A 12.6 percent rise in the number of crimes from 2014 to 2015 in Los Angeles was driven by increases in gang-related and domestic violence crimes, Mayor Eric Garcetti and police Chief Charlie Beck have announced.
According to NBC, violent crime alone was up 20.2 percent last year, while the number of property crimes was up 10.7 percent. Among the violent crime categories, the homicide rate grew by 8.8 percent, from 260 people killed in 2014 to 283 in 2015. Nearly 60 percent of those 2015 homicides — 165 — were deemed to be gang-related.
The 13,569 aggravated assaults logged in 2015 was a 27.8 percent jump over the 10,615 such crimes recorded during the previous year. The number of reported rape rose 9.1 percent to 1,649.
The overall crime rate in 2015 was also 21.8 percent lower than a decade ago. Some would say that’s a good thing, but in reality it’s not. Crime should be lowering not increasing, what do you think?