Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch

THE MIRACLE MILE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH IS HERE!

Changing the way we neighbor in the Miracle Mile to reduce crime and build community…


NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER JULY 2019


Creating a Dedicated Private
Security Patrol for Our
Neighborhood

Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch Update

The Miracle Mile Residential Association is supporting an effort to create a dedicated private security patrol in our neighborhood using ADT Patrol Services. The area of coverage for the patrol car would extend throughout the Miracle Mile – from Wilshire to San Vicente and Fairfax to La Brea.

At present, there are several private security companies servicing Miracle Mile, including ADT. However, a response by a patrol car is limited to only those who specifically subscribe to a patrol service. It does not provide the immediate response to the client or provide the constant patrolling of our streets that we would collectively benefit from if we had a dedicated patrol car in the neighborhood.

In fact, without dedicated patrol, the security company cars only drive down the street of subscribed clients and a few adjacent streets on a random schedule – and usually only once a day. Then the security car exits Miracle Mile to patrol the other neighborhoods.

If an additional 45 Miracle Mile residents subscribed for the ADT Private Patrol service, we would qualify for a dedicated car to patrol to our neighborhood. This would greatly enhance the security of the entire community.

A dedicated security patrol is a critical part of our Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch program and is supported by LAPD. The purpose of the ADT private patrol is not to replace LAPD, but to augment our public safety response.

Our Miracle Mile ADT representative is Mario Escobar: 818-402-3536; email: mescobar@ADT.com

What does a Dedicated Patrol with ADT offer the Miracle Mile?

It will provide us with a dedicated ADT patrol car patrolling the Miracle Mile neighborhood for either 8 hours, 16 hours, or 24 hours per day – depending on how many customers subscribe to ADT Private Patrol.

To qualify for a dedicated ADT patrol for a daily 8-hour shift we will need approximately 65 more Miracle Mile renters or homeowners to sign up for ADT Private Patrol.

Renters or property owners who subscribe to ADT Private Patrol for $62 per month will receive:

-Faster response to alarm and service calls due to ADT’s presence in the neighborhood.

-Around-the-clock armed-response to a crime in progress and/or suspicious activity noted in the neighborhood for ADT clients.

-Alarm Response: They respond to your burglar alarm, in most cases faster than LAPD can – and, in addition, avoid a $357 first time false alarm call by the police.

-Vacation Watch: ADT patrol will pick up mail and packages while you are away on vacation.

-Escort Service: ADT patrol will escort you to your home if you feel threatened or followed.

-Doorbell Camera Response: ADT patrol will respond to any suspicious activity you report, even if you are not home.

-Via the ADT GO app you are protected at home and when you are on the go.

-ADT patrols the entire area within Miracle Mile boundary continuously and remains within our neighborhood boundaries during the entire time of the shift.

-A dedicated patrol demonstrates vigilance, deters criminal activity, and improves the identification and detection of suspicious activities.

Do you need an alarm system?

ADT ProfessionalSecurity Alarm monitoring is also available. Enroll now with ADT and receive two free months of Patrol Services. Our Miracle Mile ADT representative is Mario Escobar: 818-402-3536; email: mescobar@ADT.com

Already have an alarm system with another company?

ADT Security can monitor most existing alarms, install new or upgrade outdated systems, as well as install a variety of security cameras. ADT Patrol will also respond to third party alarms. However, you can expect faster response times and improved alarm service when you switch to ADT local alarm monitoring.

Help us Create a Dedicated Security Patrol for the Miracle Mile

ADT has proven to be a professional company, deterring and responding to suspicious activity, crime and safety needs in Miracle Mile. ADT works in conjunction with our Neighborhood Watch Program. ADT has fast response times to clients calls/alarms, collaborates with LAPD in reporting suspicious activity and crime – as well as assisted clients during our power outages a few months ago.

Miracle Mile will benefit from a network of security protection for our wonderful neighborhood using all three areas of public safety – an active Neighborhood Watch Program, LAPD, and ADT Private Dedicated Patrol for Miracle Mile.

Thank you for considering using ADT as your patrol service and helping us reach a dedicated car for Miracle Mile.

Kari Garcia, Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch Coordinator – MiracleMileNHW@gmail.com

The Miracle Mile Residential Association does not receive or accept compensation from any company providing services to the community. The MMRA’s supports this effort only for the reasons stated above: To take full advantage of ADT’s offer to provide a dedicated patrol service if enough residents subscribe to their service.


   IMPORTANT NUMBERS TO KEEP ON YOUR CELL PHONE

POLICE NUMBERS & MORE:

Emergency or crime in progress: call 911 or text 911

Non-emergency and/or to report suspicious behavior: 1-877-ASK-LAPD

Dispatch non-emergency: 213-928-8223

Text 911 (see guidelines/limitations here:

https://www.lafd.org/news/text-911-comes-los-angeles

Your private patrol company:

(Name of company) ______________ #: ______________

Always call LAPD first

Call your private patrol company as well

See something – say something

When in doubt – call it in

Notify your neighbors via block text alert (BAND app),

Nextdoor.com alert, and/or email your block

Wilshire Division Station:

4861 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Online police reporting:

LAPD had now expanded our online reporting. If you are the victim of Harassing Phone Calls, Lost Property, Theft, Theft from Vehicle or Vandalism, please follow the link: http://www.lapdonline.org/home/content_basic_view/60409

or

https://secure.coplogic.com/dors/en/filing/selectincidenttype?dynparam=1535308473457

Making a report for these crimes is the same as coming into the station or completing it over the phone.

If you have any questions, please contact Wilshire Community Relations Office

at 213 473-0200

District Attorney City Prosecutor: Wilshire Division –

Mehrnoosh Zahiri

mehrnoosh.zahiri@lacity.org

213-978-2220

HOMELESS:

Online outreach request http://LA-HOP.org

LA County Hotline: 211

24/7 Crisis Line: 323-686-0950

Hollywood Wilshire office: 323-957-6843

TRAFFIC:

LAPD West Traffic Bureau:

213-473-0222

Captain Gary Walters – 27959@lapd.online

Abandoned vehicles:

1-800-ABANDON/1-800-222-6366

LADOT (Los Angeles Department of Transportation):

Parking Violations Communication: 213-485-4184 or 818-374-4823

http://ladot.lacity.org

http://myladot.lacity.org/sr/ladothtml5viewer/

CITY SERVICES:

Bulky item pickup/report encampments/graffiti removal/broken streetlight and a lot more: Dial 311

MYLA311 app to request services online

https://www.lacity.org/myla311


CITY & GOVERNMENT WEBSITES:

TO FIND YOUR CITY COUNCIL MEMBER:

https://www.lacity.org/your-government/elected-officials/city-council/council-directory

TO FIND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL:

http://neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org/index.cfm

TO FIND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS:

http://www.losangelesforvisitors.com/about/neighborhood-associations.htm

TO FIND YOUR LAPD SENIOR LEAD OFFICER FOR YOUR BLOCK: WILSHIRE COMMUNITY POLICE STATION:

http://www.lapdwilshire.com/wilshire-senior-lead-officers.html

TO FIND THE CITY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY:

District Attorney City Prosecutor: Wilshire Division:

Mehrnoosh Zahiri

mehrnoosh.zahiri@lacity.org

213-978-2220

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH & LAPD: Your Community Police Advisory Board meetings are the 3rd Thursday of every month – next CPAB Meeting is August 16th at 7 pm at Wilshire Division.

To track crime in your area: crimemapping.com <http://crimemapping.com/>

CITY SERVICES:

Bulky item pickup/report encampments/graffiti removal/broken streetlight

and a lot more…

Dial 311

MYLA311 appto request services online

https://www.lacity.org/myla311


In the news…

Larchmont Buzz, October 18, 2017:

Two Local Neighborhoods Mobilize Crime Against Crime

Larchmont Chronicle, March 2018:


Miracle Mile Crime Watch Update and Holiday Security Tips

from Kari Garcia and Kelly Perkins, MMRA Safety Committee


Ring Security Camera and Floodlights.

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:

Automatic Dusk-to-Dawn LED light bulbs
 Solar Motion Sensors
Lamp Timers
Ring Security Camera and Floodlight
Honeywell Outdoor Light Timer

 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? 

 If you’d like to sign up, please contact Kari Garcia: Kari.Garcia@miraclemileLA.com

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. 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.

 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. 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


Miracle Mile Crime Watch Update

from Kari Garcia and Kelly Perkins, MMRA Safety Committee


Senior Lead Officer Perry Jones, Kelly Perkins, and Kari Garcia.

More Block Captains Added to Roster

Thanks to all who joined us at the recent MMRA neighborhood safety meeting on October 16 at the Westside Jewish Community Center. It’s great to see so many motivated to keep our beautiful neighborhood safe. Since the meeting we’ve continued to see burglaries, robberies and other crimes occur in our area. Below you will find resources on securing your property, understanding a neighborhood watch program, and more. As always, please continue to reach out to us with any questions and stay tuned for more updates!

What we need from you:
Volunteer to be a block captain!  

Organizing your block is the first step in securing your street. Should suspicious behavior arise, you’ll be able to more quickly detect, deter and report crime by having contact information of those nearby.

The commitment is minimal. We are asking you to simply pass out a contact form to your neighbors. You’ll collect the information you receive and start an email/text thread that can be used for quick communication as needed. Some blocks that are organizing are also choosing to meet regularly, hold block parties, etc. – it’s a great way to meet your neighbors!

We have 14 of 51 block captains needed. Take a look at the spreadsheet below to see if your block is represented and consider helping out! Please contact Kari Garcia or Kelly Perkins if you are interested:

kari.garcia@MiracleMileLA.com

PRIVATE PATROL:  Many Miracle Mile residents are signing up for private patrol services; police agree that these services help deter and reduce crime quickly. Should you have a concern about suspicious behavior or in-progress crime, you can call your private patrol service and they will respond within minutes. Our goal is to have enough households signed up to achieve 24/7 patrol in Miracle Mile. Private patrol services also offer escort service to and from your vehicle and vacation watches for a very affordable monthly cost.