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Does Mount Washington Need Neighborhood Watch Signs?

A recent burglary on Crane Boulevard has inspired Mount Washington residents to consider the possibility of establishing a local neighborhood watch.

A Mount Washington resident is advocating in favor of installing neighborhood watch signs at a few spots in the neighborhood, following a burglary that occurred on the 600 block of Crane Boulevard on Thursday, July 27.

According to neighborhood residents who witnessed the burglary, the suspects pried open the home's locked first floor window, ransacked the residence and made off with a laptop computer. 

Paul Evleth, a member of the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance, said in a message that was reposted on the Mount Washington Association's Facebook page that the recent burglary is "more the reason" that neighborhood residents should consider installing neighborhood watch signs around the area.

"Myself and Cheri Uno, active community member on Glenablyn, have studied various options over the past few weeks since we had a large increase in burglaries. We discovered some very nice looking signs in the Nichols Canyon area adjacent to Runyon Canyon," Evleth said. "The signs are sponsored by the Upper Nichols Canyon Neighborhood Association and send a clear message to visitors and residents that criminal activity will be noted and reported."

Anna Carpenter of the said the signs could be installed as soon as next month.

"The Mount Washington Association is going to have lots of info regarding neighborhood watch at our next meeting and possibly signs as well by then," Carpenter said. "We are working on sourcing them along with Cheri Uno and are going to have the Los Angeles Police Department's Senior Lead Officers for our areas be at our next Mount Washington Association in September."

cheri uno August 03, 2011 at 03:25 AM
If there are Mount Washington Residents interested in getting involved in a Neighborhood Watch Group please let me know... I already have several blocks very active and would like to get every street and block active in the Mount Washington area. As the article stated, Paul and I are working on getting signs but I need residents who would like the signs posted on their streets to get the OK from the city and LAPD. Your support is necessary - ctuno@roadrunner.com.
Mark Legassie August 03, 2011 at 05:25 AM
Hi Cheri, We talked a couple years ago about this topic but for some reason never followed up. We [Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council's Public Safety Cmte] purchased a couple dozen NW signs and have 8 available for Mt. Washington area. If you are interested in obtaining a few, let us know by sending an email to safety@asnc.us. We are providing 3 signs to a member of our Public Safety Cmte from Mt. Washington who is very active with public safety and emergency response (and also a ham radio operator volunteer with LAFD's ACS unit). Cheers, Mark Legassie Chairman, Public Safety Cmte Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council safety@asnc.us
Marcus Baird August 03, 2011 at 07:25 PM
I am in for Rome Drive
MariaLuisa Alcala-Pina August 04, 2011 at 05:30 AM
I would like more details please, I would like to participate (Museum Drive)
cheri uno August 05, 2011 at 05:52 AM
Mark -- I would very much like to have the signs. I have several locations and NW groups who have been wanting them. Can I meet you at the MW local issues meeting (don't know where and when this is going to be) or the Hollenbeck CPAB meeting this month on the 17th? I'm not able to make ASNC meetings because of the conflict with NE CPAB. I have more than 20 NW organized in MW and all would love signs especially the locations were they are dead ends and alleys because they don't get lots of street traffic or walkers. I've spoken with all three of our SLOs. They are all in favor of me getting signs up ASAP. Also, CD 14 is very supportive and has said, they will take care of any "city" issues so that we will be in compliance. Let me know, where we can get together so that I can pick up signs!
cheri uno August 05, 2011 at 05:56 AM
Marcus -- send me an email. When I get the signs, we can have a meeting on your block with the neighbors to discuss your NW and signs - ctuno@roadrunner.com. I have made the contacts to get the city approvals needed. Thanks so much for your interest...
cheri uno August 05, 2011 at 05:58 AM
Maria -- Since your group has been meeting regularly for years, I was planning to put signs on Museum Drive... you are on this list... Thanks for your interest. When I get the signs, we could meet and walk the street with your neighbors (as we did in the past) to figure out a GREAT location. Thanks for your interest.
Anna Carpenter August 05, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Thank you, Cheri, for your many years of expert and caring volunteering for the benefit of our community. I look forward to working on the signs and on extending the areas of NW with you.

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