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Crime is down in Los Angeles this year

December 29, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department says crime is down in the city this year.

The Los Angeles Times reports that preliminary statistics through Dec. 8 show that violent crime decreased 4 percent, though it was still 1 percent higher than two years ago.

Authorities say the 256 homicides through Thursday is a 9 percent decline from last year.

Police Chief Michel Moore says gang-related homicides are down more than 20 percent.

The San Francisco Police Department this year reports a 25 percent drop in homicides, an 8 percent drop in property crime and a 2 percent drop in violent crime.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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