Badge Note: Sr. Lead Officer Maria Gray

note from…
OFFICER Maria Gray
Senior Lead Officer for Basic Car 8A13, Brentwood Area
Los Angeles Police Department
West Los Angeles Division
(310) 444-0744
30469@LAPD.ONLINE,
www.crimemapping.com

March 27, 2019

Officers and Detectives cannot reiterate this enough… Please, please, PLEASE, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE FOBS OR KEYS IN YOUR CARS!!!

Our Auto Detectives advise that at present, the West LA average for vehicles stolen from our area, and ultimately recovered, which have the fobs or keys within the vehicle is well over 40%. Nearly HALF!!! In fact, a few weeks ago, we experienced a trend wherein 100% of the cars stolen in a one week period from the West LA Area involved victims who left their fobs or keys within their cars. This is crazy!!

Some of victims are most adamant about not having done so, and yet when we recover the car– often in other parts of the City– the fobs or keys are within the vehicle (mind you, fobs are NOT easy to duplicate).

If you don’t make the foolish habit of doing this, we commend you. But please know that this practice still affects you and your family’s safety. Criminals coming into our community and finding cars to steal (or to break into) with ease only brings more opportunistic criminals roaming our streets.

Keep in mind that these criminals conduct ‘Door Checking’ in which they walk our streets, enter our parking lots and garages and tug on the door handles. If it opens, they know the fobs are likely somewhere in the vehicle. They push the start button and they’re off!! We also need to mention and curtail the poor practice of ‘Tandem Parking’ in which tenants of complexes leave their keys in the car or ‘hidden’ on the tires so that roommates or family members can maneuver around shared or tight parking spaces. The problem is, the criminals know too of this practice all too well. This is particularly prevalent in the South Brentwood areas. Lastly, during the warmer months, criminals KNOW and take advantage of people who leave their keys on their tires when parked at the beach or park or trail head. Don’t do that.

We owe it to each other to live a responsible Big City Smarts kind of life. Brentwood is a beautiful, safe community and sometimes it’s easy to forget that we are still part of a huge metropolis, and all that goes with it.

Badge Note from LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Maria Gray

OFFICER Maria Gray Senior Lead Officer for Basic Car 8A13, Brentwood Area Los Angeles Police Department West Los Angeles Division
(310) 444-0744 | 30469@LAPD.ONLINE,
RE: Citizen App
April 11, 2019

We, as Senior Lead Officers, frequently receive calls, emails, and questions regarding police activity going on RIGHT NOW within their neighborhood. Understandably, it can be very frustrating for folks to see officers deployed within their neighborhood, or to see a police helicopter orbiting above and not know what’s going on. Calling the LAPD West LA front desk during these times can be frustrating too because everyone else is essentially doing the same thing. And we, Senior Lead Officers, as most of you should already know, are not here to address issues 24/7.
Therefore, I am very happy to report that there is now a free App that will notify you on your smart phone or similar device of real-time police and fire activity and emergency calls for service within your community.
You may download the Citizen App directly onto your smart phone or device from the App store. Once you have set up the App for your area, you will begin to receive notifications and real-time information on police and fire department activity and calls for service within your immediate neighborhood.
Keep in mind that this app is not associated with the City of Los Angeles of the Los Angeles Police Department in any way. But several of us officers have been using the app and find it to be useful and relatively accurate thus far. We wanted to share this useful tool with all of you.
Copy and paste to view this local news story link for more detailed information about the Citizen App:
https://ktla.com/…/citizen-app-review-iphone-android-los-a…/
Best to you all,
Maria

Free email alerts for crime and safety

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Max Mednik, SBRA Advisory Board Member:
From Max Mednik, SBRA Advisory Board Member

Free email alerts for crime and safety near us
FYI in case it could be helpful to anyone: CrimeMapping and CrimeReports both have free email alerts of crime activity near us. Signing up is pretty fast, and you can choose what area and types of crimes you want to hear about. I just signed up on both myself to stay on top of what’s going on around us.
https://www.crimemapping.com/Alerts

https://www.crimereports.com

Crime Report: Senior Lead Office West Los Angeles Community Police Station

Brian Espin #37430
Senior Lead Office
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Officer Espin, Acting Senior Lead, WLA, reports recent crimes in the neighborhood.
He can be contacted at

Brian Espin #37430
Senior Lead Office
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Office: 310-444-0730
Email: 37430@lapd.online
Website: www.lapdonline.org
NON-EMERGENCY: 1-877-275-5273
All other City Services : 311

And remember to share with your children how to get help in an EMERGENCY: 9-1-1

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Crime Report: LAPD Brentwood

Please read Sr. Lead Officer Gray’s cautionary note at the conclusion of the report.
Also,please note that Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray’s email has changed:
Please be patient as our [LAPD] email system has just been changed and completely overhauled. Note my new email address: 30469@lapd.online I’m making every effort to import the Brentwood group and individual emails but it has not been easy. If you have any concerns that your emails are not reaching me, please feel free to call me at 310-444-0744 or use my new email address: 30469@lapd.online. Thank you for your patience.

EMERGENCY: 911
NON-EMERGENCY: 1-877-275-5273
All other City Services : 311

Maria Gray
Senior Lead Officer
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Office: 310-444-0744
Email: 30469@lapd.online
Website: www.lapdonline.org

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LAPD WLA Crime Report: BRENTWOOD 10.24.2016 - 11.11.16

Please read Officer Gray’s warnings at the end of this report regarding health care scams. She recommends that everyone signs up with the Federal Trade Commission’s scam alerts at ftc.gov/subscribe . You can also subscribe to consumer information updates and much more.

Stay safe and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
Marylin

Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray
LAPD West Los Angeles Division
310-444-0744
30469@lapd.lacity.org

“…before you believe that it could never happen to you, keep in mind that the methods are getting increasingly sophisticated as time passes and it’s sometimes very hard to tell what is legitimate and what is a scam.”

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LAPD WLA CITIZEN CRIME BRIEFING – BRENTWOOD September 24, 2016 – October 23, 2016

Dear Neighbors,

Please note Officer Gray’s reminder to lock your doors! And keep valuables out of sight! Ladies…take your purse with you! I find it amazing that even paperwork has been stolen!
Below the Crime Briefing Report is a request from LAPD detectives regarding a missing person. Officer Gray told me that there are actually many of these reports, especially now as the rise of dementia and Alzheimer climbs.
Please watch out for each other…and be safe.
Marylin

URGE YOU TO READ about Nancy Paulikas whose husband writes:
Nancy is a graduate of the University of California-Davis with a Master’s Degree in computer science from UCLA and is also a certified pilot, an animal lover who almost became a vet, an experienced hiker and back packer, a devoted fan of Nine Inch Nails, a passionate conservationist and an accomplished business woman. To her parents, George and Joan, she is the treasured only child who lights up their lives. To me, her husband of fourteen years, she is the soul-mate that I’d never imagined being lucky enough to find. To her many friends, she is regarded as a stalwart, intelligent, fun-loving and loyal compadre. Though many of these outstanding characteristics have been dimmed over the last couple of years by the progressive toll of her advancing Alzheimer’s disease, she remains all of these things and we will continue to share the stories that make her as real to you as she is to us until together we have her safely at home.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO HELP FIND NANCY

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CITIZEN CRIME BRIEFING FOR BRENTWOOD September 1 – September 23, 2016

Please read Officer Gray’s note at the end of this report. Remember to lock your cars and do not leave anything of value inside. That’s easy. But protecting your car from removal of your wheels and tires? Not so easy!

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