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Los Angeles crime rate down for 10th straight year

January 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
For nine years in a row, Los Angeles' crime numbers have been falling. When it came time to release the stats for 2012, city officials were beaming.

"Crime is down in the city of Los Angeles for the 10th straight year. Now this is an extraordinary achievement. It's a testament to the tireless work of our law enforcement officers in conjunction with citizens who care about their communities and the quality of life," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The overall crime rate in the city was down 1.4 percent, which the mayor claims gives Los Angeles the lowest per capita crime rate of any city over 2 million people.

The number of murders remained below 300 for the third year in a row, down from nearly 1,100 some 20 years ago.

Talk to people out on the street and they'll tell you they're noticing the drop in crime but are still wary.

"I take the transit system, too, like the subway, and I've never encountered anything, so I feel like I'm OK. Of course I carry pepper spray on me. I take precautions," said Aleishia Escalera of West Hollywood.

Not all crimes are down though. Rapes, car burglaries and thefts are all up, according to the stats.