In his most recent crime update and newsletter, Capt. William Murphy of the Northeast Division provided statistics showing that the division, which stretches from Echo Park and Silver Lake to Eagle Rock and Highland Park continues to report relatively low-levels of criminal activity. But there has been a noticeable and stubborn increase: Grand Theft Auto or GTA. The number of vehicles reported stolen this year through March 17 were up nearly 40% this year compared to same period in 2011, according to Murphy. That’s 65 more crimes than last year. “As with last year, GTA is our biggest problem,” Murphy said. It does not look like things are slowing down for car thieves, with at least 16 vehicles reported stolen in the Northeast Division between March 16 and March, 22, according to Crimemapping.com.
A notice on the Northeast Division Facebook page said the department needs the public’s help to deal with the problem:
GTAs and BFMVs [mother vehicle break-ins] are especially up in Silver Lake, Highland Park, and Eagle Rock. The LAPD is focusing resources to deal with the problem, but we absolutely need the public’s help. Please help us get the word out… LOCK your cars and HIDE your valuables. Lock It, Hide It, Keep It.