Los Angeles recorded 397 homicides in 2021, highest in 15 yrs

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that the city's second largest city had 397 homicides in 2021, the most in the past 15 years.

From last year tally was up 42 from 2020, and second only to 480 killings in 2006, according to the Mayor's yearly crime statistics report issued on Thursday.Overall, violence in Los Angeles increased last year compared to 2020.

According to the study, all Part 1 crimes increased by 4.6 percent, including murder, manslaughter, sex offences, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson, while property crimes increased by 4.2 percent and serious crimes increased by 3.9 percent. Moreover, in the last two years, there have been considerably more victims shot in the metropolis of around 4 million people.In 2020, 1,337 persons were shot, compared to 1,459 last year and 946 in 2019.

The disastrous consequences of Covid-19 impacted the city's people both financially and mentally, according to Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Michel Moore, and the country failed to satisfy the rising demand for all sorts of services for those left behind. The previous two years, however, were among the safest in the city's history, according to Moore, when compared to the violence of the 1980s and 1990s.

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