Public Safety Initiatives
Did you know that the City of Rolling Hills Estates is taking the initiative to help keep crime down in our community? Since last year, our City Council has implemented new neighborhood security programs and approved the expansion of the Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) system to assist law enforcement with their investigations.
“The City Council has approved these new safety measures, demonstrating that the security of Rolling Hills Estates residents remains of utmost importance,” stated Mayor Judy Mitchell. “We believe these programs will be assets to local law enforcement as well as the community.”
With these new resources at hand for the community, we wanted to provide more information about these programs, but also remind residents of the other tools available to them that help keep you safer. Read on to find out which resources may be helpful to you…
NEW: Homeowners Association Neighborhood Entryway Camera Grant Program
The new camera grant program for Homeowner Associations (HOA’s) provides a one-time, $1,500 grant to neighborhood associations to fund the purchase and installation of security cameras at the neighborhood’s ingress and egress points. All formal HOAs in the City are eligible. To apply, the HOA must submit a letter of interest or HOA resolution to the City. For more information on the selection process and how to apply, click/tap here.
NEW: Neighborhood Security Camera Right-of-Way Agreement
The neighborhood camera right-of-way agreement allows formal HOAs within the City to place security cameras on City property at the entrance of their neighborhood, only if private property is unavailable, ineffective, significantly more expensive, or aesthetically undesirable. Interested associations may submit a letter of interest or HOA resolution to the City for consideration. For more information on the selection process and how to apply, click/tap here.
NEW: Expansion of ALPR System in the City
The City’s Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) system is utilized by local law enforcement to assist during investigations and identify those with wants and warrants. ALPR is a technology that allows a camera to scan numerous license plates quickly in an objective manner and compares the plate information against law enforcement databases containing vehicles of interest such as: stolen vehicles, Amber alerts, missing persons, felon vehicles and more. Law enforcement is immediately notified if there is a match which leads to more arrests and efficiency in the deployment of deputies. Additionally, ALPRs are an integral tool for investigations. As part of the expansion, the City Council has approved the installation of seven additional cameras over the next two years, which will be strategically placed throughout the city for enhanced coverage.
Vacation Check Program
Going out of town? The Lomita Sheriff’s Station provides a Vacation Check Program to those who will be away from their homes for an extended period of time. Call the station at (310) 539-1661 to request a property visit from local law enforcement and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is being looked after while you’re away.
The City recently launched a Nixle account to keep RHE residents informed of any emergency or public safety issues that may arise. Nixle account holders may receive calls, texts, emails, or a combination of the three from the City when urgent communication is needed. Information distributed through Nixle includes things like severe weather alerts, road closures/traffic accidents, emergency preparedness event notifications, power outages, and more. To sign up via mobile phone, text ‘RHECITY’ to 888-777 from your device. Residents may also sign up online at nixle.com. If you’d like to receive equestrian-related alerts specifically, text ‘RHEHORSES’ to 888-777. Be sure to sign up before our emergency communication test scheduled March 19!
The City is currently looking for neighborhood leaders to join the Neighborhood Watch Program! Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that provides “extra eyes and ears” in the community. Neighborhood Watch bridges law enforcement and citizens together for the protection of their communities by having neighbors watch out for neighbors and report suspicious behaviors to the Sheriff’s Department. RHE Neighborhood Watch not only incorporates crime prevention, but also emergency preparedness and other safety-related topics.
Membership is free, and residents may sign up to receive a weekly email with area crime reports, crime prevention tips and disaster preparedness information through the City website. If you are interested in getting involved in person or becoming a Neighborhood Watch leader, email Administrative Analyst Jessica Slawson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 377-1577. Learn more by visiting RHE.city/NW.
The next Neighborhood Watch meeting is Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 pm held at the City of Rolling Hills Estates City Council Chamber.
No Solicitation Allowed
You may not be aware that the City has an ordinance prohibiting solicitation without a permit. Our permitting process has various steps, including a criminal background clearance. If you have someone come to your door and they do not have a Solicitor’s Permit and City Business License, report them to the Sheriff’s Department and/or City Code Compliance.
In September, the four Peninsula cities, with their local law enforcements, offered a public workshop on Situational Awareness. The workshop was recorded and will be aired on PVPtv local government channel 35 (39 Frontier/FIOS). Crime Expert Erik Franco taught us to be alert and aware of fraud, scams and our surroundings.
Together, we can help keep Rolling Hills Estates the safe and attractive community that we all know and love. In addition to the resources listed above, we encourage residents to keep an eye out for themselves, their families, and their neighbors. Lock your doors and vehicles and leave nothing of value in plain sight inside your car. Whether at home, or out and about on business or pleasure, be aware of your surroundings. If something doesn’t look right, report it to the Lomita Sheriff Station at (310) 539-1661. For emergencies, call 911. Remember: See Something, Say Something.