Don't Look So Rich Says LAPD
Skyrocketing armed robberies have prompted Los Angeles officials to warn citizens not to draw attention to themselves by driving expensive cars or wearing expensive jewelry.
Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police said that armed robberies are on the rise and people should be careful about becoming a target for criminals.
Moore said the public needs to be “vigilant.”
“What we’re asking the public to do with these crime increases is if they’re going to wear expensive jewelry or drive high-end cars, when leaving restaurants, taverns and other locations, they need to be mindful of their surroundings, and be in well lit areas. [We ask that] they recognize there are opportunists that are willing to take advantage of them and many times, these individuals are armed with firearms,” said Moore.
According to Moore, the LAPD is tracking an increase in armed robberies. The police department reported that a 44% increase in armed robberies has been registered since last year.
“We’re tracking the increase in armed robberies including looking at various suspect and vehicle descriptions of those responsible,” he said.
Moore highlights how additional detectives have been added to a task force in place to investigate these crimes
“We’re gonna remain vigilant on this increase and we just urge everyone to pay attention to this to ensure that they’re doing what they can to prevent these instances from occurring,” said Moore.
Apparently, the best strategy law-enforcement officials can hope for is for prey to look less like prey to the criminal predators.
There is some lip service to tracking the crimes and forming a task force to investigate. However none of these preempt armed robberies, they just attempt to solve them after they've happened to you.
We've mentioned before that the police are not legally obligated to protect you as an individual. And as we have been documenting, it appears that major urban centers in the U.S. are having a difficult time protecting anyone much less you as an individual.
In other words, you are on your own and we need to start taking responsibility to keep our immediate environment safe for ourselves and our family members.
This public admission that police are essentially powerless to stop criminals in their city should have Angelenos extremely worried.
You are your own first-responder.
You are responsible for everything now.
No one is coming to save you.