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What’s really behind LA’s crime increase and how does it fit into the national picture




Los Angeles police are searching an upscale neighborhood for clues in the death of an 86-year-old woman. Homicide detectives remained at the scene Tuesday, searching for clues.
Los Angeles police are searching an upscale neighborhood for clues in the death of an 86-year-old woman. Homicide detectives remained at the scene Tuesday, searching for clues.
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LA has seen its deadliest August since 2007 with 39 homicides, but crime remains near a historic low.

There once were nearly 1200 annual murders in the city of LA alone - now there are about 300 a year. Among the reasons the experts have cited for an uptick in violent crime are gang activity, an increase in homelessness and the gentrification of downtown LA, which saw the most drastic increase in crime.

But it’s difficult to draw causation between those correlations and even more challenging to discern which part of the increase in crime in LA is due to factors driving an increase in violent crime across the nation, versus which might be local drivers, such as Prop 47.

Guests:

Captain Jeffrey Bert, acting commanding officer for media relations and community affairs for the LAPD

Alex Alonso, a gang researcher at Cal State Long Beach and founder of streetgangs.com, an informational website focusing on Southern California gang culture

Frank Zimring, Professor of Law at UC Berkeley and the author of "The City That Became Safe: New York's Lessons For Crime and Its Control."