I went to the safety meeting this past Monday. The headline: crime is slightly up in the northern part of Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova's area. He said from La Brea to Highland between Beverly and Melrose. Three people spoke at the meeting: Senior Lead Office Dave Cordova, Lt Bryan Wong who heads detectives and Captain Rose Morena who runs patrol.
The cops emphasized that we're all our best defense... knowing each other.. watching out for each other. They mentioned that audible alarms do scare away burglars.They've see cases in which the crime was started, the alarm went off, and the bad guy took off. Det. Wong mentioned that at this time of year crime is up. Bad guys will follow UPS and Fed Ex trucks... so arrange to have someone take your packages if possible. He also said that victims of assault are often distracted, texting or talking and not paying attention to their surroundings.
below are the stats:
> 17 aggravated assaults from 11 last year - 55 percent increase.
> Increase in burglaries
> Last year 112. This year 123 10 percent more
> Burglary from vehicle
> Decrease from 205 this year 155
> Grand theft auto
> Last year 51 this year 64. 25 percent increase
> Robberies went from 45 to 30. so down
> Thefts - such as having your wallet grabbed from your purse... last year 93 this year 111
> also: Occupy la has taken resources.