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Silver Lake residents, business owners ask police to crack down on neighborhood crime

The Silver Lake Mapping L.A. Neighborhoods page. Click to learn more about this neighborhood. About three dozen Silver Lake residents and business owners met with police Tuesday night for what organizers touted as a town hall meeting “to discuss the escalating gunfire, violent crime, burglary and physical violence in our neighborhood.”
The gathering was prompted by a string of recent incidents in the Sunset Junction neighborhood, said business owner Jeff Castelaz, including an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven convenience store, an attempted robbery that left a man dead on Manzanita Street and a shooting Monday afternoon outside of Castelaz's  record label, Dangerbird Records.
No one was injured in Monday's shooting, which police believe was gang-related. But Castelaz said bullets struck his building and an employee’s car and almost hit a member of one of the bands signed to his label. 
"We’ll do the best we can to piece this together,” said LAPD Capt. William Murphy, commanding officer of the Northeast Division, which claims much of Silver Lake as its territory.

Murphy said crime is down in the area this year with the exception of rape and burglary. There have been 35 burglaries so far in 2010, which is 48% higher than last year, he said.

Local business owners pleaded with police to do more to combat crime.

“I do think that crime is going up in the area,” said Irma Gonzalez, the owner of Tacos Delta.

She complained that police were unresponsive after a recent attempted break-in at her taco stand.  The fact that Silver Lake is patrolled by two LAPD divisions, Northeast and Rampart, contributes to the problem, residents and business owners said.

“On our end it’s confusing and frustrating to be in the middle of these borderlands,” said resident Thaddeus Herrick, who has lived in the area for 10 years. "I've always felt safe. But I'm really concerned about these escalations and spikes in crime.” 

-- Kate Linthicum

Map: The Silver Lake Mapping L.A. Neighborhoods page. Click to learn more about this neighborhood.

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buy video cameras to aid police in identifying the bad guys. The cost of video cameras has come way down in recent years. Even a cheap system would be better than nothing.

From my experience you have to keep calling the cops to the point where they either help or are annoyed with you. Only until then will they do something about it. The wont ignore you as long as you have a legit call. Better lighting at night also helps. Bad guys hate really bright lights at night (and if the neighbor does not like it then explain to them why and they will be on board ). If you also see something suspicious then call it in and report it. They may or may not come, but as long as there is a record of it you can then hold them accountable. Of course you have to be patient when doing all this but this is a long term thing. Not just a quick fix.

A video camera can be taken away. The persons will just take it out of your hand and show it to their friends. Wanna get rid of bad folks? Carry a gun loaded with bird shot. You wont kill a person but they will feel it. A quick fix is bait and capture. or another good one is catch a rattle snake and cut his rattle off. Put that snake into a really nice briefcase of highest quality. Leaves it in the back seat of your car with the window down.The crook will pick it up and open it some place other then where they stole it from. News will travel that street is void the crooks will tell each other. "DO NOT GO THERE" The snake will grow back the rattle and continue on his way while doing your dirty work. Problem solved.


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