Knock-Knock Burglars are organized and target affluent single-family residences located within the San Fernando Valley. The members of these Knock-Knock criminal groups are usually comprised of criminal street gang members who claim territory in the South Los Angeles area. They select homes based on the likelihood of having money, jewelry, and/or firearms within the residence. They are known to knock on the front door to determine if the residence is unoccupied. Once they determine the residence is unoccupied, they gain entry through a rear door, side door or second floor balcony and have been known to disable the alarm. The residences are often ransacked as they search for money, jewelry, and firearms. They have even been known to remove unbolted safes from the residence. Detectives estimate that the Knock-Knock Burglars are usually in and out of the home within five minutes.
Diamantie Darthard Justus Jones
On March 28, 2017, a juvenile suspect knocked on the door of a single-family home in the Valley Village area. The resident answered the door and the juvenile stated he knocked on the wrong door and immediately walked away. The juvenile walked to another nearby single-family residence and met with Darthard and together they approached the front door of this residence. There was no answer as Darthard and the juvenile were joined by Jones when they walked to the side and the rear of the home. As they were attempting to gain entry to the home, officers assigned to North Hollywood Community Police Station responded and arrested Darthard, Jones and the juvenile.
"This is exactly why the San Fernando Valley Knock-Knock Task Force was created two months ago. To track and arrest criminal street gang members committing burglaries in the valley," stated Lieutenant Todd Hankel, Commanding Officer of West Valley Detectives. "If the criminal street gang members were smart, it would be in their best interest not to victimize people living in the valley," added Lieutenant Hankel.
In LAPD's North Hollywood Area, we had over 850 burglaries during 2016. "Burglaries are down by 6.4% this year in North Hollywood Area," stated Detective III Noah Stone, North Hollywood Burglary Coordinator. "We are very appreciative when neighbors look out for each other and notify the police when they observe suspicious activity," added Detective Stone.
The following tips will help prepare residents to protect themselves and their property from Knock-Knock Burglars:
•Use video cameras around and inside your residence with motion sensors covering entry points.
•Install a doorbell with video and audio capability.
•Share video which captures suspicious behavior with your neighbors on social media.
•Ensure your "safe" is securely fastened to your residence to prevent its removal.
•Keep valuable items in a bank safety deposit box.
•Install an audible alarm system with the speaker out of site and reach, i.e., your attic area.
•Use laminated glass for rear and side doors, as it is more difficult to remove.
•Ensure the property surrounding your residence is properly lit.
The LAPD is collaborating with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Major Crimes Bureau, Burglary-Robbery Task Force to reduce the number of burglaries in the San Fernando Valley and throughout both of our jurisdictions.
Anyone with information related to this criminal activity is urged to call Detective Armando Monarrez, North Hollywood Burglary Coordinator, at (818) 374-7730.Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.
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