LA Times crime map 9/19/11
On Tuesday, September 20, 2011 the LA Times online issued a crime alert for Atwater Village, citing an increase in property crime reports (crime reports are analyzed and issued based on the publication’s Crime L.A. database).
There were 10 property crimes reported in one week (September 11-17), compared to an average of 4.4 over the last three months. Here’s the breakdown from the LA Times website:
- In the seven days between Sept. 11 and Sept. 17, violent crime reports were about average and property crime reports jumped significantly.
- Over the last three months, Atwater Village averaged 0.5 violent crimes and 4.5 property crimes per week.
- The neighborhood has gone 31 consecutive days without a violent crime report.
- This week’s rate of 6.5 crimes per 10,000 people is higher than in nearby Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Silver Lake and Los Feliz.
- A 2008 population estimate of 15,455 from the L.A. Department of City Planning is used to calculate per-capita totals.
Additionally, residents reported a slew of police activity and helicopters on Monday night at around 12:30 am on the corner of Edenhurst and Sunnynook. On the Atwater Village forum, one resident writes the following:
There were thirty or so policeman, and some SWAT members, telling a man named “Mike” to get out of the car through a megaphone.
Apparently, as they drew closer, they found that the guy had ditched the car, and the cops then disbursed and chased the guy on foot. We think they got him shortly after.
Nice to know there’s such a forceful response from the police in our neighborhood.
According to the LA Times map (screenshot above), there was an aggravated assault reported at that location around the same time.
Stay safe out there!
A pair of burglary suspects were arrested in Atwater Village early Sunday morning after crashing their car on Silver Lake Blvd. The suspects had been involved in a residential burglary, and the LAPD pursued the vehicle until it crashed. Both driver and passenger fled the car on foot. The LAPD set up a perimeter in South Atwater Village, and helicopers started circling the area at approximately 2am, while officers canvased the streets below. Both suspects were apprehended that same morning.
If you ever want to learn more about helicopters hovering above your home, you can call LAPD’s Air Support Division directly at 213-485-2600. When I called this morning, they answered the phone promptly and were incredibly helpful. They didn’t have the incident information on hand, and had to go downstairs to manually sort through the dispatch reports. They took my name and number and followed up with me in less than 30 minutes with the full details.
Earlier this week, an electronic notification from Senior Lead Officer (SLO) for Atwater Village Gina Chovan was being circulated. The letter warns residents of an increased police presence around Atwater, and that residents should keep doors and windows locked at all times. Here’s the full letter:
Greetings to Atwater Village community members:
I just wanted to send out a community announcement regarding increase police presence as well as police perimeters in the Atwater Village communities. Northeast gang units have been conducting enforcement due to increase of gang activity in the area. The good news is that after several gang operations, multiple local gang members were taken into custody pending Firearm violations. I can not disclose details at this time due to the ongoing investigations.
I do want to remind folks that it is important that you keep your doors and windows locked at all times. As these gang members flee on foot they may attempted to enter through open windows and doors that are unlocked. I also want to caution folks that if you see police activity in your area involving the police helicopter “hovering” over various properties. When this happens, please stay inside your home, apartment or business.
We do hear your concerns! Thank you for being involved, remaining patient, and for staying informed in your neighborhood.
Chovan’s contact info is (213) 793-0713, firstname.lastname@example.org
Be safe out there!