Trash Scavengers

As you may already be aware, due to competing priorities personnel and resources are very limited and focused on crime solving strategies and missions to reduce Part-I crime (Rape, Robbery, Burglary, Grand Theft Auto, Burglary/Theft from Motor Vehicle).

If you observe theft from recycling bins occurring, I do not recommend confronting the individuals. You may report this activity to the Non-Emergency Dispatch at 1-877-275-5273. Be prepared to provide the suspect and vehicle descriptions and direction of travel. Patrol units will be dispatched to respond based on priority and availability.

As a preventative measure, I HIGHLY suggest not placing the bins outside until the scheduled day of pick-up. We are aware that this activity is a city-wide issue and recommend taking measures to prevent and reduce the opportunity for recyclables to removed from the bins. Ensure all papers or documents containing personal information are shredded to prevent identity theft.

Should you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Christopher Ragsdale
Senior Lead Officer
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Office: 310-444-0741
Email: [email protected]

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