Record low killings seen
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday that the city is on pace to finish the year with fewer than 300 homicides, which would mark about a 75% decline in killings since the city’s peak in the early 1990s.
To date this year, 216 people have been killed at the hands of another — compared with 236 homicides during the same period last year. In total, the city finished 2009 with 314 killings. In 1992, nearly 1,200 people were killed.
Barring a major surge in crime over the next few months, it would be the ninth consecutive year that crime rates have fallen in L.A., Beck said during a luncheon speech held by Town Hall Los Angeles.