During a luncheon with the civic group Town Hall Los Angeles on Thursday Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck projected that the City of Los Angeles will finish this year with 300 fewer homicides than last year. According to Police Chief Charlie Beck since last year there’s been a 7.5% decrease in property crimes and violent crimes in Los Angeles.
In comparison to the early 1990s where crime levels were incredibly high, there has been a 75% decline in the city’s murder rates. In 1992 approximately 1,200 people were murdered in Los Angeles. So far this year 216 people have been murdered, while 236 people had been murdered this time last year. 2009 ended with 314 murders.
According to Beck, “Barring a major surge in crime over the new few months, it would be the ninth consecutive year that crime rates have fallen in LA.” Crime rates began to drastically fall during the tenure of former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton, who served from October 2002 to his resignation in October 2009.