At the Neighborhood Council of Westchester / Playa meeting on April 4, Los Angeles Police Department Burglary Detective Robyn Salazar provided residents with a crime update and encouraged them to stay vigilant against a new wave of burglars who are seeking soft targets. Burglaries have increased significantly since the passage of Proposition 47, she said, because burglars who used to get as much as seven years in prison for their crimes now find themselves back on the streets in a matter of months.

Salazar said her No. 1 issue in the area is the recent influx of crews of gang members working together along Manchester Avenue in Westchester and Playa del Rey, scouting potential burglary targets, knocking on doors to make sure no one is at home and then, burglarizing the home – sometimes leaving a location with more than $100,000 in cash, jewelry and other items.
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