Several readers have reported an uptick in graffiti at the Palisades Recreation Center and on signs in George Wolfberg Park.
One resident sent CTN a March 12 message: “Here is a photo taken this evening of graffiti on the south side of the new gym. They also did the east side too. It must have been done last night. Yesterday evening it was not there.
“It is time to put in cameras all around the rec center. If the city is too poor to fund the cameras, then we Palisadians could raise the money to pay for the cameras and the installation.”
Graffiti has been a local time problem in Pacific Palisades, especially in stairwells off Haverford and in the parks. This editor’s husband used to go and paint over the graffiti. There have been ongoing issues with graffiti on the walls and K-rails at the base of Potrero Canyon.
Now people can call 311 or use an app, myLA311, to report graffiti. CTN urges everyone to report the graffiti as soon as it is found.
Even if Pacific Palisades raised money for cameras at the Rec Center, someone would have to monitor them.
Residents, does anyone else have a solution for keeping the community graffiti-free?
DECEASED FOUND IN ALLEY:
A reader wrote CTN that the alley behind the Methodist Church, early Sunday morning, March 12, was filled with police and what appeared to be person in a body bag.
CTN reached out to Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin, who replied via email the same evening.
“It was a medical emergency. A person was found unresponsive next to their vehicle,” Espin said, and added that there was no foul play and that the coroner had been called.
As soon as the person’s identity is known, the story will be updated.
CRIME REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 5 THROUGH MARCH 4
Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin releases a crime report weekly. There were so few weekly, that CTN has compiled the incidents into a monthly report this time.
In a March 1 statement, Espin sent out the following reminder. “I have seen a couple reports of people either getting pick pocketed or items taken from their purse while shopping. Please keep your personal belongings close to you and always in front of your person. These criminals are looking for the opportunity where your property is easy to get to.
“A good idea is to keep your purse in front of you as opposed to the side or back,” Espin said. “Also, if you leave your bag in a shopping cart. Do not turn your back to the cart. Keep the cart in front of you the whole time (or take your bag with you).”
February 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the 15000 Block of Pacific Coast Highway. A suspect used a wooden handle to break a window, enter, ransack the property and removed victim’s cell phone, binoculars and clothing.
February 11, 8 p.m. to 7:40 a.m., in the 800 block of Alma Real. The suspect entered location and removed items. Maintenance worker retrieved items from the suspect and the suspect walked away.
February 25, 7 p.m. to 8:45 a.m., in the 1000 Block of Corsica Drive. A rear window was smashed and suspect entered property and removed jewelry and money.
March 3, 4 a.m., in the 17300 block of Sunset Boulevard. Suspect entered commercial business through unsecured rear door and ransacked interior. No property taken.
BURGLARY THEFT FROM VEHICLE (BTFV):
February 19 to 20, 7:20 p.m. to 5:40 a.m., in the 15000 block of De Pauw Street. Suspect(s) removed catalytic converter from victim’s vehicle.
February 22, 2:50 to 3:05 p.m., in the 500 block of E. Channel Road. Suspect entered unsecured vehicle and removed victim’s property from front passenger seat.
February 28, 11 a.m. to noon, in the 15100 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The suspect used victim’s concealed vehicle key to unlook doors.
March 2, noon to 1:40 p.m. in the 500 block of Los Liones Drive. Suspect(s) entered victim’s unsecured vehicle and took property.
February 5, 12:40 p.m., in the 800 block of Alma Real. The suspect removed victims property from park and fled in unknown direction.
February 27, 2:10 p.m., in the 15000 block of Sunset Boulevard. Suspect reached into victim’s purse when victim wasn’t looking. Suspect took victim’s wallet and then later placed the wallet back in victim’s possession.
March 4, 6:15 to 6:20, in the 15000 block of Sunset Boulevard. Suspect took victim’s property (purse).
CTN thought readers might like to contrast crime in Pacific Palisades with another area in West L.A.