Serious crimes in West Hollywood were up 40 percent last month over September 2014 according to a report presented last night to the city’s Public Safety Commission.
The report charts Part I crimes, which are crimes of violence such rape, assault and vehicle burglary. The largest number of such crimes — 52 — were categorized as petty thefts, which is theft of property with a value of $950 or less.
Grand theft, defined as theft of property worth more than $950, was the second largest category of Part I crimes, with 33 taking place in September, up 120 percent from the same month last year. The largest number of those crimes, 18, took place on the Westside. The next largest category was aggravated assault, with 17 incidents, up 55 percent from September 2014. All but three of those incidents took place on the city’s Westside, which is home to the gay nightlife district.
The Westside accounted for 70 of the 144 reported Part 1 crimes, including the only two incidents of rape reported in September. The Eastside accounted for 45 of the 144 crimes, with 25 of those petty thefts. The Center City area experienced 29 of the crimes reported in September.
Residential burglary was down 13 percent overall in September with seven cases reported in September. There was only one armed robbery reported as compared to two in September 2014.