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Hi,

I don't found a threat about these question. I hope I don't have it overlook but I ask anyway :)

I found so many data in the WWW and I don't understand.
Is the crime rate in Los Angeles high or low?

Please answer so easy if you can :lol:

Thank you :)
 

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crime is pretty low for a big city. i have to re-research it, but 1992 and 1993 were our worst years with over 1100 homicides/murders. 2009 was our best year with around 314homicides/murders. i've heard others say that's alot, but it's pretty good for a city of over 4,000,000... it ends up being 7.85 per 100,000 population.

our city police recognize we have 26,000 gang members organized into 250 gangs. i don't know how that compares to other major cities, but we are referred to as the "gang capital of america".

for people that visit L.A., it's unlikely they will witness a crime (violent or not). it's been like 6 months since i've seen a fight in public, and before that was 3 years ago for a shoot-out. 1990s was the worst. it also depends on where you're at. West L.A. is pretty safe and i hear downtown is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city.
 

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LA's crime rate has been in steady decline for about 8 years now. Currently, there have been 235 murders in the city of LA (as of oct 23). compare that to NYC and Chicago which are in the 430 to 450 range. Also, Chicago is estimated to have about 80,000 gang members, so i dont think we are the gang capital anymore.

The media loves to hype crime about LA, but statistically, LA is as safe or safer than most large American cities.
 

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That's sounds good.
Have the police or the mayor some programs or something against crime?
 

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If you are asking why the rate went down, you are asking the big unanswerable question. Some theories that have been proposed:

1. Superior policing and gang intervention strategies by the police (or the mayor or the city council).
2. Better understanding by social work professionals of how gangs works and how to countermand their appeal in the ghetto/barrio.
3. Tougher enforcement and sentencing (the hardcore are in jail and the rest are deterred).
4. Cyclical decline in drug usage (the heavy users kill themselves and others witness how devastating drug use is to communties).
5. Aging of the urban population.
6. The economic slowdown (people are less jealous of those doing well because so few are doing well). What is interesting here is that most theory claims that crime should go up with unemployment but it didn't.
7. It has been noted that those American cities NOT showing a decline in crime (Oakland, Detroit) are heavily gang and drug infested. But whether these are covariables on something else is less clear.

Of course, these are all reasons why LA or other Ameican cities' crime rates have dropped over time. Why the US crime rates are higher than, say, Europe, is another question.
 

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CQ Press City Crime Rankings
http://www.cqpress.com/pages/citycrime2009
http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2009/Rankings2009_Population.pdf

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That's sounds good.
Have the police or the mayor some programs or something against crime?
Perhaps the Federal Investigation of the LAPD which under Gates was corrupt and outright racist in the 90's which among other things encouraged the Los Angeles Riots/Uprisings.
 

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The crime in Europe...hmmmm....it's very diffrent from country to country...In Italia, there is the mafia all around. They controlled a lot of the peoples environments or the government I think, I hope I say nothing wrong.

Here in Germany we live very safely. In the big cities is it a little bit dangerous but violance with weapons for example are realy rare...I hope :)

My english is bad :( Sorry for that
 

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The crime in Europe...hmmmm....it's very diffrent from country to country...In Italia, there is the mafia all around. They controlled a lot of the peoples environments or the government I think, I hope I say nothing wrong.

Here in Germany we live very safely. In the big cities is it a little bit dangerous but violance with weapons for example are realy rare...I hope :)

My english is bad :( Sorry for that
I can assure you that here in Milan mafia is not a problem for common people. Sure, there are infiltrations in buildings and politics, but this doesn't increase the perception about criminality in everyday life.

For example, Italy performs better than Germany in many statistics:
http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_mur_percap-crime-murders-per-capita
http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_ass_percap-crime-assaults-per-capita
http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_rap_percap-crime-rapes-per-capita

We've a problem with car thefts, though...
http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_car_the_percap-crime-car-thefts-per-capita

:D
 

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I live in a verly little city...here are no crime or something... :lol:
 

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That sounds pretty cool and I hope that never change and gets lower by the next years
 

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Crime in LA is at 1950's level.

Way lower than NY and Chi.
good to know, because i'll be staying in L.A. [11km southest from downtown] for 3 weeks (~mid december till first week of january). i guess as long as i stay away from compton, i'll be OK. :) and of course i'll be exploring southern california, i already got a rental car.
 

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This is an article I came upon yesterday, Los Angeles is home to the safest neighborhood in the United States. http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2010/11/08/safest-neighborhoods-in-americas-top-cities-2010/
thanks for the link.

LOS ANGELES, CALIF.
Safest Neighborhood: Cahuenga Blvd.
Found within ZIP Code(s): 90068, 91604, 91608
Safer Than What % of All U.S. Neighborhoods: 98%
Rank Among 7,685 Big City Neighborhoods: 1
Crime rate (per 1,000): 0.96
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 1,042
i'll be staying in commerce, hopefully that area is safe too. :)
 

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Why Commerce? you have family or friends there? It's close to Downtown but the Commerce it self is so drab.
 

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Why Commerce? you have family or friends there? It's close to Downtown but the Commerce it self is so drab.
well, i had not much of a choice because i got a special offer from the doubletree l.a hotel, which is (as you probably know) located in commerce. i guess i won't spend much time in that area, i'll be moving around lot. :) also, there is a big shopping mall just just across the hotel which i think is pretty convenient.
 

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which areas should i generally avoid (especially at night), excluding the usual suspects as south L.A., watts, compton and lynwood?
 
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