Trying to be proactive, not reactionary, on neighborhood crime.

I’m getting nervous. I live up by Franklin and La Brea and lately things have been quiet. For the last few months there’s been no obvious crime, break ins, shootings. Even the once frequent hovering police choppers have been pleasantly absent. Except for spotting a coyote in my parking lot and some missing cat posters, it seems like life in this part of Hollywood has become safe.

But I know better.

Anyway, instead of becoming complacent, now may be the time to be proactive and actually start the neighborhood watch program I’ve considered for a couple years. But besides some limited info found on the LAPD’s website I have no real idea on how to get something like this started.

Can any blogging.la’s readers who have helped start a neighborhood watch leave a few suggestion in the comments? Or can anyone share an experience of how their neighborhood watch has worked?

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4 Replies to “Trying to be proactive, not reactionary, on neighborhood crime.”

  1. http://www.incidentlog.com/lookup.pl?Src=59

    That is a google map that tracks “recent” crimes.

    It isnt as up to date as we all would assume… mainly bc we know that there werent only 5 crimes committed in the LOS ANGELES COUNTY OR CITY.

    But nonetheless, it is sorta neat and helpful.

    And I have no idea how to make a neighborhood watch successful, just spy on everyone like a mutha.

    good luck:)

  2. Always report graffiti and broken windows/trash/shopping carts. I know it’s minor in the scheme of things, but I truly believe in the broken window theory. If a neighborhood doesn’t care about things being unkempt, like broken windows, it appears as if people can get away with other things.

  3. The LAPD has a Senior Lead Officer assigned to your area. Find that person via your local station and he or she can help you get things rolling. Our SLO is terrific — comes to our monthly homeowners’ meetings, freely hands out cards with his number on it, and actually responds to issues when we need him.

  4. Definitely call your SLO. They’ll give you all the information about how to do it. But before you call him you need to go door to door and find out if people are interested in it. That’s the first thing he’s going to tell you to do anyway. Other than that it’s just good to be in touch with him.

    Also, find out who the neighborhood officer is at your councilman’s office. They can be really helpful. You might read through some of the comments on some of my old posts about crime in my hood for other suggestions.

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