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LAPD Community Alert – Catalytic Converters

This is an LAPD community alert regarding thieves targeting catalytic converters. A catalytic converter is a vehicle emissions control device that converts toxic pollutants in exhaust gas to less toxic pollutants, by catalyzing a redox reaction (oxidation of reduction). Catalytic converters are used in internal combustion engines fueled by either petrol (gasoline) or diesel-including lean burn engines.

Because of the external location and the use of valuable precious metals including platinum, palladium, rhodium, and gold, converters are a target for thieves. The problem is especially common among the following vehicles, Honda, Acura, Toyota and Lexus trucks and SUVs because of their high ground clearance and easily removed bolt-on catalytic converters. Theft removal of the converter can often inadvertently damage the car’s wiring or fuel line resulting in dangerous consequences. Rises in metal costs in the U.S. during recent years have led to a large increase in theft incidents of the converter, which can cost well over $1,000. to replace.

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LA DWP Scam Alert


Beware of Impostors Posing as LADWP Workers

Who Seek Bill Payment Over the Phone

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) cautions customers to beware of impostors posing as utility personnel making service-related telephone calls. These impostors seek to obtain money via a bogus unpaid LADWP balance by asking the customer to go to a nearby convenient store (7-11) and call a specific telephone number back with the customer’s financial information, or by demanding that they pay their bill with a pre-paid cash card (GREEN DOT MONEY PAK).

LADWP customers have reported increasing incidents of this scam, and the Department is acutely aware of this scheme and on security alert regarding this and other fraudulent practices. The LADWP never calls customers seeking personal banking information.

“Distraction telephone calls are an important issue for us but the good news is, this form of victimization is easily preventable,” said Patrick Findley, Director of LADWP Security Services Division. “The more our customers know about it, the less likely it is to happen, so help us spread the word among your family, friends and neighbors.”

To report suspicious activity to the Department: call LADWP Security Services at (213) 367-3373 or (213) 367-9111, or email SecurityServicesWebNotification, or visitwww.ladwp.com and click Security Issue under Contact Us.

If you have been a victim or have questions, call us LAPD Wilshire Detectives (213)922-8205 These crooks have targeted residences and businesses and is not only isolated to the Los Angeles Area. Inform your friends, neighbors, family and local eateries about this ongoing scam.

A Night At the Sports Museum 2 – 11/2



Each year the Wilshire Community Police Council (WCPC) has raised thousands of dollars for the Wilshire youth empowerment programs.

This year the need for money is even greater, as there are more than 200 boys and girls age 8 – 21 in our Cadet programs, making it one of the largest programs of its kind in the city. Funds raised allow these young people to have year round opportunities to reap the benefits of educational, cultural and police training activities, which they would otherwise not have.

Cadets receive valuable experience they will use for the rest of their lives. Since the program’s inception, Cadets (formerly know as Explorers), have gone on to join the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department as well as various local, state and federal agencies. Many others have become professionals in education, law, transportation, medicine, financial services, communication and management.

From a former participant in the program:

‘I am part of the Wilshire Police Cadet program. When I was 14, I didn’t realize the harm my group of “friends” was causing me nor the amount of positive advantages the program had to offer me. It took me a long time to understand how much of my life I owe to the Cadets program and the people in it. I know that if my mother hadn’t struggled so hard to make me join, I would probably be affiliated with a gang, pregnant or even dead. I have so many people to thank.”

As a support arm of the LAPD Wilshire Division, WCPC is dedicated to providing officers with the latest in crime fighting technology not budgeted by the city, as well as overseeing events and activities bringing law enforcement and community together.

WCPC, a non-profit arm of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Community Station, is excited to return to the Los Angeles Sports Museum for “A Night At The Sports Museum 2”. This event will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013, and is a private one night only special event. Please consider becoming a sponsor supporting our very important Wilshire Community Youth Empowerment and Leadership programs.

The Los Angeles Sports Museum (www.sportsmusemla.com), owned by Gary Cypres, is a sports enthusiast’s dream. It houses the world’s largest collection of iconic sports memorabilia and collectibles, valued at more than 30 million dollars. See Babe Ruth’s 1934 uniform, Joe DiMaggio’s record-breaking ball from his legendary 56-game hitting streak, jerseys from NBA and NFL greats and the 1941 Heisman Trophy awarded to Minnesota’s Bruce Smith.

Dress in your favorite team attire and come ready to spend an incredible one-of-a-kind evening with us.“A Night at The Sports Museum 2” will be a fun filled evening with great food, a silent auction, surprise guests and great memories in sports history brought to life. Come to the event, come as a sponsor.

Individual tickets are available now. Single price tickets are $150 each. Fill out the RSVP form below and we will contact you.



Home Safety Alert – Plus Holiday Safety Tips from LAPD

CD-10 has gotten a few reports of attempted home robberies in the MINC area lately (one reported in LaFayette Square).  Apparently, the perpetrators are watching houses very closely, and are attempting to enter the homes immediately after they think the housekeeper or others have left the house.  They have known enough about the neighborhood to say that they were looking for a different address (in the neighborhood) when caught, and before leaving the premises very quickly.  In another report, they claimed that they thought the property was listed for sale, and that’s why they were on the premises.

The point is that these criminals are getting smarter and smarter about how they’re trying to break into homes, so please be on the lookout.  And as a precaution, check out the list of Holiday Safety Tips provided by the LAPD.

LAPD CPAB – October 18th Meeting


Community Policing Advisory Board
Wilshire Division

Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 PM
West Bureau Building 1st Floor
4849 W. Venice Blvd. 90019

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Wilshire Summer Carnival – 6/29-7/1

JUNE 29 – JULY 1, 2012

Location: Venice and La Brea
(in front of the Wilshire Police Station)

Pre-sale tickets on sale now at 50% off at Wilshire front desk. Pre-sale tickets must be bought before the day of the carnival

Carnival Hours:
Friday – June 29th, 5 PM – 11 PM
Saturday – June 30th and Sunday July 1st, 1 PM – 11 PM

For pre-sale tickets and further information, contact the LAPD Wilshire Division Community Relations Office at (213) 473-0200 or go to Wilshire Station front desk located at 4861 W. Venice Blvd.