LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of homicides and
other crimes in the first three months of the year
rose sharply compared with the year before, according
to statistics released Monday by the Los Angeles
From Jan. 1 to March 30, 153 people were killed, up
from 105 during the first quarter of 2001.
The statistics also show an increase in rapes from
252 last year to 342 this year. Robberies rose from
3,670 to 4,392, and aggravated assaults climbed from
3,888 at this time last year to 4,466.
One of the few crimes that declined were
burglaries, which dropped from 6,235 last year to
6,183 this year.
The statistics also showed officers making 12
percent fewer arrests during the quarter than during
the first three months of last year.