The Los Angeles Times warns that crime reports have risen significantly in 11 Los Angeles neighborhoods, per an analysis of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) data.

Especially hard hit was Encino, a well-known and affluent area in the San Fernando Valley. The area has averaged 0.6 violent crimes and 19.1 property crimes per week, over the last three months. Other neighborhoods among the 11 cited include Venice, Tujunga, Valley Glen, and Toluca Lake.

The crime report provided comes from maps, statistics, and lists created by The Times using raw data from the LAPD and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The Times modified the information to fit the neighborhood boundaries as established by The Times. Therefore, figures are different from those reported by crime prevention services.

The eight most serious crimes reported include four violent offenses and four property crimes, including:

  • Aggravated assault: An unlawful attack on another person resulting in severe bodily injury
  • Burglary: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft
  • Grand theft auto: The theft or attempted theft of a automobile
  • Homicide: Willful killing of another
  • Rape: Forcible carnal knowledge of another
  • Robbery: Taking or attempting to take something of value by force, threat, or violence
  • Theft: Taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of someone else’s property
  • Theft from vehicle: Theft from a motor vehicle
  • Though many think of Los Angeles as a large metropolitan city riddled with crime, reports of crime has actually fallen dramatically in the area since 1990. With an average of 973 serious crimes per 10,000 people in 1991, that figure has slid to 307 per 10,000 people as of 2009.

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