Community Meeting Addresses Latest Trend in Daytime Burglaries

Pacific Division LAPD Officer Drake Madison tells the 100-plus attendees at a Penmar Recreation Center meeting that a South L.A. gang appears to be behind the rash of burglaries in Mar Vista and Venice.

Around 160 residents from Mar Vista and Venice gathered at the Penmar Park Recreation Center Tuesday night, to receive an update from the LAPD on the .

Chris Williams, co-chair of the Penmar Neighborhood Association told Patch the crowd was one of the largest he has seen at community crime awareness meetings.

Williams spoke briefly to attendees about emergency preparedeness before introducing  Mar Vista Senior Lead Officer Drake Madison. 

Madison told attendees that a South L.A. gang known as the Rollin' 30s (a set of the Crips), has been moving into the area and is believed to be behind the recent string of daytime burglaries in the neighborhood.

“They ring doorbells,” Madison said, adding that they may say they thought the house was a friend's if residents open the door. “Sometimes you will see them hanging out in cars," he added. "They’re young, male, black gang members between the ages of 17 and 27.”

Nonetheless, Madison said people shouldn’t single out young black males because of their race.

"This is not what this is all about,” he said. Rather, he noted, residents need to be on the lookout for suspicious activity, such as individuals looking around nervously; groups splitting up; and/or individuals heading into people’s backyards.

He also recommended residents join neighborhood watch groups or simply get to know the neighbors living in their community.

In addition, Madison described measures residents can take to help deter burglars, such as locking side gates and trimming hedges around windows to increase visibility.

He also urged residents to call 1-877-ASK-LAPD to report any suspicious activity. However, some residents complained that when they called the operator questioned their ability to discern what is truly suspicious.

Madison recommended residents mention his name when calling. He also advised them to tell the dispatch operator that they’re involved with their neighborhood watch and have taken part in meetings, such as the one at the recreation center.

Following the meeting, Mar Vista resident Danielle Ezra said it was the first time she had attended a community crime awareness meeting.

“I was really happy to see so many people from the community participate,” she said.

Linda Lucks November 03, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Anyone interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch in Venice will get assistance by sending an email to Nic Hippisley-Coxe, co-chair of the Venice Neighborhood Council Public Safety Committee. Nic will make arrangings for your block to get appropriate materials and bring a police officer. Publicsafety@Venicenc.org
steve November 03, 2011 at 04:01 PM
LAPD Police Cars drive up and down Centinela all day long going back and forth to the Police Station. Is it too much to ask that they drive through the neighborhood instead of on the main street. Lights are not flashing, sirens are not blowing, there is no rush, but there is a rush to stop these burglaries. Cops driving through the neighborhood streets instead of along Centinela will show an increased presence without the increase in manpower which I understand they do not have. Is it just me, or would that be too easy? Wise up Police Chief!
catman November 03, 2011 at 08:09 PM
I bet this news must come as a great disappointment to all the homeless haters in Venice who automatically assume that all of the crime in Venice is being perpetrated by the "crusties."
john printy November 04, 2011 at 07:58 PM
I do agree, with you on that Steve,the police do need to patrol these neighborhoods of mar vista, instead of driving up, and down the main streets, and yes more needs to be done to stem the tide of these burglaries, before someone gets hurt, I think that residents of Mar vista need to get together, and form a neighborhood watch program, and help look out for there neighbors, and there homes, and make it like, neighbor helping neighbor so yes there dose need to be more patrols of these areas, and residents do need to set up a neighborhood watch program...........
Fed up November 19, 2011 at 02:52 PM
What do I have to do to get the police to patrol the neighborhood. Open up a donut shop on every cornor.


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