LAPD Pressroom | January 5, 2012

Violent crime down 7.3%, property crime down 5.5%, gang crime down 15.2%

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck today announced the City’s 2011 year-end crime statistics that showed violent crime and property crime were reduced across Los Angeles for the 9th consecutive year.

“Thanks to the hard work of LAPD officers and our gang reduction efforts, crimes rates in Los Angeles are once again at historic lows,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “For nearly a decade crime has declined in LA — this speaks to the impact a record number of police officers has had on our City. In 2012, I remain committed to keeping public safety our top priority and ensuring that our communities continue to enjoy the safety they deserve.”

In 2011, the total number of citywide Part 1 crimes was 104,215—a decrease of 5.8%.  Citywide violent crime was down 7.3% while property crime was down 5.5%.

“For the 9th consecutive year, the officers of the LAPD and the community have worked together to reduce crime in Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.  “This year’s reduction, 5.8%, is even more remarkable because it was achieved despite the continued fiscal challenges facing the City.”

Complementing the City’s police force, the Mayor’s office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development has targeted gang intervention and prevention efforts where they are needed most—in the areas of highest gang crime. Overall gang crime dropped 15.2% which represents a reduction of nearly 843 gang crimes last year. The LAPD also reported a 9.4% reduction in gang-related shots fired.

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