash into a business, store, etc.;
  • Never leave your keys in the car or ignition, inside a locked garage, or in hide-a-key boxes;
  • Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked in front of your home;
  • Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked.  Put them in the trunk out of sight;
  • Park in high-traffic, well lighted areas, when possible.
BURGLARIES

BURGLARY IS A CRIME THAT CAN AFFECT ALL OF US.  THERE ARE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO DETER RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES.  THESE CRIMES ARE OCCURRING MOST FREQUENTLY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7 AM AND 4 PM.  IN SOME CASES BURGLARY SUSPECTS ARE KNOCKING ON RESIDENCE DOORS AND BURGLARIZING HOMES WITH NO ANSWER.  MANY BURGLARIES ARE CRIMES OF OPPORTUNITY, WITH SUSPECTS OFTEN ENTERING HOMES THROUGH UNLOCKED WINDOWS, UNLOCKED SLIDING GLASS DOORS, APARTMENT DOORS, OR UNLOCKED GARAGE DOORS.

THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT IS MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO COMBAT THIS PROBLEM.  SINCE COMMUNITY AWARENESS IS THE KEY TO PREVENTION, WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE . . .

HOME SECURITY TIPS

  • LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS, INCLUDING REAR AND GARAGE DOORS, BEFORE LEAVING THE RESIDENCE.
  • ENSURE THAT SLIDING GLASS DOORS HAVE STRONG WORKING LOCKS.
  • RECORD THE SERIAL NUMBERS OF YOUR ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER EQUIPMENT AND KEEP IN A SECURE LOCATION.
  • SECURE JEWELRY AND OTHER HIGH VALUE ITEMS IN A SAFE PLACE.
  • VERBALLY ACKNOWLEDGE SOMEONE IS HOME IF THERE IS A KNOCK AT YOUR DOOR, BUT DO NOT ANSWER / OPEN THE DOOR.
  • IF YOU OBSERVE SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY CONTACT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY BY CALLING 911 (EMERGENCY) OR 877-ASK-LAPD (NON-EMERGENCY) (877) 275-5273 AND CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE ACTIVITY FROM A SAFE LOCATION IF POSSIBLE.

IMPORTANT:  PLEASE TRY TO OBTAIN A DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT(S)’ PHYSICAL APPEARANCE, ACTIONS, AND ANY VEHICLE DESCRIPTIONS INCLUDING LICENSE PLATES NUMBERS.  DO NOT CONFRONT SUSPICIOUS INDIVIDUALS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

FOR MORE BURGLARY PREVENTION INFORMATION LOG ON TO LAPDONLINE.ORG

IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR CAN PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE ABOVE CRIMES, PLEASE CONTACT DEVONSHIRE AREA BURGLARY DETECTIVES AT: (818) 832-0609, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 6:00 AM TO 4:00 PM.  WEEKENDS AND AFTER HOURS, CONTACT THE DEVONSHIRE AREA WATCH COMMANDER AT (818) 832-0633.

REMINDER – UPCOMING DISTRICT MEETING

Please join us, this Thursday

  • February 27, 2014
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Devonshire Area District Meeting
  • Shepherd of the Hills Church
  • 19700 Rinaldi Street
  • Porter Ranch CA. 91326

LAPD and LAFD personnel will conduct an in-depth presentation regarding crime reduction accomplishments of 2013, goals for 2014 and emergency preparedness.

Upcoming Devonshire Area District Meeting

Join LAPD and LAFD personnel for an in-depth presentation regarding crime reduction accomplishments of 2013, goals for 2014 and emergency preparedness.

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Shepherd of the Hills Church
  • 19700 Rinaldi Street
  • Porter Ranch, CA 91326
Burglary/Theft from Motor Vehicle

We had 3 vehicles broken into this week 01/26/14-02/02/14.  The vehicles were parked in the areas of Parthenia and White Oak, Napa and Petit, and Woodley and Nordhoff.

Remember:  Lock it, Hide it, Keep it!  Stay Safe.

State of the Valley Public Safety Town Hall Meeting

Join Deputy Chief Villegas, Councilmember Nury Martinez, and Neighborhood Council Leaders from throughout the Valley to talk about Public Safety, the recent drop in crime and opportunities to partner up.

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014
  • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Van Nuys City Hall
  • 14410 Sylvan Street
  • Van Nuys CA. 91401
UPCOMING COMMUNITY POLICE ACADEMY

Dear Neighborhood Watch members,

Operations Valley Bureau (OVB) will begin another Community Police Academy (CPA) on Thursday, January 16, 2014.

The classes will be held on eight consecutive Thursdays, from 1800 to 2100 hours.

The location for this CPA will be the Edward M. Davis Training facility, in Granada Hills.

This training will be conducted in a classroom setting and it is aimed at making the participants more familiar with the Los Angeles Police Department policies and procedures.

Anyone wishing to attend can send an email with first/last name, residence address and contact number to 27286@lapd.lacity.org

There is room for 10 candidates so reservations will be taken on first come first served basis. The selected applicants will receive an acceptance confirmation letter prior to the start date.

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“RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY” ALERT – November 29, 2013

Dear neighborhood watch members:

We have been reporting for a few weeks now an apparent change in trend in residential burglary activity where more incidents are occurring during the late afternoons/early evening hours and in some cases on weekends.

Also a number of these incidents have occurred within a very narrow window span from the time the resident leaves the home to the time the burglary occurs suggesting the suspects may be identifying a target and then using a laying and wait tactic.

There have also been recent reports of “hot prowl residential burglaries” where the burglars, with or without knowledge, attempt to enter homes when the residents are present.

Therefore, please:

Take every precaution in securing your property and be highly aware of your surroundings.

Look for vehicles and activity which is unusual for your neighborhood.

Take the time as you go in/out of your home to scan the street; you are looking for something that looks out of place. It could be a parked vehicle with people just sitting in it, an unfamiliar vehicle in a neighbor’s driveway or a pedestrian going from door to door.

If you see this type of activity pay attention and evaluate the situation. The question is “what do you think is going on?” If you suspect criminal activity don’t hesitate and phone the police right away. It is better to err in the side of caution than to let a potentially dangerous situation develop without reporting it.

Use 911 for all emergencies and crimes in progress. Use the direct dispatch line for all non-emergency calls by dialing 1-877-275-5273.

Everyone should have the direct dispatch number on their cell phones. Do not call Devonshire Desk or any other number to get police response. You should only be using 911 or direct dispatch, depending on the urgency of the situation.

Don’t confront or expose yourself to danger.

Don’t leave your front door open or unlocked but do announce you are home if you get a knock on the door.

Don’t store excessive valuables in your home and record serial numbers of all electronics, firearms etc. Do take photos of you jewelry.

And finally be sure to remove any garage door openers from your parked vehicle, especially when the vehicle will be left overnight in front of the home or in the driveway.

Be safe and please share this information with your neighbors.

“RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY” – November 25, 2013

There is an evident shift in trend in residential burglaries where more incidents are occurring during the late afternoons/early evening hours and in some cases on weekends.  Also a number of these incidents have occurred within a window span of a couple of hours suggesting the suspects may be identifying a target and then using a laying and wait tactic.

Take every precaution in securing your property and be highly aware of your surroundings.

Look for vehicles and activity which is unusual for your neighborhood.  Take the time as you go in/out of your home to scan the street;  you are looking for something that looks out of place.  It could be a parked vehicle with people just sitting in it, an unfamiliar vehicle in a neighbor’s driveway or a pedestrian going from door to door.

If you see this type of activity pay attention and evaluate the situation.  The question is “what do you think is going on?”  If you suspect criminal activity don’t hesitate and phone the police right away.

Use 911 for all emergencies and crimes in progress.  Use the direct dispatch line for all non-emergency calls by dialing 1-877-275-5273.

Everyone should have the direct dispatch number on their cell phones.  Do not call Devonshire Desk or any other number to get police response.  You should only be using 911 or direct dispatch, depending on the urgency of the situation.

Don’t confront or expose yourself to danger.

Don’t leave your front door open or unlocked but do announce you are home if you get a knock on the door.

Also be sure to remove any garage door openers from your parked vehicle, especially when the vehicle will be left overnight in front of the home or in the driveway.

Be safe and please share this information with your neighbors.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY UPDATE

A change in trend is being noticed in residential burglary activity with repeated incidents now occurring during late afternoon/early evening hours.

Pay particular attention to door to door solicitors and individuals loitering in parked vehicles with no apparent purpose.

It is a likely scenario that the burglaries may be selecting a home and then keeping watch until the residents leave before carrying out the burglary.

Be vigilant of your surroundings, remain alert for any activity which is out of the ordinary and if you suspect criminal activity is likely involved contact our police dispatchers at 1-877-275-5273.

Continue to use 911 for all emergency calls.

SAFETY TIPS FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING

As BLACK FRIDAY has grown in popularity, have a SAFETY PLAN.  Here are a few SAFETY TIPS to Keep You & Your Family Safe.

  • Map it out.  Create a plan for the day.  This will help to alleviate any potential stressors encountered throughout your shopping day.
  • Practice Patience…Expect long lines.  Remember safety comes first.  Enter the store safely, do not rush!!!  Always be considerate of other shoppers.
  • Conceal Your Purchases…Nothing gets a thief going like a car full of bags that are clearly visible.  Lock them in your trunk or place them under seats out of sight.  Criminals watch and break in to steal the items when you return to the store or mall.  Remember:  Lock-it, Hide-it, Keep-it.
  • Protect Yourself…Women should carry their purses close to their body and men should keep their wallets in their front pocket or in a coat pocket to deter pickpockets.  Also, shop in groups if possible and watch for loiterers near and around your vehicle.
  • Dress for Success…Dress casually, comfortably, in layers, and expect cold weather.  Stay hydrated and well nourished.  Also consider leavening small children at home with a trusted family member or baby sitter.
  • Park and be Safe…Anticipate minimal parking availability.  Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.  When returning to your car, stop, listen, and look around.  Stay alert to your surroundings and have your car keys readily available before you get to your vehicle.
  • Obey The Laws…Drive the speed limit, stop at stop signs and don’t park in handicap spots.  Be mindful of pedestrians, especially children.  Don’t walk in the middle of traffic lanes or jaywalk.
  • Buckle Up for Safety…and please be very patient!  Low-speed collisions cause injuries too!  Please refrain from texting while driving and walking!  Watch out for children!
PREVENTING RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY – PART 2

HOME SECURITY TIPS

  • Lock all doors and windows, including rear and garage doors, before leaving the residence.
  • Ensure that sliding glass doors have strong working locks
  • Record the serial numbers of your electronic and computer equipment and keep this information in a secure location
  • Secure jewelry and other high value items in a safe place
  • Verbally acknowledge anyone knocking at your door but do not open it unless you are completely comfortable with the individual.
  • If you observe suspicious activity, contact the police immediately by using 911 for crimes in progress and 1-877-275-5273 for non-emergency situations.
  • Remove garage door openers from your parked vehicle, especially when the vehicle will be left overnight in front of the home or in the driveway.

COMMUNITY DISTRICT MEETING

Hosted by the LAPD Devonshire Area

  • November 14, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Church of the Living Word
  • 8855 Haskell Ave
  • North Hills, CA 91343

Join us and listen to in depth presentations by:

  • Devonshire personnel regarding Emergency Preparedness.
  • Mr. Eric W. Rose regarding Social Media, Mass Communication and Mass Gatherings.
  • Mrs. Susan Blauner regarding Drug and Alcohol awareness.
PREVENTING RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

Burglary is a crime that can affect all of us. There are steps you can take to deter residential burglaries.

These crimes are occurring most frequently Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM.  In some cases burglary suspects are knocking on residence doors and burglarizing homes with no answer.

Many burglaries are crimes of opportunity, with suspects often entering homes through unlocked windows, unlocked sliding glass doors, apartment doors, or unlocked garage doors.

Take a further step in protecting yourself by removing garage door openers from your parked vehicle, especially when the vehicle will be left overnight in front of the home or in the driveway.

“HOME INVASION ROBBERIES” – October 28, 2013

We had two home invasion robberies occur on Friday, October 25, 2013 on Gresham St in the Sherwood Forest Area of Devonshire.  The suspects were two male African Americans dressed in dark clothing wearing masks.  Please make sure you secure all your doors at night.

An emergency Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held tomorrow, October 29, 2013 at 6 pm at Devonshire Station.  We will be discussing these two robberies and others that have occurred this month.  Please enter through the front desk and you will be directed to the meeting room from there.

Thank you.

“A DAY FOR CHILDREN” - Saturday, October 26, 2013

Join us to celebrate LAPD Devonshire’s “A DAY FOR CHILDREN”

  • Saturday, October 26, 2013
  • 9:30 am TO 2:00 pm
  • Granada Hills Recreation Center
  • (Petit Park)
  • 16730 Chatsworth Street
  • Granada Hills CA 91344

We will kick off the event starting at 9:30 am with a “Walk Against Crime” on the north side of the park.

For more information contact Devonshire Area Community Relations Office (818) 363-1726

  • Organizations with help for parents and kids
  • Face Painting
  • Entertainment and Attractions
  • Bounce House
  • Hot Dogs and Drinks
  • LAPD Dive Team
  •  Music
  • LAPD, LAFD, and Sanitation static displays
  • Free Prizes
  • Over 20 Informational booths
“RECENT CRIME TREND” – October 22, 2013

Theft is a serious problem in the Devonshire Area!  Many of these thefts can be prevented!  One simple way to prevent theft is to close your garage door.  An open garage is practically an invitation for a thief to take your property!  When you come home, close your garage immediately.  If you notice your neighbor’s garage is open, give them a call, or knock on their door and remind them to close it.  When you park your car in the garage, lock your car door and please do not leave your purse or wallet inside the car.

With the holidays coming, many of us have packages delivered to our houses.  Thieves will drive around the area looking for packages on door steps.  It only takes a second for them to drive up, grab your package and drive away.  Instead of having a package dropped off, request to pick it up at the UPS office or, require a signature upon delivery.

While at the grocery store, many women are leaving their purses unattended in the shopping cart.  Again, it only takes a second for a thief to snatch your wallet or your entire purse out of your cart.  When you are loading your groceries, put your purse in the car first.  Also, do not place your wallets on the counter while at the register.  Several reports are made a year for people who have set their wallets down on the counter, only to have them disappear.

If you follow the above suggestions, your chances of becoming a victim of theft will be greatly reduced!

The Devonshire Senior Lead Officers

“ROBBERIES ON THE RISE” ALERT – October 22, 2013

We have experienced a string of business robberies over the last week.

On October 17, 2013 there was a robbery at the 76 gas station on Balboa and Parthenia.  The suspects were wearing black hooded sweatshirts and ski masks.  One was armed with a handgun.  The incident occurred at approximately 8 pm.

On October 18, 2013 there was a robbery at the Arco gas station at Balboa and Parthenia.  One suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, the other was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt.  Both suspects were Hispanic and one was armed with a handgun.  This incident occurred at approximately 2 am.

On October 21, 2013 there was a robbery at the Domino’s on Lindley and Parthenia.  The suspects were wearing black ski masks and dark colored clothing.  One was armed with a handgun.  This incident occurred at approximately 11 pm.

Please be vigilant when shopping or pumping gas at night and report any suspicious activity.

“CRIME UPDATE” – October 14, 2013

We have had a rise in home burglaries in the last three weeks.  The burglaries occurred near the 16300 block of Community St, Roscoe Blvd. and Sophia Ave, the 16300 block of Schoenborn St, the 9500 block of Hayvenhurst Ave, the 16700 block of Parthenia St, the 16600 block of Rayen St, and the 15900 block of Bryant St.

Most of the break-ins took place during the day with the exception of the one on Rayen.  In that instance, the suspects broke in during the evening hours.  The victim came home and found them inside her house.

The suspects were described as two male African Americans in their twenties.  One was wearing a gray sweatshirt. The other was wearing a blue shirt, black pants, and blue latex gloves.

Please call if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

DEVONSHIRE Senior Lead Office (818) 363-1726

“LAPD DEVONSHIRE DIVISION” – October 14, 2013

LAPD Devonshire Division is now on Facebook.  We will be providing important information on our Facebook page.

Please join us by searching for:  LAPD DEVONSHIRE and look for the badge.

“HOME BURGLARIES” ALERT – October 14, 2013

We have had a rise in home burglaries in the last three weeks. The burglaries occurred near the 16300 block of Community St, Roscoe Blvd. and Sophia Ave, the 16300 block of Schoenborn St, the 9500 block of Hayvenhurst Ave, the 16700 block of Parthenia St, the 16600 block of Rayen St, and the 15900 block of Bryant St.

Most of the break-ins took place during the day with the exception of the one on Rayen. In that instance, the suspects broke in during the evening hours. The victim came home and found them inside her house. The suspects were described as two male African Americans in their twenties. One was wearing a gray sweatshirt. The other was wearing a blue shirt, black pants, and blue latex gloves.

Please call if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

“BASIC CAR MEETING” – October 9, 2013

Hello everyone!  This is a reminder for October’s Basic Car meeting.  We are combining 17A49, 17A67, 17A81 and 17A95′s meetings.  The combined meeting will be held on October 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm at Valley Communications Division (23001 Roscoe Blvd.).  There will be parking at the facility.  Please try to be on time so you do not miss any of the tour.

If you received a phone message regarding Senior Lead Officer Kate Luna’s meeting scheduled for tomorrow, October 10th, disregard.  That meeting is cancelled.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

Senior Lead Officer Janine Angeles

“NEIGHBORHOOD BURGLARIES” ALERT – October 7, 2013

During the week of September 30-October 5, 2013, we had 5 burglaries in our basic car area.

They occurred on the 16000 block of Schoenborn, 16300 block of Community St, 9500 block of Hayvenhurst, 16700 block of Parthenia and in the area of Sophia and Roscoe.

The suspects in three of these crimes made entry through a rear glass slider.

Four of these crimes occurred between 9am and 6pm.  Please continue to be vigilant and report any unusual activity in your neighborhood.

“RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY” ALERT – September 27, 2013

Dear neighborhood watch members, last night Devonshire was the target of several residential burglaries in the areas of Granada Hills and Porter Ranch.  These burglaries occurred in the late afternoon to evening hours.

There is no suspect description, but the pattern appears to be similar.  The suspects identify homes that appear to be unoccupied.  They accomplish this by looking for homes without lighting, or in some cases, it is believed they watch as residents leave their home and then proceed to burglarize the house.

If you observe suspicious activities please contact LAPD (818) 734-2223.

Please make every effort to ensure your property is secure and remove all valuables from your vehicle.  Let your neighbors know what’s going on and report all suspicious activity to LAPD Devonshire Division Anonymous Tip Line at (818) 832-0563.

“INFORMATION” ALERT NOTIFICATION – September 9, 2013

Dear neighborhood watch members, recently Devonshire experienced an increase of residential burglaries and BFMVs, especially in the area North of Rinaldi and East of Balboa (Granada Hills & Porter Ranch Areas).

This morning a suspect was observed in front of a residence attempting to change a license plate on a stolen vehicle.  The vehicle is described as a 1997 Silver or Gray BMW 740 Series with very dull paint.  Suspect last seen in the Porter Ranch area.  However suspect knows his actions were being observed and departed the location quickly.

If you observed this vehicle please contact LAPD (818) 734-2223.

Please make every effort to ensure your property is secure and remove all valuables from your vehicle.  Let your neighbors know what’s going on and report all suspicious activity to LAPD Devonshire Division Anonymous Tip Line at (818) 832-0563.

“HOME BURGLARY” ALERT NOTIFICATION – September 3, 2013

Our basic car area has experienced a rise in residential burglaries.  The suspects involved in these crimes knock on the front door first to make sure no one is home.  If there is no answer, they enter through the rear of the residence.  They pry windows or doors to gain entry.

During the last two weeks there were three instances where people were home during these break-ins.  In one case, the suspect knocked on the front door continuously before entering through a rear glass slider.  The home owner was face to face with the suspect when he entered.  Please do not ignore someone knocking on your door.  You do not have to open it but you should make them aware someone is home.

Alarms and dogs are a good investment to deter burglars but they cost money.   Establishing a neighborhood watch group works well too.  If you are interested in starting or joining a group please call the senior lead office at 818-363-1726.

“AUTO BURGLARY” ALERT NOTIFICATION – August 31, 2013

This is a bulletin alert for heavy Burglary from Motor Vehicle Activity occurring on today’s date (08/31/13) in our division, in commercial parking lots and along the hiking trails.

Please take preventive measures by not leaving any valuables in plain sight inside your vehicles.

Scan parking lots for potential prowlers and report suspicious activity to our direct dispatch at 1-877-275-5273.

Together we can make a difference.

“OPEN GARAGES” ALERT NOTIFICATION – August 27, 2013

Hello everyone!  This is a reminder to please not leave your garages open and unattended.  Thieves look for crimes of opportunity.  An open garage is one of them.

Another thing to remember is to lock the door that goes from the garage into your house. It only takes a second to walk in, grab an expensive tool and walk out. This crime is preventable!

Please remind your neighbors to do the same!

Thank you!

Devonshire Senior Lead Officers (818) 363-1726

“IDENTITY THEFT” ALERT NOTIFICATION – August 26, 2013

Hello everyone!  There has been an increase in identity theft in the Devonshire Area.  Please remember to remove your mail from your mailbox everyday.

If you are sending outgoing mail, please bring it inside of the post office to prevent mail theft.  If you can lock your mail box, please do!  Lastly, if you are going out of town, please place a stop on your mail delivery.  Hopefully, this advise will keep you from becoming a victim of mail/identity theft.

Thank you!

DEVONSHIRE Senior Lead Office (818) 363-1726

ADVISORY:  REMEMBER TO LOCK IT, HIDE IT, KEEP IT
  • Always lock your vehicle and close your windows.  Use a steering column locking device.
  • DO NOT leave your laptop in your vehicle.
  • Always use your vehicle’s alarm system.
  • If possible, park your vehicle in a garage.
  • Park your vehicle as close to a streetlight as possible.
  • DO NOT leave your garage remote in your vehicle.
  • If you see any suspicious activity near a vehicle, call the police.
  • Check your vehicle periodically & check your neighbor’s vehicles.
  • IPODs and IPOD docking stations are prime targets.
  • For full details, view this message on the web.

THERE IS AN AUTO THEFT AND BURGLARY/THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE PROBLEM IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD…

THIS PARTICULAR AREA IS CONSISTENTLY EXPERIENCING HIGH NUMBERS OF AUTO THEFTS AND BURGLARY/THEFTS FROM MOTOR VEHICLES. THESE CRIMES PRIMARILY INVOLVE CARS PARKED ON THE STREET, IN OUTSIDE PARKING LOTS, UNDERGROUND PARKING GARAGES, AND IN DRIVEWAYS.

THESE CRIMES OCCUR PRIMARILY DURING THE LATE NIGHT AND EARLY MORNING HOURS.  TOYOTA CAMRYS, HONDA ACCORDS AND ALL TYPES OF TRUCKS ARE BEING TARGETED;  HOWEVER, OTHER MAKES AND MODELS OF VEHICLES ARE ALSO BEING VICTIMIZED.

WHILE THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT IS MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO COMBAT THIS PROBLEM, SINCE COMMUNITY AWARENESS IS THE KEY TO PREVENTION, WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE…TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR PROPERTY:

  • LOCK AND SECURE YOUR VEHICLES, AND ALWAYS SET YOUR ALARM OR USE AN ANTI-THEFT DEVICE. MAKE IT AS DIFFICULT AS POSSIBLE FOR CRIMINALS TO GAIN ACCESS TO YOUR PROPERTY. 
  • NEVER LEAVE VALUABLES SUCH AS CELL PHONES, CD’S, BRIEFCASES OR BACKPACKS IN PLAIN VIEW. IF YOU MUST LEAVE ITEMS IN THE CAR, LOCK THEM IN THE TRUNK OR PUT THEM OUT OF SIGHT. 
  • REPORT ANY UNUSUAL ACTIVITY, WHICH MAY BE LINKED TO THESE CRIMES TO THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY.

IF YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR CAN PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE ABOVE CRIMES, PLEASE CONTACT DEVONSHIRE AUTO DETECTIVES AT (818)832-1721 OR THE SENIOR LEAD OFFICE AT (818)363-1726, WEEKENDS AND AFTER HOURS, CONTACT THE DEVONSHIRE AREA WATCH COMMANDER AT (818) 832-0633.