Pilot program in Wilshire Park to thwart burglars

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
NEW OFFICERS OF Wilshire Park Association are, from left, Marqui Hood, Peter White and Judy Han Gregory.

NEW OFFICERS OF Wilshire Park Association are, from left, Marqui Hood, Peter White and Judy Han Gregory.

Would-be burglars will have to look elsewhere if they are thinking of breaking into a home in Wilshire Park.

That’s because Ring Industries, in cooperation with LAPD Olympic Division, is providing residents with a device to thwart burglaries at no cost, said Peter White, new president of the Wilshire Park Association.

The device, demonstrated at a meeting by senior lead officer Sgt. Harry Cho, replaces the bell on a front door, and provides a wide angle video with motion detection and cloud recording.

“We chose Wilshire Park after meeting with the Olympic Station police officials several times,” said Yassi Shahmiri, Ring spokesman. Former Olympic captain Tina Nieto expressed her interest in the product and saw how it can help the community. Officer Cho strongly advocated we run it through the Wilshire Park community, Shahmiri added.

The Ring Video Doorbell streams live audio and video of a front doorstep directly to a smartphone and tablet, said Shahmiri. It replaces the doorbell entirely, and allows you to keep tabs on your home from anywhere, whether you’re upstairs or across town.

White said “we are grateful to Officer Cho for recommending Wilshire Park as the first neighborhood in this innovative partnership.”

White was elected president at a January board meeting, replacing Lorna Hennigan. She and Robbie O’Donnell will serve as co-treasurers. Marqui Hood is vice president and Judy Han Gregory was elected secretary.

White, who moved to the area in 2006 from Washington, D. C., is a broker with Morgan, Stanley, and has been a board member for five years.

He said the Association’s newest project is replacement of historic lighting where needed. The park is bordered by Wilshire and Olympic boulevards between Wilton Place and Crenshaw Blvd.

The park’s 500 residences received an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone designation in 2008.

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