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Los Angeles Police Reports Sharp Increase in Homicides

April 02, 2002
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Los Angeles Police Reports Sharp Increase in Homicides

Associated Press

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 Police Department.

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.

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