Brentwood Break-In Survey: from SBRA Neighborhood Watch Chair

From SBRA Neighborhood Watch Chair Max Mednik:
Brentwood Break-In Survey

*** Fill this out if you’ve had a break-in: ***
https://goo.gl/forms/IbTl2hh8MyVSpbSg1

Our home had a break-in last year, and it seems like break-ins are again on the rise.

I’d like to get some data on recent break-ins in order to spot patterns and best practices to protect our homes and families. For example, does having a gate or a dog or cameras really help?

I made a simple survey (should take only 1 minute) for people to be able to fill out. Then, I plan to analyze the data and report back any patterns I spot.

The data people report will be anonymous and will be kept private.

Currently, I’m targeting households that meet all these requirements:
a) Had a break-in (attempted or actual) in the last 12 months
b) Live in a single family home
c) Live in Brentwood

Here is the survey form:
https://goo.gl/forms/IbTl2hh8MyVSpbSg1

Thanks!

Have you had USPS Mail Thefts? Get answers Oct. 2 Brentwood Community Council Meeting

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Representatives from USPS Mail Theft Prevention will be at our October 2 BCC meeting. In order to help them address issues particular to our area, we ask that you please write a brief description of specific issues you or your constituents have experienced.

Please email those to me directly by noon on Friday, September 28, so that I may forward them to the USPS representatives.
Marylin Krell

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

NeighborsNetwork Tips

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Note from Judie:
We are getting increasing reports of people wanting access to property under false pretenses – rat check, water leakage, wire access.
Might be a good idea to let everyone in the household know what to do when someone comes knocking at your door – staff, visiting relatives and friends, etc.
First rule, always let them know that you are home, but do not open the door.
Video doorbells are very useful tools.
It goes without saying–Don’t open your door to any stranger.

Stay in touch with me and your neighbors,
Judie
judie@neighborsnetwork.net
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From LAPD WLA Senior Lead Officer: Tandem Parking Warning

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A 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

August 23, 2018

Auto detectives just shared with me this morning that they are seeing a recurring trend of crimes associated with the very unwise habit of leaving keys in cars for ‘tandem’ parking. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this practice, it typically involves parking in multi-unit complex garages wherein one car parks directly behind another car. They then 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 bad guys know of this practice all too well and count on folks doing it to provide them easy access to the inside of cars– whether to steal the contents or to take the car altogether. This is particularly prevalent in the South Brentwood areas.

We can’t emphasis enough how this practice needs to stop. Not only does it jeopardize the cars and property of those engaged in tandem parking, it also affects their neighbors who aren’t engaged in these risky practices. Neighbors can become victims because they are now exposed to the same suspects returning to their properties time and time again since they know it’s easy to steal stuff at 12345 Kiowa or 67890 Goshen. Believe me, when they find a building they can successfully steal from, they will repeatedly return, taking whatever is not nailed down.

And while on this subject involving multi-unit complex garages, it’s worth mentioning that bicycles and other stored property in garages that are in view of anyone who’s in the garage appears as opportunity for those with bad intentions—even if it’s locked!! My advice is to keep bikes and property within your residence. And if that’s impossible, then at least hide it from view so that it doesn’t advertise what’s in there for the taking.

Best to you all, Maria

LAPD Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray addresses Brentwood Community Council August Meeting

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COMMUNITY ALERT!
There has been a series of Residential Burglaries developing in the Westside communities. The suspects typically knock or ring the doorbell to verify if anyone is home. When there is no answer, the suspects enter the side or rear of the residence and force entry typically by smashing the window or door glass to gain entry. Suspects are targeting the master bed and bath as well as other areas of the home and removing Jewelry, cash, small valuables and small electronics.
Immediate Detection! Is key to prevention and apprehension. The Los Angeles Police Department recommends the following tips to help secure your home and harden the target:

•SURVEILLANCE/SECURITY CAMERAS: Web based surveillance and doorbell camera systems will alert and allow homeowners to immediately view and monitor activity from any smartphone or computer which are motion sensor activated and will alert your device when there is activity. They will also lend valuable information and clues to the investigation.
•ALARMS: Ensure that security alarms are in good working order and set when not at home whether leaving for 10 minutes or 10 hours. Accessible upstairs doors & windows should have alarm sensors and upstairs rooms should have motion sensors to include the master bedroom.
•ALARM RESPONSE: Consider a private patrol alarm response to enhance your current alarm and security system. In many cases private patrols are already contracted in many neighborhoods or associations.
•MOTION SENSOR LIGHTING: Install motion sensor lighting around your home to illuminate normally dark areas around the home. This will also alert residents to outside activity around the home when motion lights are activated.
•GATES: Ensure that all gates and access points to the side or rear of the residence are locked and secured.
•DOOR AND WINDOW LOCKS: Ensure that all doors and windows are locked and secured with sturdy secured locks and that there are second locking mechanisms securing all doors and windows as a second line of defense.
•MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU’RE HOME…Even when you’re not.
•NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Monitor suspicious activities in your neighborhood and alert your neighbors. Should the activity escalate to a crime about to occur, crime in progress or crime that just occurred, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
•SECURITY PATROLS: Consider after hours on site security at construction sites or major remodel projects. Many neighborhoods contract with private security patrols which monitor neighborhoods and can quickly respond to burglar alarm activations or reports of suspicious activity when they occur.

You may access crime mapping at www.crimemapping.com to review recent crimes in your area. Sign up to receive alerts when crime is reported in your neighborhood.

E-Policing: http://www.lapdonline.org/e_policing
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

More On Brentwood Burglary Trends from LAPD Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray

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– It is unfortunate that we’ve recently experienced a considerable uptick in the Brentwood area in the number of Burglaries that have occurred in June and July of this year. Attached is a synopsis of what has occurred (the addresses are rounded to the nearest 100 block for privacy) and although there isn’t any suspect or vehicle description that we can share, hopefully this will serve as reminder to all to be and stay aware of your the activities, people and cars in your neighborhood. And if you see something, say something. I’ll update the community as I receive further information from detectives.

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

Brentwood Area
Robbery, Home Invasion
and Burglary Crimes
06/04/18 – 07/30/18
TOTAL (13)

BURGLARY
6/7/2018 Thursday
100 S WESTGATE AV

BURGLARY
6/8/2018 Friday
800 N KENTER AV
BURGLARY
6/11/2018 Monday
200 HOMEWOOD RD
BURGLARY
6/15/2018 Friday
200 S CARMELINA AV

BURGLARY
6/20/2018 Wednesday
11900 KEARSARGE ST (construction site)
BURGLARY
6/27/2018 Wednesday
100 HOMEWOOD RD
BURGLARY
6/27/2018 Wednesday
300 N BOWLING GREEN WY
BURGLARY
6/29/2018 Friday
100 N CANYON VIEW DRIVE

BURGLARY
7/3/2018 Tuesday
12400 ROCHEDALE LN
BURGLARY
7/3/2018 Tuesday
500 N KENTER AV
BURGLARY/HOT PROWL
7/16/2018 Monday
200 N KENTER AV
ROBBERY/HOME INVASION
7/27/2018 Friday
100 HOMEWOOD RD

ROBBERY (1) (1800-0000= Occurred between 6pm and midnight)

BURGLARY (2) (0000-0600= Occurred between midnight and 6 am)

BURGLARY (1) (0600-1200= Occurred between 6 am and noon)

BURGLARY (4) (1200-1800= Occurred between noon and 6pm)

BURGLARY (5) (1800-0000= Occurred between pm and midnight)

Please note that 9 of the 13 recent Burglaries and the 1 Home Invasion Robbery (defined essentially as a burglary where force or fear is used on the victim) occurred between noon and midnight. The 3 other burglaries occurred between midnight and noon.
There is no distinctive suspect description to share other than one male black had a corn roll hair style. Most of these residences were accessed by smashing rear windows. One was by kicking in the door and one was by a window pane removal. But the thing to remember is that the overall majority of them were entered by a rear or out of view access point.
Detectives don’t have further to share with the community at this point. They are working diligently on all leads and follow-ups. If you have any information to share, or if you’ve witnessed anything suspicious or unusual to your neighborhood, please send it to me and I’ll forward it onto detectives. The minute I get any further information that I can share with the community, I will.
In the meantime, please take whatever measures you can afford to better secure your properties. Ensure video cameras are up and running and are visible-to further serve as a deterrent. Be nosy… if you hear glass breaking, pay attention, call it in. Side gates should be locked. Lights should illuminate your home like an airport. Leave something audible, like a stereo or TV loud enough to be heard from the front and the rear to give the impression that someone is home each and every time you leave your home. Talk to your family and your staff about how to deal with strangers and solicitors ringing your doorbell…Without answering the door, they should speak loudly and in the plural “We can’t come to the door right now”. And if you do find yourself face to face with someone in your home, remember that there is nothing, no amount of property, cash or jewelry, that is worth you or your family’s safety.
I’ll post more as I get it…
Take care,
Maria

A note from LAPD Senior Lead OFFICER Maria Gray: Traffic Accident Scams

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

June 6, 2018

Traffic Accident Scams

During our weekly Crime Control Meeting, it was revealed that detectives believe there may a crew ofscam artists targeting drivers throughout not only the Brentwood vicinity, but also, the entire West LA area, if not the entire City.

It happens like this… an unsuspecting driver leaves a parking lot after shopping at a commercial establishment (most recently, a shopper leaving the Ralph’s market at Bundy and Wilshire was targeted but thankfully, she did not fall for the scam). After a minute or so, the suspect’s car will drive up behind them or pull alongside them and begin honking frantically and yelling for the victim to pull over. When the victim does, the suspect then approaches the victim usually while the bewildered victim is still sitting in their parked car. The suspect then insists that the victim just hit their car in and claims that the victim is now trying to leave the site of the traffic accident, essentially, accusing the victim of a Hit & Run.

The suspect typically will use flailing arms and loud accusations intimidating the victim and claiming that he’s going to call the police. This intimidation serves to get the victim to ultimately comply with his demand for money to ‘cover the deductible’. There may even be a bit of paint transfer as part of the scam to further convince the victim that they unwittingly hit the suspect’s car. Or, while the victim is dealing with the suspect’s accusations, a second suspect will come up alongside the passenger side of the victim’s car and remove their purse from the front seat. This is actually an old modus operandi in which they often, but not always, target elderly or lone drivers.

At the time of this note,there is no suspect/vehicle description to share. A couple of the incidents involved lone Males,either of White or Hispanic or Middle Eastern decent. The car descriptions have been variable.

If you suspect that you are being followed or if you find yourself being directed to pull over by a total stranger, please take a deep breath and continue to drive to a well-lit location: ideally, a police station, or a gas station, populated strip mall, or any well-lit, busy, location where there will be many eyes. Do not drive to your home. If or when you do decide to stop make sure your doors are locked (you should always drive with your doors locked anyways) and have your phone in your hand ready to push 911. And don’t worry about their accusation of‘Hit & Run’… If you can articulate that you were seeking to find a safe place to pull over, it will likely be considered as reasonable and understandable to police. In fact, ifyou believe that you’re dealing with one of these scammers, calmly tell the suspect that you are calling police, and then do so. This may make themscadaddle and leave you alone. Let them go, but try to be a good witness while you wait for police to arrive: physical description,license plate, vehicle description, etc. Thank you.

All the best,

Maria