First published in the Dec. 8 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said this week her office will make up to $1 million in discretionary funding available to boost law enforcement services in unincorporated areas in her district, including that of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s station.
The announcement comes as the busy holiday shopping season approaches — and, along with it, an increased threat of crime.
“This month’s busiest holiday shopping days are quickly approaching and the threat of increased criminal activity is real,” Barger said in a statement. “Last year’s smash-and-grab crime wave taught us we need to be ready to prevent theft before it happens.”
The funds will be allocated to sheriff’s stations across the 5th District to help provide more law enforcement patrols and increase their presence in the communities.
“Everyone deserves to feel safe during the holidays, whether they work in retail, are out shopping for loved ones, or simply enjoying time off at home,” she added.
The following L.A. County Sheriff’s Department patrol stations will receive funding: Altadena, Crescenta Valley, Lancaster, Palmdale and San Dimas. Collectively, these five stations serve more than 40 communities.
“With Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s significant financial support, we will be increasing high visibility patrols in the unincorporated areas in the 5th District, in an effort to deter crime and provide for a safer shopping experience,” Sheriff Robert Luna said in the statement. “As always, we encourage the public to be aware of their surroundings, keep valuables hidden out of sight when parking their vehicle, and report any suspicious activity to their local sheriff’s station.”
Earlier this year, Barger worked with sheriff’s stations and chambers of commerce in the East San Gabriel Valley and Antelope Valley on their “No Cash In Store” campaign. Through the initiative, signage was distributed to businesses to place on their doors to dissuade robbers from break-ins.