Hermon, sandwiched between El Sereno and the 110 Freeway, is already one of the safest neighborhoods in Northeast LA. But last month saw the installation of 17 new orange-and-white Neighborhood Watch signs. It’s not clear how effective these signs are scaring off criminals but at least they now know residents are on the look out. Click on the link below to read an announcement on the signs and Hermon crime-fighting efforts.
HERMON COMMUNITY AIMS AT BEING 2010’S “MOST WATCHED”
Los Angeles – Northeast L.A.’s Hermon Community boosted its safety measures in December by posting another 17 of the easily recognizable orange and white “Neighborhood Watch” signs on poles throughout the 3,000-resident neighborhood to serve as an added reminder to criminal elements that community members look out for each other and report all crimes and suspicious activity to the police.
The 17 new crime-fighting tools were paid for by a combination of public and private funds, including: five by the City-certified Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC), of which Hermon is a member community; four by the offices of District 14 L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar; and four each by the Oak Hill and Surfwood Monterey Homeowners Associations, in Hermon.
The ASNC portion was part of larger purchase of more than $2,000 worth of the placards using the neighborhood council’s City-provided funds, approved earlier this year and intended to put at least five additional “Watch” signs in each of its five communities to serve as crime deterrents.
The Hermon community — located across the 110 Freeway from Highland Park and just north of El Sereno — is already identified by the LAPD as one of the most crime-free communities in its Hollenbeck Division. Neighborhood advocates host well-attended quarterly meetings of the Hermon Safety Committee which incorporates neighborhood watch activities as well as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) updates. At meetings, Hermon’s people get regular crime reports from their Senior Lead Officer, and advisory presentations from police and other experts on ways to protect their homes, lives, and identity. Safety Committee attendees also recommended placement locations for the new signs, which were then approved by L.A.’s Department of Transportation.
The next Safety Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hermon Church Fellowship Center, 5800 Monterey Road, L.A. 90042, and is open to all. For more information on the Safety Committee, send e-mail to [email protected].
Photo of Hermon Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Mark Legassie installing signs/Ken Matzkin