Package Theft and Neighborhood Safety – A Discussion With the Los Angeles Police Department and City Attorneys’ Office

Written by Apartment Management Magazine on . Posted in Blog, Webinar

WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Package theft has become a growing problem affecting homeowners and renters throughout the Los Angeles Area. Almost daily, millions of dollars of packages delivered by FedEx, UPS and USPS are being stolen at people’s front doors.

Package theft, or so-called “Porch Piracy,” occurs when thieves take packages that are not shipped to them before its true recipient can pick it up from their porch or building. The problem is often underreported to the police since major online retailers often return or refund items with no questions asked if the item is stolen. While the severity of the crime in the United States is usually only minor in comparison to other crimes, it is growing rapidly and many lawmakers have begun to push for punishments of increased severity due to the increase of such crimes.  It has been estimated that the rate of package theft in the United States has been steadily increasing, with nearly 100,000 packages disappearing daily in Los Angeles alone and across the country, more than 1.7 million packages being stolen or gone missing daily, resulting in up to $25 Million in lost goods and services.

During this important webinar, we will cover:

  • Package theft severity and what YOU need to do to protect yourself and YOUR property.
  • What to look out for and how to best maintain safety in YOUR neighborhood and at YOUR property.
  • Package theft and other theft prevention techniques.
  • Maintaining safety for YOUR tenants and neighborhoods.
  • Activating and educating YOUR tenants to keep watch and help ensure the safety of others.
  • And, of course, much, much more!  Q&A to Follow…

HOST:

Matt Williams, Principal, Williams Real Estate Advisors

Matt Williams, Principal, Williams Real Estate Advisors.  Matt is the Principal of Williams Real Estate Advisors, Inc., a full-service property management company with approximately $150 Million of multifamily assets under management throughout Southern California.  Following years of real estate investment and mortgage banking experience, in 2012 he founded Williams Real Estate Advisors, Inc. which now manages 90 properties.

PRESENTERS:

Lt. Michael Lorenz, Los Angeles Police Department

Lt. Michael Lorenz has been employed by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for 21 years.  Prior to joining the LAPD, he was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps where he served two tours of duty in the Middle East.  After graduating the Police Academy in 1999, Lt. worked as a patrol officer and later received the coveted assignment of a Detective Trainee at 77th Street Detective Division – Robbery and Major Assault Crimes Sections.  This is where he gained an expertise in robbery and domestic violence investigations, while solving cases, apprehending suspects, managing crime scenes, filing cases with the District Attorney’s Office, and testifying in court.  In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Detective assigned to Central Detective Division – Robbery and Major Assault Crimes Sections.  Then in 2009, Lt. Lorenz was promoted to the rank of Detective Supervisor II investigating high-profile categorical uses of force, such as officer involved shootings, accidental shootings, negligent shootings, dog shootings, in-custody deaths, law enforcement related injuries, and head strikes.  He also supervised the 77th Street Area Gang Impact Team – Gang Investigative Detail, where he provided investigative leadership in countless shooting investigations, managed over a dozen shooting crime scenes per week, provided oversight in the completion of search warrants, briefed the news media, and managed the information gathering of active gang members in the South Los Angeles Area.

In 2017, Lt. Lorenz was promoted to the rank of Detective Supervisor III and assigned to Olympic Detective Division – Burglary Investigative Detail where he led an investigative team that arrested the notorious Koreatown Burglar.  Then in 2020, Lt. Lorenz was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and he is currently assigned to Hollywood Patrol Division, where he serves as the Watch Commander and manages 7 uniformed field sergeants and 70 uniformed police officers, who conduct patrol operations in the Hollywood Area.

Raffy Astvasadoorian, Esq., Deputy Los Angeles City Attorney 

Raffy Astvasadoorian has worked as a prosecutor with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for twenty years.  As a Deputy City Attorney assigned to several trial courtrooms, he has prosecuted many different types of crimes such as driving under the influence, “hit and run,” domestic violence, vandalism, and gang related charges.  In 2007, Raffy became a Neighborhood Prosecutor assigned to LAPD West Valley Division where he has worked with a vast array of City, State, and Federal agencies to help residents improve the quality of life in their communities.  Working with Neighborhood Councils and Neighborhood Watch Groups, Raffy understands the value of collaboration with others to improve everyone’s quality of life.  With the help of local Council Offices and LAPD Officers, many community problems, both great and small have been resolved.  Currently, Raffy is working as a Bureau Neighborhood Prosecutor working on the problem of package thefts in the City of Los Angeles.

SPONSORED BY: PARCEL PENDING

Parcel Pending is the leading provider of package management solutions for residential, commercial, retail, and university properties in the United States and Canada.  They deliver over 2 million packages monthly, offering a wide range of solutions that ensure the simple and secure delivery and retrieval of packages and online orders.  Parcel Pending takes a special approach to package management.  They are a service-oriented company obsessed with the experiences our customers have and the effects our products have on their lives. They are dedicated to providing the highest quality products and services, but its passion is for delivering the best experience possible.  Parcel Pending’s mission is: TO PROVIDE THE MOST TRUSTED AND PERSONALIZED EXPERIENCE GOODS DELIVERY, ACCESS, AND MANAGEMENT. 

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