August 8, 2006
L.A. Crime Decreases as Surrounding Area Crime Increases
A Times analysis of FBI statistics shows that crime rates rose in some outlying areas of California, such as San Bernardino County's high desert, at the same time they declined in many of Southern California's largest cities, led by a 36% drop in the rate of violent crime in Los Angeles.
Property crimes — including burglaries and car thefts — dropped 53% in Los Angeles while climbing 19% in Riverside County between 2000 and 2005. Property crime rates also rose in a quarter of large Orange County cities.ehicle theft increased dramatically in several cities, including Moreno Valley, 62%, and San Bernardino, 55%.
The analysis examined crimes per 100,000 people, taking into account population growth during the six years studied.
Even with the increases, these outlying cities recorded far less violent crime overall than Los Angeles. With 807 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, Los Angeles had one of the state's highest rates in 2005. But rates in several outlying cities, including Riverside, Ontario and San Bernardino, surpassed Los Angeles in property crimes, The Times analysis found. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]
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