Beverly Hills increases police presence amid crime spike

Amid a recent spike in crime, more police and private security officers will be patrolling the streets of Beverly Hills

The Beverly Hills Police Department announced Friday night that it will deploy an additional six armed security officers.

BHPD did not specify how long those armed officers will patrol the city.

Friday night's announcement comes as the Southland continues to see smash-and-grab robberies across the area, including the shooting death of 81-year-old Jacqueline Avant. In late November, a group of suspects allegedly used a sledgehammer to try and break into stores in Beverly Hills – only to find out the windows were bulletproof.

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