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Is LA the safest large US city?

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Los Angeles Police Department police chief Charlie Beck (R) standing in front of one of 300 billboard showing a "wanted" poster for two suspects wanted for the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow speaks during a news conference as homicide detective Pijai Morris (L) and Cpt. Bill Murphy listen on May 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. It was announced during the news conference that the Los Angeles Dodgers have raised the reward by an additional $100,000 for a total of $200,000. Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan from Santa Cruz, California, was beaten at the Los Angeles Dodgers parking lot after the opening day game against the San Francisco Giants on March 31. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

In the United States, there are four cities that have at least 2 million residents: New York, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles. According to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, LA is the safest of them all.

And if current trends hold, 2012 will be the tenth year in a row that crime numbers in Los Angeles have gone down. Madeleine talks to KPCC's Rina Palta about LA's crime statistics.


Rina Palta, KPCC's crime reporter.

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