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Violent Crime Down Throughout L.A. County, L.A. City Homicide Rate Up Slightly

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Overall, violent crime has trended down during the first six months of 2010. In Los Angeles County, in areas where the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department patrols -- unincorporated areas and in 40 contract cities like West Hollywood -- there's been an 3.81% drop in violent crime, according to the LA Times. Meanwhile, within the city of Los Angeles, there has been an 11.3% drop, according to the latest LAPD statistics.

However, the LAPD has seen a 2.7% uptick in homicides -- 151 this year compared to 147 last year as of July 3rd. The Times notes the April quadruple restaurant murder in Valley Village in the stats. The number of shooting victims also increased from 667 last year to 720 this year.