Archived: Sheriffs Report Crime Drops in East L.A. and Commerce


**UPDATE: The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department says an error in its recently published year-to-date crime statistics for Cudahy and Maywood. For more info read For the Record published Sept. 22, 2011.

Serious property and violent crimes are down in all areas patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, except in Compton and East Lost Angeles, according to the department’s preliminary data on Part 1 Crimes released Sept. 8.

A closer examination, however, shows serious crime is down in Unincorporated East LA and Commerce — two of the four areas under the East LA Sheriff’s Station jurisdiction.

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Most of the 3.7 jump can be attributed to a triple digit increase in crimes committed in Cudahy and Maywood, according to the year-to-date statistics ending Aug. 31.

Unincorporated East Los Angeles saw a dramatic 18.3 percent drop during the same period, while Commerce’s rate dropped 8.7 percent, according to the data.

Homicides are down 11.3 percent in Unincorporated East Los Angeles compared to the same time last year, with 8 homicides so far in 2011 compared to 9 in 2010. They are down 17.1 percent compared to 2006 when there were 11 homicides during the first 8 months of that year.

The only major crime category to go up in Unincorporated East L.A. was Larceny Theft, which is any theft not classified as robbery or burglary. Larceny Thefts during the reporting period have gone up by 6.56 percent, increasing from 447 in 2006 and 532 in 2010 to 567 so far this year.

Commerce saw an increase in arson related crime, jumping 75 percent to 7 incidents reported so far this year compared to 4 in 2010. The number is down, however, from 2006 when there were 10 arsons reported for the same period.

While the number of Aggravated Assaults in Commerce have dropped 14.3 percent from last year, the city has actually experienced a 67.8 percent increase compared to five years ago.

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