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Violent crimes down, property crimes up in L.A. County

Posted: February 9, 2013 2:37 p.m.
Updated: February 9, 2013 2:37 p.m.
 

Violent crimes were down but property crimes were up in Los Angeles County in January 2013 compared to January 2012, according to department statistics released Saturday.

Overall, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported 135 fewer serious violent crimes in January 2013 as compared to January 2012 — a 12.91 percent decrease.

But the department saw 473 more instances of serious property crimes, such as burglary or larceny theft, in January 2013 over January 2012. This represents a 9.55 percent increase.

Serious crimes, those rated “Part 1” and tracked nationwide by the FBI, include homicide, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault among crimes against persons. Burglary, larceny theft, auto theft and arson are Part 1 property crimes.

The monthly Part 1 crime tally released by the Sheriff’s Department breaks crime rates down by individual cities. But the numbers for Santa Clarita this month were skewed by the nearly 26,000 new residents added to the city through annexation, said Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station spokesman Josh Dubin.

Local numbers adjusted for the population shift should be available later next week, Dubin said Saturday.

 

 

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