There’s plenty of reasons why I don’t live in Westwood (rent, tiny apartments, parking, noise, too many damn students), but concern for my safety was never one of the reasons. Right now, I feel pretty glad I made that decision even though Westside traffic sucks.
Since December 27th, a man has been assaulting women by grabbing their breasts from behind and then fleeing on foot. The incidents occur in the day time and early in the evening (6-7 pm). The fifth incident of sexual battery was reported Tuesday, but occurred on Sunday morning.
A female student was walking on the 400 block of Landfair Avenue at approximately 9:30 a.m. Sunday when the suspect approached her from behind and attempted to grab her breasts. In each of the other four cases, the suspect has approached his female victim from behind and grabbed her breasts before fleeing. (Daily Bruin)
The UCPD advises students and other residents to: stay alert and attuned to surroundings, especially suspicious activities or people; not walk alone at night; have key ready and in your hand when approaching your car, so that you can get in quickly; keep walking or go into a public place if someone is loitering near your unoccupied car as you approach it; park in a secured garage when available.
I took a self-defense class last year through the UCLA Center for Women and Men and Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (LACAAW). It was definitely worth giving up a Saturday morning to learn some basic tactics to prevent assaults.