Monday, August 26, 2013

Silver Ridge: Stolen Poetry & Other Crimes *UPDATED With Another Stolen Car

Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 24, 2013.  Signs posted around the Red Car Property neighborhood alerting neighbors to poetry thieves.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

But seriously, there was a rash of car break-ins, a stolen car & according to one Lake View neighbor, mail & subsequent ID theft, two weeks ago on Lake View & Silver Ridge. 

LAPD advises you to leave nothing in your car, use an alarm & ALWAYS lock your doors & roll up your windows.  If you are a victim of a crime, report it to the LAPD.  The LAPD budgets resources based on where crimes are reported.

Our LAPD Senior Lead Officer Lenny Davis has told me many of these crimes happen in waves, where a couple of guys will get dropped off at one end of the street and they will work there way down the street checking car door handles.  You'd be surprised how many unlocked doors they find.  Then they get picked up at the other end of the street.  It's just as likely to happen in the daytime as at night. 

You can sign up for crime alerts via the LAPD website.  It will lead you to their legitimate offsite contractor,  You can choose weekly or daily crime reports for a one mile radius of your address.  (Note: Crimes are listed by block number only so it should not be confused that, for instance, 2600 2300 Silver Ridge is having a lot of crime, it's just the 2600 2300 block.) 

*UPDATE: When I opened my CrimeMapping email later this morning, there were 2 new neighborhood crimes this weekend: a car stolen from the 2300 block of Silver Ridge & a car break-in on the 2200 block of India.  Both are on this map showing reported crimes for the past month in the neighborhood.

You can also get crime prevention tips for your home and car on the LAPD website.