Coordinated teamwork clearly made a difference last night. Most of the night had been quiet, and we were actually wondering if the night would end without a single incidence of violence … but then, that’s almost always how things work, isn’t it? As soon as you think it’s over, it gets interesting.
We were posted up at the north-east corner of Hollywood and Ivar, and one of us spotted a two-man fight starting across Hollywood, spilling onto the street. We had to pause long enough for our flashlights to get the attention of the drivers on the road so we could get across safely, but managed to get to the fighters pretty quickly. They were still tangling with each other and exchanging the big swinging punches typical of adrenaline filled, drunken fighters.Read More
I’m a believer in the idea of Kaizen: Constant Intentional Improvement through analysis of what is and isn’t already working well. Last night we stopped some fights about to happen, and put hands on some people already fighting. It went very well, but there’s still room for improvement. Here’s what happened, followed by what I hope happens better next time.Read More
Last night we had the very good fortune of a visit from the Inland Empire Chapter, and the night kept us all very busy. We took massive advantage of the radio technology we had on hand, and found ourselves covering Hollywood Boulevard extremely well. We had eyes and ears on activity all over the hot-spots and the hidden alleys. You can never predict how the night will turn out, but we certainly couldn’t have predicted talking down a group of aggressive drunk thugs who were looking for a fight would lead us to shutting down a whole block for the bomb squad.Read More
Everyone can help reduce crime. Here’s the LA Times story about local citizens catching a serial killer:
While neither of the two young men chasing the suspect are Guardian Angels, they are perfect examples of what may be the best effect of our Safety Patrols:
Local citizens are empowered to take action, reducing crime in their neighborhoods.Read More
[Update: One More] “Good Samaritan” Shot Trying to Stop Robbery
Our Gun Story This Weekend
On our most recent patrol this weekend, my partner and I were keeping an eye on one potential trouble maker (shirt off, gesturing wildly while recounting the story of him being attacked inside a nearby dance club, and yelling incoherent racial slursRead More
What Are We Doing
Guardian Angels are working to raise awareness and help bring an end to the arson fires that have ravaged Hollywood for the last few days. We will be handing out informational handouts to people during the day, and helping affected neighborhoods through our Safety Patrols, trying to maintain enough presence to deter the arsonist from striking again.
What Can You Do
Your donation really makes a difference:
It costs an average of $75 to keep a Safety Patrol out for a day.
We can’t do this without your help. Please do what you can to continue our crime prevention efforts.Read More