In LA County, many small businesses have suffered from a series of break-ins and thefts


In the area of Eagle Rock, over ten businesses have been hit by burglars, leaving owners to cover the costs of stolen and broken items.

Hype Kingdom, a sneaker shop in Bellflower, was broken into on January 21 by 15 people who smashed through the security gates and took over 500 products.

“I have one, two, three, six locks on my door, I have a security gate, a security wall that was built,” Hype Kingdom owner DJ said to NBC. “If someone wants something really bad, they are going to get it. I mean, all we can do is slow it down.”

DJ, the owner of Hype Kingdom, mentioned, “I’ve got six locks on my door, a security gate, and even a wall for protection. But if someone really wants to break in, they’ll find a way. All we can try to do is make it harder for them.”

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During the same time, thieves also broke into Seco Mini Market in Santa Clarita, causing damage that cost thousands of dollars.

This happened shortly after a group smashed into Ruben’s Bakery in Compton, stealing and causing havoc.

Dr. Chett Mallett from Sage Medical Aesthetics shared that they’re doing the basics like locking doors and installing security cameras to try to keep safe.

After armed robbers attacked at least three stores near Cahuenga Boulevard in Studio City, business owners there are questioning if their security is enough.

“Our hands are tied with the way the situation is in California, particularly Los Angeles,” Mallett said.

Mayor Karen Bass released a statement in response to the rising trend in small business break-ins.

“The Los Angeles Police Department will continue to work to partner with other cities outside of the Mayor’s jurisdiction that are mentioned in this news story like Santa Clarita, Bellflower and Compton and will work to ensure those responsible for these crimes are held fully accountable. The Mayor’s Office is concerned by break-ins throughout the region and we will continue our work to protect businesses and residential areas.”

Jack Wolf
Jack Wolf
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