Northeast Los Angeles leads the city in violent crime reduction through the first seven months of the year, according to local captain William Murphy.
Capt. Murphy addressed the matter at the latest monthly Northeast Community Police Advisory Board meeting, which was held held on Monday night.
LAPD's crime tracking system COMPSTAT shows a 28.3 percent decrease in violent crime, a 13 percent decrease in property crime and a 15.3 percent decrease in Part 1 crimes--which include robbery, rape, larceny, motor vehicle theft, burglary and assault.
“Our big problem for crime in the last week or so is GTA [grand theft auto], stolen cars. We had a bad week last week,” Murphy said. “We had a little bit of a spike in Highland Park, Los Feliz and Silver Lake, but the other neighborhoods look pretty good.”
According to Murphy, most of the stolen vehicles are '90s model Hondas and Toyotas. Murphy explained that their worn out ignitions make them easy to start for thieves with shaved keys.
Murphy said there were 23 cars stolen in the last week, whereas the department prefers to keep that number at or below 16.
“We’re going to work really hard and put some details out there to try and take that number down.,” he said.
Bullying at LAUSD
After Capt. Murphy's crime update, LAPD volunteer Monica Harmon gave an anti-bullying presentation that she has presented to numerous schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
The presentation provided examples of the types of bullying that occurs in modern schools, the consequences of bullying and tips that students can use when faced with bullies.
Much of modern bullying takes place online, Harmon said.
“There’s no education for these kids on how to be responsible using Facebook, Twitter and Myspace,” Harmon said.
According to Harmon, 83 percent of gay students and students with disabilities are the ones who experience bullying at some point. She also said those students are the most vulnerable to bullies, as well.
Reminder: LAPD Northeast Division's Summer Carnival kicks off on Friday and closes on Sunday. It will take place at the intersection of Eagle Rock Boulevard and Verdugo Road.
Pre-sale tickets are available at the Northeast police station until noon on Friday at a 50 percent discount.
Sergeant Danny Roman also announced a fundraising event for the LAPD Youth Boxing program.
The exhibition is scheduled for Oct. 2 prior to the Chivas USA vs. Philadelphia soccer match at The Home Depot Center.
A $20 donation includes a ticket to the exhibition fights, featuring approximately 60 local youth who participate in the gang intervention boxing program.
Highland Park Shooting
Officers did not address a shooting took place on Friday night at approximately 10:45 p.m. in the area of Avenue 63 and Ruby Street.
Additional information on the shooting was not available at the meeting, however CPAB member Rosa Rivas said she heard about 10 shots that were fired. She also said she called in the incident and was informed there were no suspects.
Rivas said, “I was doing my laundry when I heard the shots and a car speeding off.”
Sgt. Danny Roman said the following when asked about the gunshots reported by several residents on Saturday night.
"On August 19th, there wasno evidence of a radio call regarding shots fired in the area of York and Figueroa. Officers were deployed in that area for the entire evening and there was no calls for service or shots fired.”