Brentwood Community ALERT: LAPD notes increase in burglaries

I am Officer Brian Espin acting Senior Lead Officer for the Brentwood Area While Maria Gray is out on leave. There is a significant increase in residential burglaries in a specific area within Brentwood. The area affected is Granville Ave East to Barrington Ave. San Vicente Bl North to Sunset Bl ( reporting district 827). Please be vigilant of your surroundings and keep your valuables locked and secured. Along the same note the Brentwood area is still a prime location for auto related crimes because of the high density of vehicles. Please do not leave any valuables in your vehicles. The trend we have seen are suspects entering car ports or garage/parking structures where they are hidden from the street. The suspects are looking for anything they think might have value. Even if it is an empty backpack in the back seat. To the suspect this could be a laptop or other valuable item. My contact info is below, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Brian Espin #37430
Senior Lead Office
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Office: 310-444-0730
Email: 37430@lapd.online
Website: www.lapdonline.org
P.S
Check in with your neighbors as I have attended a few start up neighborhood watch meetings. It is a great idea since you (the resident) know your surroundings and neighborhood the best.

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

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Burglary at the corner of Gorham and Amherst: Do you have a video footage?

Last night (March 7, 2017) there was a burglary at the corner of Gorham and Amherst. A container that had materials for the project at the construction site was broken into.

Please let me know if you have a near-by camera that might have recorded the burglary.

According to our crime reports, there have been many burglaries from construction sites and parked cars. Please leave nothing of value in your cars and keep them locked!

LAPD Burglary prevention tips are attached to remind you of safe practices.
Thank you,
Marylin Krell, President
MKrell1026@aol.com
South Brentwood Residents Association

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LAPD WLA Crime Report: BRENTWOOD January 16, 2017 to January 31, 2017

FROM SENIOR LEAD OFFICER MARIA GRAY:

Thank you to the Brentwood community for all the kind words of support sent my way regarding my shoulder injury. Starting today, I’ll be gone for an undetermined amount of time getting treatment and surgery but I assure you, you are in good hands. Acting Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin will be managing all the emails, phone calls, and area issues in my absence. He is very responsible, knowledgeable, and familiar with Brentwood, having worked numerous assignments here in the West LA area. He’s also very responsive. But go easy on him please. He’s going to be busy doing triple duty!

He’ll have access to my emails and phone so the contact information doesn’t change. Or you can email him directly at 37430@lapd.online.

All the best, and see you soon,

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.lacity.org
Website: www.lapdonline.org

Get well soon, Maria!

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LAPD WLA Crime Report: BRENTWOOD December 28, 2016 to January 16, 2017

Note from Maria Gray at the bottom: Talks about same location repeat thieving, current arrests – very dramatic, and her willingness to go anywhere and talk with anyone about safety and tips. What a great opportunity!!!

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REGARDING BURGLARIES: From SBRA President Marylin Krell

Hello neighbors,

I have recently received emails from residents in South Brentwood who were victims of burglary…especially folks who live on Wellesley.
Several years ago Sr. Lead Officer Enbody asked SBRA to host a meeting because of the rise in crime in that area.
At that meeting, Officer Enbody said the single best precaution to take was to:
· SWITCH ON YOUR ALARM IF YOU HAVE ONE
· Be sure all locks are operational and lock your doors and windows
· Have back up devices in the event your alarm fails
· Dogs are a deterrent
· Install exterior lights that go on at dark and off at dusk, sensor lights.
· Close your draperies, put lights on, play TV or music.

Attached Sr. Lead Officer Maria Gray’s message about burglary she sent out in February 2016.
I recently received this message…
– Why don’t we choose one alarm company so we can get a dedicated car for each area?
And I received this message from a Wellesley resident a few months ago:
– FYI today a chair outside of our front yard was stolen. It was made of metal and had some heft so I don’t
know how someone could just take it when it was all the way into our driveway. Nevertheless this all just
worries me and I think we need to increase security and patrol in lower Brentwood

A request for a private security patrol has been suggested many times in the past. It may be something your neighborhood wants to consider. Please let me know if you would like SBRA to help you research this. Residents will have to pay for it, but it is done in neighboring communities.

May I suggest that your neighborhood compile a shared list of emails and contact numbers? That is an important first step toward safety….for protection and communication re: crime as well as during an emergency.

Please let me know if your neighborhood is already connected and how SBRA might help you.

Wishing you a safe and Happy New Year!

Marylin Krell

President
South Brentwood Residents Association
Please review SLO Maria Gray’s tips posted in February 2016

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LAPD Citizen Crime Briefing: Brentwood 12/6 through 12/27/2016

Happy New Year everyone!

Below is an upbeat message from Sr. Lead Officer Gray.
Please make a resolution for the new year to not keep anything (cameras/computers!) in your unlocked car…and do not leave any valuables in your locked car either!

Wishing you all a healthy, happy, safe new year!
Best,
Marylin Krell
President, So. Brentwood Residents Assn.

NOTE from WLA Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray:

I’m always happy to share (brag) with my fellow partner Senior Lead Officers (SLOs) that Brentwood ‘gets it’. I brag about your connectivity, your communication, your awareness and your diligence in keeping Brentwood the safe, beautiful community it is. I point out how most Brentwood folks will not simply sit back and rely on the police to fix situations that arise in their community, but rather, they take proactive measures, ask appropriate questions, and contact the right people. They watch, they report, they effect change. Brentwood citizens take ownership of their community like I’ve never seen before. And I’ve been a SLO for 15 of my 24 years on the job.

And that is the main reason why, I believe, that overall crime is down in Brentwood for the 2016 year. It’s all you. It’s the efforts of the community. Well done Brentwood!

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Brentwood Neighbors Network is growing!

Welcome to everyone who registered through www.neighborsnetwork.net recently. Here is some info on the Network and some holiday security tips.

Brentwood Neighbors Network only sends out alerts and reports on suspicious incidents and crime in our area. If you see an email from BNN, you know something is going on.

Alerts, and how to send them:

1. Alerts come from you, your neighbors, and authorities like the police – e.g., if your home was burglarized, or your car broken into.
2. You email information on crimes or suspicious activity to judie@neighborsnetwork.net .
3. I send out the alert to the Brentwood Neighbors Network.
4. No spam, no extra emails – just the current info from neighbors or the police
5. FYI – your personal information is protected – for example, address and names are strictly confidential and are never shared.

As a network, we keep each other informed by reporting incidents to the network – after you report it to the police. We help reduce crime by talking to each other, exchanging information, watching out for each other, and networking with the authorities. We work together for a better, safer community.
The purpose of the Network is let everyone know what crime or suspicious incident has occurred as quickly as possible. The information and reports come from you and your neighbors, the police, and official security alerts. For example, if you have a break-in, theft, or other unhappy event, send me an alert. The information will then be sent out on the Network for everyone. Please remember to always make a police report.

On that note, December is holiday safety time, with some extra comments from me:
· This is wonderful weather for walking. Even on a short stroll you can run into neighbors and get to know new people. Super for local networking; get phone numbers and email addresses.
· Report crimes to the police – even if it is a hassle and insurance will take care of it.
· Set your house alarm –even when you are gone for 10 minutes.
· Packages: If you are leaving town, tell a neighbor. Ask them to pick up packages and flyers from the porch and driveway. Offer to do it for them as well.
· Do not leave items in your car. Lock your car. There are thieves checking for unlocked cars around 3 AM to 4 AM. They will go through your entire car looking for things to steal – even if it is parked in the driveway.
· Strangers at your door: Sit down for just a minute and talk to the help (housekeepers, baby sitters, etc.) in the house about what to do if someone comes to the door. Most door-knockers are legit and can be simply turned away, if you choose. Some are aggressive and annoying. Some are bad guys looking for an opportunity.

o Let the knocker know that you are home, whether you answer the door or not.
o If you are not home, leave the TV on. Set your alarm.
o If you get scared, call someone – a neighbor, family, or the police. Exchanging emails and phone numbers with neighbors is amazingly helpful at times.

Here is a link to the much more extensive list on crime prevention by LAPD – very useful and thoughtful. http://www.lapdonline.org/crime_prevention/content_basic_view/1376

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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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