LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The 2014 year-to-date crime statistics for the city of Los Angeles were released Wednesday with overall crimes lower over the same time period last year.

“We’re on our way to a 12th straight year of declining crime in our city,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “It’s thanks to smart, data-driven policing, a focus on prevention as well as enforcement, and an LAPD that works with, not against, the communities it serves.”

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The Mid-Year 2014 Crime Snapshot measured crime throughout the city from Jan. 1 through June 30.

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For the first six months of 2014, the total number of citywide Part 1 crimes was down more than five percent compared to the same time period last year.  Property crimes are down seven percent, homicides are down more than one percent and gang-related crime is down 13.1 percent.  Robberies dropped nearly six percent, burglaries 14.6 percent, motor vehicle thefts seven percent and larcenies almost five percent.

“Our parks are open late for our kids, our streets are safer for the people who live there, and countless lives have been saved because of our focus on fighting crime,” added Mayor Garcetti.

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