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L.A. Sheriff's Dept. Reports Lowest Homicide Rate Since 1975

A LASD patrol vehicle on the streets of L.A. (Photo by KingoftheHill via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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New numbers released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department indicate that the region they patrol is experiencing a continuing downward decline in criminal homicides, resulting in the lowest homicide rate since 1975.

Preliminary data as of the end of July shows a decrease of 21.43 percent in criminal homicides as compared with the 2009 year-to-date figures--127 homicides last year compared to 98 this year. The LASD explains: "This follows a five-year continuous decrease, resulting in a 53.52 percent decrease in homicides as there were five years ago and the lowest homicide rate since 1975."

Two areas known for violent crimes, including homicide, are Compton Station and Century Station, which cover the cities of Compton and Lynwood respectively, as well as unincorporated areas, are both experiencing notable down-trends in homicide; Compton Station is down 41% and Century Station 33% compared to this same time last year.