ECHO PARK — Police are warning Echo Park residents to take extra precautions against break-ins after more than 15 burglaries have been reported since the Christmas holiday in the area north of Sunset Boulevard. How are burglars breaking in? While most burglars prefer to sneak in through side windows and rear doors, the criminals in one-third of the Echo Park burglaries preferred a more direct approach: the front door.
The burglars either pried open the front door, used a lock slip and, in one case, “used bodily force” to enter through the front, according to details of the Echo Park burglaries that was distributed by Senior Lead Officer Gina Chovan of the LAPD Northeast Division. “If you hear your neighbors doors dogs barking excessively, take a moment to look outside your window,” was one of the bits of advice Chovan offered via email.
Echo Park burglaries reported north of Sunset Boulevard
- 12/26/14, 1015 am, 2300 Echo park Ave, pried rear door
- 12/23/14, 1625 pm, 2100 Echo Park Ave, pried front door
- 12/27/14, 1600 pm 1500 Cerro Gordo St, pried rear door
- 01/05/15, 0930 am, 1900 Effie St, pried front door
- 01/13/15, 0800 am, 2200 Baxter st, pried rear door
- 01/23/15, 3:20 pm, 1400 Fairbanks pl, pried side window
- 01/25/15, 02:20 pm, 1600 Sargeant Pl, pried side window
- 01/23/15, 9:00 pm, 2100 Lemoyne St, used bodily force to enter front door
- 01/27/15, 11:00 am, 2200 Echo Park Ave, smashed side window
- 01/27/15, 1:00 pm, 1500 Donaldson St, used lock slip/key on front door
- 01/31/15, 6:00 pm, 1300 Quintero St, smashed side window
- 01/29/15, 1200 pm, 2200 Princeton Ave, entered attached garage
- 02/06/15, 0900 am, 1400 Laveta Terrace
- 02/07/15, 12:15 pm, 1800 Scott Ave, entered via rear window
- 02/07/15, 5:45 pm, 1600 Sargeant Ct, Pried front door
Burglars have also been busy in the section of Echo Park and Angeleno Heights south of Sunset Boulevard, which is patrolled by the Rampart Division. At least another burglaries burglaries have been reported in this area since Christmas holiday, according to CrimeMapping.