Submitted by LAPD Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin
Good Afternoon Everyone,
I would first like to recognize all the Veterans and Active Military who have and still protect our great Nation. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE (Veterans Day). I wanted to share this picture of my Police vehicle while I was conducting extra patrol overlooking the Pacific Ocean (beautiful). I have attached last week’s map and description as well as this week’s info. As you can see our trends that we continue to deal with are auto related crimes and residential burglaries. A few of the burglaries have been associated with our suspects gaining access to a vehicle in the driveway. Our suspects then have used the garage door remote to gain access into the garage and take items. Let’s try to find a good place to hide or secure the garage door opener. Be mindful of access points around your property. The burglars are getting in through the side or backyard. Let’s make it harder for our criminals to get into our yards. Remember to use the MYLA311 app to make service request for any and all City related issues (street services, parking issues, abandoned vehicles, trash or bulky items etc..).
- Security Window Film : There are many different brands and Companies that make theses shatter proof window film. I recommend looking into what type works for your home. This is just another added measure to make it harder for our criminals to get to our stuff. When someone smashes a window its usually just one hit. The film makes it harder to smash and obviously the person has to hit the glass several times creating more noise (which they do not want).
- MyLA311 app : If you have not done so already. I highly recommend downloading this app. You can generate a multitude of city services ranging from street services, Department of sanitation and Department of Transportation. Once a service request has been made you receive notifications of the status and outcome of the request.
- When calling 911 or the non-emergency line (877-275-5273), please be patient and know your location and a detailed description of the incident you are calling about. Our LAPD Dispatchers are very good at determining the nature of response.
- I encourage everyone to get a security system that will give you instant notification if someone is on your property. This helps us (LAPD), if you can see that someone is in your house and can give a good description of the suspects. It will bump our response up to a priority call instead of a non-priority (alarm only).
- If you have security cameras on your property, it is helpful for an investigation to have one or more cameras angled towards the street or sidewalk. Investigators can back track areas where people are seen coming from based on video footage. Hopefully with other cameras showing vehicles or other suspects, investigators can obtain valuable information.
- Please continue to secure (lock) your house and vehicles and do not leave valuables in your vehicle. Let’s make it harder for these criminals to get our stuff.
- Remember to be aware of your surroundings. We can deter most crimes when we acknowledge the people around us. Most criminals do not want to be notice.
- Keep bushes and trees in front of your house trimmed. Overgrown foliage can provide a hiding spot for a burglar, as then they cannot be seen from a passing car.
- Lock your side gates. Make it difficult for the burglar to gain access to your backyard. Most homes are entered from the rear.
- Security cameras are helpful, please make them visible. A security sign in your front yard is also a plus.
- Get to know your neighbors – good communication as to what you see that may be suspicious is a good strategy
- Keep trash/recycling bins away from fences or gates. These bins are sturdy and may be used as a “step stool” to jump over a fence/gate.
- Use environmental barriers, cactus, thorny vegetation or plants to make the side or rear of your house less inviting to access. In most of our burglaries, our suspects are gaining access to the side or rear of the property, this is where they will break a window to get into the house.