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?