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L.A. County sheriff saw dip in homicides

January 16, 2009 |  4:08 pm

Baca Homicides, property crimes and violent crimes all declined across the areas of Los Angeles County patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department, with some communities seeing the numbers of killings drop by more than half compared to last year, Sheriff Lee Baca announced today.

Across sheriff’s jurisdictions the number of slayings dropped to 250, 7% less than the 2007 and 23% lower than five years ago. Violent and property crimes each dropped 6%. Rape was the only major category of serious crime to see an increase, with a 3% uptick.

“The news continues to be positive.... Crime is down countywide,” said Sheriff Lee Baca, speaking at the Sheriff’s Youth Activities League facility in Compton.

A similar drop occurred in the city of Los Angeles, which saw its lowest number of homicides since the late 1960s.

--Richard Winton

Photo: Los Angeles Times