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

March 31, 2011 |  1:52 pm

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