The 215 serious crimes reported in West Hollywood last month were an increase of 64% over February 2018, according to a report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.
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The majority of those burglaries occurred on the city’s Westside, with 42 reported, up from 12 during the same month last year. Petty theft, the theft of money or items worth less than $950, accounted for the second highest number of crimes, with 70 citywide, up from 49 in February 2018. Petty theft usually involves shoplifting.
There were 30 incidents of grand theft, the theft of money or items worth $950 or more, across the whole city in February, up from 19 in February 2018.
A report to the City Council on Monday by Capt. Moulder and Kristin Cook, who heads the city’s Public Safety Department, showed that serious crime in West Hollywood increased 22% for the six months from July through December 2018 versus July through December 2017. Sixty-nine aggravated assaults were responsible for the biggest percentage increase (64%), but vehicle burglaries (up 108, or 40%, over the last six months of 2018) were the primary factor in the overall increase in serious or Part 1 crimes.
Petty thefts ( up 22%) and grand thefts ( up 18%) also increased significantly, the report noted. It said that Larceny / Theft, a category that includes grand theft, petty theft
The report also showed that serious crimes have been steadily climbing in West Hollywood over the past five years. There were 793 serious crimes reported in 2014 and 1,282 reported in 2018. City Councilmember John Heilman said he was concerned about the increase and asked that City Hall convene a group to discuss how to address the increase.
Where Does the Crime Happen in West Hollywood?
So where do the crimes occur in West Hollywood? In its presentation on Monday, the Sheriff’s Station reported that the city’s Westside was the location of 37% of serious crimes in the last six months of last year. The Eastside saw a 14% increase. The City Center saw a minor increase of 2%.
The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, in its monthly update of serious (Part 1) crimes in the city, actually lists them by 12 smaller reporting districts. Five of those are in the city’s Westside, four in City Center and three on the Eastside.
On the Westside
The Sheriff’s Station’s report of serious crimes in February alone shows that most of them (120) are on the west side of town. For the most part, they involved theft, with the majority of them being from cars or of cars. Most of those occurred in reporting district 972, which runs from Santa Monica Boulevard south to the city’s southern border just past Beverly Boulevard and thus includes the southern part of the Santa Monica bar and nightlife area (as well as the West Hollywood West residential neighborhood.) The reporting district is bordered on the west by Doheny Drive and on the east by La Cienega Boulevard, except for a small pocket that reaches east to include the area bounded by Rosewood and Sweetzer.
Of the 46 thefts reported in that district
Three homes were burglarized, and two rapes were reported (the only ones reported in the entire city in February).
District 977 ranked second in crimes reported in February. That zone begins on the north side of Santa Monica Boulevard, stretching west to Doheny Drive and east to La Cienega Boulevard. Its northern boundary is just south of Sunset Boulevard. That reporting district, also part of the Boystown bar and nightlife area, reported 34 thefts, with nine of them vehicle burglaries. It beat the rest of the city by far when it comes to petty thefts, with 20 reported in February out of a total of 70 citywide. The area experienced three robberies (one of them an armed robbery).
District 986, which covers Sunset Boulevard from Doheny Drive to La Cienega, reported only 14 serious crimes. Five of them were vehicle burglaries, four were grand thefts and three were petty thefts. Two cars were reported stolen.
District 978, which covers the West Hollywood Heights neighborhood, was peaceful, as was District 971, which surrounds the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.
On the Eastside
There were 57 crimes in the three reporting districts on the east side of West Hollywood, with the largest category (25 reports) involving petty thefts. There were 11 petty thefts in reporting district 989, the area bordered on the south by Romaine Street, on the west by Formosa Avenue, on the north by Santa Monica Boulevard and stretching to the city’s boundary on the east. It’s the location of the Gateway shopping plaza, the city’s largest concentration of retailers. There was one vehicle burglary in that district, two grand thefts and two robberies and five aggravated assaults.
District 973 reported 17 serious crimes. That district is bordered by Fountain Avenue on the north, North Gardner Street on the west, Romaine on the south (except for the 989 area) and the city’s boundary at La Brea Avenue on the east. Most of the crimes there (12 of them) involved thefts. Of those, three were vehicle burglaries. One car was stolen.
More serious were two reported armed robberies and two aggravated assaults in that district.
District 974 reported 19 crimes, with the types of crimes and numbers almost equal to those in district 973. It was different in that it had three strong armed robberies and one building burglary. That district is bordered on the west by Fairfax Avenue, on the north by Fountain Avenue, on the south by Willoughby Avenue and on the east by North Gardner Street.
The Center City
The four districts in the center of West Hollywood reported the fewest crimes. Of the 38 crimes overall, 20 were vehicle burglaries. Fifteen of those vehicle burglaries occurred in district 975, which is bordered on the east by Fairfax Avenue, on the west by North Harper Avenue, on the south by the city limits at Willoughby and Romaine and on the north by the city limits just short of Sunset Boulevard. That district’s 20 reported crimes also included one residential burglary and four other thefts.
The 13 crimes reported in district 976 were in the same categories, with the exception of one strong-armed robbery. There were eight petty thefts and two vehicle burglaries. District 976 stretches from North Harper Avenue on the east to La Cienega Boulevard on the west. Its northern boundary is just short of Sunset Boulevard and includes Delongpre Avenue. It is bounded on the south by the city’s own irregular boundary limits at Willoughby and Waring.
District 987 reported only four crimes (two vehicle burglaries and two grand thefts) and district 988 reported only one crime, a vehicle burglary. That district essentially spans Sunset Boulevard from La Cienega Boulevard to just past North Harper.