The Los Angeles Police Department released crime statistics Monday showing that violent crime rose last year for the first time since 2003.
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.
“I’m the mayor of the city and public safety is my number one priority, so to see anything go up, obviously is not direction I ever want to see,” Garcetti said. “Violent crime is up — we own that. Just as in other years when it’s down, we own that too.”
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%.
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