Property Crime Also Down

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Violent crime and property crime are seeing major declines in Los Angeles according to the latest statistics released by law enforcement.

As of Wednesday, the Los Angeles Police Department recorded 4,579 serious violent crimes, including rapes and aggravated assaults, in 2011.

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That’s down 12.5 percent — or 655 fewer crimes — from the same period last year.

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The citywide homicide rate is down by about 12.5 percent, too — from 72 last year to 63 in 2011.

Property crime is also down nearly 12 percent.

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