Hollywood Sign to Beef Up Security After ‘Hollyweed’ Prank

Article by Times of Israel

The Hollywood Sign Trust, which oversees maintenance of the famous landmark in the hills over Los Angeles, said Monday that it would beef up its security measures around the sign following a prank in which unknown persons altered two of its letters to read “Hollyweed” on Sunday.

Police said unidentified thrill-seekers had climbed up and arranged tarps over the two letter “O’s” to make them look like “E’s,” CBS affiliate KCAL reported.

Each letter is 45 feet (13.7 meters) high, so the feat would have required not just bravado but considerable athleticism.

“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,” said Chris Baumgart, chairman of the Hollywood Sign Trust, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“The new year’s prank was no exception and we will be deploying additional technology to tighten up surveillance and thus deter unwanted visitors in the future,” said Baumgart. “This is more than preventing pranks or trespassing at the sign. Our concern is the 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 9 famous letters.”

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