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Drop in homicides in sheriff-patrolled areas

September 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Homicides have dropped by more than 10 percent in the areas of Los Angeles County patrolled by the sheriff's department according to newly released statistics.This follows news by the Los Angeles Police Department reflecting a similar drop in homicides and crime overall throughout the city of Los Angeles.

Crime in sheriff's department-patrolled areas has been decreasing steadily over the past five years, resulting in an almost 50 percent decrease over that time, marking the lowest rate since 1975.

The statistics included major decreases in two historically high crime areas - the Compton Station area, which includes the city of Compton and unincorporated areas, and the Century Station area, which includes the city of Lynwood and unincorporated areas.

Reported incidents of violent crimes and serious property crimes have also seen slight decreases just over 3 percent as well.