BY BUDDY NEVINS
It ain’t us, Hollywood’s police union says.
The billboard and lawn signs warning about high crime in Hollywood received no money from the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, says a news release from the organization.
The signs are being paid for by retired cops, the news release says.
The BCPBA was providing “moral support,” the release states.
The signs also have the emblem of the PBA.
The union and the city have been wrangling over a number of issues for years.
So how accurate are the warnings. Very accurate.
Hollywood is a high crime area.
Hollywood has a crime rating of 6 on a scale with 100 being the safest by Neighbhoodscout.com. It has 57.50 crimes per 1,000 residents.
Compare Hollywood with New York City.
New York has a rating of 22 with 32.38 crimes per 1,000 residents.
Gritty Chicago? The Windy City has a rating of 8 with 51.92 crime per 1,000. It still beats Hollywood.
Hollywood can only take comfort from Fort Lauderdale. That crime-ridden city has a rating of 3 and 67.82 crimes per 1,000 residents .
From January to June, 2013, Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale both had the highest number of murders in Broward — five.
So the cops are right. Hollywood has a lot of crime.
If you are going to Hollywood, you had better grab your Glock. If you are going to Fort Lauderdale, you’ll need a machine gun.