December 18, 2021
A wave of high-profile violent crime worries many Angelenos. But press conferences and media reports often miss a crucial question: how does the present compare to the past, and is the city really becoming more dangerous?
The answer is often found in the numbers. With the Crime Book, Crosstown aims to provide the most important statistics, using publicly available data from the Los Angeles Police Department to provide not only the numbers for a single month, but the context of past and previous years. Here’s how Los Angeles fared in November.
Gun violence continues
The rate of homicides in Los Angeles has slowed since it peaked at 48 in July. There were 29 murders in November, with Harvard Park, Hollywood and Sylmar each recording three deaths. The monthly total was unchanged from October.
Homicides in Los Angeles, August-November 2021
Still, the figure is relative, and those 29 murders are more than in November since at least 2010. At the weekly Los Angeles Police Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, Chief Michel Moore said the city had now known 376 homicides. Around the same time last year, that number was 327.
Moore and others said there was an increase in crimes involving guns, and the 293 reports of gunfire in November marked the first monthly increase after the level fell for three consecutive months.
As with homicides, the number of people with gunshot wounds is well above pre-pandemic levels (echoing a nationwide increase in gun violence). Although the 117 shooting victims were fewer than those recorded last November, this is an increase of 64.8% from the 71 people who were shot dead in November 2019.
Los Angeles shooting victims in November 2017-2021
Last month, 13 people were shot dead in the city center, the highest total of any neighborhood in the city. Seven others were hit by gunfire in Florence.
According to data from LAPD Compstat, as of November 27, Los Angeles had recorded 3,051 reports of gunfire, an increase of 17.9% from the same period last year and a peak of 56.2% from to 1,953 incidents for the equivalent period in 2019.
In October, 2,363 cars were reported stolen in Los Angeles, the highest monthly figure since the LAPD began making its data publicly available in 2010. November’s total was lower, but not by much – the 2 255 vehicles that disappeared still rank second. -the highest monthly tally in at least a decade, and nearly 900 more than in November 2019. Downtown was by far the most active place for car thieves last month, with 101 slips . 68 other vehicles were stolen in Koreatown.
Thefts have received a lot of attention in recent months, with police warning of thieves who follow people to high-end restaurants or stores and often steal expensive watches or jewelry. November’s 820 flights were the highest monthly total since December 2019. Once again, the densely populated city center was the site of the most incidents, with 80 last month. The second and third most victimized communities were Hollywood (57 robberies) and Westlake (32).
Despite the alarm, the number of heists remains below the level before the start of the pandemic. From January 1 to Nov. On the 27th of this year, the LAPD recorded 7,542 flights. This is a decrease of 13.6% from the 8,726 incidents that occurred during the same period in 2019.
Burglaries are also down year-over-year, with November 11,396-27 representing a 7.7% drop from the same period in 2019. Last month there were 1,059 thefts in the city, a sharp drop from 1,400 in the same month in 2018.
Burglaries in Los Angeles in November 2017-2021
The downtown area, once again, saw the highest number of incidents last month, with 59, followed by the 38 burglaries in Hollywood. There were 31 reports from Van Nuys and 30 from Sherman Oaks.
How we did it: We looked at publicly available crime data from the Los Angeles Police Department from August 1 to November 1. 30, 2021 and the periods from November 1 to 30, 2017-2021. Learn more about our data here.
LAPD data reflects only crimes reported to the department, not the number of crimes actually committed. To do our calculations, we rely on data that the LAPD makes available to the public. LAPD can update past crime reports with new information, or reclassify past reports. These revised reports are not always automatically part of the public database.
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