The last two nights I have witnessed aggressive dangerous homeless behavior. Last night at around 10pm I was with friends in front of townhouse at the taco truck and two drunk disgusting homeless guys were aggressively panhandling. Lately there is a grouop of 5 – 10 of them that hangout on Winward between Larry's and Dry Tour. This is a real nasty group.
Tonight there was a group of them on the boardwalk between 19th and 20th. Bruce a skinny 5'9" sandy haired shirtless crusty was chasing and screaming after another guy with a broken bottle. There were 6 – 8 of them screaming and losing their minds and scaring everyone that was within their shouting range. I called the police. They did a quick drive by while the homeless gang sat between the tennis courts in an unlit area. I called dispatch a second time right after the first drive by. Team krusty was real loud and they did not seem like they were done fighting.
When I called the second time I gave the exact location of the group. I specifically told dispatch to have the squad car call me to locate the gang. The squad drove by a second time shined the lights on them and drove off. The cops barely slowed down. They are still out there screaming.
Have you guys seen an increase in the number and aggressive behavior of our unhoused neighbors?
July 8, 2010
February 17, 2010
Yes, There seems to be many more this year and they are spreading out into the neighborhoods as well – I have had a recent problem that I just couldn't figure out over the last month, a huge pile of garbage dumped in front of my house that I would clean up and it would miraculously reappear the next day….. beer & Coke cans, Macdonalds wrappers, chip bags, nothing awful, but very consistent….. and just ii front of my place, nowhere else could not figure it out…. yesterday I was home for lunch and discovered why… I have a big tree in front and a lawn and it has become the lunch area for the local homeless who want to smoke a joint and have a few drinks with lunch – I watched as they got louder and louder and, though I was just gonna let it pass, but it went on and on and after well over an hour and two phone calls from neighbors from neighbors finally called the LAPD and they came out in less than 10 minutes. I left as they were checking out the people in front only to find another homeless guy taking a sh!t in the alley behind my house….. ahhhh summer in Venice – when I came home at the end of the day, all were gone and all was cleaned up……
Thank you LAPD – It is terrible that this is the way we have to use police resources for this but as long as we have the social service magnet in Venice, this will be here for them to deal with….
October 7, 2010
Thankfully, our chronic problem has gotten a bit better (knocking wood.) We had a delusional homeless person who would show up in the middle of the night and set up camp on our front porch. We have a tiny apartment, and our bed is near the front windows. He would get loud and wake us up. He also tended to steal our chairs and take them with him around the neighborhood. Worst part was that he would occasionally relieve himself on our porch as well.
Called LAPD a number of times to remove him (in addition to chasing him off ourselves.) We realize that there was essentially nothing LAPD could do to resolve the situation. They told us he isn't known for being dangerous, and that the crusties had driven him out of the area where he used to camp. They would drive him back down to the beach somewhere and kick him out. I agree that there is no point in incarcerating someone like this. It's just a very expensive solution to a social problem. It's also clear that he can't take care of himself and needs to be in a care facility somewhere (thanks again, Gov. Reagan.)
Sorry to hear about your issues. I understand how frustrating it is. I understand that there is homelessness and that a lot of people have fallen through the cracks in our society. I also have compassion for those who are homeless through no fault of their own. But being homeless doesn't mean that you have to behave like this. Clearly these people who are using your front yard for a picnic site aren't mentally ill, they just are aholes who don't give a damn.
June 16, 2009