January 23, 2022

NIXLE and 211 for Topanga Area


Topanga residents should be aware of Nixle®, an Internet and phone texting news service currently used by The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, The Los Angeles Police Department, and numerous other law enforcement agencies in and around Los Angeles County. Its purpose is to distribute law enforcement-related news.

Recently, Nixle used terminology that may have been confusing to residents of unincorporated Topanga, regarding crimes that occurred in the jurisdiction of LAPD Topanga Station.


NIXLE and 211 for Topanga Area

This map depicts the various Malibu/Lost Hills Station areas. The unincorporated areas of Topanga, and Chatsworth are in gray, with the contract city areas of Malibu (white), Westlake Village (dark gray) Agoura Hills (medium gray), Calabasas (dark gray) and Hidden Hills (medium gray). Los Angeles City is depicted in white, adjacent to Topanga.

The Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Station, which covers the Canoga Park area, sometimes refers to their policing area as the “Topanga Area.” Although it is extremely beneficial to be aware of crime problems and suspicious situations that occur in these neighboring areas, incidents occurring in the City of Los Angeles are informational, and should be recognized as lacking direct application to Topanga.

Nixle users in Topanga Canyon should look for releases from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department, that are specifically intended for the residents of unincorporated Topanga.

Another informational tool often confusing to the public is the use of 211 on your telephone. 211 is an easy-to- remember three-digit dialing code that enables a caller to access more than 28,000 health and human service programs throughout Los Angeles County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is TTY accessible. Don’t confuse 211 with 311, which is used exclusively for the City of Los Angeles.

NIXLE and 211 for Topanga Area

This detail map shows L.A. City reporting districts for LAPD Topanga Stationís jurisdictional boundaries with ZIP codes and bordering streets.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department uses Nixle to send free geographically-specific e-mails and text messages directly to the public. Messages include arrests, neighborhood-specific alerts and advisories, traffic incidents, road closures, wanted persons, missing persons, crime trends and more.

“With the Nixle instant notification system, the Sheriff’s Department can communicate accurate, timely and reliable information directly to the public via cell phones and e-mail,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. Topanga residents can now sign up for Nixle® and receive messages from the Sheriff’s Department.

For further information on becoming a Nixle subscriber, go to the Nixle web page at www.nixle.com. There is no charge for this service.