LAPD Devonshire Division Community Meeting
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 15, 2017 at 4:24 PM
This week, I joined the LAPD Devonshire Division Burglary and Theft Units to discuss the most recent property crime trends and crime prevention techniques. As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, my office is continually working with City Departments, LAPD, local organizations and the community to address the ongoing issues within CD12.
During the meeting, the prevalence of knock-knock burglaries in the San Fernando Valley proved to be a concern with Granada Hills, Porter Ranch, and Chatsworth being the most affected areas in Council District 12. “Knock-knock” crews are sophisticated and are responsible for a high number of these crimes.
These crimes represent an ongoing threat to the safety of the people of Los Angeles. The crews work to identify potential victims, break into their homes, ransack rooms for valuables such as cash, jewelry, and weapons, and flee the scene within minutes. In each case, a suspect approaches a targeted home and knocks on the door to determine if anyone is home before starting the burglary.
In cases where a homeowner does not hear the knock or ignores it, the victim can be confronted with a crew of criminals engaged in a "hot prowl" burglary or a home invasion. After fleeing a victim's home, the suspects often pawn off valuables, and weapons taken during these crimes often end up in the hands of street criminals.
LAPD Detectives are working diligently and are continuing to investigate these crimes. We believe that a reward may compel the public to provide information on the identity of the persons responsible for these crimes.
Recently, my motion offering a $50,000 reward for the identification, apprehension, and conviction of these knock-knock crews was approved by the Los Angeles City Council. Anyone with information related to this criminal activity is urged to call (818) 374-7730. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). You can also text "LAPD" and the tip to 274637 or go to www.LAPDOnline.org.
Thank you to Captain Kathleen Burns and the LAPD Devonshire Division Burglary and Theft Units for hosting an insightful community meeting and a special thank you to the residents who came to learn how to stay proactive to keep our homes and neighborhoods safe.
Burglary Prevention Tips:
- Meet and become familiar with your neighbors
- Never open a door to a stranger
- If an individual knocks on your door, do not ignore them
- Advise the solicitor you are not interested through the closed door
- Lock your doors, windows, and gates
- Consider installing video surveillance systems and laminated glass
- Stow our firearms safely and keep them locked up in a safe which is permanently bolted to your foundation so they don’t fall into the wrong hands or the hands of children
- Take photographs of your valuables and record their serial numbers
- Report all suspicious activities to your local community police station or by calling 877-ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273).
For more information on how to protect your home or business, check out the burglary prevention tips below or go to lapdonline.org.
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