Lt. Bill Moulder with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department gave his monthly update to WeHo’s Public Safety Commission this week.
August 2021 saw a 64 percent increase in Part One crimes compared with August 2020, he said, while reminding the commission that 2020 had some of the lowest crime rates on record due to the pandemic, and the sharp increase should not be cause for concern. August 2020, after all, had about 30 percent fewer Part One Crimes than August 2019.
Part One crime in August 2021, compared with August 2019
- Total Part One crimes were up 64 percent, with 177 incidents
- West side was up 49 percent
- City center was up 56 and
- East side was up 113 percent
- West side had 44 percent of the part one crimes
- City Center had 28 percent
- East side had 28 percent
There were 10 armed robberies in West Hollywood during August, three of which were “estes” robberies, such as “when somebody goes in and they’re committing a theft in a store and as they’re leaving they get in a fight with security or employees, which elevates the crime,” Moulder explained.
There were 34 burglaries, including:
- 14 commercial burglaries
- 9 in sub garages
- 10 in mail rooms
- 1 in a vacant house
Moulder also addressed the ongoing situation with marijuana dispensary Cookies, describing an incident in August in which an alleged Cookie’s customer parked illegally on Kings Road and then “used the street as a restroom,” he said.
A representative with Cookies addressed the incident in her public comment.
“I wanted to thank Lt. Moulder and his staff for partnering with us to continue to become not just a good neighbor but the best neighbor possible to the surrounding community,” she said.
The representative detailed how Cookies had reviewed two sets of security camera footages as well as photos provided by Lt. Moulder and had not been able to match the suspect with any customer who had been in the store.
“That said, we continue to welcome any feedback and comments,” she said. “Cookies has a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week patrol car which patrols a four-block radius surrounding Cookies as well as a full-time cleaning team that operates during all operating hours that also extends a four-block radius around the store. Please feel free to reach out to us.”
Public Safety Chairperson Tory Berger was happy with the effort made by Cookies to rectify the issue.
“That really shows something, and that’s a great start that we can continue working and communicating with you,” he said.