Miracle Mile Crime Watch Update and Holiday Security Tips
from Kari Garcia and Kelly Perkins, MMRA Safety Committee
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With the holidays in full swing it’s even more important to protect yourself and your property. Here are some simple tips to help:
Leave lights on, inside and out: Did you know that you are significantly less likely to be a victim of crime if you leave lights on? Consider adding automatic dusk sensing LED light bulbs to existing fixtures or adding new fixtures in dark areas of your property. Inside, add timers to a few lamps around the home to make it appear that you are home. Check out the links below for affordable solutions:
Protect your property when you’re gone:
Be sure to set your alarm if you have one. If you are using private patrol, schedule a vacation watch to have your patrol company stop by and check on the property daily.
Lock all doors and windows of the house, garage and vehicles. Do NOT leave valuables in view.
Let your neighbors/block captain know you’re leaving and be sure someone has your current contact information.
Ask for help picking up all mail/deliveries. Letting these things pile up is a clear sign that you’re not home and puts you at risk for theft!
Leave lights on (see above).
Watch out for yourself:
Stay alert in dark places such as stairwells, parking garages and streets. Put your phone away and keep your head up.
Go out in pairs after dark, if possible.
Listen to your gut; if something doesn’t feel right, leave the scene immediately as ask for help from a security guard, store personnel or the police.
If you feel threatened or witness a crime in progress, call 911 immediately, then private patrol
Use your private patrol to escort you to and from your vehicle if you are arriving home late and feel uncomfortable.
Report all suspicious behavior to your neighborhood block captain, private patrol, Next Door and the LAPD. Use 1-877-ASK-LAPD or see this link for more options.
Many of you have heard about the MMRA’s newly established safety committee and efforts to launch a new Neighborhood Watch program. Here’s a look at a few of the questions we’ve been getting. Please contact us if you have any additional suggestions, questions or want to get involved.
Neighborhood Watch Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch program?
The Neighborhood Watch program is an effort to unite all residents of Miracle Mile against crime. We aim to help people better detect, deter, report and reduce crime in our area by encouraging better communication amongst neighbors, providing information on how to secure your property and immediately improving safety in our neighborhood by partnering with the LAPD, city council and private patrol.
What does a block captain have to do?
The commitment is minimal. You simply collect contact information for all neighbors on your street to establish better regular communication. In the event of a crime or any suspicious behavior, you can quickly contact your neighbors via email. Neighbors should also contact you to disseminate information upon witnessing anything suspicious. The MMRA safety committee will include you in regular communications via email and block captain meetings so you can pass along helpful information to your neighbors.
Who will have my/my neighbors’ information once they provide it?
Only the block captain of your street will have contact information for his/her neighbors. The MMRA safety committee will have contact information for all block captains in Miracle Mile.
How do I sign up to be a block captain?
What is private patrol? Isn’t it expensive?
Private Patrol is a service meant to supplement the efforts of the LAPD to deter crime. Once hired, security officers drive through our neighborhood several times a day to keep watch. Their bright yellow cars are branded “ACS Security” for example, to make their presence known. You can call private patrol to handle suspicious activity; in an emergency; for an escort to and from your car/home; or to stop by your house while you’re on vacation. Officers are armed and able to detain suspects until LAPD can arrive on scene. Their response time is significantly faster than LAPD.
Many neighbors in Miracle Mile are already signed up for this service and can provide positive references. The more households signed up, the more daily patrols we get. The goal is to have 24/7 patrol in Miracle Mile. The cost is $50 per month with not contract period. Please contact Kelly Perkins (Kelly.Perkins@miraclemileLA.com) for more information.
Now Playing on the MMRA Channel on YouTube:
Miracle Mile Neighborhood Safety Meeting
Watch the video to learn what you can do to protect yourself and your neighbors from crime. Moderated by Kari Garcia, MMRA Safety Committee, the video features a question and answer session with Senior Lead Officer Hebel Rodriguez, LAPD Wilshire Division. Eino Hill from ACS Security Services discusses the advantages of private patrols. The meeting was sponsored by the Miracle Mile Residential Association. Recorded Oct. 16, 2017 at the Westside Jewish Community Center, Los Angeles.
For more information contact:
Kari Garcia: kari.garcia@MiracleMileLA.com
Kelly Perkins: kelly.perkins@MiracleMileLA.com
For crime, safety, and policing questions in the Miracle Mile contact:
Senior Lead Officer Perry Jones, LAPD Wilshire Division
Phone: 213-793-0782 | Email: 27507@LAPD.online
The ABCs of the Miracle Mile HPOZ
The Miracle Mile Historic Preservation Overlay Zone [HPOZ] went into effect on May 1, 2017. Although the city’s Office of Historic Resources mailed official notices to every property owner within the HPOZ advising them of this zoning change there are some who are unaware of these new guidelines regarding alterations and additions to the exterior of your property. Here are some helpful points to help you navigate living in an HPOZ:
Every property within the boundaries of our HPOZ [see map] – multifamily and single family homes – is guided by a Preservation Plan that will serve to protect and preserve the historic integrity and scale of our neighborhood.
Property owners should visit the Miracle Mile HPOZ page at the Office of Historic Resources website to familiarize themselves with our HPOZ, the Preservation Plan, and the approvals required for exterior changes to your property.
When contemplating or planning changes to the exterior of your property first contact Christina Park, the city planner in charge of administrating our HPOZ. Christina is the point person referred to as “Staff” in the Preservation Plan. She can help you understand what approvals (if any) are required. She is also a great resource for information on how to maintain and restore historic properties.
The best way to contact Christina is by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. She can also be contacted via telephone at 213-473-9987.
The HPOZ guidelines do not apply to any building permits issued before May 1, 2017. This work is grandfathered in and no further approvals are required.
HPOZ does not regulate interior renovations or remodeling as long as these changes have no impact on the exterior appearance of your property (i.e., altering window openings or door placement).
The Miracle Mile Historic Resources Survey Report provides a rich and detailed history of our community. A professional evaluation was made of every property within the HPOZ that determined whether it is a contributor, altered contributor, or non-contributorto our historic district. These categories determine how changes to your property may be made. There are different guidelines for contributors and non-contributors, as well as for new infill properties. The Miracle Mile HPOZ webpage has links that allow you to look up the history of your property by address and see how it was designated.
Remember that the Preservation Plan provides guidelines that are meant to be flexible and still conform with the principles of historic preservation. Paint colors are exempt from HPOZ regulation as is landscaping (as long as 60% of your front yard and parkway consist of some sort of plantings and/or grass). Drought tolerant landscapes are permitted.
Second story additions and Accessory Dwelling Units are allowed to single family homes as long as they are sensitive to the guidelines set out in the Preservation Plan.
Also, many property owners are not aware that – HPOZ or no HPOZ – city ordinances already regulate fence heights, what percentage of your front yard may be paved, what kind of trees can be planted in your parkway, and many other aspects of your property. The city also requires permits for routine work that some property owners consider DIY projects (installing new hot water heaters, replacing plumbing fixtures, window and door change outs, etc.). Unpermitted work can negatively impact your property value, compromise your insurance coverage, and cost you additional expenses to remedy. So, when it doubt, whether it be city building permits or HPOZ guidelines: check first.
For more information on HPOZ permits and approvals visit the Frequently Asked Questions page at the Office of Historic Resources’ website. You can also visit the Information for Property Owners page.
Please share this information with your neighbors. If you are a renter make sure that your landlord or property manager is aware of the HPOZ guidelines, too. There is a learning curve to living in an HPOZ and it is important that everyone knows the ABCs of HPOZ…
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