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Video: Violent Crime Rises in Los Angeles

January 13, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Violent Crime Rises in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Police Department released crime statistics Monday showing that violent crime rose last year for the first time since 2003, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was disappointed to report the increase on his watch, but emphasized that the city’s level of violence remained at historically low levels.

Department data show violent crime was up 14.3% last year compared to 2013, driven by a spike in aggravated assaults, which increased by 28.3%. Homicides and robberies were up slightly, while the number of rapes climbed nearly 21%.

The figures mean that about 2,360 additional people fell victim to violence in Los Angeles last year over the previous year. Last year’s violent crime totals were also higher than the year-end tally reported in 2012.

City officials announced a set of measures Monday to combat the rise in violence, including a domestic violence prevention initiative and using a grant to improve data analysis and reduce recidivism in high violence areas.

Police Chief Charlie Beck attributed the increase in violent crime to three factors: improvements in how LAPD classified crimes, a spike in domestic violence cases and alcohol-fueled street attacks.

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kevCopAz @ 1/14/2015 10:39 AM

mmmm, Chief Charlie is the first excuse a spin way of saying that in the past LAPD lied about the real stats? LA gets what they deserve, they cut cops, they don't support cops and they allow any illegal alien to run around and stay in CA, to hell with the citizens of LA they get what they vote for. Good for them. I only feel sorry for the cops who get the blame. Perhaps LA & CA in general will look at the way they are voting, Democrat, pro drug legalization and pro illegal alien. Elections do have consequences!

Adam @ 1/14/2015 6:57 PM

How about its on the rise from the liberal idiots that let all those criminals out of jail.

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