LA has fewer break-ins so far this year
There were 6,869 burglaries in the City of Los Angeles between January and June 2019, a drop of 13% compared to the same period last year.
During the first six months of 2019, 30 neighborhoods saw an increase in burglaries, 3 saw no change and 77 saw a reduction across the city. Sun Valley had the highest burglary rate, and Sunland had the lowest.
Burglaries have been holding steady since the Los Angeles Police Department began making its crime data publicly available in 2010, with a high of 17,465 incidents that year and a low of 15,125 incidents in 2014.
This year, however, might be the one to buck that trend. The 6,869 six-month total is the lowest in half-year data since 2014.
But numbers aren’t all there is to it. Burglaries in particular play out differently across neighborhoods based on how wealthy they are and how comfortable residents are with reporting crimes to the police.
Woodland Hills, for example, had the highest absolute number of burglaries of any neighborhood in Los Angeles between January and June 2019, with 247 incidents reported. Yet the neighborhood’s overall crime rate ranks right in the midrange compared with other areas in the city.
Sheppard Kaufman, the chair of the public safety committee of the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council, said that during the spring residents had heightened concerns about break ins. The LAPD, he said, explained the spike was due to the Chilean burglary crews that were working the area.”
While the Chilean burglary crew was later arrested by the LAPD, burglary prevention remains an issue that is as much about police enforcement as it is in the hands of residents and neighborhood councils.
“What we have done over the past couple of years is to ask the City and LAPD for additional patrol resources to support the population increases in Woodland Hills,” said Kaufman.
Hotspots for burglaries frequently shift across the city. During 2018, the wealthy enclave of Hancock Park had the highest burglary rate. But in the second half of the year, Cheviot Hills had the sharpest increase, with 32%. Then, in the first quarter of 2019, Tarzana had the highest burglary rate.
Click on the arrows in the table to sort by category. Click once to see the category in ascending order, and again to see it in descending order. Use the search bar to see where your neighborhood stands. (The rank column refers to change in burglary rate.)
|Rank||Neighborhood||Burglary Rate (2019)||Burglary Rate (2018)||Change (2019-18)|
|24||Historic South Central||115||107||8%|
|32||Playa Del Rey||184||184||0%|
|48||West Los Angeles||365||403||-10%|
|81||Baldwin Hills Crenshaw||192||263||-27%|
|86||Hollywood Hills West||200||288||-30%|
* indicates a neighborhood policed by more than one agency.
How we did it: We looked at LAPD publicly available data on reported burglaries and attempted burglaries in 2018 and 2019. For neighborhood boundaries, we rely on the borders defined by the Los Angeles Times. Learn more about our data here.
LAPD data only reflects crimes 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. On occasion, LAPD 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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