Recently High-level shootingsReports of a burglary The guns were stolen from the house From mayoral candidate and US Representative Karen Bass, she has drawn intense attention to public safety in Los Angeles. But a true understanding of the crime picture requires looking at current statistics and putting them in context.
This is where The Crosstown Crime Book Comes in. We study the monthly figures in the main crime categories and compare them with recent months, as well as the same month in the past five years. This includes the period leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, and helps determine whether crime is really “improving” or “worse”.
Here’s what Los Angeles looked like in August.
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More murders, fewer gunshots
Since the Los Angeles Police Department started making it publicly available data In 2010, there were only three months in which the city recorded more than 40 murders. This includes August, when there were 43 murders, the same number as July (the highest monthly total since 2010 was 48 in July 2021).
The number also represents a jump of more than 50% from May, when 28 people were killed.
Seven people were killed in downtown in August. There were four murders in each of them Florence And the West Lake.
Police Chief Michael Moore referred to the situation during the August 30 meeting of the Los Angeles Police Committee, telling the committee, “August was a mixed bag, with an increase in homicides compared to the same month last year.”
However, as Moore pointed out, despite the increasing death toll, Angelino was shot fewer. There were 128 victims of fire in the city last month. This is down from 139 recorded in June, and also down from 140 in the same month in 2020.
Likewise, reports of shots being fired have decreased slightly. Los Angeles police sent 257 reports of shootings in August. That’s down from 284 in July, the second lowest monthly total this year, and just above 242 in February.
Additionally, the total number of shots fired in August is a 15.7% decrease from the 305 reported in the same month in 2021.
The Stolen vehicle epidemic In Los Angeles. August 2217 brought in a car theft report, making it the seventh month this year in which more than 2,000 rides are missing in the city. In the whole of 2010, there was not a single month in which more than 1,800 car thefts occurred.
The August number is a 59.2% increase compared to the same month in 2018.
The number of car break-ins decreased slightly last month, although they are still the most common crime in Los Angeles. There were 2,330 reports of burglary or vehicle theft (BTFV) in August. In the same month of 2018, the Los Angeles Police Department registered 2,753 reports.
As is traditionally the case, the dense and often trafficked downtown has seen far more break-ins than any other Los Angeles neighborhood. There was a 360 BTFV report downtown in August. The following communities were most affected Hollywood (73 reports) and Koreatown (58).
LAPD classifies stolen vehicles and BTFVs as property crimes. according to Compstat section dataFrom January 1 to September. 10 There were 68,307 property crimes in the city. This is a 12.3% increase over the same period last year.
Burglary has also been classified as a property crime. There were 1,156 burglaries in August; This is a 10.1% decrease from July, although the figure is in line with monthly figures for both 2021 and the pre-pandemic year of 2019.
How did we do that: We examined publicly available crime data from Los Angeles Police Department From December 1, 2021 to August. On 31st, 2022 and August 1-31 periods from 2018 to 2022. We also checked LAPD Compstat data. Learn more about Our data is here.
LAPD data only reflects crimes reported to the department, not the number of crimes that actually occurred. In making our calculations, we rely on data that the LAPD makes available to the public. The Los Angeles Police Department may update previous crime reports with new information, or reclassify previous reports. These revised reports do not always automatically become part of the public database.
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