Chief Credits ‘Right Size’ LAPD For Drop In Murder Rate

17 fewer homicides compared to 2009

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Safer streets and fewer homicides is directly related to “this city’s commitment to having the right size police department,”Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday.

There were 297 homicides in Los Angeles in 2010, compared to 314 in 2009, Beck said.

“If the streets aren’t safe, people don’t come to Los Angeles…for sporting events, for theater,” Beck said at a news conference at police headquarters. “When you invest in public safety, that investment comes back tenfold.”

Of the other categories of violent crimes, robberies declined 10.5 percent, rapes declined 4.1 percent, and aggravated assaults declined 12.4 percent.

Of the property crimes, burglaries were down 6.2 percent and auto thefts declined 7.1 percent.

“The statistics speak volumes about the work of the police department,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was also at the news conference. He vowed to try to maintain proper levels of the police department, while working to address budget concerns.

Regarding the “Grim Sleeper” multiple murder case, Beck said detectives have identified the women in more than 50 of the 180 photos retrieved from the home of the suspect, Lonnie David Franklin Jr.

Of those 50 identifications, police have opened four missing-persons cases, Beck said.

Franklin was arrested July 8 and remains jailed without bail. He is charged with 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

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  • Mikey

    This is just a precurser to the media blitz that will follow shortly. Short version goes like; Were doing such a good job and are maintaining a delicate balance, and if you cut the budget bad things will happen. Villconquista allready started it of with “If it isnt broke dont fix it”. Gov. Moonbeam made a deal with the union and brass that if they support him during the election, they will get a pass on cuts. Whitman tried to make the deal but somebody shut it down, probably union.

  • Montana Gold-

    The reason crime is low, cause medical marijuana. Seriously, everybody smokes it and is happy.

  • swhit

    They don/t mention the cyber identity theft crimes that have dramatically increased huh?
    Villagarosa is full of himself only and supports criminals coming to Los Angeles. No one is fooled here!

  • Wobbles

    I call B.S. The reason crime is down in L.A. is because they’ve done everything they can to dump their crooks, parolees, probationers, welfare cases and every other form of dirtbag into the Inland Empire and High Desert. Those areas are exploding in crime thanks to the L.A. trash transplants.

    Seriously, F you Villaraigosa and F you Beck. We are sick of the trash you dumped on us.

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