North Hollywood Captain s Corner: Community Announcements

North Hollywood Newsletter April 2010 North Hollywood Captain’s Corner: As the new commanding officer at North Hollywood, I am pleased to report tha...
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North Hollywood Newsletter

April 2010

North Hollywood Captain’s Corner: As the new commanding officer at North Hollywood, I am pleased to report that there has been a drop in crime across our division. This is certainly very good news. However, our biggest struggle remains in the area of property crimes. This is particularly true in regard to burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles. I have taken a number of steps to combat this problem, the first of which is the formation of the new Crime Suppression Task Force. This task force’s

primary function it to target problem locations within the division, particularly those with spikes in the aforementioned vehicle-related crimes. Although the Crime Suppression Task Force has only been in place a short time, it has already resulted in a reduction in crime. I would also like to take an opportunity to introduce Captain Duane Hayakawa as your Commanding Officer, Patrol Division. In his previous assignment, he was the Commanding Officer of Mission Patrol Division. I look forward to working with Duane in partnership in making North Hollywood Area a safer place to work and live.

Community Announcements Inside this issue: Captain’s Corner …………………………….….Page 1 Community Announcements………….……Page 1 Crime Briefing……………………………….…..Page 2 Crime Prevention Tips………………………..Page 2 Basic Car 15A3……………………………..……Page 2 Basic Car 15A21 ………………………………..Page 3 Basic Car 15A27…….…………………………..Page 3 Basic Car 15A33…….…………………………..Page 4 Basic Car 15A39…….…………………………..Page 4 Basic Car 15A43…….…………………………..Page 4 Basic Car 15A67…….…………………………..Page 5

On April 12, 2010, the 23rd Annual East Valley Police Activity League Supporters (PALS) Golf Tournament will be held at the Moorpark Country Club. This is a fun day of golf that raises money to support North Hollywood’s PALS program. The East Valley PALS is a civilian-run, volunteer organization that funds many of the activities that take place at North Hollywood Area, including our police cadets, our Jeopardy program, and our Junior DAPs program. PALS is an active and extremely positive organization that funds numerous community activities, from our various holiday give-aways to the underprivileged, to our annual open house and Halloween “haunted jail,” to purchasing much-needed equipment for our station. If you’d like to attend the golf tournament, or just lend your support to PALS, please contact Police Officers Harry Van Vorst or Heather Kowalczyk, at (818) 623-4001 for tickets.

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Crime Briefing: Overall crime for this year to date Part I crimes is up one percent. This reflects a combination of all violent and property crimes. Violent crimes are down three percent this year to date. This reduction includes a 16 percent reduction in robberies. Property crimes however, are up two percent, which includes a 15 percent increase in burglary/theft from motor vehicles. North Hollywood experienced a 20 percent reduction in burglaries.

Crime Prevention Tips As technology advances we have found better ways to communicate with each other. The LAPD has decided to utilize a new system which will allow us to distribute information quickly, with the ability to post pictures, including persons we may be looking for. This new system is called NIXLE. You can register on this system by going to and clicking on the NIXLE frame on the lower right side of the webpage. This will take you to the NIXLE log on page. You can register both your home email and cell phone (if email compatible). This program has already proven to be successful, as we have been able to send numerous notifications out which has helped us on our quest to fight crime. Sign up today! Basic Car 15A3 Senior Lead Officer Gabriel Ahedo Cell Phone (818) 634-0949 [email protected]

Current Crime Trends Based on my statistics for this period there was a slight increase in robberies and burglaries. There was also a sexual assault that took place March 11 at approximately 12:45 A.M. in the 6900 block of Lankershim Boulevard. The suspect followed the victim for some distance, lured her into an empty parking lot and sexually assaulted her. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic with brown curly hair, brown eyes, 5’ 6”, 120 pounds and 24-26 years of age. Community Events North Hollywood Northeast Neighborhood Council Meeting Strathern Street Elementary School 7939 St. Claire Avenue, Wednesday, April 21, 2010 7:00 pm Neighborhood Watch Meeting Valerio/Tujunga Church of San Pablo Monday, April 12, 2010 7:00 pm Neighborhood Watch Meeting Dehougne Street/Radford Avenue Pentecostal Church Wednesday, April 21, 2010 7:00 pm Basic Car 15A21

Senior Lead Officer Carol Sawamura

Cell Phone (818) 634-0852 [email protected]

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Current Crime Trends During the last period, our basic car experienced a decrease in the majority of Part I crimes; however, burglary/theft from motor vehicles continued to account for the majority of property crimes. Several of these incidents occurred on the Coldwater Canyon corridor, while vehicles were parked during daytime hours. On a positive note, there were no shooting incidents in our area. Community Events North Hollywood Northwest Neighborhood Council Saticoy Elementary School 7850 Ethel Avenue, North Hollywood Wednesday, April 28, 2010 6:30 pm Basic Car 15A21 Neighborhood Watch First monthly meeting North Hollywood Police Station 11640 Burbank Boulevard Saturday, April 3, 2010 1:00 pm Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council Safety Fair/Pancake Breakfast Los Angeles Valley College Sunday, April 25, 2010 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Basic Car 15A27 Senior Lead Officer Fortunato Mariscal Cell Phone (818) 634-0941 [email protected]

Current Crime Trends: Based on the current crime statistics, my area had a slight increase in crime. There were two street robberies in the area of Victory Boulevard and Lankershim Boulevard. Our area also experienced a slight increase in the amount of burglary/theft from motor vehicles. The areas affected were Victory Boulevard and Vineland Avenue. Please remember to lock and secure your car doors and windows when parking your car, and not to leave valuables in your car. Community Events Cleon Neighborhood Watch Meeting 6633 Cleon Avenue Tuesday, April 13, 2010 1:00 pm Lankershim Business Watch Meeting 6644 Lankershim Boulevard Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:00 pm Basic Car 15A33 Officer Jennifer DuVally Cell Phone (818) 632-0809 [email protected] Current Crime Trends For this period, overall crime was down with the exception of grand theft auto. There were three stolen vehicles from the parking lot of the movie theater located at Victory/Coldwater. One of the vehicles was recovered by the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department and an arrest was made. The suspect is a local gang member who has resided in the area.

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Community Events Valley Village Neighborhood Watch Victory Elementary 6315 Radford Street Tuesday, April 20, 2010 7:00 pm

Community Events Mid Town North Hollywood Council Meeting East Valley High School 5525 Vineland Avenue Wednesday, April 14, 2010 6:30 pm

Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council Valley College 5800 Fulton Av Monday, April 5, 2010 7:00 pm

Basic Car 15A43 Senior Lead Officer Manuel Arreygue Cell Phone (818) 634-0829 [email protected]

Basic Car 15A39 Senior Lead Officer John Catalano Cell Phone (818) 634 -0873 [email protected]

Current Crime Trends Based on the current crime trends, burglaries and burglary theft from motor vehicles are the most frequent crimes within this Basic Car area. The majority of these crimes are occurring on Chandler

Current Crime Trends Property crimes still continue to lead my basic car area in crime. Burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles continue to be the most prevalent on my

Boulevard between Laurel Canyon and Whitsett Avenue. The items still being taken are electronics, including iPods, stereos and GPS devices.

crime maps. Many of these reported crimes are occurring in the evening hours and are focused where there are large concentrations of vehicles, including the area of the Red Line and Orange Line and the area of some of the most popular sports bars and restaurants.

Community Events Valley Village Neighborhood Council Colfax Elementary School 11724 Addison Street, Valley Village Wednesday, April 21, 2010 6:30 pm

Residential parking structures, even secured, are not exempt from being victimized. It goes without saying, if you live in or frequent the area, secure all personal property inside the trunk of your vehicle. This is one crime that can be greatly reduced with the help of the community being informed and educated.

Valley Village Neighborhood Watch Victory Elementary 6315 Radford Street Tuesday, April 20, 2010 7:00 pm

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Basic Car 15A67 Senior Lead Officer Robert Benavidez Cell Phone (818) 634-0978 [email protected] Current Crime Trends Based on the statistics for this period, my area’s overall numbers were about the same as last month. We continue to see a steady occurrence of burglary theft from vehicles in the NoHo Arts district. The area south of Magnolia Boulevard picked up during the first part of the month, however, we did see a reduction in this area during the last week of the month. This may be due to the deployment of additional police resources in and around the Metro Red Line Station. Grand theft auto, robberies and thefts did not change much from last month. Residential burglaries remained down. There were two homes broken into in the Toluca Lake area on the same day during the first week of March. Officers

Current Crime Trends In looking at the crime numbers for Studio City, crime is slightly up from the last period. The major problem continues to be burglary theft from motor vehicles. There is a heavy concentration of crimes in Reporting District 1586. This is south of Moorpark Street to Ventura Boulevard and east of Tujunga Avenue to the 170 freeway. On a positive note, I have seen a significant decrease of crimes in the Fryman Park area. Community Events Studio City Residence Association Meeting Beverly Garland Hotel 4222 Vineland Avenue Tuesday, April 13, 2010 7:30 pm

responded to the call which resulted in an arrest of one suspect.

Community Events Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council Meeting Toluca Elementary 4840 Cahuenga Boulevard Tuesday, April 20, 2010 7:00 pm Basic Car 15A85 Senior Lead Officer Michael Lewis Cell Phone (818) 634-2593 [email protected]

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