LOS ANGELES (CNS) - With violent crime and shootings increasing in Los Angeles over the last year, Police Chief Michel Moore reported today that last week saw a reduction in shooting violence compared to the previous week, and there were no instances of shootings during robberies.
Moore did not provide specific numbers during Tuesday's Police Commission meeting, but said shooting violence was lower than the previous week and robberies were lower than the same week in 2020 for all areas except the Hollywood area, which had an increase in street robberies and aggravated assaults.
Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala told the commission that 18 robbery victims were shot in L.A., compared to one during the same period the previous year.
“Yesterday I was briefed by Chief Girmala and by our CompStat personnel, where we've seen street robberies increased primarily on the east side of Hollywood Boulevard towards the Western area,'' Moore said. “These are primarily strong armed robberies and these are occurring generally in the late afternoon, early evening hours.''
He noted that the LAPD's Hollywood division shifted personnel to give extra resources to the area and increase public outreach to raise awareness about staying vigilant.
“I'm also pleased to announce that ... of the 23 street robberies, they've had eight arrests, which tells me their investigations, their response, their canvassing, their pursuit of those people responsible for these instances is strong,'' Moore said.
“We're also asking the public to be mindful of their surroundings and recognize that there are people who are preying upon them, whether it be on transit or on the street, and that they have a role in prevention of this.''
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