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2012 Crimes in Northeast L.A. Higher Than Last Year

The crime figures are significantly higher east of the Los Angeles River when compared to the area west of the Los Angeles River.

The number of car thefts, homicides and rapes across Northeast Los Angeles is up significantly compared to last year so far.

In addition, figures for just about every crime are higher east of the Los Angeles River than west of the Los Angeles River.

That regional snapshot of crime is worrying because every year “we try to keep crimes 5 percent lower” than the previous year, said Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Bill Murphy, who heads the Northeast Community Police Station.

From January through Saturday, Dec. 8, as many as 934 vehicles were stolen across Northeast L.A.—36 more than the corresponding period last year, Murphy said in a recent interview to Patch.

Homicide totals were up by 33 percent and the number of rapes grew by 8.7 percent, Murphy said, (although the increase in rapes is caused by just two more incidents than in 2011).

“When our crime rate goes up or down, a big part of it is stolen cars,” Murphy said, adding: “If we can average 91 crimes a week we beat last year’s crimes by 5 percent.”

Last week alone, a total of 119 crimes were committed in Northeast L.A., Murphy said, adding that he expects the year's total to exceed 5,000 crimes—about 260 too many for the purposes of bettering last year's statistics.

The captain is scheduled to announce statistics comparing this year’s crimes with 2011 at the monthly Community Police Advisory Board meeting on Monday, Dec. 17. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. in the Roll Call Room of the Northeast Community Police Station, located on 3353 San Fernando Rd.

nonoise December 15, 2012 at 02:32 AM
City councilmembers Eric Garcetti, Ed Reyes, Jan Perry, and the rest cut the police buget and the city attorney budget. BIG MISTAKE!! And, now Garcetti and Perry are running for mayor? No Way. Don't vote for them. Their priority is not public safety.
michael trujillo December 15, 2012 at 03:56 AM
I was raised in the Northeast Area, attended schools here, raised my kids here and have been a proud and loyal member of the community for over 50 years. I value and appreciate what our men and women in blue do every day for our safety and protection, when they patrol our streets, respond to emergency calls while putting their lives at risk for "we the people". I believe that we as a community can do our part, every day, to help our officers identify, respond and reduce the crime statistics until they are non existent. It is our community! J. Michael Trujillo
Nimby pimp December 15, 2012 at 06:48 AM
I second that.
El Cid December 15, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I never met an individual so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him or her. Happily I haven't met you! There is nothing in this world as dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. FYI - las bandillas en 1940's - organized into a self-defense group to protect their communities. The initial intention was to unite "all Latinos" into a collective struggle against "oppression" and to help each other overcome the problems of racism and prejudice that newly arriving Latino immigrants were experiencing. There is an American Dream for everyone - Take the bull by the horn and work toward it! FYI - You may want to consider higher EDUCATION!
Nimby pimp December 15, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Yeah Jess. How about a little night school, NPR, maybe some exercise to work off that extra rage. Check yourself before you wreck yourself, son.
David Fonseca (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Jesse's comments have been deleted for use for profanity.

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