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"People Are Afraid" - LA's Crime Surge Migrates To Wealthy Zip Codes

• https://www.zerohedge.com, by James Varney

In less than 90 seconds, the robbers stole more than $3 million worth of jewels. Two days later, in response to a wave of high-end robberies, the Los Angeles Police Department announced there would be no arrests. Instead, it cautioned Hollywood residents not to wear high quality jewelry in public. 

"Beverly Hills is one of the most affluent, safest neighborhoods in the world and now everyone is scared," Sedghi said.

"All of my clients – no one wears anything."

Crime has risen dramatically in Los Angeles, as well as in many other major cities, since the start of the pandemic and last summer's protests against police violence resulted in the slashing of many law enforcement budgets. News stories document rising fear across LA and crime has become the major issue in both the upcoming mayor's election and a possible recall of the district attorney. It may not be surprising that issues of race and class are driving this concern, though they have a new twist. 

Wealthy and predominantly white neighborhoods have experienced the sharpest upticks in a wide array of crimes, according to an analysis conducted for RealClearInvestigations by criminologist John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center.

The zip codes showing the largest increases are home to film and pop stars, including Beverly Hills, of "90210" fame, where Beyonce and Jay-Z have their West Coast house; Bel Air, of "Fresh Prince" Will Smith fame, where Jennifer Lopez now resides;  and Los Feliz, where Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom share a house and where Angelina Jolie has resided since her divorce from Brad Pitt. Nearby, the U.S. Postal Service has suspended delivery to one neighborhood in Santa Monica – a town where celebrities including Tom Cruise, Christian Bale and Sandra Bullock reportedly have homes – because "multiple carriers have been subjected to assault and threats of assault."


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