LBPD releases mid-yr citywide crime stats
Detailed neighborhood crime data pending
(August 8, 2001) -- LBPD has released citywide crime data cumulated for the period Jan 1-June 30, 2001, revealing increases in several crime categories including serious crimes against property (esp. commercial burglarires, up 50.2% in the 2d quarter), but showing decreases in serious crimes against persons (including murder, down over 30% in the 2d quarter).
LBReport.com has requested, and LBPD routinely releases publicly, detailed neighborhood crime data. These are pending and will be posted when received. LBPD's neighborhood crime data is especially useful because by definition, citywide crime stats combine disparate parts of the city, homogenizing safer areas with others where residents may be disproportionately crime impacted.
In terms of citywide reported crime, the largest numeric increase came in Part 2 (other) crimes: 900 more reported in the 2d quarter of 2001 than the same period in 2000. LBPD said this included significant increases in narcotic (possession of marijuana, less than an ounce) and fraud/bunco/embezzlement crimes. (A Department release also noted that as of January 1, law enforcement agencies were mandated to take crime reports on identity theft and investigate those crimes.)
Among the noteworthy points in the citywide crime data, comparing the same periods (2d quarter and first six months) of 2001 with 2000:
Part 1 (serious) Crimes Against Persons
Part 1 (serious) Crimes Against Property
- Murders dropped: down 31.2% in the 2d quarter (16 to 11), 27.5% in the first 6 mons. (29 to 21)
- Reported rapes dropped: down 44.4% in the 2d quarter (36 to 20), 16.9% in the first 6 mos. (59 to 49)
- Robberies dropped: down 12% in the 2d quarter (357 to 314), 6.8% in the first 6 mons (731 to 681)
- Aggravated assault increased: up 13.3% (360 to 408) in the 2d quarter, 5.6% in the first six mos. (713 to 753)
[We're omitting petty theft and bike theft]
- Residential burglaries dropped: down 7% (597 to 555) in the 2d quarter, 3.3% in the first six mos. (1,104 to 1,067)
- Commerical burglaries increased: up 50.2% in the 2d quarter (171 to 257), 9.6% in the first six mos. (405 to 444)
- Auto burglaries increased: up 10.2% in the 2d quarter (778 to 858), 13.7% in the first six mos. (1,532 to 1,743)
- Grand Theft increased: up 12% in the 2d quarter (240 to 269), 11.5% in the first six mos. (485 to 541)
- Auto Theft increased: up 9.8% in the 2d quarter (759 to 854), 9.5% in the first six mos. (1,704 to 1,866)
- Arson increased: up 97.3% in the 2d quarter (38 to 75), 74.6% in the first six mos. (71 to 124)
Citywide Crime Overall
- Total Part 1 crime (serious crimes against persons + property) increased: up 6.2% in the 2d quarter, 5.0% in the first six mos.
- Total Part 2 crimes (other crimes) increased: up 24.9% in the 2d quarter, 16.9% in the first six mos.
- Total citywide crimes increased: up 14.8% in the 2d quarter, 10.4% in the first six mos.
Crime statistics posted on LBReport.com do not assert or imply the safety or crime risk of any specific location or address. The data are public record and speak for themselves.
Data can be interpretted in different ways. We urge readers not to draw inferences beyond the data. In our view, reported crime stats are analogous to an X-ray or ultrasound, an imperfect image but useful when used carefully.
Finally, it behooves all of us to recall that these crime statistics represent real people -- LB residents, businesses, visitors or customers -- who were unjustly victimized in our city.
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