Area Transients - What You Need To Know

A neighbor living around the area of Poinsettia Park wrote into to Melrose Action to report on trespass issues involving transients/homeless being pressed to move out of squatting at Poinsettia Park and have since moved onto neighbors private property.

"I would just like to report that the homeless people have been kept out of Poinsettia Park. However, they have moved DIRECTLY into the neighbor's backyards. Instead of them moving AWAY from the area, it in turn, brought them even closer - onto our private property.

I called 911 and ASK-LAPD about this twice this evening and they failed to show. A neighbor made the homeless naked drunks leave, but I'm positive they will return. Very disappointing (and scared).

Other neighbors have reported amazing trespass violations on their properties from local transients that are pretty bold and unsettling.

Stories range from seeing transients squatting behind garages, sleeping on peoples lawn furniture in yards, looking into neighbors windows like peeping toms, getting into the crawl spaces of homes to squat and do drugs, stealing items from yards, entering unlocked homes via backyards, entering homes via doggy doors, operating large size drug dens on the roofs of businesses along Melrose and even in back of some homes, especially ones that are vacant, random sexual encounters, drug use, needle caps from IV drug users found, etc etc etc.

Best Advice...Keep your home, business, property, and car securely locked at all times. Install motion detector lighting outdoors. Keep hidden areas on your property well lit to prevent squatting. Check your yards and garages regularly and keep them locked. This is a serious issue and some very serious crimes have occurred against residents at the hands of some transients.

It is wise not to interact with transient trespassers on your property as they might be under the influence of narcotics and/or other substances and/or suffering from mental illness.

Report suspicious activity to the LAPD or Sheriff immediately. For LAPD non-emergencies call 1-877-ASK-LAPD (1-877-275-5273) 

For City of West Hollywood Residents, please call the West Hollywood Sheriff at (310) 855-8850.


As always, for crimes or emergencies happening now, call 9-1-1.