Crime in WeHo rises by 38 percent

Vehicle burglaries on WeHo’s West Side drove the Part I crime rate up by 38 percent in July over the same month in 2021, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Lt. Fanny Lapkin presented the Pubic Safety Commission with the latest data at their meeting Monday night.

“In order to combat that we’ve increased our foot beats,” Lapkin said. “And we’re actually working with Block by Block and security ambassadors to conduct their foot beats based on the stats and based on the crimes that we see.”

The West District continues to be the area of most concern, with 60 percent of all Part I crimes reported there.

Lapkin reported progress in addressing WeHo’s pickpocket problem. In early July, deputies approached a suspect who tossed a cell phone into a trash bin. After detaining him, they found 17 stolen cell phones in his belonging. Pickpocketing reports declined dramatically once the individual was arrested. An alleged serial burglar involved in a rash of mailbox thefts was also detained separately.

Commissioner Nika Soon-Shiong chimed in to accuse the department of lying about resolving Friday’s manhunt, in which an inmate escaped from custody near the Pacific Design Center.

“My understanding is that the suspect escaped to a store, one block away from the station, and called an Uber to Woodland Hills. He then turned himself in, although the statement clearly gives the impression that the Sheriff’s Department was responsible for the arrest,” Soon-Shiong said.

Lapkin corrected her quickly.

“As far as the apprehension, it was our Special Enforcement Bureau, in collaboration with our Major Crimes Bureau. They’re the ones that actually apprehended the escapee. He did not turn himself in,” Lapkin said.

Soon-Shiong also accused the department of racist behavior.

“I’d also be remiss not to point out the quite problematic and racially biased harmful image of the black man’s hands in handcuffs. I’d like to suggest that the vast PR wing of the department retract the use of this image and similar images that celebrate obviously, the disproportionate arrest and criminalization of black people in West Hollywood,” she said.

Resident Jamie Francis, speaking during Public Comment, was having none of it.

“What I don’t appreciate is the commissioner who blurted out wrongful statistics. Police are trying to do their job. And yet, even then, they have to be undermined with reports (like this). That is actually incorrect and yet no one called out that commissioner. That is unacceptable.”

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Luann P Edwards
Luann P Edwards
1 month ago

Lol. Block by block “ambassadors”. Can y’all even try coming up with a more intimidating name. Nope! We want our ambassadors on bikes with polos so we don’t intimidate people who may not know that the actions they are doing is illegal and it’s not for us to misjudge them for their conduct.

Luann P Edwards
Luann P Edwards
1 month ago

But daddies little girl who’s the public safety commissioner needs to head back to Oxford for her doctorate.

TomS
TomS
1 month ago

While the woke nit pics stats. SFO mayor Breed just announced DEFUND was a mistake. And will allocate more money to police and work with officer retention.
If we do not change here now we can be on course to ditto San Francisco and the Tenderloin.
Let this be a lesson to wokeism.
They just booted Boudin and DO NOT forget Gascon was there 4 years before him.

Luann P Edwards
Luann P Edwards
1 month ago
Reply to  TomS

The tenderloin in San Francisco is full of law abiding citizens that deserve dignity and fairness. How dare you!

Luann P Edwards
Luann P Edwards
1 month ago
Reply to  TomS

I’m so sorry. I forgot equity.

Westmount Dr Resident
Westmount Dr Resident
1 month ago

Given the small number of incidents, it would seem trivial for either the LASD or Brandon to break these down. Grand theft and vehicle theft – are these mostly phones? Was is the average loss value claimed? Clearly the most distressing stat is the jump in strong arm incidents. Are these distributed evenly throughout the day? Concentrated during bar/evening out hours? This is the sort of thing where productive use of stats could have a positive impact. I’m assuming the LASD in digging into this. Given the that total number of incidents roughly 150, it should be pretty easy to… Read more »

TruthSayer59
TruthSayer59
1 month ago

In similar news, homelessness and the number of transients in Weho is up what percent??? Funny how that works isnt it?

JR Birdsong
JR Birdsong
1 month ago

Rise in crime but yet the “geniuses” at WeHo City Hall voted to cut Deputies! DUH!!!! Personally, those folks need to be removed, and keep the Deputies! I wonder how many of the folks who advocated reducing the number of Deputies actually live in WeHo? [Since it is not a requirement to be on the WeHo payroll to live in WeHo! Which I think is outrageous!]

Steve Carry
Steve Carry
1 month ago

Do the crime and you do the time. When is the Left going to stop playing the race card?

Valeri
Valeri
1 month ago

LOL at how white liberals think that their political ideologies (support for Obama, BLM, illegal immigration) make them immune from the depredations of street criminals of color. “Why are you robbing from me?! I LOVE dark-skinned people! I voted for Obama twice and against Trump twice!” LOL some more.

Christopher Roth
Christopher Roth
1 month ago
Reply to  Valeri

Did I miss something?
None of the statistics in this article identify the color of the alleged criminals. Where did you get that info?

Ernesto Sportello
Ernesto Sportello
1 month ago

It’s just another racist proclaiming their racism and hatred for others.

Blatant
Blatant
1 month ago
Reply to  Valeri

This comment is blatantly racist and should not be allowed on Wehoville. Please don’t allow racism on these posts.

Beto
Beto
1 month ago
Reply to  Blatant

Another woke canceller

Rudi Logan
Rudi Logan
1 month ago
Reply to  Valeri

Valeri’s comment speaks far more about her own racism and bigotry than she thinks it does about white liberals failings.

Beto
Beto
1 month ago
Reply to  Rudi Logan

What she’s saying is 100 percent true. FACT. Unlike the land of unicorns inhabited by limousine progressives.

JR Birdsong
JR Birdsong
1 month ago
Reply to  Valeri

Haters are going to HATE. My suggestion MOVE the Hell out of Dodge! BTW, Valeri dear, check your grammar!

Beto
Beto
1 month ago
Reply to  Valeri

It’s the false sense of security that virtual signaling gives them. Then reality hits some of them like a brick.

Not Judgy
Not Judgy
1 month ago

When right vs wrong is judged by anything other than right vs wrong this is what you get, high crime rates. Congratulations to the ‘defund’ bozo’s. and to the everything is ‘racist’ and all that garbage.

Michael on Havenhurst Drive
Michael on Havenhurst Drive
1 month ago
Reply to  Not Judgy

Plus, the ludicrous Woke mentality of Horvath, Shyne and Erickson. And City executives obsessed more about their pronouns than getting work done.

Ernesto Sportello
Ernesto Sportello
1 month ago

What’s with this obsession with pronouns? Cult much?

Beto
Beto
1 month ago

A massive effort by the regressive left to reshape reality, much like the Maoists and Khmer Rouge did.

Beto
Beto
1 month ago

That’s because words are cheap, and pronouns are just that.

Eyes Wide Open
Eyes Wide Open
1 month ago

Train Wreck of a meeting.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
1 month ago

Congratulations to Lt. Lapkin for dispatching Nika’s immature sophomoric rants to the bin of lies she has perpetrated on this community for far too long. Nika has a one-track mind, one that is unsuitable to public service where big thinking is required. She needs to get on the damned plane and get out of our city (where she was never registered to vote). I think it is important to ask Horvath if her appointee to PSC has served any bigger purpose on PSC other than to bash and lie about the LASD. Soon-Shiong continues to be a malignancy on this… Read more »

voting
voting
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

You are disgracing yourself with this type of language, Alan. Soon-Shiong is a disgusting person, but you come across as hysterical in many of your posts.

:dpb
:dpb
1 month ago
Reply to  voting

I disagree. Mr. Strasburg has simply had it with Nika Soon-Shiong and her lies. That’s what Soon-Shiong’s “facts” are, lies. She should be run out of town along with Horvath.

Beto
Beto
1 month ago
Reply to  :dpb

Er, she’s a person of color, therefore, untouchable.

Michael on Havenhurst Drive
Michael on Havenhurst Drive
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Totally agree. Nika believes because her father owns the Los Angeles “El Segundo” Times she has some stature. Her family are not the Chandler’s . She has no class, blabbers on, and should be run out of West Hollywood on a rail along with Horvath, Shyne and Erickson!

Michael Yanak
Michael Yanak
1 month ago

I will donate the rail !

Beto
Beto
1 month ago

She’s a rich carpetbagger, nothing more. But we better be careful– criticizing a person of color is anathema.

Beto
Beto
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Is Nika related to the LA TImes billionaire owner?

Some Progress
Some Progress
1 month ago

The Public Safety Commission is in serious need of knowledgable, aware strategic thinkers. Currently there appear to be two qualified individuals with the other commissioners dedicated to foggy thinking and personal agendas with at least one seeking a higher office. Providing visibility for commissioners is not the objective while chumming for political followers.

Service is what honorable individuals offer when they believe they can participate in problem solving benefitting the entire community.

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