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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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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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24-Hour CVS Pharmacy/Liquor Store Seeks To Open At Melrose & Gardner St

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Melrose Action has learned that the long empty space at the southwest corner of Melrose Ave and Gardner St (see map) will become a CVS Pharmacy/Liquor store. According to sources, CVS is seeking a conditional use permit for a full “on-sale” Liquor license (6AM-2AM) along with 24-hour 7 days-a-week operating hours.  Additionally, we are told they plan to operate a “MinuteClinic” at the location. MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Health, the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. Tell us what you think by adding your comments. Comments are for registered users of Melrose Action, not registered? Sign up by clicking Register Here. Please vote in our Poll below.

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Melrose Business Improvement District Hosts Free Breakfast This Sunday!

The Melrose Business Improvement District is hosting a Free Breakfast Mixer This Sunday for Melrose Area Residents!

If your a resident of the Melrose Area and want to find out about the Melrose B I D (Business Improvement District) and what’s happening to revitalize the street — then please come! Or, share your ideas!, You’re invited! RSVP Here!  http://www.melroseavela.com/events/melrose-bid-neighborhood-mixer/

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Area Video Crime Report For Week Ending 8/30/2014

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FOR THE WEEK ENDING SATURDAY AUGUST 30, 2014. There were 7 reported crimes this week, down from 12 last crime reporting period.  To see crime map Click Here

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: 300 block N La Cienega Blvd – Saturday, August 23 – 10:30 am
Suspect attempted to stun victim with a stun gun as victim pushed suspect out of a business
-Suspect: Male, other descent, brown hair, brown eyes, 5’10”, 200 lbs, 42 years old

BURGLARY: 800 block N Vista St – Tuesday, August 26 – 12:30 pm
Suspects knocked on front door of residence, when no one answered, suspects smashed rear window with a rock. Suspects fled when they heard occupant inside.
-Suspect 1: Male Hispanic, 6’00”, 215 lbs, 25 to 30 years old
-Suspect 2: Male Hispanic, 5’10”, 160 to 170 lbs, 25 to 30 years old

Burglary: 8000 block Melrose Ave – Thursday, August 28 – 1:45 am
Suspects smashed front glass door of business with a rock, entered, and removed clothing
-Suspect 1: Male Black, black hair, brown eyes, 170 to 200 lbs, 20 to 30 years old
-Suspect 2: Male Black, 170 to 200 lbs, 20 to 30 years old

Theft: La Cienega Blvd / Beverly Blvd -Monday, August 25 – 5:00 pm
Victim left a backpack and keys in the suspect’s vehicle and the suspects drove away
-Suspect 1: Male Black, black hair, brown eyes, 6’00”, 150 lbs, 20 years old
-Supsect 2: Male Black, black hair, brown eyes, 5’08”, 160 lbs
-Suspect Vehicle: Gold 2005 Buick

Theft: 7800 block Melrose Ave -Tuesday, August 26 – 11:50 pm
Suspect grabbed victim’s unattended cellphone from on top of a table

Theft: 7600 block Melrose Ave -Friday, August 29 – 9:00 pm
Suspect removed clothing from inside a business, threw items at employee, and fled with the clothing

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Shooting at Gardner St & Santa Monica Blvd Tied To Other Shootings & Murders, Killing of Dogs in Valley Rampage

Last Friday August 27th at around 11pm…

The West Hollywood attack was reported at 11 p.m. Friday in 1000 N. Blk. of Gardner Street just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles County (West Hollywood) Sheriff’s officials said.

The Los Angeles Times reported… “On Friday, a couple driving home Friday from Universal City (South on Highland Avenue then turned west on Santa Monica Bl) noticed a tan or gold SUV alongside them, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Bowman said. They briefly lost sight of the vehicle, but later saw the SUV driving behind them with its lights off, Bowman said.

The sheriff’s official statement of the incident is as follows..

“As the victims [then] drove eastbound westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard (from Highland Ave), they lost sight of the suspect’s SUV. As the victims continued to drive, they noticed the suspect’s SUV directly behind them, driving with the headlights off. The victims turned left onto Gardner Street from Santa Monica Boulevard, when the suspect’s SUV drove next to the victim’s vehicle passenger side and fired three rounds from a shotgun. The victims were not injured from the gunfire nor from the shattered glass from the blown out rear window.

The victim’s vehicle sustained significant damage by gunfire which resulted in a blown out rear window and damage to the bed of the truck.”

What’s troubling is that this same suspect has now been linked to several murders and heinous incidents over the past week..

• Wednesday morning,  a 42-year-old woman was seriously wounded as she got off the 5 Freeway in Atwater Village

• Thursday,   Gildardo Morales, 48, was found dead, slumped over the wheel of his truck at a Pacoima intersection after leaving a Home Depot store, his engine still running – for no apparent reason.

• Friday  – the shooting on Gardner and Santa Monica Blvd.

• Saturday – this same suspect is believed to have shot three dogs  – two of which are known dead – in the Pacoima area.

• Sunday –  6 a.m., when a 23-year-old woman was killed and her parents critically injured in San Fernando while they were driving to church in the San Fernando Valley.

• Sunday – At 6:35 a.m., a 29-year-old man walking near the Sylmar Recreation Center was shot and killed. Ten minutes later, a woman — identified by relatives as Gloria Esperanza Tobar, 59 — was gunned down in Pacoima as she was waiting for a friend before church.

The Los Angeles Police Department continued Wednesday to investigate links between a Sylmar man and a series of shootings that left four people dead and several others wounded.

Calling him a  “serial killer,” authorities on Tuesday charged  Alexander Hernandez with murder and attempted murder in some of the cases.

LAPD officials said they believe Hernandez acted alone and was randomly shooting people on local streets and freeways. Investigators have yet to determine a motive, saying Hernandez had been uncooperative with detectives since his arrest late Sunday.

Very scary.

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LAPD Wilshire & Melrose Action Kick Off Meeting At Your Corner Tonight

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ice Department’s Wilshire Station together with Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch will hold it’s first “Meeting At Your Corner” tonight, Wednesday August 27th at 7:30pm.

Residents are encouraged to gather at the corner of Waring Avenue and Curson Avenue and share their concerns about crime or incidents that have occurred in the area.  LAPD Wilshire will be bringing it’s mobile command post vehicle to the area for the meeting. Our newly appointed Neighborhood Prosecutor will also be on hand to answer questions.

On hand will be our Senior Lead Officer Art Gallegos, John Darnell from Council member Paul Koretz’ office, LAPD Wilshire Captain Eric Davis, and others.

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This meeting will be the first in a series that will take place throughout the area over the next few months at various street corners.  The next meeting date and location will be updated soon.

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Area Video Crime Report For Week Ending 8/16/2014

Click in the window above to see our Area Crime Report for week ending 08/16/2014.

Here is the latest LAPD Wilshire Area Crime Report for week ending 08/16/2014. There were 12 crimes reported this week, 7 reported last week.

BURGLARY (2)

We had two home Burglaries – One occurring on Wednesday 11PM @ 400 N. Poinsettia Pl  and the other on Monday August 11th at 7:20am 800 N Stanely…

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (3)

2 Occurred on Fairfax Avenue and 1 on La Brea and Clinton St

BTFV (5) Burglary Theft from Vehicle

* See Area Crime Map

ROBBERY (1)

Melrose Avenue and Martel @ 07:30 Sunday August 10th

GTA (Grand Theft Auto) (0)

THEFTS (1)

Theft – 400 N. Blk Poinsettia Pl –  Friday 08/15/2014

To see this weeks crime map, click here

If you have any information about these crimes, please call the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Detectives Desk at (213) 922-8263

Meeting At Your Corner • Wednesday • August 27th • 7:30p • Waring Avenue and Curson Avenue

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Neighborhood Watch Meeting Plans Announced

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station have announced plans for “Meetings at Your Corner”.. The new concept has neighborhood watch meetings being held at various street corners in our coverage area usually on Wednesday evenings during the fall season. Neighbors and merchants around the area of the meeting are encourages to join.  If you feel a “Meeting at your Corner” is needed drop us an email at *protected email*.

The location of the first meeting at your corner will be on Wednesday, August 27th at 7:30 pm at the southwest corner of Waring Avenue and Curson Avenue.  Map of location is here.

Download the announcement here.

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Area Video Crime Report 8/02 – 8/09/2014

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Here is the latest LAPD Wilshire Area Crime Report for week ending 08/09/2014. There were 7 crimes reported this week.

BURGLARY (2)

We had two home Burglaries – One occurring on 300 N. Kings Rd just south of Oakwood and the other on 900 N Orlando and Willoughby…

BTFV (3) Burglary Theft from Vehicle

500 N. Hayworth Avenue  – Wednesday – 8/06/2014

Beverly and Hayworth – Saturday – 8/09/2014

700 N. Alta Vista Street – Thursday – 8/07/2014

ROBBERY (0) 

As seen in Area Crime Report Video – Clinton and Sierra Bonita – Tuesday 6/17/2014 – Susp approached victim with a handgun and demanded property. Susp took electronic device and waist bag.

GTA (Grand Theft Auto) (1)

600 Blk. of N. Curson Wednesday 8/09/2014

THEFTS (1)

Theft – Melrose Avenue at Edinburgh –  Tuesday 08/5/2014

To see this weeks crime map, click here

If you have any information about these crimes, please call the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Detectives Desk at (213) 922-8263

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BREAKING: Dead Body Discovered in Parking Lot on 300 N Blk of Fairfax

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We just received word that a body has been discovered in the parking lot next to Canter’s Deli... Not known yet if a homicide, suicide, or…. more later… Updates on our Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/melroseaction.

UPDATE: LAPD Wilshire now says that body discovered in the parking lot adjacent to Canter’s Deli Update: Adjacent to Plan Check Restaurant on Fairfax may have been a local known transient, apparently may have fallen and hit head etc… more later. Found in the 300 N. Block of Fairfax…
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