Mixed bag of crimes for first quarter in USC’s neighborhood

Jan. 1 - March 31, 2019

Bike thefts are up in the University Park neighborhood, where USC is based. The most common crime in the neighborhood increased in the first quarter of this year compared with the first quarter of last.


University Park also boasts the highest number of bike thefts of any neighborhood in Los Angeles.


From Jan. 1 – March 31, 2019, there were 119 reports of stolen bikes compared to 88 reports during same period of 2018, an increase of nearly 35%.


In University Park, reports of rape went down dramatically, with two reports for the first quarter of this year, compared with seven reports for the first quarter of 2018.


First quarter reports of petty thefts decreased from 74 in 2018 to 63 in 2019.



First quarter reports of burglaries nearly doubled from 14 in 2018 to 23 in 2019.


Reports of battery with sexual contact had a 100% increase, with four in in the first quarter of 2018 and eight in the first quarter of this year.



Three categories remained the same between Jan. 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018 and Jan 1. 2019 – March 31, 2019:

  • Intimate partner aggravated assault: 3 reports for both years.
  • Indecent exposure: 2 reports for both years.
  • Petty shoplifting ($950 or less): 9 reports for both years.


How we did it: We looked at publicly available LAPD data of crimes in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles for the first quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019. For neighborhood boundaries, we rely on the borders defined by the Los Angeles Times. Learn more about our data here.

LAPD data and DPS logs only reflect incidents that are reported to the department, not how many crimes actually occurred. In making our calculations, we rely on the data that the LAPD makes publicly available through the Open Data Portal and the logs DPS makes publicly available on its website. On occasion, LAPD or DPS may update past crime reports with new information, or recategorize past reports. Those revised reports do not always automatically become part of the public database.

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