Initial findings from the annual Uniform Crime Report are out, and appear to contain good news: violent crime went down 4 percent and property crime 0.8 percent nationwide in 2011.
In the city of Los Angeles, violent crime went down in every category except murder (there were 297, 4 more than in 2010) and arson. Locally, murder more than doubled (to 15) in Anaheim and (to 7) in Pasadena in 2011, bucking the national trend.
A few additional interesting tidbits:
- Los Angeles seems to experience an inordinate number of arsons: 1,376 in 2011, a large number even for a big city. The next closest was Detroit, with 957, albeit with a much smaller population than LA.
- Murder seems to be going rural or suburban. Down almost everywhere, homicide spiked in cities under 25,000 and especially in cities under 10,000 in population.
- Oakland, CA had a nasty year for violent crime. Murder went up from 90 to 104 in 2011 and only rape and arson went down in the violent crime category.
See the full report here.