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Chart: Four Decades of LA Crime Shows Recent Decline

Chart from Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
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The Los Angeles Sheriffs Department has just released its latest research that shows the pattern of crime in Los Angeles County for the past four decades. The new chart shows several interesting milestones in LA's crime history including the jump in crime statistics after petty theft was added to the mix in the mid-70's and just how alarmingly high crime was when it peaked in 1980. The biggest takeaway from this new visual is the significant drops in crime that began in the 90's and the further dip in crime from 2007 to 2009.

KTLA notes that crime in the area decreased from 700 crimes per 10,000 in 1980-1981 down to under 300 crimes per 10,000 in 2009.