Upcoming coastal events

Palisades Area Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Sunday, January 19, 10:00 am
Marine Exchange board room
LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight will be giving Neighborhood Watch 101 to interested Palisades residents. She will also be listening to your concerns.

MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 20, 9am–12pm
White Point Nature Preserve

South Shores Homeowners Assoc. Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 21, 7pm–9pm
South Shores Magnet School Auditorium Continue reading

PRA to voice opinion on Paseo del Mar this Thursday

The Palisades Residents’ Association announced on short notice that they will be holding a meeting this Thursday to take a position on the future of Paseo del Mar at the White Point Landslide. If you would like your voice to be heard, please attend the meeting.

What: Palisades Residents’ Association Board Meeting
When: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 6 – 8:30 pm
Where: Marine Exchange Conference Room, 3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Agenda
0. Introductions
1. PRA Board Seat availability and Membership (10 min)
2. Upcoming Neighborhood Watch / Public Safety initiatives (10 min)
3. White Point Landslide update and position (30 min)
4. Palisades Area Street Solutions (30 min)
5. PRA Annual Meeting Planning and 2014 Schedule (20 min)
6. Adjournment

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Upcoming Neighborhood Watch meeting and CSPNC Elections

There will be a South Shores Neighborhood Watch meeting on Tuesday, May 14, at 6:00 PM in the South Shores Elementary School Auditorium.

Current acting LAPD Sr. Lead Office Matt Vuoso will be updating the community about current crimes as well as issues in the neighborhood.

Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office will have a representative present to answer questions.

Please message or email (39626@lapd.lacity.org) Officer Vuoso any questions you may have prior to the meeting.

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council Election for 17 Board Member seats will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 10 am to 3 pm at the White Point Nature Preserve Nature Center. Be sure to take a few minutes of your day to vote for the people who you think will have you and your neighbors first in mind when it comes to San Pedro issues.

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Neighborhood Watch alert

We received a Neighborhood Watch Alert from LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight:

I want to start out by saying that I am sorry to be getting this information out to with such a delay, however I was in training all five days last week and this is my first day back in the office.

Below is some information that was forwarded to me by some concerned neighbors and the Victim of an attempted burglary.  I have blanked out the names of the individuals reporting, because I’m not sure if they wanted to put that info out there.  But the important information is there, and if anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me.

I think that the important thing to take note of is the fact that the suspects were unable to gain access to the house because it was properly locked and secured.  Taking the extra steps to secure your home does work, and this is a good reminder.

Also on another note, I have finally successfully created a facebook page (yeah….).  I will admit to not being an avid facebook user, or a very good facebook user in fact.  If you are on facebook and wish to friend me you can search for “Adameightyfive Lapdharbor” [Link: http://www.facebook.com/adameightyfive.lapdharbor].  I’ve been told it’s an awkward name and I guess I can’t argue with that.  But it was the only way I could make the facebook system let me open an account.

So…that being said.  I hope to be able to post updates, information and tips on the page for everyone’s benefit.  But in the mean time, I appreciate your patience.

Below please find the information from your South Shores Neighbors…

Thanks,

Eve Wight

He was on a vacation to Cancun for 4 days, Monday the 25th to Thurs. the 28th of February. He told ____that someone had tried to get in through the front door by prying the lock and door jam, but wasn’t successful.  They then went around the house and tried the side kitchen window which was tightly secured and couldn’t be opened even after removing the screen. They really tried using a blunt instrument or screw driver again with no success. He wanted to let ____know so that he could alert the rest of the neighbors. ____asked me if I would send an e mail to all of you on the block to keep you informed and up to date.

____seems to think it must have been kids, since they had failed twice and probably moved on.  He doesn’t know if it was during the daylight hours or in the early evening or late night. Please try to keep a watch out for strangers walking through the block …call or notify other neighbors if you find them suspicious. Call the police and ask for a patrol car to drive through our area and they may stop and ask them questions as to why they are in this area. This may deter them from coming through this neighborhood again. This is the only way we can catch these guys.

Also, if you hear of any disturbances next door to you- check to see if it’s safe, call your neighbor and ask to see if everything is alright. And if there is an attempted burglary  that has happened at your end of the block,  please notify the rest of us on the block with that information so we can be vigilant and try to help with this problem. We have to be united and work together to keep our block a safe place for our children, and the rest of us to live.  We do have 5 women who live alone, and a few elderly neighbors that aren’t aware of what is happening on our block.  Please talk to them, and keep them informed.  THEY NEED TO KNOW!!

AND FROM THE ACTUAL HOMEOWNER…
“The attempted to break into the front door and when unsuccessful, went to the back yard and attempted to enter in sliding doors. Again unsuccessful, finally the screen was removed and damaged on the kitchen window and tooling pry marks were noticed on bottom of window, appears they were trying to remove from track to gain entrance to home. Since then I have reinforced all locations and plan to add another deadbolt to front door etc. All neighbors were notified. We have been noticing a suspicious unmarked white van parked in front of the address above and will attempt to get a license plate number if we spot it again. The van sits with an occupant for long periods of time. Not windows on side or rear of van. “

Three burglaries in South Shores

There has been an increase in burglaries in the South Shores neighborhood. Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight has an update for us:

I recently met with the lead Burglary Detective here at Harbor Division and we discussed a recent increase in Burglaries in the South Shores area.

Over the past two weeks there have been three reported burglaries in the South Shores area.  In two of these burglaries the homes were either not secured or only partially secured.

It is important that everyone remembers to lock all your doors and close all your windows, even if you’re just going out for a little while.  Even interior garage doors should be locked, even if the exterior garage door is locked.

The more barriers the thieves have to over come to access the inside of your home the better.  It is also important not to leave anything valuable open to view from the outside of your home.  Pull those blinds and close those shutters!

I know for the most part when I send you all these emails, I am preaching to the choir.  You are the folks who take the time to secure your homes, and cover your assets.  I am just hoping that you all can spread the word to your less informed neighbors.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any suspect or suspect vehicle info to share, since the burglaries occurred at night and there were no witnesses.  The Detectives are actively investigating, and if and when I have any info to share, I will send along an update.

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Catalytic converter thefts & doggie doors

Image from Hubbard Township Police Department

LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight has information for neighbors regarding recent thefts and burglaries:

Catalytic Convert Thefts
Recently we have had a serious trend of Burglary for Motor Vehicles in the area of Bynner [near 9th St.] and Western.  Unfortunately these are the kind of thefts where our Lock it or Lose it program is not as effective.

In the course of one night thieves targeted five separate vehicles and stole their Catalytic Converters off the bottom of the vehicles.  Targeted vehicles are Toyotas; in this most recent rash of thefts the vehicles targeted were 1 Toyota 4Runner, 2 Toyota Sequoias, 1 Toyota Sienna and 1 Toyota small Truck.

If you have a Toyota truck, SUV, or minivan, do what you can to secure the vehicle, park it behind a locked fence, in a garage or at the very least up on your driveway.  These vehicles are prime targets due to the way they are constructed, also due to the fact that many Toyota models have two converters and due to the fact that they are higher off the ground than sedans.

There are also some products on the market that can be installed aftermarket to protect your converters.  These products can be very expensive, but are easily located through and internet search for catalytic converter anti-theft.  Replacing catalytic converters on Toyota Trucks and SUVs can also run into the thousands, though.  Your best bet is to park the vehicle in a secured area.

In one of the recent incidents a witness believes that they saw the Suspect and described him as a male white in his twenties slim build possibly driving a white Honda.  Keep an eye out for someone matching this description lurking around or underneath Toyotas, also bear in mind that the white Honda he was seen is was likely stolen so he may not be still driving that vehicle.

If you see anything or have information you wish to share please feel free to contact me as usual.  Thank you for your vigilance!

Burglars and Doggie Doors

I also wanted to let you know about a Burglary that occurred on Halloween night in the Upper South Shores area.  I won’t disclose the street to maintain the victim’s privacy.

No one was home at the time, and no one was injured.  Unfortunately there were no witnesses at the time of the initial investigation of the crime so there is no suspect description.  It looks like the possible point of entry was a doggie door.

A teenager with a small build can easily fit through a small doggie door or even reach through and unlock your door.  Some doggie doors come equipped with a solid plastic door that can slide into tracks and secure the door.  In the long run however, having a doggie door is a lot like leaving an open window. Remember to take a minute and look at your home.  Think about if you were a criminal, how would you get in?

Also I am more than happy to come by anyone’s home and take a look myself.  I can help you identify weak points or easy access points in your home.  I will even do this security consultation free of charge (just kidding, that’s in my job description!).  Seriously though folks, if that is something that you are interested in, please feel free to contact me over email or phone to arrange a date and time.  We can take a walk through of your home and property and make sure that it is as secure as possible.

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Neighborhood Watch follow-up

LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight has a follow-up to Monday’s Neighborhood Watch meeting in South Shores for all that could not attend:

1. We continue to address the issue of trash scavengers in the area, one guy was recently cited, both in South Shores and in North Western San Pedro where his vehicle was impounded.

2.  Crime in South Shores has been pretty low for the last couple of weeks, and a lot of that has to do with you folks.  Clearly you have been diligent about locking your doors and windows, and not leaving valuables in plain view in your vehicles and homes.  GOOD WORK! Lets keep it up.  Unfortunately, however, the rest of San Pedro isn’t doing so great.  So it is important to maintain your good security habits when you are out and about around town.

3. The Albertson’s on 25th and Western has been seeing an increase in what we in the Police business call a “Beer Run.”  Kids come in and grab a six pack then make a run for it.  These crimes are thefts, but they can wind up being reported as a”Robbery” when the suspect is confronted by and employee or citizen and uses force to escape capture.  There has already been one robbery of this type reported at the Albertson’s.  Be mindful that just because the Daily Breeze crime report says robbery, it doesn’t necessarily mean bad guys with guns and ski masks.  I have already spoken with the management at the store and we discussed come possible solutions to the problem.  The most obvious of course in increased security.  I urge you all as I did at the meeting to write a letter to Albertson’s Corporate Offices.  Let them know you don’t feel safe shopping there and that you are hoping that the Corporate office can give the store some support in getting extra security.

4.  Rec and Parks will be making some updates and improvements to Alma Park [21st St and Meyler] in the hopes that it will reduce the amount of criminal activity that has been developing there.  I will let you folks know how the improvements are going.

5.  We recently had an issue with supposed “Charity” curb repainters.  They come by and leave you a notice that says if you don’t want your curb repainted post this sign on your door.  If you don’t post the sign, they repaint your curb and expect you to pay.  You are under no obligation to pay for a service that you did not request.  Don’t let these guys intimidate you.  If they come down to the neighborhood and you feel as though they are getting aggressive, call 911.

6.  I attended a meeting today regarding the landslide.  There is going to be some work done over the next two months to clear up the area, secure the raw edge and create some drainage for water, hopefully before the rainy season really gets under way.

7.  We also talked about the cyber block captain program that we are trying to get started here at the station.  The CBC would be our main contact person for their block or area and they would maintain an email list of their neighbors.  We here at the Station could then forward out crime or suspect information to the CBC who would then be able to share that information with his or her email list.  We are asking for volunteers for this position.  It would require you to “pound the pavement” a little bit and get some additional names and emails, but once the lists get going we think that it will be an awesome resource.  Please email me if you are interested in volunteering as a CBC on your block or in your area.

8.  Rec and Parks has received the request to trim the greenery in and around Bogdanovich Park, so they have it on their list and hopefully will get to it sooner rather than later!

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Neighborhood Watch meeting set for Oct. 29

There will be a South Shores Neighborhood Watch meeting on Monday, October 29th, at 6:30 PM in the South Shores Elementary School Auditorium.

LAPD Sr. Lead Office Eve Wight will be discussing recent crime trends and will go over the Los Angeles Municipal Codes (LAMC) sections regarding soliciting. She will be happy to answer any and all questions from anyone in attendance.

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New Cyber Block Captain program comes to the Harbor Area

Councilman Joe Buscaino addresses the crowd at the Senior Lead Officer Summit, Harbor Area 2012.

Tonight’s Senior Lead Officer Summit at LAPD Harbor Division headquarters introduced the new Cyber Block Captain program as a way to bring Neighborhood Watch to more people. This program will utilize email, Facebook groups and/or smart phone apps to connect each area’s Senior Lead Officer with Block Captains who will in turn contact neighbors on their list.

If you are a coastal San Pedro resident and are interested in being a Cyber Block Captain or learning more about the program please contact Senior Lead Officer Eve Wight at 37814@lapd.lacity.org or 310-869-2168.

L.A. City Council District 15 has created several Facebook groups to get things started: Coastal South San Pedro Neighborhood Watch, Central San Pedro Neighborhood Watch, and Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Watch. Anyone with a Facebook account is welcome to join these groups to warn neighbors about crime that has happened or ask about a suspicious car or person.

LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Brian Cook reminds neighbors of the following numbers:

  • 911 Emergency call from a landline
  • 213-928-8228 Emergency call from a cell phone in the Harbor Area *Program this into your cell phone!
  • 877-ASK-LAPD Non-emergency calls
  • 310-726-7700 Copies of crime reports, Harbor Division

UPDATE 1:27AM: Miraleste San Pedro Neighborhood Watch just added.
UPDATE 10/11 11:00 PM: Here’s another one for you: The Gardens Neighborhood Watch

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Neighborhood Watch recap

If you were not able to make it out to the South Shores Neighborhood Watch meeting this week, Officer Eve Wight has written a recap (below) of what was discussed.

Officer Wight gave us two telephone numbers you can call for non-emergency situations: LAPD Harbor Area Front Desk 310-726-7700 (press “1” as soon as the recording starts) or 1-800-ASK-LAPD. In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Hello Everyone!

Well we had quite a successful first meeting tonight.  I am thrilled by the turnout and was really happy to see everyone there.  Everyone getting this email should feel really proud of yourself and your neighbors.  You are wonderful group of people, who clearly really care about your neighborhood, your properties and your neighbors.  As a neighborhood you are your own best first line of defense; and what a first line of defense you folks are!  I was impressed with your enthusiasm, focus, interest and support.  I’m so glad that I get the chance to work with you all, and here’s to more great meetings in the future!

First things first!  I want to say a huge thanks to Dr Suzuki from South Shores Elementary, for so generously again, allowing us the use of the auditorium.  It is such a pleasure and makes everything so much easier to have such a large central place to hold meetings.  So again, thanks to you sir!

Also a big thanks to Mingli and the other members of the community and Homeowners Association Board for taking the time to get the word out to all your neighbors about the meeting.  I wish that I had the time to knock on everyone’s door and invite the whole neighborhood, but unfortunately I just don’t and I have to rely on you folks to do that.  So thanks again to you all for taking the time.

So I will try and keep this update email as short and painless as possible…so here we go.

Firstly, I talked about the solicitors and as we’ve been discussing over email for the past few months you are not required to open your door to them or to interact with them in anyway.  If you do choose to speak with them, NEVER let them in your home.  They will often use a ruse such as needing to use the restroom or your phone in order to attempt to steal your money, credit cards or even prescription medications.  The point was made that if you address them through the door you will serve the purpose of letting them know you are at home.  And on the off chance that they are “casing” the neighborhood they will then know that you’re home and that you’re watching.  Also the Los Angeles Municipal Code states that anyone over the age of 16 engaged in door to door solicitation, SHALL, upon request by the person being solicited or by law enforcement produce a photo identification card and the original or a copy of the city issued permit.  The ID card must be issued by a governmental agency or an educational institution and include the person’s date of birth.  If they cannot, or will not provide either or one of these things upon your request then they are in violation of the LAMC section 41.31.1(c), 41.31.1(d).  In addition “aggressive solicitation” is prohibited and is a violation of section 41.59(b)(1).  I am going to pass these sections along to the patrol officers so they will be aware of the cite-able violations.  However, if someone comes to your door and you ask for their ID and they don’t provide it and you make them aware that you know exactly what section they are in violation of and that you are calling the police, I would be willing to bet that they will hightail it off your property, and hopefully out of the neighborhood!  (I apologize for the run-on sentence, it’s been a long day!)

I also talked about taking steps to prevent yourself from becoming a victim.  ALWAYS close your windows and lock your doors, on both your vehicles and your homes.  Don’t leave items of value in plain view.  If you have an expensive tv in full view from your front windows, close your curtains too.  If the thieves don’t know that there is something good to steal inside, they will be less inclined to break in to your home and go and look for some place that is a surer bet.  Don’t leave anything of value in your vehicle open to view.  This includes but is not limited to phones, iPods, GPS devices, cameras, purses, laptops; cars are even being broken into for gym bags.  Place small items under your seat or in the glove compartment and place larger ones in trunk, or take them in the house.  Thieves will often go after anything they can see.

As far as crime trends in San Pedro for the most part we continue to struggle with property crime, specifically Burglary and Thefts from Motor Vehicles and Residential Burglaries.  Overall our property crime numbers are going down and that is great.  We have been seeing an increase in the number of thefts occurring in the parking lot of our local parks including White Point, Friendship/Bogdanovich Park, Peck Park, the Softball fields on north Gaffey and the Field of Dreams.  There is possibly a correlation between this and the fact that the city has begun to rent the spaces out to organizations from outside the city.  We don’t have enough info yet to say there is definitely a connection, but it is certainly something we are paying attention to.  In response to this however we are going to deploy a “bait car” in and around those areas this Deployment Period.  Based on our potential success with that we may make a semi-regular technique.  In addition I am looking into getting signs posted in our local parks which will state that the “bait car” is in use by the department.  The auto detectives have had a lot of success with this in the past, and I am willing to try anything.  Unfortunately the city won’t pay for these signs, so I am looking into some possible options for funding.

We are also having a problem with people “canning” or digging through trashcans looking for recycling.  Officer Ashcraft who handles the North West San Pedro Area is having a similar problem.  We believe that it is most likely the same five or six people.  So we are reaching out to our community members to give us days, times and exact locations as well as a description of the individuals involved and any vehicles involved in the canning.  We are trying to get a better idea of when and where they hit, and once we have a pretty good schedule in place we will come in really early one morning and try and stop a bunch of them and issue citations or make arrests where appropriate.  So if you have a problem with canners on your street please email the information and we will do our best to track them down.

As far as the [skateboarding] “Bombers” we are just waiting on the final wording for Councilman Buscaino’s motion to be completed and approved by the City Attorney’s office.  Once that’s done and put into the LAMC we will have something substantial to cite them for.  In addition they are trying to get it added that we will be able to impound the skateboards of violators that we cite.  They subsequently won’t be able to get them back unless their parent or legal guardian responds to the station to help them pick it up.  We are hoping that this will raise awareness among the parents regarding the dangers and nuisance of this issue.

For the most part it seems like everyone might be leaning towards a full South Shores Neighborhood Watch Meeting once every three months, and in the interim, each block can arrange their own smaller satellite meetings.  I am happy to attend any smaller meeting, even if it’s just one person!  I just need a couple weeks notice so that I can try and plan my schedule around that.  So if you and your immediate neighbors are interested in starting your own satellite NW please let me know and we can start work on that.  So for now, I will coordinate with Mingli Wang for scheduling our next full S.S.N.W. Meeting in late July or most likely August.

Some issues and questions that came out of the meeting that I am looking into are:

There is a question as to whether or not some possible Sex Offenders have moved in to the trailer park on Catalina Vista.  I have already sent an email to our R.E.A.C.T. (Registrant Enforcement and Compliance Team) to see if they have any information on that.  I am also awaiting to see if any further information comes from the community members, ie: names or addresses of the possible individuals.

I sent an email to John Larson in Councilman Buscaino’s Office to see what information he has on the city’s plan for coping with traffic upon the arrival of the [U.S.S.] Iowa to San Pedro.  John says: “We have a motion in council instructing the Harbor Department to report with specific marketing and mitigation measures to accommodate an increase visitorship of USS IOWA. That would include traffic mitigation.”  John, obviously is very responsive, so as soon has he knows more he will let me know, and as soon as I know more, I will let you know.

I have an email into Sgt Plows to see what we need to do to purchase some permanent metal neighborhood watch signs for the South Shores neighborhood.

So hopefully I covered everything, thanks again to everyone who made it and to everyone who wanted to make it but wasn’t able to.  I also want to say thanks you all for making me feel so welcome here in the South Shores.  I am still trying to get the ins and outs of this job down.  I take pride in a job well done and it’s so uplifting to be so warmly received by such clearly wonderful people.  So thanks for accepting me as a part of your community, and for allowing me the opportunity to be your Senior Lead Officer.  I look forward to our future collaborations!  As always you can email me with any questions or concerns, or call me on my city cell (310) 869-2168 [non-emergency only].

I hope that everyone is happy and healthy and has an excellent end to their week and an even better weekend!

-Officer Eve Wight

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