LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Homicides in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol areas decreased by almost 16 percent in 2010 compared with the previous year, authorities said Monday.

According to preliminary figures released this morning, there were 175 homicide in 2010, compared with 207 in 2009 in areas patrolled by the sheriff’s department.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports Sheriff Lee Baca credits the trust of the public with the big drop.

Also, the number was a 53 percent decrease from five years ago, and was the lowest number of homicides since 1972. And allowing for population changes, last year showed the lowest homicide rate since 1965, the sheriff’s department reported.

“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.

Most notable, according to the sheriff’s department, were decreases in homicides in the Compton Station area, which includes the city of Compton and nearby unincorporated areas; and in the Century Station area, which includes the city of Lynwood and nearby unincorporated areas.

Compton Station area homicides were reduced by about 38 percent last year, with 26 homicides in 2010, compared with 42 homicides in 2009.

In the Century Station area, homicides declined about 21 percent, with 26 homicides in 2010, compared with 33 homicides in 2009.

In all areas, violent crimes declined about 2 percent in 2010 from 2009; and property crimes declined by 2.8 percent.

The full report is available here on the official LA County Sheriff’s website.

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Comments (5)
  1. citizen1957 says:

    I am a long time citizen of Compton. Since the Sheriffs department came in I have to say they have cleaned up the city of Compton. They do gang sweeps and They will respond when they are called. When they initiaily arrived the citizens were not happy about it, but go and interview them now, we all have seen a dramatic change in the city, the homicide rate is truly down and if the Sheriffs department leave Compton, we will be in big trouble. .

  2. Arthur says:

    I lived in the City of Compton for over 40 years. I noticed that all of the foreclosed property was where all of the gang bangers and dope dealers use to lived. I do not wish hardship on anybody, but this was a God sent blessing. The crime rate was attributed to irresponsible behavior and unsustainable income.

    This was not refected in this report.

  3. Odalys says:

    I am happy that the crime rate in Compton has decreased overtime. I used to live in Compton and I have to admit it’s not as bad as it used to be. This helps show that Compton is not a bad city and will shut people’s mouth once and for all.