The first three months of the year began with an overall decline in violent and property crime across the LAPD divisions that cover the Eastside of Los Angeles. However, the first quarter figures for the Hollenbeck, Northeast, and Rampart division also show that crimes in some categories continued to increase. In fact, in the Hollenbeck Division, which includes Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights, seven people were murdered during through the end of March compared to the same time last year.
Still, the Hollenbeck Division saw overall violent crime – which includes aggravated assaults, robbery and rape – decline 14%. Property crime also declined during the first quarter, falling 14%. But burglaries were up 33% to 110 reported crimes, and the number of stolen cars also rose slightly to 259 vehicles.
In the Rampart Division, which includes Historic Filipinotown and the sections of Echo Park and Silver Lake below Sunset Boulevard, the number of homicides during the quarter rose to five from the three reported last year. However, total violent crime, including aggravated assaults, rape, robbery fell 10% to 261 incidents.
Meanwhile, Rampart property crimes showed a significant drop of 14%, with notable declines in stolen vehicles (down20%) and vehicle break-ins (down 20%).
In the Northeast Division, which includes Atwater, Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Highland Park and Silver Lake, a steep 40% decline in robberies and a 15% decline in aggravated assaults helped push overall reported violent crime down nearly 30% during the first quarter. Two persons were murdered through March 30 compared to three homicides committed during the same time last year.
Overall property crimes fell 9%. But new Northeast Captain Jeffrey Bert warned residents of a recent surge in residential burglaries in Eagle Rock and Silver Lake.
When it comes to protecting your home against burglars, Bert, in a report recorded on video, said getting a dog instead of a gun or a burglar alarm might be your best defense.
“In 17 years in law enforcement, my earnest recommendation, as a father of four living in Los Angeles, is get a dog. A dog that barks really loud.”