LOS ANGELES, CA – In a Tuesday Police Commission briefing, Chief Michael Moore said that there is an almost 23% increase in armed robberies in the West Bureau, which includes Hollywood to Mid-Wilshire, West Los Angeles, and the beaches.

Tourism and businesses alike have been affected by this rising trend, especially in the Melrose area.

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The chief said that some of these incidents are ambush-type situations, where two to three suspects “swarm” one person and steal their belongings like jewelry, watches, and wallets.

Venice Neighborhood Councilmember Soledad Ursua said that Venice is the epicenter for violent crime. She also said that no one is safe.

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The chief said the department is increasing patrols in the neighborhoods, as well as “educating business owners.”

His statements this week contradict the ones he made last week when he said, “Robberies are essentially flat.”

Media outlets blasted the comment that completely goes against the crime statistic data.

Several business owners spoke to the local CBA affiliate, including the owner of Brooklyn Projects, Dominic Deluca. Deluca told them that he watched a shootout live on his security cameras.

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Deluca also said his business is taking almost a 40% hit this year compared to 2019 because of all the crime. Many of his customers ask him to ship their items to them, so they don’t have to walk on the dangerous streets.

“I still keep everybody employed, but my business is down,” Deluca said.

Deluca mentioned that one of the contributing problems is that there is no accountability for crimes committed. “This is like a candy store,” he said. “You can do what you want and not get in trouble.”