This map was distributed at tonight’s community meeting in Silver Lake regarding the 10 street robberies in Echo Park and Silver Lake in recent weeks (click on image to enlarge). So far, no one has been apprehended. Police and elected officials said that information about the crimes was too slow to reach residents.
“We do need to improve our communications,” LAPD Northeast Division Captain William Murphy said to the more than 200 people who jammed into the auditorium of Ivanhoe Elementary School.
In the first wave of robberies in Echo Park, six men were robbed between Dec 30 and Jan. 21. The department sent crime alerts to officers but that information was apparently not made available to the public. In Silver Lake, where four men were robbed between Wednesday and Saturday of last week, police realized they had a problem on their hands by Monday, Murphy said. But once again they did not notify the public until they were contacted by reporters and elected officials.
“We found out a little later than we would have liked to,” said Councilman Eric Garcetti. He added that officials needed to do a better job to get crime information and trends out sooner so “we can take action to be safer.”