On Monday, February 26, a large crowd of LFIA members and neighbors attended LFIA’s meeting devoted to crime in Los Feliz. The panel of experts included Beatrice Girmala, LAPD Assistant Chief & Director, Office of Special Operations, CD4 Councilmember David Ryu, LADP Commanding Officer, Northeast Division, Arturo Sandoval and Deputy City Attorney, Neighborhood Prosecutor Northeast Division, Gabrielle P. Taylor.
The four volunteered their time on a Monday evening to answer the community’s crime-related questions. They offered a number of tips and suggestions which we’ve complied for your use:
- Hide It, Lock It, Keep It. Many people leave valuables in their cars in plain sight. People forget to lock their cars. It only take a few minutes for someone to see your stuff and take it. Burglary is a crime of opportunity.
- Report a crime: If you are a victim of a crime, report it to LAPD! Reports help LAPD know where to allocate its resources. Posting on Next Door is not the same as reporting a crime.
- Crime fighting tips: Have good exterior lighting around your property, shrubs trimmed to discourage hiding places and offer a clear view of the street, have your neighbors pick up your mail, newspapers or packages while you area away. For more information contact Acting Senior lead Officer, Olga Lowe who will share LAPD’s crime-fighting tips. Olga Lowe’s contact is: (323) 561-3442 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Start a Neighborhood Watch. It can be organized with LAPD’s assistance. Sergeant Ruben Arellano is the coordinator. His contact is: email@example.com
- Sign up for Notify LA: http://emergency.lacity.org/notifyla. Notify LA functions as a reverse 911 for police emergencies. NotifyLA is the City of Los Angeles’ official mass notification system used to send voice messages, text messages and email messages to residents and businesses during times of emergencies and disasters. Notifying the public when a disaster strikes might be the one and only safeguard the public can count on to save their lives and protect their property.
- Graffiti removal: CD4 has its own graffiti removal team. For assistance call: 213-473-7004
- Register iPhone and iPad at: https://support.apple.com/explore/find-my-iphone-ipad-mac-watch Registration increases the odds for LAPD to locate lost property and maybe catch the person who stole it.
- Real-time info: LAPD has a Twitter feed that has up to date information. For real-time info, contact LAPD’s Northeast Watch commander: (323) 561-3211
- For city wide and local crime reports: http://www.lapdonline.org/crime_mapping_and_compstat
- Poll for next Chief of Police: Participate in LAPD’s online survey that seeks community priorities to be considered in the selection of the next Chief of Police: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LACOP-Survey
- 911 for immediate life-threatening police, fire or medical emergency
- Police non-emergency: 877-ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273)
- Parking enforcement (blocked driveway, parking violation, locate impounded vehicle): 213-485-4184
- Sanitation (missed trash pick-up, broken container): 800-773-2489
- Traffic control (signal light out): 213-485-4184
- of Water & Power: 800-342-5397Other City issues: 3-1-1