Protect Your Vehicle From Theft

DON’T BE A VICTIM
Here is a list of items to help avoid burglaries from your vehicle:

  • Don’t make your keys an easy target; keep them with you at all times.
  • Close your windows and sun roof and lock your doors every time you leave your car.
  • Do not leave your keys in the ignition even if you leave your vehicle for only a moment (i.e. you want to run into the cashier at the gas station or you want to leave the air
    conditioning running while parked in your driveway at home).
  • Activate your alarm every time you leave your vehicle.
  • Always take personal belongings with you. Thieves break in to cars when they can see a prize: MP3 player, iPod, laptop computer, digital camera, GPS, cell phone, wallet or
    credit cards. Don’t create an atmosphere that is conducive to theft.
  • If you must put something of value in your trunk do so before you reach your destination.
  • Don’t hide spare keys in your vehicle even if they are not visible. Thieves know where to look.
  • Never leave luggage unattended on roof racks. This also includes bicycles, surfboards, and skis.
  • Don’t leave important documents in your car. Eliminate all personal information (home address) from your motor vehicle registration that is kept in your glove compartment.
  • Record your license plate number and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Keep this information in a secure place away from your vehicle. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to take the report.
  • Always park in high traffic or well lit areas, when possible.
  • Install an ignition or starter “kill” switch to prevent the theft of your car.
  • If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately.

Every year in the City of Los Angeles approximately 30,000 vehicles are stolen. Vehicle theft represents approximately 24% of the property crimes and 18% of total crime in the City. According to the FBI crime statistics, a car is stolen every 30 seconds. The experienced car thief can steal a car in less than a minute.
Car thefts seem to occur with greater frequency where large groups of cars are parked for extended periods of time in places such as shopping centers, colleges, sporting events, movie theaters, and large apartment complexes. Car thefts occur at random and on different days of the week and times of the day, depending on the locations.

Emergency Phone Numbers

For ANY EMERGENCY OR CRIME IN PROGRESS Dial 911 http://www.lapdonline.org/

For non-emergency calls dial 1-877-ASK-LAPD (1-877-275-5273)

LAPD Pacific Station:

12312 Culver Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
310-482-6334

LAPD Pacific Division Facebook page

LAPD Pacific Division Twitter

LAPD Beach Substation ( Not staffed 24 hrs. ) 1-310-392-5170

Venice Beach Lifeguards: 310-394-3261

 

Other Important Numbers:

California Missing Children Hotline: 1-800-222-FIND

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Los Angeles: 213-477-6565

Secret Service: 1-213-894-4830

Marina Del Rey Harbor Patrol: 310-823-7763

Large item removal ( mattresses, refrigerators ) 800-773-2498

Health Hazardous Materials Emergency Response: 1-323-890-4317

Mental Health Department Psychiatric Emergency: 1-800-854-7771

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-2738255)

Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222

US Postal Inspection Service Criminal Investigations: 1-877-876-2455

Ask Bill Rosendahl

Do you have a question that you think other residents, business owners or visitors might be interested in for Bill Rosendahl? We’d love to hear it! We will submit your question to our Councilman for CD11 which includes Venice Beach… and if approved when we receive a reply we will publish your question and answer here. Thanks for contributing!

Ask Bill Rosendahl

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Ask LAPD

Do you have a question that you think other residents, business owners or visitors might be interested in for LAPD? We’d love to hear it! We will submit your question to the Police Chief and communications director for the Pacific Division which includes Venice Beach… and if approved when we receive a reply we will publish your question and answer here. Thanks for contributing!

Ask LAPD

Do you have a question for the Pacific Division of LAPD that others might be interested in hearing the answer to? If so, fill out this form and we will post approved questions and answers online!
  • **Not required, all information is confidential and is not forwarded along with your question.
  • **Not required, all information is confidential and is not forwarded along with your question.

Trespass Arrest Authorization Letter

One way to ensure your property is protected is to post “NO TRESPASSING” signs in appropriate areas. Many property owners in Venice have learned that when someone parks and blocks their own garage door, if they do not have a proper sign stating that it is private parking with the name of the tow company… the vehicle can not be towed.

It is a good practice to make sure you have “NO TRESPASSING” signs posted on your property. Equally important, you should fill out a Trespass Arrest Authorization Letter and submit it to LAPD. You can download a letter and fill it out by clicking on this link. If anyone is to trespass on your property this will assist LAPD in filing the proper charges and making an arrest.

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Poison Prevention Week

During Poison Prevention Week, the Los Angeles Fire Department wants you to be aware of ten simple tips that can reduce the risk of poisoning in your home.

 

But first, put the Poison Control Hotline number (1-800-222-1222) on every phone to help save lives.

While household products such as cleaners and chemicals naturally come to mind as being hazardous, the LAFD suggests that any product bearing the words ‘Caution‘, ‘Warning‘ or ‘Danger‘ be stored out of children’s reach, ideally in a locked cabinet or compartment.

It’s also a good idea to survey your home, especially the kitchen, bathrooom, workshop and garage from a child’s – or grandchild’s point of view, so that you can know what items might be accessible or spark their curiosity.

Ten Important Poison Prevention Tips…

  1. Know the things in and around your home that can poison you.
  2. Put child safety locks on cabinets to safely store cleaners, medicines, cosmetics, chemicals and other poisons.
  3. Keep products in their original packaging with the labels on them.
  4. Look at labels for the words “Caution“, “Warning“, “Danger” or “Poison“. Follow all directions carefully when using these products.
  5. Be aware that fuels (such as gasoline), car fluids (such as anti-freeze), pesticides (such as bug killers), and lawn and garden products (such as fertilizer) are poison.
  6. Do not mix household products together. Their contents could react with dangerous results.
  7. Install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector near your bedrooms and furnace to warn you of high levels of CO, a deadly gas you cannot see or smell. The gas collects when fuels are burned. Collected CO gas can quickly harm or kill you.
  8. Have a certified service technician check heaters, stoves and fireplaces at least once each year to see that they work well.
  9. Program the Poison Control Hotline number in every phone and place it near phones and on the refrigerator: 1-800-222-1222.
  10. Know to call 1-800-222-1222 if someone takes poison. This number works around-the-clock anywhere in the USA to connect you with a nearby poison control center. Call the hotline whenever you have a question about poisons. It’s free, private, and can save you a trip to the emergency room!

To learn more, visit:

www.poisonprevention.org

Ask LAFD Station 63

Do you have a question that you think other residents, business owners or visitors might be interested in for our local neighborhood Fire Department? We’d love to hear it! We will submit your question to LA City Fire which serves Venice Beach… and if approved when we receive a reply we will publish your question and answer here. Thanks for contributing!

Homeless Services in Venice

Venice has been an attractive area for the homeless, and is considered by many to be the new “skid row”. Easy access to drugs, alcohol and panhandling along the Venice Boardwalk has contributed to a significant increase in homeless and transients in the neighborhood.

In an effort towards positive community outreach we are encouraging residents and visitors to direct the homeless to local social services agencies. Most homeless shelters have restricted hours and may require an intake screening, and for the individual to check in and be monitored towards case management to improve their living situation. Please make note of the following agencies in Venice. If you know of one that is not listed here, please add it by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

Bible Tabernacle Mission Shelter

1761 Washington Way

Venice, Ca 90291

310-821-6116

Intake requires a phone screen prior to entering the facility. Individual must have ID. Individual must agree to work towards self sufficiency. Intake hours daily 3:30 – 6 p.m.

Natiional Guard Armory Shelter

Emergency Shelter provided on a daily basis from Dec-March. To enter the shelter individuals MUST get on the shuttle pickup from 4:45 to 5:15 Daily at Market St. & Ocean Front Walk. Armory provides:

  • Showers at 6 p.m.
  • Dinner at 7 p.m.
  • Lights Out 10 p.m.
  • Warm sleeping area 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Breakfast 6-7 a.m.

Daily bus to the National Guard Armory Shelter in Culver City

St. Josephs Center

204 Hampton Dr.

Venice, Ca 90291

(310) 396-6468

Homeless Service Center starts by providing basic services. Here, homeless men and women can make a reservation to eat at Bread and Roses Café, do a load of laundry, take a shower and have access to phone and mail service. Through meetings with our staff, they can also be connected with emergency shelter, medical care, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. They can also receive help with transportation and advocacy to apply for government benefits.

Homeless individuals who are ready to make long-term change may enroll in case management. Service plans developed jointly by the individual and the case manager assess each person’s strengths and needs and lay out a pathway to long-term stability and increased self-sufficiency by addressing issues such as permanent housing, job training, employment and ongoing treatment.

Homeless / Social Service Provider in Venice

Do you know of registered and licensed social services provider in Venice? Please fill out their information using the form below and we will add it to our homeless services directory.

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