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The good news and bad news about Mount Washington crime

A homemade flyer (pictured) that was recently posted in parts of Mount Washington warned residents that “home invasions are occurring in our neighborhood.”  Today, Capt. William Murphy of the LAPD Northeast Division said the flyers were inaccurate. However, that does not mean Mount Washington has been crime-free. Instead of home invasion robberies, Mount Washington and surrounding neighborhoods had been hit by “hot prowl burglaries,”  Murphy said in his most recent Northeast Newsletter. Murphy explained the difference and reported the  progress police have made in recent cases:

“A home invasion robbery is when multiple suspects enter your house, generally tie you up, use physical violence on you, and then rob you of all your valuable items. These are extremely violent crimes that happen rarely. A hot prowl burglary is when someone breaks into your house (believing you are not at home) is spotted by you and flees the scene. Burglars do not want a confrontation because that changes the crime to a robbery if they try to steal your property … We recently had hot prowl burglar who we believe was responsible for many of the burglaries in the neighborhoods listed above. A victim was able to give us a good description of tattoos on the suspect. We have extensive databases of criminals with all kinds of tattoos. The Detectives on the case were able to identify some possible suspects through very good police work. Yesterday after following up on many leads, their efforts paid off as they captured the suspect who had recently been paroled from prison for committing burglaries. This should dramatically reduce the burglaries in the area.”

Burglaries remain a trouble spot for the Northeast Division, which stretches from Los Feliz and Silver Lake to Eagle Rock and Highland Park. While serious crimes are running below last year’s levels, burglaries are up more than 23%.

Click on the link below for more crime news in rest of Murphy’s email 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.
Upcoming Events
1. Community – Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) next meeting – On Monday November 22, 2010, at 6 PM, at Northeast Station, 3353 San Fernando Road. Come participate in discussing community issues and developing solutions to our crime and quality of life problems.
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 also 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.”
2. Businesses for Law Enforcement in Northeast Division (BLEND) – The next BLEND meeting will be on Wednesday November 24, 2010, at 8 AM, Northeast Station. If you are interested in becoming a member please stop by the meeting.
3. First Annual LAPD Northeast Carnival – We will sponsor a carnival at Eagle Rock Boulevard and Verdugo Road (near Avenue 33), on November 12-14, 2010. Here are the times of the carnival: Friday night (11-12-10) 5PM-11PM, Saturday (11-13-10) 1 PM-11PM, and Sunday (11-14-10) 1PM-11PM. You can purchase pre-sale tickets at a 50% discount at Northeast Station, Community Relations Office, at (213) 485-2548 or (213) 485-2563. Proceeds from the carnival will support LAPD Northeast Youth Programs. Hope to see you there!
4. Cypress Park Veterans Ceremony – To be held on Saturday November 6, 2010, at 11 AM at the Cypress Park Veterans Memorial(Cypress Avenue and Pepper Street).
5. Eagle Rock Veterans Day Parade – To be held on SundayNovember 7, 2010. This event begins at 11 AM at Eagle Rock City Hall with a solemn ceremony honoring our fallen veterans. It is followed at 1 PM with a parade that begins at the intersection of York Boulevard and Eagle Rock Boulevard.
Recent Events
  1. 2nd Annual Drew/Estara Block Party– Held on Saturday October 2, 2010, was a great success (hundreds attended). Many thanks to City Council President Eric Garcetti and his staff, members of the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, and to all of the other organizations and volunteers that participated in this worthy event.
  1. Northeast Police Station Open House – Thanks to everyone who stopped by the station and visited this event (held on 10-30-10). This was easily the best “open house” since I have been assigned here and probably the most fun. Many thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers who made this a very special occasion.
  1. LAPD Northeast Area Support’s “Army of Pink” Campaign – You may have observed our officers wearing a pink ribbon across their badges during the last two weeks of October. This was in support of the Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s “Army of Pink” campaign (breast cancer awareness/reduction program). The Glendale Adventist Hospital had signed up many organizations within the City of Glendale (Police and Fire included) to support this outstanding cause. At a meeting in Eagle Rock at the Women’s Club, I pledged Northeast officers would partipate and proudly wear the pink ribbons (we also pledged support to Glendale Chief of Police Ron DePompa in his campaign to win the Army of Pink recognition award for most number of votes garnered). Alas, Chief DePompa did not win, but we were proud to participate in this exceptional program.
Special Tribute
On Wednesday November 3, 2010, a memorial service was held for Marine Corp Reservist and LAPD Officer Joshua J. Cullins, who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels. Josh was a three-year veteran of the LAPD assigned to Central Area and a proud member of the Marine Corps for the past ten years – first on active duty then in the reserves. He completed several tours of combat serving in Iraq and in Afghanistan.
Josh was a bomb disposal technician – think of the movie “The Hurt Locker” – and was killed two days before his second tour of duty in Afghanistan was to end. But his story is even more heroic. According to his fellow Marine Corps comrades who served in his unit and spoke at his funeral – Josh could have finished up his tour doing administrative assignments in a safe environment. But he was a very dedicated Marine who volunteered for assignment to a forward operating base (combat zone) – because he knew the unit was low on bomb technicians and he wanted to everything he could to keep our soldiers alive.
Two months ago he survived an explosion while dismantling a bomb. His fellow police officers at Central Area made a video wishing him a speedy recovery from the concussion he sustained. Sadly, on October 19, 2010, he was killed by a secondary explosive device – a tactic used in combat and by terrorist to kill military and/or police officers who respond to or are attempting to deactivate bombs.
In our society the term “hero” is thrown around way too often. I’ve heard it applied to professional athletes, movie stars, and others in the public spotlight. No disrespect, but they are not heroes – people like Josh are. People who are willing to sacrifice for others so the rest of us can lead the lives we want. Josh could have taken the easy route but his character would not let him. He was a true hero to everyone on the LAPD and the Marine Corps.
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)
Crime Strategy Terminology
Bait Car – Undercover operation where we bring in a plain vehicle and load it with desirable goods (IPOD, GPS, Cigarettes, etc) and hope someone breaks into the car as we are watching. These operations (OPS) are based upon crime statistics.
Decoy Car – Place an unmanned Black & White police car at a location and move it every few hours. Gives impression police are at location.
H/IDE – Spilt a police unit (2 officers) into two cars and they slowly patrol an area with their lights on. Gives impression some police OPS is going on in the area – keeps criminals away.
Red Zone – All traffic violators are given a ticket – no breaks (used to decrease traffic collisions and crime in an area).
Zero Tolerance – Strict enforcement of all laws (everyone goes to jail – even for a minor traffic warrant). Used to reduce gang/violent crime activity.
Parole and Probation Sweeps – Targeted checks on parolees and probationers.
Buy Bust OPS – Take down the narco street dealers and then act as dealers – then arrest the buyers.
Trick Task Force – Take down “Johns” who want to pick up prostitutes.
Volunteer Surveillance Team (VST) – Use VST (civilian volunteers) members to watch an area and report activity. Used for graffiti/truant/curfew/scalping activities.
NOE Crime Update
The year to date (YTD) crime statistics will cover from January 1, 2010 through October 30, 2010. I will also comment on crime trends from October 24 through today (November 5, 2010).
YTD Violent Crime: Down 21.1%
YTD Property Crime: Down 2.6%
YTD Part I (total): Down 6.0%
YTD Homicide: Down 50.0% (6 vs. 12, two-year 6 vs. 25 = 76% reduction)
YTD Rape: Up 50.0% (up 9 crimes, 27 vs. 18)
YTD Burglary: Up 23.4%
YTD Gang: Down 33.0%
· We have 292 less serious Part I crimes YTD
· Burglary (residential mostly) is by far our worst crime problem YTD
· The vast majority of rapes are acquaintance (former spouses, boyfriends/co-workers – only three unsolved cases)
· Northeast is currently ranked 3rd in violent crime reduction, 15th in property crime reduction and 13th in Part I crime reduction (Citywide out of 21 police stations)
· We are currently beating our goal of achieving a 5% reduction in overall crime
· Last week (ended 10-30-10) we had 88 total crimes (goal is to beat 107/week)
· As of today (11-5-10) we have 45 total crimes for this week
Neighborhood Crime Update
Echo Park
Looks good. A few property crimes mostly along Sunset.
Elysian Valley
Very clear since October 24th – just a couple of property crimes.
Silver Lake
Very clear – a few property crimes but looks good.
Franklin Hills
Very clear – a few property crimes.
Los Feliz
Looks pretty good. No trends or patterns. The level of property crimes in the area has decreased tremendously over the past couple of years.
East Hollywood
No trends or patterns. A few property crimes mostly along the Vermont Corridor (thefts at retail/shopping stores).
Eagle Rock
Looks very good. Just a few scattered property crimes since October 24th.
Cypress Park
The only unusual crime problem is an increase in burglaries since October 24th. The neighborhoods of Cypress Park, Mount Washington and Highland Park have all experienced an increase in burglaries that are mostly occurring between noon till six PM. I have been getting some inquiries regarding this – specifically in the Mount Washington area. Some residents have posted signs that say something to the effect “watch out – there is an increase in home invasion robberies in the neighborhood.” This is inaccurate – we have experienced some “hot prowl” burglaries.
Let me explain the difference and tell you what we have done. A home invasion robbery is when multiple suspects enter your house, generally tie you up, use physical violence on you, and then rob you of all your valuable items. These are extremely violent crimes that happen rarely. A hot prowl burglary is when someone breaks into your house (believing you are not at home) is spotted by you and flees the scene. Burglars do not want a confrontation because that changes the crime to a robbery if they try to steal your property. Think of the television advertisements for home alarm systems where the mother and daughter walk in on a burglary in progress (the suspect sees them and flees). That is what has been occurring recently.
We recently had hot prowl burglar who we believe was responsible for many of the burglaries in the neighborhoods listed above. A victim was able to give us a good description of tattoos on the suspect. We have extensive databases of criminals with all kinds of tattoos. The Detectives on the case were able to identify some possible suspects through very good police work. Yesterday after following up on many leads, their efforts paid off as they captured the suspect who had recently been paroled from prison for committing burglaries. This should dramatically reduce the burglaries in the area.
Glassell Park
Overall, looks pretty good. Had a few car break-ins along Ave 33.
Atwater Village
No trends or patterns. Few property crimes in the area of COSTCO.
Mount Washington
See above. No other problems.
Highland Park
Besides the burglary problem already mentioned, there are no other trends or patterns. Just some random property and violent crimes (few street robberies).
Note: The sub-station at the LAPD Museum is open 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.
Historical Crime Data
In the last newsletter I listed crime data from 2002 through 2010 YTD and received a lot of feedback. The worst crime years the City of Los Angeles has ever experienced were between 1988 through 1993. I was a street cop back then – specifically a Field Training Officer who trained rookies coming out of the police academy – so I personally know how bad it was then. Here is a comparison of crime data – comparing Northeast crime in 1992 to 2010 YTD.
1992
2010
YTD*
Reduction
Crime Numbers
Homi
57
6
-51
RAPE
77
27
-50
ROBB
2722
366
-2356
AGG
2164
309
-1855
BURG
3157
757
-2400
Theft
3274
1042
-2232
BTFV
2456
1459
-997
GTA
3709
757
-2952
TOTAL PART ONE
17616
4599
-13017
Basically, today we have 13,017 less serious crimes compared to 1992. Which is a 74% reduction in overall crime.
Think you can see we have changed crime a lot!


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2 comments

  1. I didn’t think Michelle Bachmann knew how to make flyers. 🙂

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