The number of homicides in areas patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department declined by 10.5 percent in 2014, compared with the previous year, according to statistics released Wednesday.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell, speaking at a news conference at sheriff’s headquarters in Monterey Park, said the the statistical comparisons between 2014 and 2013 included:
— a 10.5 percent drop in the number of homicides: 149, compared with 164;
— a 4.9 percent drop in overall incidents of violent crimes; and
— a 6.2 percent drop in property crimes.
Five-year statistics also were released, comparing the years 2014 and 2009, and showed:
— a 26 percent drop in the number of homicides: 149, compared with 207;
— a 20.7 percent drop in overall incidents of violent crimes; and
— a 5.8 percent drop in property crimes.
Sheriff’s deputies said the statistics include expanded patrol areas in Maywood and Cudahy, which have covered by deputies assigned to the East Los Angeles station since 2010.
The 119-page report is available at www.lasd.org under “Crime Prevention and Information.”
— City News Service