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Your car got broken into in Silver Lake? You are far from alone

Photo of an earlier break-in | Chris/ C.C. 2.0/Flickr

BY LUCY GUANUNA

SILVER LAKE — Numerous vehicle owners woke up to find their cars ransacked following a string of car burglaries Tuesday night in and around Silver Lake. In fact, when one woman went to the LAPD Northeast Division station to report her break-in on Silver Ridge Avenue, she saw a neighbor at the next counter reporting that his vehicle had also been broken into.

There were burglaries of at least 6 vehicles on the streets of Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz, said Dt. Hector Salas with LAPD’s Northeast Division, which patrols an area stretching from Eagle Rock and Highland Park to Silver Lake and Los Feliz. He does not believe the break-ins are related.

Salas said at least 30 car break-ins happen in a week. Lt. Ryan Schatz added that car break-ins are “the worst problem we have in the Northeast are right now.”

In the case of the woman on Silver Ridge, the back window panel of her car was smashed in and shirts and pants were taken from a suitcase. Her neighbor lost a suit and iPad, she said.

The burglaries are being investigated at this time.

Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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13 comments

  1. We can stop all car break in’s entirely… if we stop leaving things in our cars.

    • Here, here. Might as well leave your iPad on the curb.

    • Not true. The trunk of my junker car was broken into 13 times in 3 1/2 years mostly in Los Feliz, but also Hollywood. I never left anything in the trunk so nothing was ever taken, but each time I had to get the mechanism fixed. Sucked.

    • I’ve had my car broken into 2 times (in Hollywood and Silver Lake). I leave NOTHING in it, but it didn’t matter. Once they took my registration and an empty grocery bag. The police on the last one said it was because the tint on my back windows made it hard to see what was (or wasn’t) inside!

    • Someone smashed a brick through my back window about 6 months ago and they took nothing. I guess it is fun to just throw bricks through windows. A car alarm or security cameras are needed to catch and deter these thieves and vandals.

  2. My car window was smashed just last month, along with two other neighbors. Two days ago, my downstairs neighbor had her window smashed as well. We are in the Angelino Heights area.

    Police were notified. They passed out flyers that instructed us not to leave anything in our cars.

  3. anyone that leaves anything valuable in their car is a complete moron..i mean..the police are now handing out flyers to give away advising not to..lolz

  4. One of the problems is the complete lack of police patrols in the neighborhoods. We currently have a rash of car break-ins (doesn’t even matter if there’s anything visible in the car) and masses of tagging all over our homes. We used to have regular patrols in our ‘hood, but that seemed to stop over a couple of years ago. Frustrating.

  5. I’ll tell you what I did when I lived in SF. Buy a cheap GPS tracker off Amazon or ebay. Put it inside a backpack or something that looks expensive. Wait for the thief to take it. Then track them! The police will never help, they’re dealing with murders and gangs, there will never be help from them for problems like this.

  6. Sadly in San Francisco people leave their car doors open and windows on purpose because there are so many break ins.

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