Holmby Hills Homeowners:
Due to varying degrees of criminal activity in the Holmby Hills area, it is suggested you take the necessary security precautions.
Homeowners have reported:
– Early morning car break-in on the street: The car window was broken and a bag stolen out of it. The homeowner ran outside and the perpetrators ran away, so it is unclear if they were attempting to steal the car as well.
– Car break-in of house guest: The robbers broke open the trunk and stole a bag and laptop.
– Trespasser walking around in residents’ backyard (locking herself in the pool house bathroom), who was eventually escorted out by the police, but returned to sit in front of the residents’ gate.
– Trespasser came to residents’ home claiming she bought it in bankruptcy, and leaving after resident threatened to call the police. Trespasser returned to area, driving around street by resident’s home and gate area, and parking behind resident’s car while resident was sitting in it.
– Resident interrupted a burglary in progress by two (2) young men in his home, who ran away.
– Unknown suspect(s) entered property and pried a rear door to gain entry. Once inside, suspect(s) removed jewelry.
Below is information from Officer Christopher Ragsdale regarding, “RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY COMMUNITY CRIME ALERT,” as well as an “LAPD CONTACT LIST.”
*REMEMBER: If you see something suspicious, please call the appropriate authorities.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY COMMUNITY CRIME ALERT
Will you know if someone is standing at your front door or accessing your front or side access gates now?
Although overall Part 1 crime is significantly down for the area, Residential Burglaries continue to trend throughout the area, It is important to remain vigilant and not become complacent when it comes to securing and safeguarding our homes, automobiles and persons AT ALL TIMES!
Immediate Detection, Notification and Verification Technology is critical in determining when a crime is occurring and in progress at your home. An alarm alone is no longer sufficient. There must be a secondary immediate means of notification and verification to support whether or not the alarm is valid or false. Additionally, residents should be notified and aware when there is physical activity at key entry points of the property. These key locations are the front door, any side access points to the rear of the property, and any rear doors or accessible areas from the backyard. Please take a few moments to review this news video: https://ktla.com/2015/08/28/after-attempted-home-invasion-in-valley-village-lapd-looks-for-suspect-for-hours/.
Attached and below are important tips to safeguard your home. Please take the time to review the below tips to determine if you are properly protected.
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.
All other City Services: 311
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT CONTACT LIST
NON-EMERGENCY: 1-877-275-5273 (1-877-ASK-LAPD)
LAPD-WLA STATION DESK: 310-444-0701 (Questions/Info)
LAPD-WLA DETECTIVE DESK: 310-444-1580
LAPD HOTLINE: 1-877-LAPD-247 (1-877-527-3247)
CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTING (iWATCH):
LADOT/PARKING ENFORCEMENT: 213-485-4184
ALL OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS: 311
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