Actually, about 2 years ago there was a bit of a crime wave (break-ins) going on in Larchmont. After speaking with LAPD several times after each incident, they sent an unmarked car to cruise the neighborhood over a period of several days to see what was going on. LAPD actually caught 2 of these men posing as trash bin scavengers and what they discovered was that these 2 had tools hiden in their shopping carts that enabled them to break into homes! .... AND they were both out on parole. Needless to say, the were arrested and put back in jail.
So, just be cautious and aware. Report any crime or any suspicious behavior. As much as we may not want to admit it, crime is a fact of life in city living.