The LAPD warns of waves of crime, but details show theft, burglary is on the decline

The recent rise in retail crime has led to calls for more police funding ! ! ! !


Numbers tell one story, but recent messages from the Los Angeles Police Department seem to tell another.

Robbery, burglary and theft have decreased in Los Angeles compared to 2019, according to the latest crime statistics from the police department. But in recent weeks, police have indicated that such crimes are on the rise, citing incidents involving "shoplifting and seizure" shoplifters who frequent high-end shopping malls during the holiday season.

At the Dis conference news conference. 2, L.A. officials. announced the arrest of 14 people in criminal cases of burglary and robbery and shoplifting from Nov. 18.

Los Angeles police chief Michel Moore described the incidents as a wave of "violent and dangerous crime."

"The outbreak of this smash-and-grab crime puts members of the public and shop workers at greater risk because of the violence that accompanies them," Moore said at the time.

Commercial crime has prompted city officials to renew their support for the police department, which includes a 12 percent increase in budget increases.

Moore told the Los Angeles Police Commission on December 7 that cases were part of an "escalation" of "escalating" violence, and said the LAPD and the commission should "draw special attention and focus more on and magnify it. Because it is the only way we get results. "

Statewide, California Gov. Gavin Newsom this month pledged $ 300 million to fight crime.

Critics of City Hall and the Los Angeles Police Department say incidents of vandalism and robbery, while shocking, have been occurring for at least the better part of a decade. They argue that these incidents have not created anything close to the spike in the graph and are used to intimidate citizens, solicit police raids and criticize the transformation of justice.

"We do not mean that crime does not exist," said Ricci Sergienko, co-ordinator of the People's City Council, a coalition of social justice and climate change organizations. "We just say the police figures don't match their accounts."

Mayor Eric Garcetti earlier this month called for calm after the crime of trafficking, saying the whole of California had the lowest crime rate in history in recent years.

"There is no reason for the alarm," Garcetti said at a December 2 news conference. "This is still the safest decade, in almost every moment of our lives. ... We also do not want it to explode when everyone thinks we are suddenly seeing numbers greater than these real numbers. ”

Gabriel Kahn, a professor of journalism at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and editor of the Crosstown LA data-driven news website, compared the robberies and thefts in November every month since 2015 and found that many were worse, some farther away. too bad.

Kahn's analysis found that since 2015, 10 months have more reports of theft than November 2021. He also found that robberies were higher in the months between January 2015 and the end of 2019 than in 2020 and 2021.

"The types of crimes Moore are talking about are usually shoplifting," said Kahn. “Both are down from Covid. That doesn't mean there are no serious, abusive incidents. ”

LAPD data shows that incidents of theft (excluding car thefts), burglary and burglary have decreased over the past few months.

During the period between October 24 and November 20, there were 2,034 incidents of theft, 757 burglaries and 1,034 burglaries, according to the police department.

Next time, Nov. 21 to Dec. 18, there were 1,648 thefts, 731 robberies and 930 burglaries, according to data.

Robbery and theft have increased slightly since 2020, when crime is rampant in many parts of the country during the closure of the epidemic. Experts believe that 2019 is a better year for crime.

Thefts have risen 5.2 percent this year compared to 2020 this year, burglary has dropped by 7.6 percent and theft has risen 0.7 percent, according to the latest LAPD data.

Compared to this figure in 2019, burglary decreased by 12.7 percent, burglary decreased by 7.1 percent and theft by 31.3 percent, according to LAPD data.

But the Department says collective theft is on the rise and deserves full attention.