Criminal homicides in LA Sheriff’s patrol areas down by 12.5 percent compared to last year

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department this week released year-to-date 2010 reported crime statistics, compared to 2009 and compared to five years ago. As of the end of November 2010, preliminary crime data show that criminal homicides in LA Sheriff’s patrol areas have decreased by 12.5 percent, compared to the same year-to-date period last year (191 homicides last year compared to 169 this year).
This result is part of a five-year continuous decrease, resulting in a 50.49-percent decrease in homicides compared to five years ago, and the lowest homicide rate since 1975.
Most notable were decreases in homicides in the Compton Station area (including the city of Compton and nearby unincorporated areas) and Century Station area (which includes the city of Lynwood and nearby unincorporated areas).
Compton Station homicides have reduced by 31.6 percent, with 38 homicides last year compared to 26 this year. Century Station had 32 homicides during the same period last year, as compared to 24 homicides this year, for a 25-percent decrease.
Reported incidents of violent crimes (Part I) have declined 1.4 percent, and serious property crimes reported (Part I) have declined by 3.14 percent in Sheriff’s patrol areas countywide, compared to last year at this time. These numbers combine to show a 2.79 percent decrease in overall Part I crimes.
Sheriff’s stations experiencing the most significant decreases in overall violent crimes (Part I) over the same period last year included Walnut Station at 22.8 percent, Industry Station at 23.16 percent, Marina del Rey Station at 22.9 percent and Altadena Station at 18.8 percent.
More than 100 pages of details showing reported crime statistics for the unincorporated communities and 42 contract cities policed by the can be found at lasd.org.

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