07/13/2011 01:34 pm ET Updated Sep 12, 2011

Crime In LA Continues To Drop

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and police Chief Charlie Beck today announced reductions in all categories of violent and property crime for the first half of 2011, attributing nine straight years of overall crime reduction to a "remarkable transformation" of the police department. 
Villaraigosa said "Part I" crimes -- homicides, rapes, robberies, burglaries and car thefts -- were down almost 8 percent compared to last year and down nearly 30 percent from 2005, when Villaraigosa took office.

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