Crime rate jumps 13% in Los Angeles

Crime rate jumps 13% in Los Angeles

After declining for more than a decade, crime rate jumped 13 per cent in Los Angeles in the first six months of this year, according to fresh data released by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on Wednesday.

The sharpest hike was seen in aggravated assaults, which include domestic violence. Rate of aggravated assaults jumped 26 per cent. Rapes increased 8 per cent, while robberies were up 17 per cent year-over-year.

The only crime where the city's police department noticed a decline is homicide. According to the data, the police department recorded a decline of 7 per cent in the number of homicides.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called the crime data "bad" but insisted that Los Angeles is one of the safest cities in the United States.

Commenting on fresh crime stats, "Garcetti said, "This is bad news. Any uptick in crime is unacceptable . This is still a championship team that is winning the pennant, but we're winning it maybe by a few less games."

A total of 259 murders were reported in Los Angeles last year. The figure is lower than homicide figures recorded in Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. In Houston, homicides increased 53 per cent in the first five months of 2015 from the corresponding period of 2014.

Baltimore recorded 155 murders so far this year, which represents an increase of 48 per cent over the same period of time last year. New Orleans, St. Louis and New York City also have seen increases in homicides. The biggest number of homicides was recorded in New York City, at 333.

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