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This list covers reported crimes only during the period of 7/19 – 8/16/2016. If you have any information about any crime or may have personal surveillance video of an incident listed below — please contact L.A.P.D. Wilshire’s Detective Desk at (213) 922-8205. If a crime is happening now – CALL 9-1-1. If a crime has already happened and is not an emergency, call the L.A.P.D. Non-Emergency number at 1-877-275-5273 or 877-ASK-LAPD.

300 BLOCK N STANLEY AV
8-1-2016  8:00 PM
THEFT FROM VEHICLE 

300 BLOCK N FULLER AV
8-1-2016 @ 8:00 PM
BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE

300 BLOCK N SWEETER AV
7-29-2016 5:40 PM
SPOUSAL (cohab) ABUSE – AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

400 BLOCK N FAIRFAX AV 
7-28-2016  1:10 PM
ROBBERY

400 BLOCK N DETROIT ST 
8-11-2016 @ 9:30 AM
BURGLARY

400 BLOCK N GENESEE AV
8-15-2016 @ 9:00 PM
THEFT-GRAND

400 BLOCK N FLORES ST
8-6-2016  6:00 PM
VEHICLE, STOLEN

400 BLOCK N SIERRA BONITA AV
7-28-2016 9:30 AM
THEFT – PETTY

400 BLOCK N CROFT AV
8-13-2016 @ 4:00 AM
ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON

400 BLOCK N ORANGE GROVE AV 
7-24-2016 7:00 PM
VEHICLE, STOLEN

400 BLOCK N HAYWORTH AV
8-14-2016 @ 3:50 AM
ROBBERY

400 BLOCK N LA CIENEGA BL 
7-22-2016 1:00 AM
THEFT – PETTY

500 BLOCK N FORMOSA AV
8-10-2016 @ 10:00 AM
THEFT-GRAND

700 BLOCK N EDINBURGH AV 7-25-2016 4:00 PM
BURGLARY

700 BLOCK N FAIRFAX AV
7-19-2016 12:50 PM
SHOPLIFTING

800 BLOCK N KILKEA DR 
7-31-2016 3:00 PM
VEHICLE, STOLEN

800 BLOCK N ORANGE GROVE AV
8-13-2016 @ 1:30 AM
ARMED ROBBERY

800 BLOCK N CRESCENT HEIGHTS BL
8-12-2016 @ 1:00 PM
BURGLARY

900 BLOCK N EDINBURGH AV
7-23-2016 6:40 AM
THEFT-GRAND

900 BLOCK N EDINBURGH AV
8-2-2016 5:00 PM
THEFT-GRAND

900 BLOCK N MARTEL AV
7-21-2016 11:00 PM
THEFT FROM VEHICLE

900 BLOCK N MARTEL AV
7-21-2016 11:00 PM
BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE

900 BLOCK N VISTA ST
7-19-2016 10:30 PM
THEFT FROM VEHICLE

900 BLOCK N FORMOSA AV
8-9-2016 @ 8:40 AM
THEFT-GRAND

7200 BLOCK MELROSE AV
8-8-2016 @ 10:15 AM
ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON (ADW)

7300 BLOCK MELROSE AV
8-7-2016 @ 6:40 PM
THEFT – PETTY

7300 BLOCK WILLOUGHBY AV 
8-6-2016 @ 11:00 AM
THEFT – PETTY

7500 BLOCK BEVERLY BL
8-10-2016 5:00 PM
BURGLARY

7500 BLOCK BEVERLY BL
7-28-2016 1:10 PM
THEFT-GRAND

7900 BLOCK MELROSE AV
7-24-2016 5:30 PM
THEFT – PETTY

7900 BLOCK MELROSE AV  
7-20-2016 1:00 AM
BURGLARY 

8200 BLOCK BEVERLY BL 
8-7-2016 3:55 AM
BURGLARY – ATTEMPTED

8200 BLOCK MELROSE AV
8-6-2016 8:30 PM
BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE

8400 BLOCK BEVERLY BL
8-9-2016 3:30 PM
SHOPLIFTING

8400 BLOCK BEVERLY BL 
8-8-2016 4:55 PM
SHOPLIFTING

8400 BLOCK BEVERLY BL
8-7-2016 5:53 PM
SHOPLIFTING

LAUREL & WARING
7-22-2016 4:00 AM
ROBBERY

MELROSE & GENESEE
7-27-2016 7:15 PM
ROBBERY

MELROSE AV & GENESEE AV 
7-18-2016 6:30 PM
ROBBERY

MELROSE & FAIRFAX
7-27-2016 7:00 PM
ROBBERY

MELROSE & LA JOLLA
8-6-2016 7:30 PM
BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE

OAKWOOD AV & LA CIENEGA BL 
8-6-2016 1:50 PM
BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE

CLINTON ST & GENESEE AV
8-13-2016 @ 1:20 AM
ARMED ROBBERY

GARDNER ST AND WARING AVE
8-13-2016 1:15 AM
ARMED ROBBERY

THE GROVE DR & BEVERLY BL
7-21-2016 9:00 PM
ROBBERY

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Crime Alert: Armed Robbery at Gardner & Waring May Be Linked To Two Others That Same Night


manwcrimealertLAPD Wilshire is investigating — what may be a string of street robberies — that occurred late friday/early saturday morning this past weekend.

A female victim was walking in the area of Gardner/Waring late Friday evening August 12th, when 2 male Black suspects approached her and grabbed her purse. The victim struggled with the suspects to retain her purse and was struck by one of the suspects in the face. The suspects ran to a red hatchback and fled. There were two additional robberies (Clinton/Genesse and 800 block of Orange Grove Ave) that occurred within 15 minutes of the Gardner/Waring robbery. LAPD Wilshire detectives are investigating and need your help.  If you have any information about these crimes or have surveillance video of the streets near or at these sites, please contact LAPD Wilshire detectives at (213) 922-8205.

As a reminder, this is an urban area. When walking any street anywhere  always  keep your valuables (phones etc) out of sight and try not to walk alone if leaving an establishment late. Keep aware of your surrounds at all times.  Please join us for our next neighborhood crime meeting called “Meeting at your corner” on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the corner of Rosewood and Stanley.  Hear directly from our local Los Angeles Police Department personnel how to better protect yourself and how not to become a victim. Click here for map location of meeting.

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Date And Location Set For Next Neighborhood Crime “Meeting At Your Corner”

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station invite you to our next Meeting At Your Corner on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 7 p.m. set up at the corners of Rosewood Avenue and Stanley Avenue.  Click here for map location.   Everyone is invited to attend.  Come out and meet your local community cop – Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker, our local LAPD Wilshire commanders, special guests District Director John Darnell from Council member Paul Koretz’ office and L.A. City Attorney neighborhood prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri.

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Also — come sample free pizza and giveaways from our newest supporter The Pizza Press (while supplies last) and grab a free refreshment.  This neighborhood meet-up with our local police helps building stronger community/police partnerships and we encourage you to participate.  The discussion is about crime or quality of life issues that you’d like help with — this is your chance to speak up.  The format is question and answer and the meeting lasts about 1 hour.  See the flyer below. If you have any questions, please send us an email at moc.n1471471444oitca1471471444esorl1471471444em@su1471471444-tcat1471471444noc1471471444.

 

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Free Neighborhood Event This Tuesday!

nationalnightoutsolicitlogoMelrose Action together with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station and Los Angeles Council member Paul Koretz office will host our 8th Annual National Night Out event at Poinsettia Park Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Click here to map it

This years event will feature lots of great safety related exhibits and services plus food sampling from our awesome neighborhood supporters like Spartina LA, The Parlor, Melrose Umbrella Co., Just Food For Dogs and more!

Come down and meet and greet your L.A.P.D. first responders and share your appreciation for their service to our neighborhood and community.

Event Highlights include:

– Surprise Special Live Performance!

– Live DJ

– Free Giveaways from various exhibitors and activities for kids from City Target!

– Get a free tree if you are a resident of the City of Los Angeles (I.D. Required – While supplies last)

– Grab a free hot dog grilled up from one of our LAPD Senior Lead Officers!

– LAPD Classic Cars

– Los Angeles Fire Department

– Pet Adoptions!

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Latest Melrose Action Digital Crime Report Video

Check out the latest Melrose Action Digital Crime Report Video featuring our L.A.P.D. Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker.  Click in or tap the window below to watch.

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Or view it here if image or link is not working or not shown..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBlorJ2892c&feature=youtu.be

*(reposted and resent to subscribers due to link failure)

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Melrose Village Monthly Real Estate Report

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June 2016 Area Real Estate Report

Properties on the market…

AddressNumber of BedroomsBathsHome SqFtList PriceLot Size
630 N GENESEE AVE 845,032$1,875,0006,373
829 N MARTEL AVE 531,942$1,450,0007,012
714 N GENESEE AVE 321,405$1,250,0005,552
741 N VISTA ST 453,980$2,995,0006,204
736 N CURSON AVE 564,200$3,190,0006,500
637 N GARDNER ST 553,836$2,895,0005,836
849 N CURSON AVE 565,142$3,475,0006,505
611 N MARTEL AVE 453,979$2,799,0006,999
7714 WARING AVE 22908$799,0001,419
610 N STANLEY AVE 444,000$3,325,0006,506
616 N POINSETTIA PL 574,369$2,949,0006,946
612 N FULLER AVE 564,669$2,980,0007,334
721 N VISTA ST 45$2,799,0005,585
7194 W Formosa Fusion CT 341,586$1,149,0001,157
833 N GARDNER ST 564,857$3,375,0006,502
613 N GARDNER ST 332,935$1,999,0005,845
546 N MARTEL AVE 221,431$1,355,0004,730
848 N CURSON AVE 564,758$3,395,0006,507
715 N SPAULDING AVE 231,861$1,575,0005,216

Properties sold in the last 60 days..

AddressBedroomsBathsSize of HomeList PriceSold PriceLot Sz
822 N STANLEY AVE 422,451$1,450,000$1,480,0006,501
612 N SIERRA BONITA AVE 432,085$1,625,000$1,580,0006,500
635 N GARDNER ST 453,362$2,900,000$2,900,0005,838
7264 WILLOUGHBY AVE 32873$729,000$710,0001,793
717 N FULLER AVE 443,096$2,238,888$2,225,0008,242
7660 ROSEWOOD AVE 11744$769,000$851,0002,332
7463 WARING AVE 22804$975,000$1,050,0002,469
822 N SIERRA BONITA AVE 554,409$3,195,000$2,950,0006,500
600 N STANLEY AVE 211,284$1,250,000$1,200,0004,006
531 N STANLEY AVE 321,449$1,299,999$1,220,0006,354
900 N VISTA ST 321,540$1,295,000$1,200,0006,407
7216 Waring AVE 21729$799,900$750,0002,475
630 N Stanley AVE 211,032$1,099,000$1,310,0006,508
538 N FULLER AVE 454,600$3,495,000$3,325,0007,333
751 N OGDEN DR 321,480$1,399,000$1,460,0004,478

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Melrose Crime Map 6/25/2016

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Area Crime Report 6/11/2016

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Below are the crimes reported for the week of 6/05-6/11

Theft: Fairfax & Clinton St

  • June 6th, 7:00 PM
  • Suspect grabbed victims unattended computer and fled on foot

Theft: Fairfax & Rosewood Ave

  • June 9th, 4:45 AM
  • Suspect attacked victim while sleeping and after altercation fled with victims property
  • Suspect: Male, Black, 5’07, 21 years old

Burglary: 7200 Block of Melrose Ave

  • June 9th, 12:01 AM
  • Unknown suspect cut lock to garage and removed property from victim

Burglary: 400 Block of N Detroit St

  • June 8th, 8:45 AM
  • Unknown suspect entered victims residence and removed jewelry suspect fled

Robbery: Beverly & Spaudling Ave

  • June 11th, 2:30 AM
  • Suspects approached victim and struck victim with fist demanding property then fled
  • Suspect 1: Male, Black, 5’4, 20 years old
  • Suspect 2: Male, Black, 5’06, 20 years old

Robbery: Rosewood & La Brea

  • June 7th, 3:05 AM
  • Suspects approached victim with handgun demanding vehicle suspects then fled in victims vehicle
  • Suspect 1: Male, Hispanic , 25 years old, 5’07
  • Suspect 2: Male, Hispanic , 25 years old

GTA(recovered): Melrose& Pointsettia

  • June 11th, 2:00 PM
  • Unknown suspect had stolen victims 1995 BMW 735

BTFV: 300 Block of N Hayworth Ave

  • June 9th, 10:00 PM
  • Unknown suspect entered victims vehicle no information if vehicle was secured suspect stole victims property

2 Local business crimes and 1 Domestic dispute were reported for this area if you need further information please don’t hesitate to contact Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker at (213) 793-0708

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Shooting Reported At Stanley and Melrose

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BREAKING LAPD Wilshire reports that a shooting occurred on the southwest corner of Stanley Ave at Melrose Avenue last night (Saturday, June 26th) at around 10 p.m..  Shots were reportedly fired into the Urban Outfitters store, smashing a glass pane (Picture below). Thankfully no one was struck or injured and police are investigating. A neighbor who asked not be identified said police on the scene suspect it may have been gang related but that has not been confirmed. Melrose at Stanley was cordoned off and was closed to traffic for a time while the incident was being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD Wilshire Detectives at (213) 922-8205.

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Melrose Area Crime Map Week Ending 6/18/2016

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Melrose Video Crime Report

Here’s the latest Melrose Action Video Crime Report from our Los Angeles Police Department’s Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker. Officer Wecker is our “community cop”. Contact her about non-emergency neighborhood crime or nuisance issues. Here, in her first report, Officer Wecker discusses our upcoming “Meeting At Your Corner” neighborhood meet-up on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7 p.m. with her and L.A.P.D. Wilshire Station commanders. Other subjects touched on include how to prevent home and auto burglaries, fireworks on the 4th of July, our National Night Out event planned for this August. Check it out.

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How Did We Vote? Neighborhood Results of Democratic Presidential Contest

We did our own basic analysis of the 2016 Democratic Presidential Contest results of voting in our area (to date*) – bounded by Beverly Bl. on the south, Romaine St. on the north, La Cienega Bl. on the west and La Brea Ave. on the east. *These results are as of 6/8/2016 – these numbers are likely to change as mail-in ballots, provisional, etc have not been fully counted and reported as of this posting. 

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Melrose Crime Map Week Ending 6/04/2016

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Area Crime Report 6/4/2016

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Below are the crimes reported for the week of 5/29-6/4/16

GTP: Martel & Beverly Blvd

  • June 2nd, 1:45 PM
  • Suspect approached victim from behind and snatched victims cellphone suspect then fled on foot
  • Suspect 1: Male, Hispanic, 5’08, 150lb. , 32 years old

Burglary: 700 Block of N Sierra Bonita Ave

  • May 29th, 3:00 PM
  • Unknown suspect jumped gate and entered property thru unlocked door suspect removed property once inside

Burglary: 500 Block of N Martel Ave

  • May 30th, 1:00 PM
  • Unknown suspect entered victims residence and ransacked removing property suspect then fled

Burglary: 7100 Block of Oakwood Ave

  • May 30th, 11:00 PM
  • Unknown suspect entered victims residence and removed victims property suspect fled to unknown location

Theft: 7800 Block of Melrose Ave

  • May 31st, 9:30 AM
  • Unknown suspect stole victims cellular phone that was left unattended

Theft: 7300 Block of Willoughby Ave

  • June 4th, 12:00 PM
  • Suspect grabbed victims unattended bag and removed victims keys and cellular phone suspect fled location with property
  • Suspect 1: Male, Black,5’06, 25 years old

Theft: 7200 Block of Melrose Ave

  • May 30th, 9:00 PM
  • Unknown suspect grabbed victims unattended purse and fled location with property

Theft: 500 Block of N Alta Vista Blvd

  • June 4th, 11:00 PM
  • Suspect was invited to victims residence suspect then stole victims property
  • Suspect 1: Female, Arabic,5’08,23 years old

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Area Crime Report 05/21/2016

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Below are the crimes reported for 05/15/16-05/21/16

To see and download the crime map for this week, click here

Theft: 700 Block of N Kings Rd

  • May 16th, 5:00 PM
  • Unknown suspect cut the lock that secured victims bicycle and removed bicycle from parking structure suspect then fled

Theft: 600 Block of N Fuller Ave

  • May 18th, 3:00 AM
  • Unknown suspect removed property from victims residence without permission suspect fled

Theft: 900 Block of N La Brea Ave

  • May 15th, 2:00 PM
  • unknown suspect removed victims bicycle from parking garage

BTFV: Melrose Ave & Spalding Ave

  • May 15th, 5:45 PM
  • Unknown suspect removed victims spare tire hard cover suspect fled

BTFV: 900 Block of N La Brea Ave

  • May 20th, 8:00 PM
  • Unknown suspect entered victims underground parking garage entered victims vehicle and removed property

Burglary: 400 Block of N Orange Ave

  • May 20th, 11:30 AM
  • Suspect entered victims residence by forcefully opening a secured balcony door with a known hard object when victim was inside then took victims property and left location
  • Suspect: Male, Hispanic, 5’06, 150lb, 36 years old

Burglary: 400 Block of N Hayworth Ave

  • May 18th, 6:30 PM
  • Unknown suspect left home secured returned to find garage lock broken and property missing

Burglary: 500 Block of N Formosa

  • May 16th, 6:15 PM
  • Unknown suspect entered victims residence via open restaurant window once inside the suspect appeared started by the victim his presence and struck her twice on the head

Robbery: Poinsettia & Fuller

  • May 19th, 11:10 PM
  • suspect approached victim with a hand gun demanded property from victim suspect fled with items

Robbery: Rosewood Ave & Genesee

  • May 20th, 11:10 PM
  • Suspect exited vehicle approached victims with knife and used bodily forced to Rob victims of property

7 local business crimes were reported for this area if you need further information in regards to this matter please contact this senior lead officer with the above contact information

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Crime Focused “Meeting At Your Corner” Announced

mayc622_bakMelrose Action Neighborhood Watch together with the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Station have set our first “Meeting at Your Corner” date for Wednesday, June 22nd. The location will be at the corner of Curson and Waring Avenue and start at 7 p.m. This neighborhood “meet-up” will focus on the increase in crime in our area as well as traffic related issues.

Our newly appointed commanders from our Wilshire station will be on hand to meet with neighbors and share data on crime trends as well as hear and learn about your concerns relating to public safety.  Also present — our “community cop” Senior lead officer Inga Wecker, our Los Angeles city attorney neighborhood prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri, and John Darnell, Senior Deputy from Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz’ office.

The goal of these “meet-ups” is to help make our area safer by shedding light on issues that concern us all. Additionally, the mere presence of our police and neighbors gathering at a corner in our area can on it’s own be a deterrent to crime.

Tell your neighbors to join us. If you’re on Facebook please hit the share button below to help get the word out. This is the first in a series of  “Meetings at Your Corner” planned over the course of the summer.  If you’d like a future meeting to be considered at a corner near you or you’d like to help, just email us here.

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Melrose Area Crime Map Week Ending 5/28/2016

Melrose neighbors beware. Crime seems up. Look at the map. Be proactive and report suspicious activity to LAPD via 9-1-1 if emergency or call their non-emergency number at 1-877-ASK LAPD. For neighborhood related – non emergency issues – call our LAPD Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker at (213) 793-0708.

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Melrose Area Crime Map Week Ending 5/21/2016

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Melrose Village Monthly Real Estate Market Update

RealEstateMarketUpdatePhotoBy Thomas Hilel, Realtor

The real estate market in Los Angeles as a whole has been quite strong as of late, continuing on a multi-year trend that started in mid 2012 when the market as a whole bottomed out and the activity in our neighborhood is providing some of the best evidence of that. Between developers looking for projects, investors on the hunt for rental properties and owner/users; demand remains quite strong.

The overall level of transactions is up compared to this time last year with no indication of a decline in the near future.  For those looking to sell or trade up, this represents a fantastic time to make a move.  Whether you are looking to cash out or simply use your equity to trade up into a larger property, your timing couldn’t be better, it seems that almost every transaction I am involved in has multiple offers and ends up selling at over the asking price.

For those looking to enter our market, excitement about all the new happenings has never been more pronounced, inventory remains tight, but serious buyers who are working with great agents (naturally) are still finding wonderful homes.  Historically low interest rates continue to make ownership affordable (relatively speaking), and the opening of Spartina and Top Chef alum Marcel Vigneron’s Wolf add two more very exciting restaurants to the mix.

ADDRESSSOLD PRICEBEDBATHS.FLOT SIZE
7722 CLINTON ST$820,000228102,251
7216 Waring AVE$750,000217292,475
7412 WARING AVE$982,500211,1203,626
735 N STANLEY AVE$1,279,500321,5006,298
506 N GARDNER ST$1,350,000211,4236,103
7514 CLINTON ST$1,295,000221,4362,846
439 N MARTEL AVE$1,500,000321,7866,999
724 N SPAULDING AVE$1,634,000321,7346,501
734 N GENESEE AVE$1,585,000231,4486,490
612 N SIERRA BONITA AVE$1,580,000432,0856,500
741 N ORANGE GROVE AVE$1,750,000321,9506,043
748 N DETROIT ST$2,650,000565,3216,666
635 N SIERRA BONITA AVE$2,800,000563,8105,851
635 N GARDNER ST$2,900,000453,3625,838
534 N STANLEY AVE$3,000,000454,3056,499
607 N CURSON AVE$3,210,000564,3396,500
538 N FULLER AVE$3,325,000454,6007,333

Contact Thomas Hilel via email here

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Homeowner From 800 N. Blk of Gardner St Suspected In West Hollywood Murder

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Site of Murder in West Hollywood

A murder that occurred yesterday in West Hollywood on the 8500 Blk of Holloway Drive has a connection to the Melrose area.

The same suspect arrested in the murder is thought to be the same person also arrested on 5/20 in our area on suspicion of a felony rape that occurred in the 800 North block of Gardner Street. It appears he committed the murder while out on $100,000 bail in the rape case.

The suspect, Blake Leibel, 35, owns a home in the 800 N. Blk of Gardner St. Since purchasing the home on Gardner, neighbors say that police have been called several times to that location. Some thought the past police visits were related to domestic issues.

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 12.54.32 PMOther neighbors say the Gardner home has recently become as a nuisance as a site of frequent late night parties — sometimes starting at 2 am or later.

A concerned neighbor living on that block recently circulated a flyer urging other neighbors to speak up and complain to police and the city attorney about the nuisance issues.  It’s not known if LAPD or the city attorney were taking any action as a result of complaints.

Neighbors tell us that they believe the suspect had been seen in the past breaking into the property on Gardner for unknown reasons.

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Don’t Get Hacked! LAPD Wilshire Issues Crime Alert About Your Car’s Keyless Remotes

A5-Locksmith-003.png.htmlHave you got a newer model car that uses these types of keyless car remotes to enter, lock, or even start your vehicles engine?

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We doubt you’d be surprised to hear that criminals (of course) have figured out ways to hack into those remotes and get into your car with ease.  L.A.P.D. Wilshire Detectives recently issued a Crime Alert on this exploit.

Here’s some excerpts from a story that appeared in the magazine Wired about this new crime…

FOR YEARS, CAR owners with keyless entry systems have reported thieves approaching their vehicles with mysterious devices and effortlessly opening them in seconds. After having his Prius burgled repeatedly outside his Los Angeles home, the New York Times‘ former tech columnist Nick Bilton came to the conclusion that the thieves must be amplifying the signal from the key “fob” in the house to trick his car’s keyless entry system into thinking the key was in the thieves’ hand. He eventually resorted to keeping his keys in the freezer.

Now a group of German vehicle security researchers has released new findings about the extent of that wireless key hack, and their work ought to convince hundreds of thousands of drivers to keep their car keys next to their Pudding Pops. The Munich-based automobile club ADAC recently made public a study it had performed on dozens of cars to test a radio “amplification attack” that silently extends the range of unwitting drivers’ wireless key fobs to open cars and even start their ignitions!

The researchers say that 24 different vehicles from 19 different manufacturers were all vulnerable, allowing them to not only reliably unlock the target vehicles but also immediately drive them away!

“This clear vulnerability in [wireless] keys facilitates the work of thieves immensely”.“The radio connection between keys and car can easily be extended over 1000 feet, regardless of whether the original key is, for example, at home or in the pocket of the owner.” Apparently the attack device can be “had” for —are you ready for this — a mere $225.

Some of the manufacturers tested included BMW, Audi (A3, A4, A6), Ford, Honda, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda, Lexus, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Range Rover’s Evoque, Nissan, Kia, and apparently Tesla who issued a software update that may thwart these exploits.  It’s advised that you check with your perspective auto manufacturer to see if your model is vulnerable.

Soccer superstar David Beckham’s $100,000 BMW was stolen using these new exploits. Read about it here

Here’s a short video from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.. This video says that they don’t see evidence hackers can start and steal your car outright but that contradicts the German study cited in this article.

In the meantime, here’s some tips to protect yourself just in case. You can try to keep your keyless remote in the freezer of your refrigerator — BUT– be careful that it not damages your car’s remotes batteries. Always check with your car dealer first!  Or, you can purchase your own “Faraday” cages here on Amazon.

Whatever you do — read up about these exploits — in these articles.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/news/a26327/hacked-keyless-entry/

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/03/25/keyless-entry-systems-vulnerable-simple-hack/

Time to stash your keyless car-entry fob in with the frozen pork chops

 

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