Public Safety Tips - Cars & Coyotes

As you may be aware, there has been an uptick of vehicle burglaries in our city, and a noticeable increase of coyote sightings in our neighborhoods. I thought I would share these (hopefully) helpful tips.

Vehicle Burglary Prevention Tips

  • Wherever you park, take ALL of your belongings with you. If you must leave valuables in your car, lock them in your trunk or keep them out of sight. 
  • Underground and multi-level parking structures are target areas for criminals looking in cars for electronics, backpacks, money, spare car keys, purses, cellphones, packages and sporting goods.
  • Always lock your car.
  • Report suspicious persons to the Sheriff’s Department and report all crimes; call 911 to report a theft in progress.
  • Park in well-lit areas; avoid parking in alleys.
  • Close all windows, including vent or wing windows.
  • Make a copy of your registration and black out the address. Keep the original at home in a safe place.
  • Do not leave outgoing or incoming mail in your car where it is visible with your name and home address.
  • When entering gated, underground parking areas, check your rearview mirror to make sure that someone doesn’t sneak in behind you.
  • If you park in your driveway or on the street, install motion sensors or photocell lights near where you park. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you have a "keyless" fob, place the fob in a metal box or Faraday sleeve when you're not using the vehicle because an RFID repeater (relay box) can find a nearby key fob and amplify the signal allowing a thief to unlock and open your car door.  Check out this article on Mashable.

Coyote Management 

The City of West Hollywood recommends the following precautionary measures to reduce the presence of coyotes: 

  • Keep all animal and pet food & water dishes indoors at all times
  • Keep trash cans and containers covered and secured at all times
  • Keep cats, dogs, and other family pets indoors at all times, unless supervised

The City Council recently adopted a Coyote Management and Coexistence Plan, which was prepared by the Humane Society of the United States. The goal of this plan is to educate community members about coyotes and their behaviors, and provide general information about how to respond to coyote sightings to reduce the potential for harm. Click here to read the plan.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at lmeister@weho.org, or call Council offices at 323-848-6460.