Is Increased Enforcement Paying Off in Highland Park?

Have you noticed an increased police presence and a decrease in crime?

The numbers tell a compelling story.

According to Crimemapping.com, 13 violent crimes--many of them shootings--were reported in Highland Park between July 15 and July 31.

In the two weeks between August 1 and August 15, crimemapping.com shows only one violent crime--a report of a shooting at a moving vehicle.

What changed? On Thursday, July 27, LAPD Northeast Division Senior Lead Officer for Highland Park, Nina Preciado,

"It always helps when we have more officers--the more the better. [We] try to cite [...] people for anything, arrest them for anything," Preciado told Patch. "[We're] try[ing] to do zero tolerance, anyone goes to jail for any little thing."

LAPD Detective Richard Ortiz told Patch on Wednesday that added officers have led to some key arrests of alleged gang members in Highland Park.

"We focused our resources in the area of those shootings," Ortiz said. "The good thing is, our gang officers know they area really well. They know the gang guys, too. If they see two of them together, they can search them, because we've served an injunction that doesn't allow gang members to be around each other. That's led to some arrests."

Patch Asks: Have you noticed an increased police presence and a decrease violent crime over the last two weeks in Highland Park? If so, does seeing extra police cars on the street make you feel safer? If not, what crimes have you been seeing around the neighborhood, and where?

Tom Allen August 21, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Well PD, as an observation, from someone who has paid traffic fines/tickets in several cities - ethnically and racially mixed cities, and in predominately Caucasian townships the number is unusually high. (Sorry, I don't know where BH or HB is).
frank van neutra lautner August 21, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Based on numerous instances of squealing and skidding tires and revving engines I've heard emanating from and the crazy driving I've eye witnessed on Monte Vista street today and this evening, it's seems the extra patrols have already been reassigned away from Highland Park.
PD August 22, 2012 at 01:59 PM
So now you are complaining, again? Dude seriously Left Flank, you are as inconsistent with your rants as you are with your conclusions. You should be happy now. Perhaps the LAPD heard about you posts about unfair traffic stops...NOT!! Very typical, complain about the Police till you need them.
PD August 22, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Tom, perhaps some of these Latinos are paying what violations they have committed. Unfortunately due to many factors including no drivers license which goes hand in hand with not knowing our laws. Another thing to consider is registration and insurance costs. The reality is that many Latino migrants can't afford these cost which leads to their car registration expiring. No matter how you spin it the truth isn't pretty. This coming from a guy who is very supportive of migrants.
nonoise August 27, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Moving violations and parking citations do not get paid at the DMV. Those get paid through the court system. Only fines being paid at DMV are late car registrations and driver license fees.


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