GRIFFITH PARK—After the Hollywood sign was vandalized to read ‘Hollyweed’ on New Year’s Day, officials are planning to increase security to better protect the landmark and the neighbors of the area.
In a released statement to the ABC 7 Eye Witness News, The Hollywood Sign Trust stated:
“The Hollywood Sign surveillance system is constantly evolving, but an incident like the one that occurred early Sunday morning shows us where there are opportunities to make improvements. The New Year’s prank was no exception and we will be deploying additional technology to tighten up surveillance, thus deter unwanted visitors in the future. This is more than preventing pranks or trespassing at the sign. Our concern is safety of the neighborhood and the trespassers that put themselves at risk because it is extremely unsafe to be on the sign, let alone traversing the treacherous hillside that is home to those nine famous letters.”
On Sunday, January 1, an unidentified man climbed the Hollywood Sign, draping the landmark’s “O” letters with tarps to make them appear as “E’s.” Authorities have not yet arrested a suspect in connection with the incident.
No damage was reported to the sign, and vandalism charges have been dropped. If the suspect is arrested, he could face misdemeanor trespassing charges.