Barriers to Go Back Up Following Rise in Crime

Citing increases in open drug dealing and other crimes in a Sepulveda neighborhood where street barricades were removed two months ago, police said Thursday that they will be reinstalled in early June, at least temporarily.

Los Angeles Police Sgt. J.W. Thompson said barricades will be returned to the 12-block area bounded by Orion Avenue, Nordhoff Street, Langdon Avenue and Parthenia Street. The barriers had cut serious crimes by almost half during the two months they were in place--from 131 reported crimes to 70--but after the barriers were removed March 19, the number jumped to 95, he said.

Police have said the Orion neighborhood’s proximity to the Golden State Freeway helped the area gain a reputation as a drive-through drug buying zone.