Southern California breaking news and trends

Crime down overall in Los Angeles so far in 2012

Los Angeles Police Foundation's 10th Annual Fundraising Gala

Toby Canham/Getty Images

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck in November, 2009.

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:

  • Part I crime — meaning homicide, rape, burglary, and pretty much any kind of crime you've heard of — is down 2.5 percent;
  • Gang-related crimes are down 10 percent;
  • Shootings are down 15 percent;
  • Assaults on police officers are down 14 percent;
  • Officer-involved shootings are down 25 percent;
  • Gang homicides down 10 percent.

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. 

blog comments powered by Disqus