Violent Crime Drops in L.A. for 2nd Year in a Row

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Los Angeles Police Department officers investigate a fatal stabbing at Grand Avenue and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 15, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

Los Angeles Police Department officers investigate a fatal stabbing at Grand Avenue and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 15, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

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Violent crime in Los Angeles declined for the second consecutive year in 2019, which was the 10th consecutive year the city saw fewer than 300 homicides.

Gang-related homicides and crime related to homelessness remain persistent trouble spots, officials said. But the overall crime picture continued several positive trends from the previous year, and officials said Los Angeles may be experiencing one of the safest periods in modern history.

Homicides were at 252 as of Dec. 21, the same number as 2018 to that date. Violent crime, including homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults, slid by 3.6%. The number of shooting victims dropped from 985 to 924, a 6.2% difference. Property crimes also decreased.

In the most dramatic decline, reported rapes decreased by 22.6%. But there were questions about how that statistic should be interpreted, and many advocates said that rape remains one of the most underreported crimes.

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