Crime Alert

A Pico-Robertson shul emails its list: One of the most common crimes in the neighborhood surrounding us is burglary or theft from motor vehicles (BTFV). This crime takes place over 100 times a month on average in West LA alone. Car windows can quickly and relatively quietly be smashed and property removed in a few short moments. Car alarms generally prove ineffective against this smash-and-grab type of crime and in addition to the stolen property you will also have the hassle and expense of replacing your car window.
BTFV, however, happens to be one of the most preventable crimes. A prospective thief will usually only target a vehicle they suspect or know has valuable property inside. When you park your car remove cell phones, cameras, laptops, wallets, purses, mp3 players, GPS devices, and other valuables. Do not leave gift-wrapped packages or large sealed boxes or bags on the seats. Lock all valuables in your trunk or preferably take them with you. If the items must remain in the car, at a minimum keep them out of sight. At night, it is best to park in well-lit areas with lots of people around or in your home garage.
Let your friends and neighbors know when a BTFV crime has occurred in your area. Often a thief will target one area repeatedly over the course of a few days. Keeping people informed will allow them to take extra precautions to prevent becoming the next victim.
Contact the LAPD to report any suspicious activity, especially people looking into cars. You can contact the LAPD West Los Angeles Division at 310-444-0701 to report a crime or suspicious activity.

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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