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Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department patrol the streets after objects following protests, on September 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Crime in Los Angeles County is at a record low for the eleventh straight year. Mayor Garcetti proudly announced the final 2013 statistics today. Among the notable numbers, violent crime is down 12 percent.
Los Angeles county saw 251 homicides in 2013, the lowest number since 1966. Garcetti said gang related crime has been cut in half over the past five years. Garcetti said per capita, crime rates have not seen such lows since 1949. What is the LAPD doing different to cause the drop in crime? At what point, if at any, will it plateau?
Erika Aguilar, KPCC’s Crime and Safety Reporter
George Tita, Associate professor of Criminology, Law and Society at University of California, Irvine