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New Police Station in Koreatown Brings Down Crime, LAPD Says

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Violent crime has declined 13 percent and arrests are up by 60 percent in a new Mid-City police division, the LAPD is reporting today. The Olympic Station on Vermont Avenue just opened last month and is one of two new stations built to put officers closer to neighborhoods (the other new station is in the West Valley). Here's what the LAPD is touting:

  • Robbery arrests up 75 percent
  • Violent assault arrests up 52 percent
  • Burglary arrests up 20 percent
  • Violent crime arrests up 54 percent
  • Other assault arrests up 57 percent
  • Weapon arrests up 64 percent
  • Prostitution arrests up 100 percent
  • Narcotics arrests up 35 percent
  • DUI arrests up 24 percent

At the recent Silver Lake community meeting about a recent rash of street robberies, a representative for City Councilman Eric Garcetti told LAist that the city is looking into creating another police division that would serve Eastside neighborhoods. Could the successes of the new station help this happen?

The stations serves communities including Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire, Lafayette Park and Windsor Square and its borders are the 10 Freeway on the south, Hoover Street on the east, Beverly Boulevard and Melrose Avenue on the north, and Arlington Avenue, Gower Street and Crenshaw and Plymouth Boulevards on the west.

Do you live in this area? Comment below and let us know if you are noticing a difference in police presence and crime.