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Sheriff’s Department: Crime Increases in First Months of 2012

By Aaron Blevins, 3/15/2012

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According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, homicides have decreased but overall crime has increased during the first two months of 2012. However, a five-year decrease in crime continues.

As of the end of February, preliminary crime data shows that reported overall incidents of violent crimes (Part 1) have increased 6.14 percent, and serious property crimes reported (Part I) have increased by 10.90 percent countywide, compared to last year at this time. The numbers combined to show a 10.05 percent increase in overall Part I crimes.

In comparison, preliminary crime data shows that reported overall incidents of violent crimes reported have decreased 23.52 percent, and serious property crimes reported have decreased by 12.04 percent in Sheriff’s patrol areas countywide, over a five-year period. The numbers combined to show a 14.29 percent decrease in overall Part 1 crimes.

As of the end of February, preliminary crime data shows that criminal homicides decreased by 30 percent, and have decreased by 56.25 percent compared to five years ago. Considering population changes, last year had the lowest homicide rate in Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol areas since 1965.

Crime statistics for the unincorporated communities and 42 contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department can be found at www.lasd.org. Visit the “Crime Prevention and Information” page or access them directly at file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_148405.pdf.

 

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