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Sunday, September 25, 2016

LAPD targets Echo Park property crime; Dogtown gang members arrested in Highland Park

LAPD police helicopter over Echo Park.A cluster of burglaries, car break-ins and other property crime near Sunset and Glendale Boulevard in Echo Park has caught the attention of the LAPD.  Northeast Division Capt. Bill Murphy, in his most recent Northeast Newsletter, said a special team of officers has been deployed across Echo Park – as well as Silver Lake and Los Feliz – to work on the problem:

“We have a cluster of property crimes this week in the area of Sunset Boulevard and Glendale Boulevard. We requested support from Operations-Central Bureau two weeks ago and they deployed their Special Problems Unit (SPU) into Northeast Area to work property crimes in Echo Park, Silver Lake and Los Feliz. They have teamed up with our SPU and have been running multiple tactical operations in these neighborhoods (i.e., sting/bait-car operations). They have made many arrests for BTFV and burglary in these areas.”

Meanwhile, the LAPD arrested some Dog Town gang member suspected of recent street robberies across Highland Park:

“This week we arrested a couple of Dogtown gang members for committing street robberies (pocket rolls) in Highland Park. This has been a consistent problem in the area and these arrests should help reduce this type of criminal activity.”

So far this year, the Northeast Division, which stretches from Los Feliz to Eagle Rock, has reported an approximately 20% drop in violent crime and a sharp drop in homicides.  Burglaries, however, are up more than 30% and rapes have increased to 19 this year from 13 during the same period in 2009.

Click on the link below to read the contents of Murphy’s most recent newsletter.

From: Captain Bill Murphy
Subject: Northeast (NOE) Newsletter

Hello everyone. Just wanted to send out a brief newsletter to update everyone on upcoming events and crime information.

How to sign up for the Northeast (NOE) Newsletter
I always get email requests from people who get sent a copy of the NOE newsletter – and then ask me to add them to the e-mail list. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult for me to add you on our end (it’s complicated – epolicing is a Citywide program and the networks are downtown). However, it is very easy to sign up – just go our website – lapdonline.org Then click on the “epolicing” icon and add your address/zip code and you will start to receive all e-mail blasts and the newsletters. Thanks for your understanding.

Northeast Events

* Community – Police Advisory Board

C-PAB Initiative: We have been giving out sanitation trash bin stickers (provides scavenging warning) to the public. If your trash bin does not have one, please contact the Northeast Community Relations Office at (213) 485-2548. There are some available in the front lobby.
C-PAB Initiative: We are also selling the “CLUB” steering wheel locking device for $11 at Northeast Station, 3353 San Fernando Road, Monday through Friday between 8 AM to 4 PM. We ask that you have either the $11 in cash or make a check out to “BLEND.”

* Businesses for Law Enforcement in Northeast Division

* Northeast Area Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Summit

* National Night Out –

* Northeast Youth Boxing Program

– On Saturday August 28, 2010, between 11 AM to 2 PM, there will be a red carpet event and press conference to launch the “Northeast Youth Boxing Program” at Northeast Station, in our back parking lot (off Treadwell Street). Come join Chief of Police Charlie Beck, local elected officials, and boxing great Oscar De La Hoya, as we launch this new program as part of our Police Athletic League lineup of youth programs. On Tuesday August 3, 2010, between 4:30 PM through 9 PM (times vary at each site). Come on out and spend the evening with your neighbors at this annual event. Right now there are four scheduled events to be held in Echo Park at the Walgreen’s Store on Sunset and Echo Park, at the Target Store in Eagle Rock at the Eagle Rock Plaza, at the Church of Scientology on Sunset Boulevard at L. Ron Hubbard Way, and at the Divine Savior Church in Cypress Park on Cypress Avenue at Idell Street. I will stop by each event and look forward to seeing some great crowds. – We had another great SLO Summit this past Wednesday at the Dodger Stadium “Stadium Club” overlooking the right field and first base lines. City Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Jose Huizar, Deputy Chief Jose Perez, Special Agent in Charge John Torres (ATF), and Pastor Augie Barajas (Victory Outreach Church) addressed the crowd. During the summit we gave an overview of the “State of Northeast” and awarded several commendations to community members for their volunteer service. Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Mark Allen, who has been a SLO in Northeast Area for approximately 12 years, was named SLO of the Year. (BLEND) – The annual installation luncheon held on 7-28-10 was a great success. The next BLEND meeting will be on Wednesday August 25, 2010, at 8 AM, Northeast Station. If you are interested in becoming a member please stop by the meeting. (C-PAB) next meeting – On Monday August 23, 2010, at 6 PM, at Northeast Station, 3353 San Fernando Road. Come participat e in discussing community issues and developing solutions to our problems.

Crime Terminology
187: Homicide
211: Robbery
BTFV: Car break-in
GTA: Car theft
AGG: Shooting, stabbing, or assault not resulting in death
459: Burglary of a residence or business
261: Sexual Assault (rape)
NOE Crime Update
The year to date (YTD) crime statistics will cover from January 1, 2010 through July 24, 2010. I will also comment on crime trends from July 18th through today (July 30, 2010).
YTD Violent Crime: Down 20.8%
YTD Property Crime: Up 0.8%
YTD Part I (total): Down 3.3%
YTD Homicide: Down 63.6% (4 vs. 11, two-year trend 4 vs. 19 = 79% reduction)
YTD Rape: Up 46.2% (up 6 crimes, 19 vs. 13)
YTD Burglary: Up 32.2%
YTD Gang: Down 35.0%

* We have 109 less serious Part I crimes YTD
* We have made tremendous progress in reducing our property crime over the past 3-4 weeks
* Burglary (residential mostly) is by far our worst crime problem YTD
* During the summer months BFMVs increase dramatically. Please do not leave valuable items in plain sight in your vehicle
* Northeast is currently ranked 4th in violent crime reduction, 18th in property crime reduction and 16th in Part I crime reduction (Citywide out of 21 police stations)
* With a couple of good property crime reduction weeks we can surpass last year’s numbers (we are down 22 total property crimes YTD)

Neighborhood Crime Update

Echo Park
We have a cluster of property crimes this week in the area of Sunset Boulevard and Glendale Boulevard. We requested support from Operations-Central Bureau two weeks ago and they deployed their Special Problems Unit (SPU) into Northeast Area to work property crimes in Echo Park, Silver Lake and Los Feliz. They have teamed up with our SPU and have been running multiple tactical operations in these neighborhoods (i.e., sting/bait-car operations).
They have made many arrests for BTFV and burglary in these areas.

Elysian Valley
Very clear over the past week

Silver Lake
Two weeks ago we had a big problem with BTFV occurring in Silver Lake and Los Feliz between midnight to 6 AM. Strong enforcement efforts from both SPUs drove this down.
This week looks good – a couple of commercial burglaries, but other than that, no issues.

Franklin Hills
Two weeks ago we had an issue with daytime BTFVs. We placed extra officers in the area and cleared it up. This week the area looks very clear.

Los Feliz
As stated above, two weeks ago the problem was BTFV late at night. Last week the pattern switched to noon through late PM hours. Rampart Area officers arrested a suspect based upon a crime alert flyer we distributed who copt out to committing many of these crimes. This week we have a lot less crimes – looks very good – the few that we have are almost all being committed between noon to 6 PM. We have a footbeat and hype car (looks for tweekers/narcotics users) working the area extensively.

East Hollywood
Looks good. The few crimes that we have are mostly occurring during daytime hours. Have a footbeat assigned here permanently.

Eagle Rock
Last week looked really good. This week the only issue right now is a couple of PM watch commercial burglaries. We are monitoring this to see if it emerges as a trend.

Cypress Park
Last week a few property crimes along Cypress Avenue. This week very clear.

Glassell Park
Last week we had a few property crimes spread out. This week looks very clear.

Atwater Village
Last week we had a few property crimes spread out. This week it looks very clear.

Mount Washington
Last week was very good. This week we have a few property crimes occurring mostly during the daytime hours.

Highland Park
Overall, the crime looks pretty good. This week we arrested a couple of Dogtown gang members for committing street robberies (pocket rolls) in Highland Park. This has been a consistent problem in the area and these arrests should help reduce this type of criminal activity.
Note: We will be opening the sub-station at the LAPD Museum on Mondays and Fridays (two days a week) between 11:00 AM to 3 PM. A police officer will be available to answer questions and take crime reports if needed.

Anyway, that’s it for now. Please be safe and do not leave valuable items in your cars! Take care Bill [email protected]



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4 comments

  1. Rebecca Escobar

    Just to let Eastsider know car breakins are also happening in “Angelino Heights” West of Echo Park lake towards Victorian Houses. Last Wednesday night my car was parked in a home owned gated property. Thursday morning I found my car w/ Trunk open, driver door not shut and Glove compartment open. Luckily I just got my car back from body shop and nothing was inside the car. My front door fence was left open. I just renewed my tags and luckily i did not keep registration in glove compartment like I usually do. stickers tags and registration was inside my purse. Had everything that I keep inside had been inside car I would have been robbed of a lot of things.. I couldn’t report this local authorities because nothing was taken. Now we have put chains on fences, club on car and this is so SAD. In the 40 years that I have lived on W. Kensington Rd. this has never occured. Now I must be locked in inside my own home. Very discouraging……

  2. Thanks for the info. Glad to see all quiet in our hills.

    What are (pocket rolls) ?

  3. man, i’m so glad I don’t live in Highland Park anymore…..it was the late ’80s and I was only a kid when I did, but I remember it being kind of ghetto then and I can only imagine how much worse it probably is now. That being said, I still love to drive by (not DO a drive by) my old house and remember all the memories I had in the ‘hood when I was a kid.

  4. Although our community may have a few negative blemishes, I love Highland Park and the involvement of many wonderful concerned individuals donating countless hours to make our community better for all to enjoy the fruits of this beautiful area nestled in the arroyos, just 10 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles. The first suburb of Los Angeles going through an empowering new spirit and commitment to neighborhood and community. If you left, your loss. Truly a GEM highlighted in the New York Times and other news sources, no longer unknown secret!

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