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Crime down overall in Los Angeles so far in 2012



Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck in November, 2009.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck in November, 2009.
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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are expected to have big news Wednesday regarding L.A.'s crime drop, but here's a little preview. At Tuesday's Police Commission meeting, Beck dropped some stats comparing this year with last year at this time:

Hard to say why gang crime, particularly, seems to be dropping. LAPD Commander Andy Smith cited the city's gang intervention efforts as a factor, but said it's hard to know the "why" behind the ebb and flow of crime.