New year begins with vehicle break-ins and thefts across Echo Park and Silver Lake

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The crime map of Echo Park and Silver Lake looks like it is suffering from a case of black and purple measles. The purple symbols represents cars and trucks that were stolen since Jan. 1 while the black marks symbolize break-ins and thefts from vehicles during the same period. Add up all those purple and black marks and you will find that more than 60 vehicles were stolen or broken into between Jan. 1 – Jan. 19, according to CrimeMapping.com.

Thieves struck nearly every section of each neighborhood. In the Echo Park area,  the vast majority of the break-ins and vehicle thefts took place north of the 101 Freeway, where there were clusters of crime in Angeleno Heights and Elysian Heights. In Silver Lake, crimes appeared to be spread evenly across both sides of Sunset Boulevard. In the far north end of Silver Lake,  three vehicles were reported stolen on Waverly Drive.

An Echo Park Prius owner named Michael reports that his catalytic converter was stolen last week on Delta Street near Alvarado. “I’ve asked everyone including the police how this can be prevented and no one really has an answer,” he said.

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  1. One way to prevent theft/break-ins: park in your garage (if you have one). Soooo many people in SLA have garages stuffed with their crap, and they park on the narrow, curving streets which weren’t designed to handle parked cars and two-way traffic. Recycle, donate or divest yourself of all that stuff and find space in your own home!

  2. I have an Element and also had my catalytic converter stolen in Echo Park. Super easy on Prius and Elements because they’re raised off the ground. My insurance adjuster told me he has seen dozens of these cases already this year in LA, and the best thing to do is to get a motion tilt sensor added to your alarm (get a really sensitive alarm), or lower your insurance deductible to at least $100 (I lowered mine to $0). You only have to lower the ded. on comprehensive. Still sucks to have it stolen but at least you don’t have to pay as much. I wish we could catch these people somehow!

  3. There is an anti-theft device called the Catstrap which secures catalytic converters and emits a piercing alarm if someone tries to cut through it. http://catstrap.net/

  4. Put some donut shops in the neighborhood for better police coverage.

  5. “The purple symbols represents cars and trucks that were stolen since Jan. 1 while the purple marks symbolize break-ins and thefts from vehicles during the same period.”

    Wait, what?

  6. My catalytic converter was stolen last night from my Prius. Im on Sunset Dr. and Sanborn. Guy’s at Hi-tech automotive on fountain said they keep them in stock now.

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