Do you live in a gang “hotzone”? Are you and your neighbors seeking ways to reduce gang violence and other forms of crime in your community?
A new tool developed by The Advancement Project, in collaboration with the Violence Prevention Coalition, may help. The Community Safety Scorecard shines a spotline on community violence in Los Angeles and offers a series of recommendations that might be useful for community-based groups working on violence reduction strategies.
Using an “A” to “F” scorecard, the report grades LA neighborhoods based on levels of violent crime, the number of gangs, child abuse rates, poverty levels, school truancy and more. With violent crime levels ten times that of LA’s safest neighborhood (Pacific Palisades), South Los Angeles faces the gravest challenges, particularly in neighborhoods bordering the 110 corridor. Pacoima and some areas of East L.A. also had high crime rates.
The scorecard also attempts to track the impact of violence reduction strategies over time.