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Homicide rate down in Greater Los Angeles

01-18-2011 08:22 BJT

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Homicide rate decreased by 16 percent last year in the Los Angeles County, compared with the previous year, according to figures released on Monday.

In the area patrolled by the Los Angeles Sheriff Department, 175 homicides were reported in 2010, compared with 207 in 2009, the department said.

The number was a 53 percent decrease from five years ago, and was the lowest homicide rate since 1965, according to the department.

Taking into population changes into account, last year showed the lowest homicide rate since 1965, the department said.

Meanwhile, violent crimes declined about two percent in 2010 from 2009, and property crimes declined by 2.8 percent, said the department. In some places, homicides were reduced by a big margin, with Compton Station area seeing a 38 percent reduction, and the Century Station a 21 percent reduction, the department said.

"Thanks to the trust of the public, community partnerships, and the brave and dedicated efforts of the sheriff's deputies and professional staff of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, we have seen historic lows in crime, Sheriff Lee Baca said in a statement.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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