Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsProperty Crimes
IN THE NEWS

Property Crimes

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
March 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Property crimes increased sharply in England and Wales last year, and the government scolded citizens for failing to keep a closer eye on their possessions. Without greater vigilance, it warned, the crime rate could soar to U.S. levels. The overall crime rate rose 17% in England and Wales in 1990. Ninety-four percent of the 4.5 million reported crimes were theft and other property offenses, the Home Office said.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Ted Rall
Computer algorithms drive online dating sites that promise to hook you up with a compatible mate. They help retailers suggest that, because you liked this book or that movie, you'll probably be into this music. So it was probably inevitable that programs based on predictive algorithms would be sold to law enforcement agencies on the pitch that they'll make society safe. The Los Angeles Police Department feeds crime data into PredPol, which then spits out a report predicting -- reportedly with impressive accuracy -- where " property crimes specifically, burglaries and car break-ins and thefts are statistically more likely to happen . " The idea is, if cops spend more time in these high-crime spots, they can stop crime before it happens.
Advertisement
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2009 | Richard Winton
Despite the tough economic times, both violent and property crimes are down significantly in areas patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department so far in 2009, Sheriff Lee Baca said Monday. The biggest drop in any major crime category is in homicides, down 23.5% through Sept. 18 this year compared with the same period in 2008, according to Baca. Crime has decreased despite an economic downturn that has hit particularly hard in some relatively poor neighborhoods patrolled by the Sheriff's Department, including Compton and unincorporated South L.A. Baca predicted more than a year ago that the ailing economy could result in crime increases, but that has so far not materialized.
SCIENCE
February 19, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
A new study broadens a notion held by the earliest criminologists: Periods of higher temperatures -- on an hour-by-hour or week-to-week basis -- are likely to produce more crime. The study by Matthew Ranson of Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass., suggests global warming will trigger more crimes including murders and rapes over the next century, with social costs estimated to run as high as $115 billion. Between 2010 and 2099, climate change can be expected to cause an additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape, 1.2 million aggravated assaults, 2.3 million simple assaults, 260,000 robberies, 1.3 million burglaries, 2.2 million cases of larceny and 580,000 cases of vehicle theft, the study published this week in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1998 | NANCY CLEELAND and ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In an analysis of newly released FBI statistics showing a dramatic drop in area crime, six Orange County cities were among 20 of the largest nationwide reporting the lowest overall crime rates. Property crime in the county's large cities dropped at more than three times the national rate of decline, which was about 4%, and continued a trend toward lower crime rates. Orange County's 6% decline in violent crimes also outpaced the national average of 5%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2012 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Overall crime in Los Angeles fell for a 10th straight year in 2012, but small increases in petty thefts and homicide numbers again provoked the perennial question of how much longer the city's remarkable crime drop would continue. Overall, crime declined by about 2% in Los Angeles, fueled by drops in many serious crimes including robbery, assault and auto thefts, according to preliminary numbers collected by the Los Angeles Police Department. The decline was smaller than in previous years because of jumps in lower-level crimes such as thefts from vehicles and personal thefts.
NATIONAL
June 18, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Forget, for a moment, everything you think you know about the crime rate. Because it's probably wrong. The United States is almost safer than ever, according to the latest statistics from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, the nation's bible for crime stats. Despite the recession, despite joblessness, despite guns and drugs and Al Qaeda, murder, rape, robbery and assault dropped 4% in 2011. That continues a long fall from violent crime's high in the early 1990s - a plunge that continues to astound everybody.
NEWS
September 14, 2002
Orange County saw a 12.5% increase in homicides between 2000 and 2001. Property crimes in the county rose more than 5%
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2006 | Maeve Reston, Garrett Therolf and Doug Smith, Times Staff Writers
On a recent Friday night, San Bernardino County's interagency high desert gang unit was working yet another homicide, chasing yet another gang member who had moved from San Bernardino into one of the sprawling new developments beyond the Cajon Pass. Police said 17-year-old "L'il George" announced his presence in the new neighborhood by shooting into a crowd outside an Adelanto house, killing 17-year-old Adrian Washington at his own birthday party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1992 | LARRY SPEER
More property crimes occurred in Ojai last year than in 1990, but violent crime and offenses related to alcohol and drugs were down, authorities said. Overall, crime in Ojai rose 9.9% in 1991, led by a 14% increase in serious property crimes, said Lt. Ken Kipp, head of the Ojai substation of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Automotive theft topped the list of property crime increases. It rose 42% in 1991, Kipp told Ojai City Council members Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- A policy group says it has found "robust evidence" that increased property crimes in California, and auto thefts in particular, are tied to the state's shifted prison population. The conclusion is contained in a report published Tuesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, attempting to measure the effects of a 2011 law that made parole violators and nonviolent felons wards of counties instead of state prisons. Designed to reduce crowding and costs in the state's prison system, it also exacerbated overcrowding in county jails, and led to increases in the number of jail inmates released early or sentenced to community programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather
With two-thirds of 2013 in the books and statistics continuing to fall, Los Angeles is on track to see its 11th consecutive year of declining crime , Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Thursday. Beck told reporters that, given the numbers, he was "fairly confident" the city would see another year of decreasing crime. But the chief said officials were keeping their eye on another milestone. If the numbers hold, Beck said, the city could end the year with under 100,000 "Part 1" crimes -- which include murder, rape, assault, robbery, burglary and theft -- for the first time since the early 1950s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2013 | By Ben Welsh and Thomas Suh Lauder
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 12 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . Eight neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Tujunga (A) was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 0.8 over the last three months. Bel-Air (I) topped the list of four neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded seven property crimes compared with its weekly average of 1.8 over the last three months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
With the first quarter of 2013 in the books, crime in Los Angeles has so far continued its decade-long decline, according to statistics released Friday. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced the early but notable improvement at a press conference that served as a swan song for the mayor, who will leave office this summer after being termed out. Throughout what is widely considered an otherwise uneven eight years in office, the steady drop in crime is a triumph that Villaraigosa has repeatedly touted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
With the first quarter of 2013 in the books, crime in Los Angeles is continuing its decade-long decline, according to statistics released Friday. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced the notable gains at a press conference that served as a swan song for the mayor, who will leave office this summer after being termed out. More than anything else, the continued drop in crime has been a reliable, powerful success for the mayor to trumpet throughout his time in office.
NEWS
March 26, 2013 | By Ben Welsh and Thomas Suh Lauder, Los Angeles Times
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 12 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . 10 neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Encino (A) was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 0.5 over the last three months. Mission Hills (K) topped the list of two neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded 12 property crimes compared with its weekly average of 7.4 over the last three months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2012 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Dale Curtis Gaines has never been convicted of a violent offense, but his prison term of 27 years to life is longer than many sentences imposed on rapists, child molesters and killers. Gaines was sent to prison under California's tough three-strikes law, which targets repeat offenders with previous convictions for at least two violent or serious crimes when they commit any new felony. Two prior residential burglaries made Gaines eligible for a lengthy prison stint when a jury found him guilty of a new offense in 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1992
Violent crime in San Diego is up nearly 15% over 1990, but overall crime is down, San Diego Police Chief Bob Burgreen said Wednesday. Statistics presented to a City Council subcommittee showed that homicides were up nearly 24% in 1991 compared to 1990. The city's 167 homicides last year set a record in San Diego. A comparison of numbers between 1990 and 1991 shows reported rapes up 7.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The number of homicides in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's patrol areas fell to its lowest level since 1970, with 166 killings in 2012, Sheriff Lee Baca announced Wednesday. The number of killings was four less than in 2011, a 2.3% drop. But serious crime increased 4.2% and all types of crime jumped 3%. Violent crime - rape, robbery, aggravated assaults and murder - climbed 3.5% from 2011. Property crimes across the sheriff's areas rose 4.3%. "This is really historic," Baca said, referring to the low homicide rate, during a news conference at sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
The number of homicides in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's patrol areas fell to its lowest level since 1970 with 166 killings in 2012, Sheriff Lee Baca announced Wednesday. The number of killings was four less than in 2011, a 2.3% drop. But serious crime increased 4.2% and all types of crime jumped 3%. Violent crime -- rape, robbery, aggravated assaults and murder -- climbed 3.5% from 2011. Property crimes across the sheriff's areas jumped 4.3%. "This is real historic," Baca said, referring to the low homicide rate, during a news conference at sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|