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Hello Dana Point residents, business owners and visitors! We’d like to thank you for all of the support and assistance over this past year in spreading the word about our crime prevention campaigns, “Hide It, Lock It, Or Lose It” and “Shwazooki”. Over the past 12 months we have worked very hard to deliver this very important message to as many people as possible and we are very pleased with the results.
Since September of last year we’ve held about 40 meetings for HOA’s and Neighborhood Watch groups with over 800 people in attendance. We have attended about 22 events citywide, having reached almost 1,700 people. Our website continues to generate interest with hits from almost 20 countries worldwide! To date, we’ve had over 3,700 unique visits to our website at www.hideitlockitorloseit.com
In addition, crime rates have dropped, significantly! Since September of last year, vehicle related thefts have dropped from 77% of total property crime to 41%, thefts from unlocked vehicle thefts have dropped from 69% to 35%, and overall property crime has dropped from 61% to 55%. This is largely attributed to the success of this program as well as the response and progression of this community as a whole.
Let’s continue to work towards earning the title of “America’s Safest City” and harboring the good life here in Dana Point. Thank you all again for everything you have done to make this program a success and please continue to share this information with anyone and everyone you know. If you are interested in learning more about this program please visit us online at www.HideItLockItorLoseIt.com or www.shwazooki.com or contact our Community Service Unit at (949) 248-3581 to schedule a meeting or presentation. The continued support and interest of this community, its residents, and business owners is instrumental to the continued success of this program!
Check out the link below for one of the first videos in a series of student-made PSA’s for Dana Point’s “Hide It, Lock It, Or Lose It Campaign”. Special thanks to Olivia Leland for putting this plug together….we look forward to seeing more in the near future!!!
Last week Christina Scannapiego, a reporter for the Dana Point Times, spent the day riding along with two members of Dana Point Police Services’ volunteer program. Our volunteers have begun distributing door hangers during their neighborhood follow-up visits to remind those residents who are not home about the importance of locking their vehicles. So, if you happen to see one hanging on your front door, be sure and take a look!
To read the full story and for more information about the VIPS program, click on the link below.
Dana Point Police are everywhere this summer! Surf events, Movies in the Park, Concerts in the Park….and we are hearing plenty of stories from those who have been victims of theft. Many wish they would have taken the simple steps, such as locking their car, in order to avoid the hassle that comes along with being a victim. The feedback was very positive and attendees expressed appreciation for the time taken to come out and educate the public.
Deputy Jose Pelayo speaks with residents about the importance of locking their car
DPPS booth showcasing the Shwazooki/Hide It campaign
Stickers, keychains and magnets are available
Little ones show off their new custom Shwazooki bumper sticker!
Come join us for some summer classics!
Movies in the Park- 8pm, Lantern Bay Park
June 18 Wizard of Oz
June 25 Night at the Museum
Summer Concert Series
Concert times are 4:30-6:30pm unless otherwise noted *
Heritage Park- 34400 Old Golden Lantern
June 27 Tribute to Journey
*July 11 Jazz and Blues 1-6pm. Food and beverages available for purchase.
July 18 Current Rock/Classic Rock & Pop
July 25 Motown
August 1 Tribute to Bob Seger
*August 8 Classic Rock/Santana Music 3-6pm
August 15 Tribute to The Boss
Lantern Bay Park- 25111 Park Lantern Road
*August 22 American and Irish Folk 3-6:30pm
August 29 1950’s
The idea that community education is a great way to prevent crime is being well received by Homeowner Associations community groups throughout Dana Point.
“Taking the angle of prevention by education of the potential victim was great, and a much appreciated approach,” said President Nadine Levinson, following a May 20th presentation made to the Capistrano Beach Road Association. “The presentation was excellent – very informative,” Nadine said. “There was a communication that the police care about the citizens and want to protect them from crime.”
That’s the exact message we’re trying to get across to all residents, visitors and businesses in Dana Point. Simple steps go a long way. “There have been numerous breakins on Beach Road… and likely many of them could have been prevented. The audience got that talking point,” Nadine said.
If your Homeowners Association or community group would like to host a presentation on the HideItLockItOrLoseIt campaign, we’d be happy to schedule one for you. Please contact our Community Services Unit at (949) 248-3581.
Please visit us this Saturday, June 12th, at Doheny State Beach where we will be setting up a booth at the annual Surf-A-Rama event. We’ll be sharing information and distributing free premium items from both the HideIt program as well as our Shwazooki campaign.
Proudly displaying their “Police Services Volunteer” uniforms, some of Dana Point’s finest have begun a very important new task….personal follow-up visits to neighborhoods recently affected by theft. Every week, members of the van patrol unit take to the streets with stickers, keychains, literature and other information relating to the “Hide It, Lock It, Or Lose It” campaign in an effect to reduce thefts, specifically from unlocked vehicles and unsecured garages and homes.
“We are very fortunate to be able to provide this extra level of service to the residents of Dana Point. It’s a direct action in response to criminal activity in a neighborhood, in an effort to prevent people from being victimized,” says Community Services Officer Cassie Levine.
The VIPS (Volunteers in Police Services) program has three separate volunteer areas. These include: Van Patrol, Bike Patrol and Clerical Support. Each one provides a separate, but very important service to the community. The VIPS help out at every special event in town with traffic and crowd control. Without their assistance at special events, Police Services would incur significantly higher overtime expenditures for these events.
“I have always taken an interest in the operations of law enforcement. I have a lot of pride for the city I live in and wanted to help keep it safer” says VIP Barbara Zakaryan. “When I am out in the van doing neighborhood follow-up visits, it’s great to educate the public about the high occurrence of thefts. A lot of them have not yet heard about the program or were completely unaware of activity on their streets. We pass our stickers and give them information on how to prevent themselves from becoming a victim and they really appreciate it!” she says.
If you would like more information or are interested in becoming a member of the VIPS program, please contact Deputy Brett Gardner at 949-248-3517 or firstname.lastname@example.org
information is available and distributed every week in various Dana Point neighborhoods
Thanks to the GPS function on a stolen iPhone, Dana Point Police were able to recover more than 200 items taken from unlocked cars, garages and homes.
Our investigators located the stolen property and the suspect at the Beechwood Mobile Estates, where they recovered power tools, electronics, artwork, musical instruments, construction equipment … and the purse and iPhone taken from a Ladera Ranch women.
“We really lucked out with being able to utilize the GPS from the stolen iPhone to track down the location where several other stolen items were found” says Investigative Assistant Diane Hollenbeck.
The suspect – who has a long history of thefts and drug-related crimes — was arrested and sent to jail on 10 felony counts.
“This is a good example of the types of valuable items we lose to thefts here in Dana Point,” says Community Services Officer Cassie Levine. “But the real message is that many of these thefts could have been prevented by simply locking your vehicle or hiding your items from view.”
On Wednesday, we offered a property viewing to help find the owners of the stolen items.
So far, approximately 14 victims have been identified and over $55,000 in property has been returned.
One local painter was able to recover two stolen sprayers, valued at approximately $1,000 each. He was very grateful because he depends on these items for his livelihood and to support his family. One Dana Point home was hit twice, both times through an unlocked front door.
Other residents stopped by to look for an iPod left on a car seat in plain view … a GPS device and digital camera stolen from an unlocked vehicle … and a stereo taken from a car with its windows rolled down.
“We’re happy to return these stolen items,” says Investigator Chad Kajfasz. “But there are many more out there. These are not isolated incidents.”
Unfortunately, no jewelry has been recovered but there are still several items that have been unclaimed including power tools and stereo equipment. To determine if your stolen items may be available for recovery, please contact Investigative Assistant Diane Hollenbeck at 949-425-1946.
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Investigators laid out several recovered stolen items in hopes that the rightful owners would come and claim them.
It’s still new to most ears, but the term “Shwazooki” is starting to become more and more familiar as slang for “protect your stuff,” thanks to Girl in the Curl and other local surf shops.
“The kids especially think it’s cool and love the Shwazooki stuff,” says Miranda Berkman, manager of Girl in the Curl at 34116 Pacific Coast Highway. “We’ve passed out tons of stickers and key chains at our weekend sales.”
Owner Mary Hartmann says she wanted to get involved in the “Hide It, Lock It, Or Lose It” campaign as a way to support local police.
“They are inundated with paperwork from something that is such a common-sense issue. We need our police to take care of more important problems. So this is our way of giving back for all they have done for us,” Mary says.
“If we want Dana Point to stay the way it is and enjoy our city, we need to have some pride and look out for each other.”
Girl in the Curl has been a huge support of this program with posters and premium items on display. Stop by and visit for some great beach apparel and accessories and be sure to ask about your free window stickers, as shown by store manager Miranda Berkman!
Steve Boehne of Infinity Surfboards agrees, adding that educating the public is crucial to gaining their support in reversing the increase in thefts from vehicles.
“People don’t realize the amount of loss that is occurring in the city,” Steve says. “Prevention can help reduce that loss and save money and time.”
Customers of the shop at 24382 Del Prado are handed campaign stickers to be used on their vehicles, to remind them to lock their doors and protect their valuables.
“I have personally been a victim of theft,” Steve says. “You feel silly having stuff taken. Surfboards are stolen off cars or from the front of residences all the time.”
Ralphy Andrews, owner of Killer Dana at 24621 Del Prado, is lending his help as well, noting that thefts of belongings are “a pretty serious personal violation.”
“This campaign can really be effective,” he says. “Locking cars is a simple concept. And if people just start doing it, there will be a lot less crime in Dana Point.”
Killer Dana employees Macarena Sainz and Dana Lizotte pass out Shwazooki and “it” stickers
To join the many Dana Point businesses supporting the campaign, contact Community Services Officer Cassie Levine at 949-248-3531 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As a cashier at the Doheny Car Wash, Chelsea Rose hands out more than just change. She also shares the latest information on the “Hide It, Lock It, Or Lose It” campaign. “We believe in community support and collaborating with law enforcement,” Chelsea says. “It’s important to work together and be on the same team.”
Located at 34241 Doheny Park Road, the car wash has several posters and signs on prominent display, and is offering window stickers to its customers as a reminder to secure their vehicles and personal belongings at all times. “It’s still very new so many people haven’t heard a lot about it,” says Jim Surber, treasurer at Doheny Car Wash. “But I think they’re happy to get the information, and we’re committed to continuing to get the word out as best we can.”
As with other businesses supporting the campaign, the Doheny Car Wash team often hears from customers about thefts from unlocked vehicles. “Pretty much everyone I know has had something stolen or taken from their car at some point,” Jim says, “so it’s definitely an issue in the city and needs to be addressed.”
To join the growing number of Dana Point businesses supporting the campaign, contact Community Services Officer Cassie Levine at 949-248-3531 or email@example.com
8 new overhead pump display ads showcase the Hide It, Lock It, Or Lose It and Shwazooki campaign
Employees George Avelino and Gustavo Salamon support the new campaign
Cashier Chelsea Rose shares this important information with customers, just ask her for your free window sticker!
Look for “Hide It, Lock It, Or Lose It” campaign ads in the Dana Point Recreation Guide. The summer edition is set for release on Friday.
Also, we’ll be meeting with the Doheny Longboard Association this Saturday morning to bring its membership up to speed on all aspects of the campaign.