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Los Angeles posts double-digit declines in both violent and property crime rates

A crime scene in 2009.

Los Angeles posted double-digit declines in rates of serious violent and property crimes through the first quarter of the year, according to statistics compiled by the Los Angeles Police Department.

At the end of Wednesday, the LAPD had recorded 4,579 serious violent crimes -- such as homicide, rapes and aggravated assault -- in 2011.

The total, which equals about 51 incidents each day, marks a 12.5 % drop over the same period last year.

The number of homicides in the city during this period fell from 72 in 2010 to 63 this year, the figures showed.

Homicide rates, like any type of crime, can fluctuate considerably from month to month, but the current homicide figures put the city on pace to best last year’s total of 297 killings, the lowest in more than four decades.

The 19,642 property crimes -- which includes burglary and auto theft -- recorded so far this year were an 11.8% drop over the same period in 2010, according to the department.


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Photo: A crime scene in 2009. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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You don't suppose having all those criminals locked up might have something to do with it?

This seems to fly in the face of the idea that crime is a result of poverty; either the poor subsist at a level that is keeping them from committing such acts or is it a moral choice? Any other ideas?

At what cost.
Many youth being pulled over and harressed.
LAPD hardcore tactics being in place.
Losing a little more rights being violated day by day.
More and more racial profiling
I'm all for a better city.
But,at what cost.


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