Public Safety is one of the number one priority for the City. The City provides law enforcement and fire services through the Los Angeles County Sheriff and Los Angeles County Fire Department. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department is responsible for investigating crimes, and enforcing the Municipal, Vehicle, and Penal codes. The City’s local Neighborhood Watch Program is another service provided by the Crescenta Valley Station. The Fire Department is responsible for fire inspections, brush clearance, and various fire safety programs in the City.
The City also recognizes public safety is a community effort. With that in mind, the City’s Neighborhood Watch Program is a vital part of the City’s public safety effort. Neighborhood Watch Program allows residents, Sheriff, and the City to work closely in protecting the community.
Also, the City of La Canada Flintridge will be transitioning the Volunteer Emergency Response Team (VERT) to the nationally recognized COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) program. Sign Up Today!
The Neighborhood Watch Program is a partnership with the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station which aims to achieve safe and secure neighborhoods through proactive education, communication, and action. Eric Matejka trains neighborhood watch groups. The programming includes a review of neighborhood and community crime trends, basic information such as what happens when you call 911, and the distribution of handout and tips to keep your home safe. Neighborhood watch groups are making their neighborhoods safer by working together and in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Department to reduce crime and improve their quality of life.
If you would like to initiate or revitalize your neighborhood watch group, to please contact Eric Matejka via email at email@example.com or leave a message at 818-583-4311.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now uses CERT program as a national model for other communities and both the City’s partner public safety agencies, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have implemented department-wide CERT training Programs. Having a unified program with our local public safety partners will increase the capacity to which participants in the City’s new CERT program can offer.
An added feature of CERT is the incorporation training developed by FEMA allowing the consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization. This training allows professional responders the ability to rely upon CERT members during disaster situations.
Being trained on how to respond during an emergency situation or a disaster in your own community is one of the most important things you can do to assist others when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also provide critical support to professional responders during an emergency situation or a disaster.
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IF YOU ARE IN AN EMERGENCY IMMEDIATELY DIAL 9-1-1
4554 Briggs Avenue
La Canada Flintridge, Ca 91011
Fire Station 19
1729 Foothill Boulevard
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
Fire Station 82
352 Foothill Boulevard
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital 1812 Verdugo Boulevard Glendale, CA 91208 (818) 790-7100
Glendale Adventist Medical Center 1509 Wilson Terrace Glendale, CA 91206 (818) 409-8000
Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center 1420 S. Central Avenue Glendale, CA 91204 (818) 502-1900
Huntington Memorial Hospital 100 W. California Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91109 (626) 397-5000
CITY-WIDE FLOCK PUBLIC SAFTEY CAMERA PROJECT INCLUDING AUTOMATIC LICENSE PLATE READERS (ALPRs)
Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR Cameras)
The City of La Canada Flintridge, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), has implemented use of mobile Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology as an additional measure to provide community safety and security in an effort to thwart criminals who visit our community. Mobile ALPR technology uses high-speed cameras mounted upon a LASD patrol vehicle that automatically captures images of every passing vehicle’s license plate within its immediate vicinity. The system reads the license plate’s number from the image using “character recognition software,” and immediately checks the plate number against a list of plates associated with suspected crimes (also called a “hot list”) to determine whether the vehicle may be stolen or associated with another crime, an AMBER alert, or an outstanding warrant. If the license plate number matches a number on the hot list, the system notifies deputies in the field and/or the central dispatch unit.
Use of ALPR Cameras
Under the usage policy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, ALPR technology is only used/accessible for the following public safety purposes:
· Investigation for prosecution or exoneration of suspected criminal (including terrorist) incidents;
· Identification and/or location of wanted persons;
· Enforcement of sanctions, orders, or sentences;
· Crime prevention/general law enforcement purposes;
· Crime analysis;
· Investigatory leads in subsequent investigations.
Flock Public Safety Cameras
In 2020, the City of La Canada Flintridge, in a continuing effort to better protect our community, will be implementing the use of Flock Public Safety cameras with integrated Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology. The City Council authorized a total of 39 Flock Public Safety cameras, which include ALPR technology. The intent is to place these fixed cameras at entry/exit points to the City and certain key tracking points throughout the community. Focusing on the City’s entry/exit points and likely intersections affords the greatest likelihood of capturing images of suspects, their vehicles, and their license plates and their direction of travel. Additionally, the deployment strategy at entry/exit points will afford Sheriff’s Department personnel the best opportunity to prevent crime from occurring, by notifying law enforcement of known offenders potentially looking to victimize our community.
Flock “Safe List” and Registration Options
In partnership with Flock Safety, the City offers the ability to either register your vehicle(s) into the system or to “Safe List” your vehicle(s), as follows:
1) Flock Vehicle Registration Option: You may register your vehicle(s) so that it appears/is marked as “resident” in any future searches by law enforcement. This is accomplished by completing a one-time form online using the link below.
2) Safe List Registration Option: You can register your vehicles(s) so that it is completely removed from ever being captured in any Flock camera footage at all. This process is also completed using the license plate(s) of the vehicle(s) you would like to remove from being captured by Flock.
To Register your Vehicle(s) as “Resident” or to Safe List your vehicle please use the Online Form found here
Identity Theft PSA
Identity theft is the misappropriation of another individual’s personal information (name, social security number, date of birth, etc.). This is often used to aid identity thieves in applying for credit cards, making fraudulent purchases, or some other type of financial gain. There are several methods identity thieves use to obtain personal information. These include:
- Skimming devices (devices that capture information from the magnetic stripe of a credit or debit card). They are often illegally installed on ATMs, gas pump card readers, and point of sale machines at retail stores
- Phishing schemes: Emails or text messages pretending to be from a bank/ credit card or commercial business/vendor requesting personal information. There are a few ways to identify phishing schemes;
- Spelling or grammar errors
- Banks/credit card companies do not ask for you to confirm personal information over email or via text
- Calling the vendor to verify the email or text
- Mail theft (breaking into mailboxes to steal checks, personal information, etc.)
Senior citizens tend to be more frequent targets of identity thieves and are therefore more susceptible to different types of identity theft scams. For seniors and their friends and family members, it is vital to be aware of common types of scams targeting seniors, which include;
- Reverse mortgage scams
- Health insurance scams
- Computer tech support scam
- Fake charity scam
- Telephone scams
- Relative/grandchild in jail or needs money
- “IRS” asking for money
- Person says you’ve won the lottery
- Persons posing as attorneys who can recover money owed to you
The best way to avoid identity theft scams is to not give money to people you don’t know or haven’t verified to be legitimate. Remember to exercise extreme caution when sharing your personal information.
Additional Tips on Protecting Yourself:
- Trust no one… & call back through legitimate published contacted methods
- Use credit instead of debit (much easier to report fraudulent charges on a credit card and reverse charges than trying to recover stolen money from your debit account)
- Shred documents with a crosscut shredder
- Avoid sharing your personal information as much as possible
- Pay attention to your credit report, monitor it annually (Get a free copy annually from https://www.freecreditreport.com/)
- Only under the most certain of circumstances should you provide your social security number to anyone.
Steps to take if you are a victim of identity theft:
- File a police report
- Report the theft to your bank
- Cancel your credit cards and close compromised accounts
- Freeze your credit with credit bureaus
- Report the incident to IC3.gov, an Internet Crime Complaint Center run by the FBI
- Check your credit report regularly