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While crime in downtown Los Angeles, specifically among the homeless population increased in 2019, the entirety of the city ended on a good note for last year. According to Mayor Eric Garcetti, 2019 recorded the lowest number of crimes in decades for the city. Even with this good news, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) feels there is still work and improvements that must be done.LAPD Chief Michel Moore emphasized the importance and value of human life.

Last year there were 253 homicides which was the lowest number of these crimes in the city since 1962. The number of homicides that occurred in 2019 was also 77% lower than the rate in 1992. Property crime also decreased from 2018 by 7.4% and general violent crime also decreased by 5.5%. These numbers are reflective of the overall crime rate. There are pockets, like Skid Row, which saw an increase in violent crime.

The LAPD believes that getting officers out in the community and building relationships with the people are key. The officers were in the field for approximately 84 more hours last year than they were three years ago in 2017.

As mentioned above, crime among the homeless population rose. There were over 40 murders of homeless individuals in 2019. Many of the cases were crimes committed against the homeless by the homeless. The LAPD has not forgotten about the homeless community and is working on addressing the growing problems within.

The authorities are focused on getting crucial services to the people in these encampments so they can have resources for personal support while also motivating them to move to shelters. 

The LAPD’s goal is to have 5,000 volunteers for every part of the city aimed at building trust with the community by 2020.

California Crime From 2009-2018

The California Department of Justice defines violent crime as:

  • Rape
  • Homicide
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault

Property crimes are defined as:

  • Burglary
  • Larceny-theft
  • Motor-vehicle theft
  • Arson

There were 444.1 violent crimes and 2,362.8 property crimes per 100,000 population in 2018. In 2014, the state saw a low in the violent crime rate, after which it steadily increased up until 2017. In 2018 it saw a slight decline.

The criminal defense attorney Shaheen Manshoory at the Manshoory Law Group, APC has extensive experience providing criminal legal defense to residents of the state. He has been admitted to all four of California’s United States District Courts and has worked on several highly complex cases.

You need a strong, aggressive, and talented attorney who understands how to serve your best interests when you are facing serious criminal charges in California. The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at the Manshoory Law Group, APC have an excellent customer satisfaction rating for a reason.

We get our clients great results. Contact us today to discuss your case with one of our resourceful criminal defense attorneys during a free consultation at 877-977-7750. We are looking forward to discussing your case with you anytime you need, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Shaheen Manshoory
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