Number of L.A. murders in 2010 is lowest since 1967!
The 297 murders are nearly 800 fewer than the peak of 1,092 killings in 1992. I’d blame the hippies but luckily, the 90s are gone.
For the first time in more than four decades, Los Angeles finished the year with fewer than 300 murders as crime continued to fall for a ninth year, officials announced Tuesday.
And also the murder rate was 0.74 per 10,000 people, the lowest per capita rate since 1964, when the city had a per capita rate of 0.66 and 30 percent fewer people.
“When you think about that and the population that we had back then, it’s nothing short of amazing,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a news conference. “This is not just a year-end statistic. It is perhaps the most powerful statement on the state of our city and our Police Department.”
Officials credited the drop to the hiring of about 800 more officers since Villaraigosa took office in 2005, and to collaboration between the LAPD and gang intervention and prevention programs. About 55 percent of murders are gang-related, according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
The city’s office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development operates programs such as Saturday Night Lights, which keeps parks open until midnight during the summer and offers activities and sports to at-risk youth. Gang interventionists also respond to every gang shooting to relieve tensions between families and rivals.
(from the Daily Breeze)
Pretty cool man. City life is the best life. Now if only they would fix the traffic thing…..