LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — The violent crime rate in Long Beach has dropped to a historic low, officials announced this weekend.READ MORE: Need A Holiday Package Delivered By Christmas? Here Are Shipping Deadlines
Final crime statistics released by the Long Beach Police Department shows that violent crime in 2012 was at its lowest since 1972 with the overall decrease by more than 5-percent.
“I’m very proud of the Long Beach Police Department and our entire public safety continuum for achieving yet another reduction in violent crime, especially in an era of fewer financial resources,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster in a department statement.
According to KNX 1070’s Chris Sedens, murder was the only violent crime to increase. That rate, however, was still close to 15 percent below the five-year average.READ MORE: 18-Month-Old Baby In Grave Condition After North Hills Hit-And-Run