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Los Angeles County, California Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime figures for Los Angeles County, California. You can examine the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime numbers over time, and see how Los Angeles County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records resources for Los Angeles County, California, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 3,467,249 total crimes reported in Los Angeles County, California (722,238 of them violent). Of the 346,725 crimes that occur a year in Los Angeles County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Los Angeles County, California 40 times a hour. This includes 9,349 murders, 23,869 rapes, and more than two million thefts (including 624,828 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Los Angeles County, California for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Los Angeles County decreased by 3 percent. Over the same time frame, violent crime fell by 29 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual decrease in crime over the last 10 years in Los Angeles County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to three hundred and thirty-four thousand for Los Angeles County, California in 2009.

Crime Trends in Los Angeles County, California (1999-2008)

Remember that these graphs show reported crime figures and some step offs in crime numbers may be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Los Angeles County, California (1999-2008)

Visitors are cautioned against interpreting ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or differences in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual graph bars to see crime figures in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Los Angeles County, California law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Los Angeles County conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.