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LA On Track for Record-Low Number of Homicides

Los Angeles Times via YellowBrix

September 24, 2010

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday that the city is on pace to finish the year with fewer than 300 homicides, which would mark about a 75% decline in killings since the city’s peak in the early 1990s, reaching a low not seen in several decades.

To date this year, 216 people have been killed at the hands of another — compared with 236 homicides in the same period last year. In total, the city finished 2009 with 314 killings.

Beck made his comments during a luncheon speech hosted by the civic group Town Hall Los Angeles. He was touting the overall 7.5% decline in all categories of serious violent and property crime the city has experienced this year.

Barring a major surge in crime over the next few months, it would be the ninth consecutive year that crime rates have fallen in L.A., Beck said.

But it is the homicide rate that garners the most attention. Beck compared the current total with 1992, when nearly 1,200 people were killed.


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    KAICHARESE

    almost 4 years ago

    2762 Comments

    NICE

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    Oncethere2506

    almost 4 years ago

    274 Comments

    I know there will be cynics out there, but it appears that Bratton has once again left his mark behind. Call it coincidence, but where ever the man has gone, the homicide rate has gone down!

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    dolphinblue

    almost 4 years ago

    42984 Comments

    Keep up the excellent work LAPD.

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    BklynsFinest347

    almost 4 years ago

    2016 Comments

    Good job as always LAPD.

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    Jonas

    almost 4 years ago

    43610 Comments

    Keep up the great work. Hopefully the trend will continue.

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    mdbake1980

    almost 4 years ago

    96 Comments

    Keep on in LA. Stay safe.

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    arroyol

    almost 4 years ago

    696 Comments

    nice

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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    We are with you LA and we keep praying for the decrease(s).

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    MH557

    almost 4 years ago

    194 Comments

    I wonder what the rate of aggravated assaults are. As medical technology and knowledge increases it has an effect on the homicide rate as well, as more people survive serious injuries. Sometimes a drop in the homicide rate is offset by an increase in the agg. assault rates, but "murders rates down" make for better PR headlines. Hmm, do I sound cynical? lol

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    LAPD_JEDI

    almost 4 years ago

    106 Comments

    knock on wood!

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    51030 Comments

    I really hope this statement isn't the kiss of death.

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