Safety Tips

Lock Your Vehicle

The majority of crimes committed in Lake Vista consists of vehicle break-ins which occur in driveways or on the street in front of our homes. Thefts from vehicles would be drastically reduced if people would lock their car doors and stop leaving valuables inside their vehicles. Leaving items on display, whether in or on a dashboard or in a mounted cradle, or sitting on the passenger seat, is an open invitation to opportunist criminals.

Tips for Protecting Valuables:

  • Remove All Items of Value such as handbags, wallets, cell phones, MP3 players, iPods, laptops, GPS’s from the car when you are not driving. Take out removable radios and faceplates. Engrave expensive accessories. Don’t leave anything in your glove compartment or center console – it is the first-place thieves look.
  • Lock your car. Approximately 50 percent of all vehicles stolen were left unlocked.
  • If You Have a Garage ~ Use It rather than parking outside where your vehicle is more vulnerable.
  • Don’t Cover Items in Your Car with a Blanket or Jacket. Ideally, you should take them with you, but if unavoidable, place them in the trunk prior to arriving at your destination.
  • Completely Close All Car Windows - porch and motion lights help deter crime.
  • Please Do Not Leave Firearms in Your Car - researchers at Harvard and Northeastern University that found thieves steal between 300,000 and 600,000 firearms in the U.S. every year. Please do not add to this statisticGet involved! Be your neighbor’s eyes and ears. Talk to neighbors regarding activity in the neighborhood. By becoming familiar with those who belong in your neighborhood, you can help reduce crime.
  • If you do experience a burglary – contact the NOPD (make this a link to the NOPD contact info) and file a police report.
  • Call 911 When a Crime is in Progress.
  • By taking simple precautions and just a few moments to remove valuable items from your car you can significantly improve your chances of not becoming a victim of this type of crime even when your car is left unattended in your driveway, outside your house or place of work.

Request a Security Escort

The LVCPD provides Lake Vista Residents with home Security Escort services utilizing Orleans Levee District officers designed to enhance the safety and security of our residents. As part of their duties, the OLD officer will meet you at your residence prior to arriving and stay with you until you are safely in your home. If you wish to request an escort, please contact Orleans Levee District Police at 504-283-9800.

Check Your Car for a Valet Key

Valet keys usually can unlock the driver's side door and start the car, but can't unlock the trunk or the glove box. This key is normally used when someone else operates your vehicle, such as a valet parking attendant. The valet key might be found inside the owner's manual. In some BMW models, the valet key is usually in the car's tool kit in the trunk. Newer Audi vehicles come equipped with a standard two (2) part valet key FOB located  in a special  compartment inside the right wall of the glove box.

While most people don't know they have a valet key, car thieves do, and they use them to easily steal and drive away with a car.

  • Please remove the valet key from your vehicle and always remember to LOCK your doors.
  • Check every compartment of the glove box (walls & ceiling), including the owners manual, for valet keys.
  • Remove valet key and keep in a safe place.
  • Lock car doors.
  • Again, verify car doors are locked.

Safe on Our Streets (SOS NOLA) Toolkit

Safe on Our Streets (SOS NOLA) was formed by a partnership between the St. Charles Avenue Association and St. Claude Main Street. Today, it now boasts more than 50 neighborhood associations, all committed to nding solutions to public safety and community improvement. The Toolkit serves as one of those solutions.

This Toolkit is designed “for the people, by
the people” to provide neighborhood-level programs that can both improve communities and reduce crime. Each of the sections was authored by a community group that has implemented a program with success right here in New Orleans. These tools for public safety were selected because each requires little or no government assistance. In other words, they can be implemented by the community quickly and at low cost.

Here is a link to the PDF SOS Toolkit