Protecting Your Kentwood Home From Burglars

Below is a repost of information posted recently by Kentwood neighbor Joanna Sutton on NextDoor.

Thank you, Joanna, for your very comprehensive list of resources!

21 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You
Reader’s Digest

13 tips from professional burglars on how to stop your house from being robbed
Metro News (U.K.)

We asked 86 burglars how they broke into homes: What burglars said were the biggest deterrents, what didn’t stop them and how you can protect your home
KVUE ABC (Austin, TX)

Crime Prevention Tips — Burglary
San Jose Police Department Continue reading Protecting Your Kentwood Home From Burglars

Curbside Bulky Item Pickup

Editor’s note: Reposting from LA Sanitation’s public agency post on NextDoor. Please note that bulky item pick up in Kentwood is on trash day and you need to submit your request several days ahead of time. Using the 311 app or submitting your request on the web is super easy. Please be a good neighbor and plan accordingly.

Did you know that your refuse bill already includes UNLIMITED bulky item pickups? You can schedule bulky item pick-up in a variety of ways:

  • Use the MyLA311 app
  • Call our 24-hour Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489
  • Call the City’s Hotline by dialing 3-1-1
  • Visit our website at (LA Sanitation services only)
  • Visit the MyLA311 website at (all City services)

We know that some residents like to place unwanted items outside in the hopes that someone in need may take it. While the gesture is very kind, it can quickly create blight in your neighborhood.

If your item could be used by someone else, we recommend calling a charity to pick up the item. If it cannot be used again, then we ask that you call us to schedule pickup BEFORE placing the item curbside.

Whether the item is yours and you want to schedule a pickup OR the item was illegally dumped in your neighborhood, please reach out and we would be happy to assist you.

You can learn more about Bulky Items at

E-Waste Fundraiser for LAPD Cadet Program

This is a guest post from Margie Hanson:

I am part of an e-waste fundraiser being put on by the Pacific Boosters to raise money for the Pacific LAPD Cadet Program. You may already know about the program, but if not, it’s a leadership program for students ages 9 -21. It’s pretty cool and has turned many a kid’s life around. It’s free for kids to attend as long as they maintain a certain grade average. Read more about the program here.

Here’s how the fundraiser works: if you have any old cell phones, tablets, laptops, TVs, monitors,  and the like that you don’t want and are around, bring them this Saturday to event. To make it super easy, we are offering a drive-through at the Pacific LAPD station .. 7:30 – 2PM.

If you can’t come to the station Saturday, we are collecting phones and tablets (only) at two
locations (Covenant Presbyterian Church & Control Printing) Mondays – Fridays, until April 30th.
I’ll also be at the Westchester Farmers Market tomorrow (Wednesday) collecting them. Continue reading E-Waste Fundraiser for LAPD Cadet Program

Otis Magazine Subscription Scam – Beware

From Neighborhood Watch Lead Cyndi Hench:


Cyndi Hench from Kentwood North

SCAM WARNING – “There is a local scam hitting Westchester and Playa where people are coming to homes and saying if you buy a magazine subscription from them Otis will reimburse you. The ploy is that they don’t actually need the sale, they just need to achieve some point system and then they will be invited on some trip that Otis is sponsoring. However, they are walking away with credit card information and a valid signature saying the card can be charged. It obviously does not make sense, but someone fell for it today. Someone showed up at Otis with their receipt looking for their $250 reimbursement. Obviously the school knew nothing about it. They are concerned and want to get the word out as soon as possible that this is a scam.”