The crime map of Echo Park and Silver Lake looks like it is suffering from a case of black and purple measles. The purple symbols represents cars and trucks that were stolen since Jan. 1 while the black marks symbolize break-ins and thefts from vehicles during the same period. Add up all those purple and black marks and you will find that more than 60 vehicles were stolen or broken into between Jan. 1 – Jan. 19, according to CrimeMapping.com.
Thieves struck nearly every section of each neighborhood. In the Echo Park area, the vast majority of the break-ins and vehicle thefts took place north of the 101 Freeway, where there were clusters of crime in Angeleno Heights and Elysian Heights. In Silver Lake, crimes appeared to be spread evenly across both sides of Sunset Boulevard. In the far north end of Silver Lake, three vehicles were reported stolen on Waverly Drive.
An Echo Park Prius owner named Michael reports that his catalytic converter was stolen last week on Delta Street near Alvarado. “I’ve asked everyone including the police how this can be prevented and no one really has an answer,” he said.
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