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Crime rose in L.A. in 2015 for first time in 10 years

LOS ANGELES — Crime rates for 2015 rose for the first time in more than 10 years, with increases in both violent and property crime categories, according to figures released Dec. 30 by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Crime was up 10.3 percent in Los Angeles, compared with the same stretch in 2014, and was expected to reverse a 12-year trend of declining crime in the city.

All categories of crime, both violent and property crime, saw increases.

Violent crime climbed 19.9 percent compared with the previous year, marking the second consecutive year such crimes — which include rape, robbery, aggravated assault to homicide — have gone up. There were been 280 homicides in 2015, up from 254 last year, a 10.2 percent increase.

Property crimes were up 10.3 percent over 2014.

Police officials and Mayor Eric Garcetti noted the rising crime rate earlier this year and said at the time they would implement strategies to keep crime down.

Mayoral spokeswoman Vicki Curry responded to the rising crime rates, saying Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck “are taking proactive and comprehensive steps to reduce crime.”

Those measures include shifting more officers to the Metro Division, where they can be deployed quickly to areas experiencing the most crime, she said.

More resources were also put into community-oriented policing efforts and an additional $5.5 million was allocated for the city’s gang prevention program.

Curry noted that the city “remains safer than any time since the 1950s, but that’s little comfort to those whose lives have been impacted by crime.”

Curry said Garcetti “is confident that we can address any crime increases in a holistic way that engages communities and partners with all Angelenos to build a stronger, safer city.”

 

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