What’s Up, What’s Down for LA Crime in 2018

Rates hold steady, but some violent offenses are up.

 

There were 103 different types of crime offenses reported in the City of Los Angeles during the first six months of the year, from arson to weapons possession.

 

Of all those crime categories, 50% showed a decreasing trend in report numbers.

 

But most of the crimes on the wane were non-violent offenses.

 

For example, there were 655 reports of identity theft in June, the lowest it’s been all year. That’s a 28% decrease from the 919 reports in January.

 

 

 

Here are some other crimes showing significant decreases during the first half of 2018:

 

January – June

 

Robbery: -8%
933 —> 863

 

Burglary: -48%
1326 —> 1181
*June was tied for year low

 

Lewd letters and telephone calls: -24%
170 —> 130
*June was year low

 

Document forgery: -25%
152 —> 98
*June was year low

 

But many violent crimes were trending upward over the first six months of this year.

 

Assault with a deadly weapon, for example, was the highest it’s been all year – with 988 reports in June.

 

This was up 27% from 776 reports in January.

 

 

Here are other crimes with significant increases for 2018:

 

January – June

 

Brandishing a weapon: +49%
175 —> 261
*June was year high

 

Assault with a deadly weapon: +27%
776 —> 988
*June was year high

 

Restraining order violation: +19%
192 —> 229
*June was year high

 

Battery on a police officer: +25%
52 —> 65
*June was year high

 

We collect and sort the data produced by the Los Angeles Police Department. Find more details about our data here.

 

Check out our other story on 2018 crime updates here.

 

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