Los Angeles- With an economy prone to budget cuts for the public safety sector and furloughs for city officials, the men and women have accomplished the impossible, the reduction of crime in a city that has considerably been affected by the economic recession. On Thursday, January 6, 2011, Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the City's 2010 year-end crime statistics and reported on the significant crime reduction across the board.
The statistics indicate the progress of the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department in making the City safer, despite the budget cuts and holds in hiring and promotion in the Department. The accomplishments in crime reduction also highlight Chief Beck's commitment to the Angelino community as the chief of the LAPD. In the conference, Chief Beck mentioned the importance and success of the Prevention-Intervention Program. Crime Prevention is the Department's top priority which requires the cooperation of both the police and the public in working collectively towards a common goal; to make the City of Los Angeles a better place.
The substantial crime reduction has been maintained for 8 consecutive years due to an expanded police force, more targeted police strategies, community policing and improved enforcement tactics, as well as the implementation of the City's comprehensive gang initiatives. The men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department have won many battles against crime, the significant decline in crime of 2010 is proof of those battles. Nevertheless, the quest for victory which consists of eliminating gang-related crimes in the streets of Los Angeles still remains. The statistics of 2010 demonstrate the 3.2% increase of crime from 919 in 2009 to 948 in 2010. Although the percentage increase is relatively low in comparison to previous years, it is still an increase in crime that affects the lives of many families in the City.
Despite the increase in gang-related crimes Chief Charlie Beck, as the head of the LAPD has demonstrated outstanding leadership, ethic, and respect in his first year as chief of the Department. He promised the decline in crime to continue in 2011 as he is committed in serving and protecting the lives of our fellow Angelinos.
The following are decline in crime statistics from 2009 to 2010:
CRIME 2009 vs. 2010
TOTAL VIOLENT CRIME -11.1%
Burglary Theft from Vehicle -5.5%
Personal/Other Theft -5.0%
Auto Theft -7.1%
TOTAL PROPERTY CRIME -5.8%
TOTAL PART I CRIME -6.9%
The following are statistics for gang related crimes from 2009 to 2010:
Crime 2009 vs. 2010
Gang-Related Crime -11.3%
Gang-Related Shots Fired -6.0%
Gang-Related Victims Shot + 3.2