When I first saw the tweet by the LAPD warning residents to just comply with home invaders and criminals I was infuriated at first. After a moment I quickly realized the increased crime rate was only part of the problem. Thanks to budget cuts and the anti-cop movement driving officers away, police cannot possibly keep up with the current rise in crime in Los Angeles.
The Warning the LAPD posted just goes to show that Democrats’ push to defund the police is leading cities into ruin. This was the sound of the other (defund) shoe dropping:
“Due to an increase in violent street robberies, Robbery-Homicide Division has become aware of an ongoing crime trend of follow-home robberies. Suspects have been locating victims in Los Angeles, following them, and then committing the robberies as the victim arrives home or at their business.
Victims have been followed from such places like Melrose Avenue, the Jewelry District of Los Angeles, nightclubs, and high-end restaurants in Los Angeles. The target of these robberies has been expensive jewelry, including watches and necklaces, as well as expensive purses. Victims have also been targeted based on the type of vehicle they are driving. These crimes have occurred throughout the City of Los Angeles as well as neighboring
Different suspects have been identified and arrested for these types of crimes.
The following are recommendations for community members:• Be aware of one’s surroundings for anything unusual or out of the ordinary before exiting
your car, walking out of a restaurant, stores, malls, or clubs.
• Be cautious of displaying high-value property in public such as purses, watches, and
• Record and report suspicious activity to the police (write down suspicious suspect/vehicle
•If you are driving and believe you are being followed, dial 911. If possible, drive to the
nearest police station.
• If you are being robbed, do not resist the robbery suspects; cooperate and comply with
their demands. 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.”
While it’s still disturbing to see the police tell residents that they’re basically on their own, you have to look at the bigger issues at play. The police are horribly understaffed, Governor Gavin Newsom has practically made it a crime to prosecute criminals and virtually banned residents from defending themselves with weapons bans.
Add that to the crippling cost of living, rising inflation, and the ‘defund the police movement’—LA was a recipe for disaster.
“According to crime statistics from the police department, robberies went up 12.4 percent from the time period between August 29 to September 25, to the time period between September 26 to October 23.”
California cut its police budget by $150 million this year. While politicians are only now admitting the movement was a disaster, few have done anything to rectify it.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.