Earlier this month e-mails were circulating about a string of assaults in Silver Lake followed up by a community meeting on the topic. I heard through the grapevine that some suspects were arrested and all was right with the world. Or something. Anyway, I just received an e-policing newsletter about a robbery in my neighborhood 2 days ago which says it’s not known if it’s related to the earlier attacks. The e-mail is after the jump, but it gives a few tips:
- At night, walk in groups of two or more.
- Park in well lit areas.
- Do not carry an excess amount of cash or credit cards.
- Avoid distractions. Do not walk while talking on a cell phone or listening to MP3 players.
- If approached, comply with their demands. It will help preveny[sp] possible injury.
- If you become a victim, immediately call 911.
The first 4 are obvious and fairly good advice but I really have to take issue with sending out e-mails telling people basically to be good victims. Telling people not to resist makes it easier for criminals to function – the less resistance they have the better. I mean seriously, pretend you are a criminal and tell me which sounds more appealing to you? Option A) tell someone to give you their wallet and they do and you walk away with all their cash, credit cards and whatever else they have in there or B) tell someone to give you their wallet and before you finish your sentence they hit you with something and run away. Criminals rob people because they think they can get away with it and telling people to comply only fosters that idea. I’m venting here but honestly I’d rather live in a neighborhood where people weren’t afraid to stand up for themselves than one where they are sending e-mails around about how scared they are. I’m not saying fighting back solves it, but at least it gives you a chance and some self respect. Complying without any resistance is just giving up. I’m not just making this up, when I lived in Chicago I was mugged twice. Once I gave up everything in my pockets and the guys got away, the second time I fought back and kept everything and watched the guy get arrested. Guess which time left me feeling better about myself?
Here’s the e-mail I received:
2001 Hyperion Av 2/14/09, 2315 1143 09-1106863
The victim had just left the Hyperion Tavern and was standing on the sidewalk. The suspect vehicle described as a late 90’s Honda 4 door blue or black containing three suspects parked near the victim’s location. Suspect 1 exited the vehicle with a baseball bat and asked the victim what he had in his pockets. The victim removed his wallet and keys from his pockets and suspect 1 grabbed the property. Suspect 1 returned to the suspect vehicle and the suspect fled the area.
It is not known at this time if this robbery is related to the recent series near Hyperion and Rowena. Please forward any information to the Northeast Division Gang Impact Team at (213) 847-4263.
Please insure that you do not become a victim.
At night, walk in groups of two or more.
Park in well lit areas.
Do not carry an excess amount of cash or credit cards.
Avoid distractions. Do not walk while talking on a cell phone or listening to MP3 players.
If approached, comply with their demands. It will help preveny possible injury.
If you become a victim, immediately call 911.