How to Co-Exist with Coyotes

Recently we’ve heard about a few coyote sightings:
12/18/15 running north toward the golf course along Wellesley;
1/2/16 “about 2 am on Darlington ave and Amherst when I was walking my dog. He followed us home.”
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How to Coexist with Coyotes
For more information call LA Animal Services NON EMERGENCY Wildlife phone line 323.225.WILD (9453).
For urgent animal related EMERGENCY calls (injured, orphaned (alone>24 hours), distressed, or sick animals) call your local shelter at 888.452.7381 and follow the prompts.

A Note from LAPD Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray on Burglaries and solicitors

Officer Gray urges that while things are improving, stay vigilant!

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4th Annual Westside Village Homeowners Association: Preparedness Fair

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Emergency Communications:
Our Phones are Out, Now What?

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6:30-9pm

St. John’s Presbyterian Church,
11000 National Blvd at Military Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Free Parking! Light Refreshments!

Recent hurricanes and major earthquakes highlight the importance of emergency communications. When such a disaster hits Los Angeles, our communications systems—cell phones, land lines, and Internet— likely will fail. Learn how to prepare so you can communicate with members of your immediate and extended family, neighbors, and disaster responders. There will be experts, demonstrations, and hands-on opportunities to try various methods of communications. Plus: vendors and door prizes so you can add to your emergency preparedness supplies.

Participants: Adventure 16; AT&T; CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team); LAFD-ACS (Auxiliary Communications Services); MVCC (Mar Vista Community Council); More Prepared; Palms Middle School; PepC (Palms Emergency Preparedness Coalition); The Surplus Store

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Sr. Lead Officer Maria Gray returns to Brentwood!

A big welcome back to Sr. Lead Officer Maria Gray! She spoke at the BCC meeting last night and gave us some good info:
– We now have a dedicated LAPD patrol car in Brentwood!
– Leave your purse out of sight on the floor when driving…criminals are taking purses from the passenger
– Always lock your car door when you leave the car, even for a minute…and when you are driving.

Officer Gray’s message is attached along with two LAPD events.

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LAPD Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray RETURNING!

LAPD Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray has been out on leave for the past several months and will be back soon!
We have missed you, Officer Gray!
We have appreciated the support from Officer Brian Espin who stepped in to cover for Officer Gray during her absence. Thank you, Officer Espin!
South Brentwood is so fortunate to have such outstanding, dedicated officers protecting us.

Sidewalk Repair Rebate

The City of LA has committed to repairing our sidewalks and will share in the cost with homeowners who want to initiate the repair in front of their homes. For more info, go to

Power Outages: Before, During, and After

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Before a Power Outage
•Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
•Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power. For more information visit: Get Tech Ready
•Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices.
•Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
•Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
•Keep your car’s gas tank full-gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
•Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state’s or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters.
•If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device determine a back-up plan.
•For more planning information tips visit: Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs

During a Power Outage: Safety Tips
•Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
•Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. For more information about food safety visit our food page.
•Take steps to remain cool if it is hot outside. In intense heat when the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or “cooling shelter” that may be open in your community. If you remain at home, move to the lowest level of your home, since cool air falls. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
•Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat.
•If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
•Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
•If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system.

After a Power Outage
•Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
If food in the freezer is colder than 40° F and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it.
•Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled.
•Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods and other suppliesOnly use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.

As we watch the news in Texas unfold, we are reminded of the importance of emergency preparation.

What should everyone in Los Angeles have? No, not an agent. You should have a fully stocked supply kit, ready to go, in case of aluefontn emergency. It should be kept in an easy-to-reach place, and every family member should know where the kit is. You can either build the emergency kit yourself or purchase it from a Red Cross store or another local supply outlet. Here are some of the important items that should be included.

Prescription medications and eyeglasses
Infant formula and diapers (if applicable)
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, bank account records, I.D. cards and, in case of separation, photos of family members and pets for identification
Cash and traveler’s checks
Battery powered flashlight (batteries included)
Cell phone charger (batteries included)
Nutrition/protein bars
Canned foods and juices
Eating Utensils
Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
Water (at least 1 gallon per person, per day)
Pet food and extra water for your pet (if applicable)
Work Gloves
Light Sticks (3 each; one lasts 12 hours)
Moist towelettes
Breathing Masks (NIOSH-N95)
Plastic Sheeting (10’x10′)
Rain Ponchos
Personal First Aid Kit
Roll of Duct Tape
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Complete change of clothing, including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. (Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.)
Personal Hygiene Kit (includes shampoo/body wash, wash cloth, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, deodorant)
Books, games and/or puzzles for children
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Battery-operated radio or TV
Local maps

SLO James W Lavenson, Police Officer III West Los Angeles Area

August 19, 2017
Yes, we have had a busy couple of weeks. I am back from DTLA and the World games, I survived my duties as the Tennis Coordinator, and competitor.

I have reviewed all of the reports from my area, I believe some of these crimes may be avoidable. “Hide It, Lock It, Keep It”, please lock and secure your vehicles and residences. Some of our quality of life issues and rules need to be reinforced to our homeless population. I began this yesterday with outreach to both that community and our officers which serve you. I thank all of you for your tips and information, I will review our crime statistics this week.

Have a great and safe weekend.
James W Lavenson
Police Officer III
West Los Angeles Area
1663 Butler Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca. 90025
SLO 53
Office (310) 444-0742


13OO Wellesley Ave. 7-26-17 7:00 P.M
Suspect entered the victim’s vehicle by unknown means and removed property.

11200 Olympic Bl. 7-29-17 2:30 P.M
Suspect(s) removed fog lights from the victim’s vehicle and fled location with said property.

11600 Iowa Ave. 7-29-17 1:00 A.M
Suspect gained access to the victim’s vehicle by unknown means and removed property.

1400 S. Bundy Dr. 7-26-17 6:00 P.M
Suspect(s) pryed the victim’s vehicle door and removed property and fled the location in an unknown direction.

1500 Armacost Ave. 7-26-17 5:00 P.M
The suspect(s) opened the victim’s unsecured vehicle and removed property.

1800 Corinth Ave. 8-6-17 12:00 A.M
Suspect smashed the front passenger side window of the victim’s vehicle. Suspect(s) fled location with the victim’s property.

1500 Amherst Ave. 8-5-17 4:00 P.M
Suspect gained entry into the victim’s vehicle by unknown means. Suspect(s) removed property and fled location.

1200 Armacost Ave. 11:00 P.M
Suspect(s) entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed property.

1800 W. Olympic Bl. 6:30 P.M
Suspect(s) smashed the victim’s vehicle window and removed property.

11900 Walnut Ln. 8-3-17 3:30 P.M & 8-4-17 7:55 A.M
Suspect(s) removed the headlights from the victim’s vehicle and fled the location.

1800 Purdue Ave. 7:00 P.M & 8-4-17 7:00 A.M
Unknown suspect(s) gained entry to the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed property.

1270 Granville Ave. 8-4-17 6:00 P.M
Suspect(s) gained entry to the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed property.

1300 Wellesley Ave. 8-4-17 5:00 A.M
Suspect(s) opened the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed property.

1900 Sawtelle Bl. 8-4-17 3:00 & 8-7-17 4:00 A.M
Suspect opened the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed property.

1200 Barry Ave. 8-4-17 6:00 P.M & 8-6-17 9:00 P.M
Suspect(s) smashed the victim’s vehicle window and removed property from the vehicle.

11900 Walnut Ln. 8-11-17 6:30 P.M & 8-12-17 8:30 A.M
Suspect(s) smashed the victim’s vehicle window and gained entry. The suspect removed property and fled the location.

1200 S. Barrington Ave. 8-11-17 6:00 P.M
Unknown suspect(s) smashed the victim’s vehicle window and removed property.

1600 S. Westgate Ave. 8-12-17 5:30 A.M
Suspect(s) gained entry to the victim’s unsecured vehicle and removed property. The suspect gained entry into the parking structure by prying the door to the complex.

Bundy Dr. & Olympic Bl. 8-10-17 8:00 P.M
Suspect broke the victim’s passenger side window and gained entry and removed property.

1200 S. Barrington Ave. 8-10-17 7:30 P.M
Suspect broke the side window to the victim’s vehicle and removed property.

1800 Barry Ave. 8-7-17 4:00 P.M & 8-9-17 11:00 A.M
Suspect entered the victim’s vehicle by unknown means and removed property.


11300 Nebraska Ave. 7-30-17 12:00 P.M & 8-1-17 8:30 A.M
Unknown suspect gained entry to the apartment complex and went into the laundry room. The suspect pried the machines and removed coins and fled the location.

11400 W. Olympic Bl. 8-5-17 2:00 A.M
Unknown suspect(s) gained entry into the building. The victim stated that no property was missing.

2200 Colby Ave. 8-8-17 1:25 A.M
Suspect(s) climbed over a fence and gained entry onto the victim’s property. The suspect removed electronics and fled the location.

1500 S. Saltair Ave. 8-14-17 4:00 P.M & 8-5-17 9:00 A.M
Suspect forced entry into the laundry room and removed coins from the machines. The suspect fled the location with victim’s property.

1200 Federal Ave. 8-9-17 5:45 A.M
Suspect(s) gained entry into the victim’s residence by unknown means, the property was ransacked. The suspect(s) fled the location in an unknown direction with the victim’s property.


1500 Purdue Ave. 8-2-17 12:35 A.M
The suspect pushed victim to the ground and pulled a bag from his shoulder and fled the location. The victim was not injured, however the suspects fled the location with the victim’s property.

Wilshire Bl. & Texas 8-15-17 3:15 P.M
The suspects approached the victim in the alley and pulled a knife and demanded property from the victim’s pockets. The victims were in fear and gave their property to the suspects.

1700 S. Carmelina, Olympic Bl. & Bundy Dr. and the suspect was arrested on Berkeley & Santa Monica Bl.

7-28-17 5:00 P.M
This was a carjacking that involved multiple victim’s, several patrol units and our Air Unit. The suspect was arrested, no citizens were injured.


We have made numerous arrests during the past two weeks, several for possession of narcotics and narcotics for sale, Burglary, Robbery and several other crimes.