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Property owners fence off Silver Lake street to keep criminals out

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Dillon Street fence

SILVER LAKE —  A short stretch of Dillon Street that dead ends on the north side of the 101 Freeway has been a haven for crime, according to police and nearby residents. Burglaries, fires and trespassing have been among some of the issues. But police have been unable to handle the problem, so now a property owner has installed a fence and gate across Dillon to increase safety while the city is in the process of closing the street for 18 months.

A chain link fence was installed across the Dillon at London Street after the cul de sac was cleaned up last summer, according to a letter in support of the barrier from the Los Angeles Police Department. That chain link barrier has been replaced by a more sturdy black metal fence with a gate that slides across the cul de sac located between a church and the parking lot of an apartment complex. The gate “will ensure the safety of residents entering and exiting the apartment complex,” according to the LAPD letter.

The owners of the apartment complex  installed the Dillon gate,  according to Tony Arranaga, a spokesman for Council District 13, which has been assisting efforts to close the cul de sac.  The closure is also supported by the adjacent church and a petition signed by about 20 residents, according to the council office.

The proposed closure is now pending before the City Council’s Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee.

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11 comments

  1. What kind of specific problems have police been unable to handle?

  2. there’s a severe homeless problem there. Major entrenched encampments. So this will take care of it..! They will now move a few blocks over and become someone else’s problem. The City has been completely inept with the homeless issues, they say they’re working on it but they just keep sweeping them from one place to another. Maybe this encampment moved west to Vermont, I was aghast today when I drove by LACC, the opposite side of the street looks like a garbage dump. While I cannot blame this property owner (I have the same problem on my street a few blocks over), and it will definitely help the tenants living right there, this is NOT a healthy solution for the neighborhood at large nor for the City of LA. Are we all to gate ourselves up so that we are “safe” from this problem? Sorry, not a good solution in my view…. we are winning the battle and losing the war.

  3. Does the city still have to maintain what will essentially become a private road? I’d okay the fence so long as the residents accept responsibility for utilities and infrastructure beyond the fence.

  4. There’s probably going to be a lot more of these DIY scenarios playing out as our city is pretty much incapable of getting anything done in a timely manner, and without spending a ridiculous amount of money.

  5. A link in the story leads to a City Clerk document, part of which states:

    Public Works: Engineering document(s) referred to Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee.

    Has it been shunted to Gang Reduction Committee because there is no Homelessness Committee? Or is this, indeed, a gang-related problem? If the latter, I’m asking once more why police are unable to handle it? The story reports burglaries and fires in addition to trespassing. I support LAPD but am so tired of seeing citizens have to take up these issues.

  6. These people should move to a nice gated community in Santa Clarita

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