By Aaron Blevins, 9/13/2012
As of the end of August 2012, preliminary crime data showed that overall incidents of violent crimes (Part 1) have increased 3.86 percent, and serious property crimes reported (Part I) have increased by 5.01 percent in Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol areas countywide, compared to last year at this time. The numbers combine to show a 4.79 percent increase in overall Part I crimes.
In comparison, over the last five years, preliminary crime data showed that overall incidents of violent crimes reported have decreased by 22.87 percent, and serious property crimes reported have decreased by 15.07 percent in sheriff’s patrol areas countywide. The numbers combined to show a 16.66 percent decrease in overall Part 1 crimes.
According to preliminary data, criminal homicides decreased by 5 percent in sheriff’s patrol areas, and have decreased by 37.70 percent compared to five years ago. When considering population changes, last year had the lowest homicide rate in the department’s patrol areas since 1965.