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Crime rates down, Sheriff’s Department says

Posted: August 12, 2010 3:57 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2010 8:38 p.m.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported Thursday a 21.43 percent decrease in criminal homicides in Sheriff's patrol areas since July 31, compared to the same period last year.

Preliminary crime data revealed that 127 homicides were reported last year, compared to 98 this year.

The numbers add up to a 53.52 percent decrease in homicides since 2005 and the lowest homicide rate since 1975.

A Sheriff's department spokesperson made special mention of 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 decreased by 41.96 percent, with 31 homicides last year compared to 18 this year.

Century Station had 24 homicides during the same period last year, as compared to 16 homicides this year, for a 33.33 percent decrease.

Reported incidents of violent crimes have declined 3.76 percent, and serious property crimes have declined by 3.75 percent in Sheriff's patrol areas countywide, compared to last year.

These numbers combine to show the most significant decreases in overall violent crimes over the same period last year.

The most significant crime rate decreases were found in Marina Del Rey Station at 41.5, percent, Walnut Station at 34.2 percent, San Dimas Station at 25.3 percent, and Lomita Station at 19.5 percent.


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