Posted: Jan 7, 2013 10:48 PM by Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says crime in Los Angeles fell for the 10th straight year in 2012, and the city has the lowest violent crime per capita of any big city.
The Los Angeles Times reports the number of homicides increased by one, to 298, compared to 2011.
Police Chief Charlie Beck says crime was down 1.5 percent overall, with violent crime down 8.2 percent.
Gang homicides were down 12 percent from the previous year, and overall gang crime was down about 11 percent.
However, there were 160 more property crimes last year, up less than half a percent.
Villaraigosa says the city's 10,000 officers have been key to the continuing crime drop, and cities that cut police see crime rise.
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