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LAPD and Silver Lake Residents Agree to Work Together More

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What became clear at Thursday night's packed community meeting about a rash of street robberies in the Silver Lake and Echo Park communities is that police and the community need to work more closely together. The need has always been there, but after residents felt angry when the city was slow to identify and report crime patterns, they took to the streets and internet with the information they had and spread the word themselves.

In total throughout LAPD's Northeast Division, which also covers communities as far East as Highland Park and Eagle Rock, there were 93 violent crimes, 52 of which that were robberies, between January 4th and 31st. Eleven of those were in the Silver Lake-Echo Park area, known to police as Basic Car A71. The 11 robberies that the basic car experienced was a 175% increase, or 7 more robberies than the same reporting period in 2008, police said last night.

LAPD Captain William Murphy admitted to those in attendance they need to get better at communicating with the public and pledged to so. But he and Councilman Tom Labonge said it was a two way street. "Some of it is on you," Murphy said.