Violent and Property Crimes Slightly Up in Sheriff’s East LA Beat

By EGP News Report

While the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is busily touting the decrease in crime countywide compared to last year and five years prior, some communities are not seeing the same falling numbers, though you would not know that from the advisory sent out to  media.

In Unincorporated East Los Angeles, for example, violent crime  is up 6.5 percent compared to last year, but down 35.1 percent compared to five years ago, according to data released Nov. 13 by the Sheriff’s Department. Property crimes are also up 13.3 percent compared to last year, a .1 percent increase compared to five years ago, according to preliminary data in the Sheriff’s Department Annual Part I Crime Summary.

As of Oct. 31, there had been 15 criminal homicides in the East LA jurisdiction compared to 10 during the same period in 2009, a 50 percent increase. but both those numbers are  down from the 21 homicides during the same time period in 2005.

Overall, the murder rate in areas patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department decreased 15.5 percent over the last year, and is at the lowest level since 1975, according to the data.

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November 18, 2010  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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