LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division recommends that citizens be mindful and on guard after a recent spike in armed robberies. Victims are targeted while coming from jewelers, nightclubs, and high-end restaurants across Los Angeles, emphasizing such crimes happening in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles.
LAPD has issued these types of bulletins before, warning citizens not to leave valuables in their vehicles in-plane sites, to lock their doors, and what actions to take if you’re a victim of crime.
This latest bulletin comes at a time when local businesses are still healing from a rash of car break-ins, deadly shootings, hostage situations, assaults, and other malicious crimes inside their homes or places of business. One such crime occurred at Polished Nail Salon on 6th and Spring just last week, with a cashier at the salon robbed at gunpoint.
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Here is the latest in LAPD recommendations:
- Before exiting your car, walking out of a restaurant, store, mall, or club, be aware of one’s surroundings for anything unusual or out of the ordinary.
- Be cautious of displaying high-value property in public, such as purses, watches, and jewelry.
- Record and report suspicious activity to the police (write down questionable suspect/vehicle descriptions).
- If you are driving and believe you are being followed, dial 911. If possible, drive to the nearest police station.
- Do not resist the robbery suspects; cooperate and comply with their demands if you are being robbed. Be a good witness.
- After a robbery, immediately call the police department by dialing 911. Immediately write down everything you can remember about the crime, suspects and suspect vehicle.
- Do not chase or follow the robbery suspect out of your place of business or home. Leave the job of catching the suspects to the police.