This month, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that crime had reached historic lows. But a growing number of people on the city’s west side have come to believe that they are in the midst of a mini-crime wave, especially with the recent series of home invasion robberies targeting elderly women, reports the Los Angeles Times. Police announced Monday that they had arrested a suspect in the robberies. Some homeowners remain wary.
Citywide, violent crime is down 6 percent from the beginning of the year through mid-August. In West Los Angeles, violent crime is down 4 percent, with major declines in homicides and rapes, but robberies held constant. Councilman Jack Weiss says that, “When neighborhoods have seen a long stretch of relatively low crime, of course, new crimes catch their attention.” West side residents give Neighborhood Watch stickers to the elderly to put in their windows. Neighborhood Watch groups appear to be thriving for the first time in decades, said one leader.