Thefts from Vehicles in WeHo Last Year Almost Doubled from 2015

Thefts from vehicles in West Hollywood almost doubled from 2015 to 2017, while nearby communities also experienced high levels of thefts. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, based on data from the city and the California Department of Justice.

West Hollywood’s current level of thefts from vehicles is unusual in historical terms. The city had 600 reported thefts from vehicles in 2017. That was the highest level since 1996. It happened only two years after the all-time low of roughly 300 in 2015.

West Hollywood’s recent increase in thefts from vehicles was unusual compared to many cities, but not so unusual when compared to Culver City, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. In 2017, the county as a whole had almost no increase, but the Westside cities all did. They were in the top quarter of cities in the county based on their percentage increases.

West Hollywood and Culver City both had one-year increases of about 50%. Only one city in the county, Walnut, had a bigger one-year percentage increase (not counting cities with very few thefts). Beverly Hills and Santa Monica saw smaller but still significant increases of about 30% and 20%, respectively. The numbers for the City of Los Angeles rose a bit less than 10%.

Over a 10-year period, West Hollywood’s percentage increase of about 50% was still high compared to many cities. However, it was lower than Culver City, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and 10 other cities in the county. The City of Bell had the biggest jump in the county at 280%. Culver City was second with roughly 160%. Beverly Hills came in fifth with an increase of about 100%. Santa Monica was ninth at 60% or so. The county as a whole saw a decline of more than 10%. Los Angeles had a drop of roughly 25%.

On a per capita basis, the level of thefts in West Hollywood was unusual compared to most cities in the county, but not on the Westside. West Hollywood had 17 thefts from vehicles per 1,000 residents in 2017. Only one city in the county with at least 10,000 residents – Commerce — had a higher rate.

Three of the other Westside cities had rates almost as high as West Hollywood’s. Beverly Hills ranked just below West Hollywood, with 16 thefts per 1,000 residents. Santa Monica and Culver had 15 thefts per 1,000 residents.

The City of Los Angeles as a whole had only 5 thefts per 1,000 residents. However, the available numbers suggest that the theft rate is higher in Los Angeles neighborhoods adjacent to West Hollywood. The report estimated 21 thefts per 1,000 residents in the Fairfax District, well above West Hollywood’s 17. The estimate was 15 for both Hollywood and Beverly Grove, a level similar to the other Westside cities.

To find out more, see the full report, Is the number of thefts from cars in West Hollywood unusual?


7 Comments
  1. Missing from the discussion is who the people are that are the perpetrators in West Hollywood’s crime problem and, what their motivations are. From what I can see and what I get from our Security Ambassadors and Sheriff’s Deputies, the overwhelming majority of the crime is being committed by nonresidents passing through and in many instances came here for the sole purpose to commit a crime in the first place. West Hollywood is seen as an “easy mark” by many predatory criminals because the place lacks a tough or dangerous reputation, they wouldn’t even consider rolling into Compton and causing any trouble for the residents there!

    Even though there is substantially more and better loot in beverly hells, there are significantly more reasons beyond their highly aggressive well funded paramilitary Security and Police force why many predatory criminals will avoid them. The foremost being that they both share the same reactionary predatory capitalist psychological profile, making many of their fundamental views of the world basically the same. For all practical matters they share the same power worshiping religion!

    A more inclusive (especially to LGBT) Liberal community runs counter to the basic world view of a predatory criminal and, likely to insight an aggressive response. I have worked with predatory criminals including violent sex offenders (a job taken out of extreme desperation) and they have a great deal of hostility toward Liberal/Left Peace Activists and Environmentalists but, NONE toward right-wingers who would kill and castrate them as a policy. Mind you these FACTS do NOT justify taking this in a reactionary direction! The poison of the human spirit that “one needs to become a predatory sociopath in order to succeed in life” is a dogma of wealthy capitalists that harms all elements of society. If you are living in fear of non-whites and other oppressed people, see your only option for safety in increasing police powers at the expense of your Civil Rights and, think you need an assault rifle (product of the military industrial complex aimed at the civilian market) in order to protect yourself. Well then YOU just drank the Kool-Aid!

    We should ask ourselves why are we so willing to attack poor and oppressed people for their predatory pathologies when the root cause of their problem is the logical extension of the ruling class’s capitalist philosophy? Crime from these people is NOT a problem but, a symptom of far greater crimes committed by the establishment that we find socially acceptable!

  2. This town has always been like a candy store for small time crooks. Even before cityhood house and car burglaries were common. This area used to be a county backwater (many who lived here then like it that way – isolated) and police had to check their maps to find us. Once, we had COPS teams on bikes as a regular feature. Now? Since I don’t get out of the house much any more bike patrols may be happening. The city’s WATCH program needs a jab in butt and residents need to get more involved.

  3. Crime is everywhere. This happens because people leave items in their car that attract theifs. Crime is a fact of life. Eternal vigilance is the price of safety. We have to be more smart than the thieves. Don’ t make it easy for them.

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