Englander Holds Special Public Safety Committee on Crime Increase
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 19, 2016 at 2:53 PM
This Tuesday, both the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reported to the Public Safety Committee on the current uptick in crime in the City of Los Angeles. I want to thank Chief Charlie Beck, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the LAPPL for engaging in what will be the first of many discussions on recommendations for addressing increasing crime levels in the City of Los Angeles.
Last month, the Los Angeles Police Department released the citywide Part I crimes numbers for 2015. According to the report, crime rates rose to their highest levels in two years, with a 20.2% increase in violent crimes and a 10.7% increase in property crimes over 2014 numbers.
While any increase in crime must be carefully examined, it is important to understand the broader context of crime levels in Los Angeles; 2015 numbers are on track with the five year average, and we are living in the lowest per capita crime level era since the 1950s. In addition, crime rates in Los Angeles mirror the trend of rising levels across the state of California, with increases seen in both our neighboring cities and major cities in the state.
These numbers are important, however we must recognize that behind these numbers are real-life victims. That is why it is so important that we work collaboratively to ensure that the City of Los Angeles remains the safest big city in the nation.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair of Public Safety Committee