That line is from a new post on the LAPD blog about rising robbery and theft rates and things you can do to protect yourself. The last part of the post struck me and I posted a comment there but it’s a little off topic so I thought I’d mention it here as well. On the post, they end with this:
“It has been our experience that most criminals search for easy targets. Thus, by hardening the target it can either prevent the crime from occurring and/or buy enough time for suspects to be apprehended. Always be aware of your surroundings and take the necessary steps to protect yourself, family members and valuables.
You probably already know where I’m headed with this one, anyway, my comment was:
“I’d be interested in hearing how the LAPD thinks this logic, that “criminals search for easy targets” and that people should “take necessary steps to protect themselves, family members and valuables” applies to the current CCW issuance policies in Los Angeles. Couldn’t the argument be made that since CCWs are issued frequently in surrounding cities and counties, but rarely within LA that these policies are turning LA Residents into “easy targets” and preventing them from “taking necessary steps to protect themselves, family members and valuables?” Certainly a resident of Los Angeles who a criminal can safely assume does not have a CCW is an easier target than a resident of Orange County who might have one.”
There is another comment from another reader expanding on my comment but nothing from the LAPD yet so I thought I’d mention it over here for further discussion. I pointed this out to a friend of mine who is a police officer and his reaction was that “the bigger picture is that law enforcement realizes they can’t eliminate crime but only make it go somewhere else.” Anyone have any thoughts on this?