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Violent Crime in Los Angeles Hits Highest Level Since 2009, Police Blame Gangs

January 14, 2016  | 

Los Angeles officials on Wednesday attributed last year's crime jump to increased gang activity and homelessness, among other things. 

With every crime category increasing last year in the city, total crime stood at its highest point since 2009, according to data released by the Los Angeles Police Department

Violent crime was up 20.2% last year compared with 2014, and property crime rose 10.7% during the same span, LAPD figures show

Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was confident that LAPD strategies launched last year would help curb crime this year.

Those initiatives include the ramping up of the LAPD's elite Metropolitan Division, strengthening gang outreach efforts, and an expansion of domestic violence awareness teams throughout the city, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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XXXXX @ 1/15/2016 4:18 PM

Yeah the gang's name causing all the problems is the Democrat party Gang

OK @ 1/16/2016 5:44 AM

Gangs. This seems to be a common boogy man in left leaning cities. It couldn't possibly be the softer touch the police in these cities are being forced to take w/ criminals.

kevCopAz @ 1/16/2016 7:28 AM

Funny how "gangs" are the problem. Could it be that gang members are the ones the system should have already been arresting and putting in prison, and the same ones Obama and the libs are releasing from prison due to "harsh" sentences? I feel for the citizens of these lib controlled cities and states on one had but then again elections and choices have consequences, you voted for the pols and let the pols make laws and rules that allow gangs to grow and flourish so you get what you deserve. Crime rate in my state and area is not on the rise. THINK of what the reasons why folks. Conservative pols, strict laws that are enforced and we don't have DEMS in charges!

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