West Hollywood’s Westside saw a large increase in serious crime in January compared to the same month the year before, while incidents of crime dropped substantially in the Center City and remained relatively stable on the Eastside.
Data released by the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station in advance of tonight’s Public Safety Commission meeting showed a 28% increase in Part I crimes on the Westside, which includes the Boystown gay nightlife district. Part 1 crimes are defined as violent and property crimes. Petty theft, the theft of property worth $950 or less, accounted for the largest number of crimes, 28. That represented a 22% increase over January 2015. The biggest percentage increase was in incidents of building robberies, up 200% with six reported in January 2016 and two in January 2015.
Vehicle burglaries and incidents of grand theft (theft of property worth more than $950) were up 83% and 38% respectively. Aggravated assaults declined from seven reported last year to four reported in January 2016. The Westside was home to 49% of reported serious crimes in January.
Vehicle burglaries accounted for the one of the biggest percentage increases in crime (140%) on the city’s Eastside, with 12 incidents reported in January. Another large percentage increase, albeit with relatively few incidents, occurred in the grand theft auto category, up 400% with five incidents reported. Both residential burglaries and structure or building burglaries dropped from three incidents last year to one in January 2015. The Eastside accounted for 32% of West Hollywood’s serious crimes in January.
West Hollywood’s Center City area saw serious crime fall 34%. There were no residential burglaries, no armed robberies and no strong arm robberies compared to a January 2015 count of four, two and one respectively. Incidents of petty theft, which is responsible for the largest number of crimes citywide, totaled 11, down from 13 last year.
The Public Safety Commission meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. today in the community meeting room of the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente south of Santa Monica.