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YOU HAVE RIGHTS

If you are an owner or operator of a business or commercial property and have concerns regarding issues of unwanted persons or criminal activity on your property, there are resources available to help you in addressing your issues successfully. 

Protecting Your Property: Taking the Proactive Approach

Many nuisance or criminal activities can be prevented by businesses and property owners taking a proactive approach to protecting private properties. Here are a few things businesses and property owners can do:

  • Post signs on your property such as "No Trespassing"
  • Secure trash enclosures
  • Do not leave empty cardboard boxes where they are publicly accessible
  • Reduce foliage that may be used as hiding spots for people/property
  • Ensure adequate lighting
  • Increase presence or implement private security measures
  • Do not feed or give money to panhandlers

Enforcement and Contacting the City of West Covina:
For life-threatening emergencies, please immediately call 9-1-1

When to Call the Code Enforcement Hotline at (626) 939-8426:

  • Inhabiting of your or your neighbor's commercial property
  • Abandoned shopping carts or other unclaimed property
  • Excessive trash, debris, and outdoor storage

When to Call the Police Department at (626) 939-8500:

  • Drug activity or the presence of drugs or paraphernalia
  • Loitering outside of establishments that sell alcohol
  • Trespassing
  • Impeding access to businesses
  • Aggressive panhandling

HOMELESS HAVE RIGHTS

Residents and businesses need to be mindful that while they have rights, so do homeless individuals.  The City of West Covina cannot legally remove a homeless person simply for being in a City park or public space.  Homeless individuals have a legal right to enjoy a park or public space during posted hours of operation, absent of illegal activity.  

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