Villa Park Neighborhood Watch update for April 2018. The Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program which enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime in their communities.
Villa Park’s OCSD officer Lt. Jeff Puckett has been promoted to Captain and transferred within Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Villa Park thanks him for his years of outstanding service to our city, congratulates him on his well-deserved promotion, and warmly welcomes his replacement, Lt. Pat Rich, who is pleased to be working with Villa Park and its residents. Lt. Rich commended our city’s outstanding safety record and programs, including Neighborhood Watch.
Transients: The issue of transients in the community following closure of the encampments along the Santa Ana River bed was discussed. Judge Carter has advised that 2,700 beds are needed to accommodate the current homeless population of Orange County. While it is not a prevalent problem in Villa Park, Lt. Rich advised that the City has adopted and will maintain a “zero tolerance” position regarding transients within the city. Residents are asked to immediately notify OCSD if they become aware of any transient presence by calling OCSD Dispatch Office, 714-647-7000, pressing 9 after recording language preference, then 1 to be transferred to a live agent at the desk.
Traffic safety and parking remain issues of concern, particularly in the areas of the 4 schools in the City. Enforcement will be stepped up, especially during peak hours for school and commuter traffic. The timing of the left turn lights at Taft and Santiago intersection will be reset in an effort to relieve congestion and improve traffic flow.
Villa Park crime report for February. (Final report for March will be available at the next City Council meeting.) Seven crimes occurred during the month of February: 1 household burglary; 1 stolen vehicle; 5 petty thefts including 1 shoplifting. 17 traffic citations were issued. The bulk of the activity involving OCSD deputies and Public Service Responders includes audible burglary false alarms, citizen assists, legal process service, traffic stops, disturbances, suspicious persons, etc.
To assist in retrieval of stolen property, OCSD is asking residents to mark items, whenever possible, with a serial number, CA driver’s license number, or other identifier to assure that, if recovered, the item can be returned to the owner by confirming a valid claim.
The next meeting of the VP LEAC will be June 11, 6:00 PM at City Hall. The meetings are open to the public. Thank you for continuing to share Neighborhood Watch information with friends and neighbors.
February 2018 Update:
MOUNTAIN LION SIGHTED BY RESIDENTS – 10:45 PM, MONDAY NIGHT, 2/12/18 – VICINITY OF TAFT AND SYCAMORE IN EAST VILLA PARK. Proper authorities have been alerted,but all residents are cautioned to exercise extra effort to protect pets and children and to be alert to the animal’s potential presence, especially in the evening/night time/early morning hours.
- Stay calm. Hold your ground or back away slowly, creating distance
- Do not approach a lion. Never approach a mountain lion especially one that is feeding or with kittens. …
- Do not run from a lion. Running may stimulate a mountain lion’s instinct to chase. …
- Do not crouch down or bend over – maintain eye contact.
- Make noise/shout, seem as large as possible, act defiant/not afraid.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: VILLA PARK ANNUAL HOME SECURITY FAIR SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2:00-4:00 PM, VILLA PARK CITY HALL. Once again, Orange County Sheriff’s Department representatives and professional security vendors/firms will be available to discuss and demonstrate the latest and most effective deterrents to home invasion, burglary, identity theft, online and phone fraud/scams, etc. Plan to stop by, and encourage your friends and neighbors to take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and obtain advice. No charge – open to all.
LAW ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORT 2/12/18: The committee continues to study solutions to traffic issues around the 4 schools in Villa Park during the hours of arrival and departure, as well as the need for adequate on-site drop-off centers to relieve the public streets of the congestion and pedestrian hazards that occur in the absence of secure locations for delivery of students. A long-time resident living near Cerro Villa MS and Serrano ES attended the meeting to commend and thank the LEAC for its pursuit of the recommended re-striping of Serrano Avenue, promptly implemented by the City, which has greatly increased the safety of students and pedestrians in that area.
OCSD Lt. Jeff Puckett announced that crime continues to decline in our city. 2017 saw a 19% drop in crime incidents over 2016…an ongoing trend due to the cooperation of Villa Park residents and our effective Neighborhood Watch program as well as the diligence of our OCSD law enforcement personnel. Thank you all for your participation in the Neighborhood Watch network. The statistics tell the story…looking out for neighbors and friends pays off. Anyone wishing to be added to the communication network can contact City Hall, 714-998-1500, to have an email address added to the list. Please continue to report all suspicious/non-emergency incidents to OCSD Dispatch Office, 714-647-7000 and check the blotter, http://ws.ocsd.org/Blotter/
Neighborhood Watch meetings can cover such topics as Home Security, Personal Safety, Identity Theft, Disaster Preparedness and any other topics that your neighborhood may be interested in.
For more information on Neighborhood Watch in your area, please contact the City of Villa Park at (714) 998-1500 or send an email to the City of Villa Park.
Villa Park Neighborhood Watch Update:
11/24/2017: OCSD Lt.Jeff Puckett advises that crime in the City of Villa Park continues to decline, despite increasing rates in the County. There were 7 incidents within the city limits in October, which would have been reduced to 2 if all doors/windows of the affected vehicles & residences had been locked. The breakdown: 3 residential burglaries – one, a 2nd-story break-in – cash, jewelry stolen; 2 others; one through an unlocked door, one through a smashed window….cash, jewelry, etc. stolen. 4 incidents of petty theft…two from unlocked vehicles, one from a garage where the door was left open, one where it is unknown if door was locked/unlocked.